Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Traverse City, MI
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I read through some of these posts...do people honestly believe a DAC doesn't matter? I mean 100% honestly they say it should sound the same? I am BEYOND floored. I'll give you a few examples and then I'll leave. I'll start with my most recent one.
I have an Asus z97 Deluxe board and it has their so called "premium" audio solution. In reality its just crap realtek stuff. Anyways I use my Creative USB card for gaming and music every now and then...Using Jriver media center as the control with FLAC files there are very clear differences to the soundstage. The highs are a little more controlled on the Creative too. It goes from sounding okay to great. Granted them are just cheap things.
I can plug it into my PS4 and bypass the PS4/Receiver and again, there are MASSIVE differences to the soundstage and highs. I have a freaking measurment mic, tell me all you want that you can't hear a difference in A to B testing...the microphone isn't making things up.
My old Galaxy S1 with the Wolfson DAC with the proper software is NIGHT AND DAY compared to my HTC one. I mean it goes from sounding like mud to clear as a bell. I am not making this stuff up. Still, that is hard to measure....
So in my truck I run the 80PRS. For this test I used the Burr Brown DACs onboard, then I bypassed all of that with the analog in. For reference a CD was used as the medium. The analog sources were the Creative USB, my GS1, and my HTC1. In order of quality it was GS1>Creative>80PRS>HTC One. Every single time you could hear the differences. Screw AB testing..do ABCD testing and level match everything. I was actually able to measure differences between the GS1 and the PRS.
Anyone saying DACs dont matter need to drop 1k on a dual wolfson setup and then tell me it "makes no difference." I mean if most of you understood exactly how a DAC works then you would understand that they aren't all the same.
So I am out. Take it for what you want. Do the testing yourself with tons of sources and dacs and files. Low bitrate MP3s, youtube, SACD, redbooks and then come back and say it doesnt matter.