Originally Posted by runnin'
I'm not interested in debating the evils of lossy DACs.
OK, so you like to hit-and-run. I apologize for taking you seriously. ;-)
This was my first and only DAC purchase, and I had no idea about the strong feelings some have regarding lossy vs whatever
The strong feelings are far larger than that. There is a ton of audiophile myth about resolution, and people are basing buying decisions about it all the time. I guess it shouldn't matter to me whether you study up for your next audio purchase decision by reading Alice In Wonderland or one of the high end rags. One myth is as good as another although the political satire that is buried in Alice is far more delicious than the usual "Spend, spend, spend" rhetoric we see in the high end press.
I will simply add some facts surrounding the DAC in question. Emotiva themselves concluded that their DAC has an issue with losing data.
I think that the fact
that every DAC
data should be considered.
Did I mention that every audio product, cables included, loses some data? That is true as well. The XDA-1 is far from being unique in that regard. So don't expect me to be overly concerned about that factioid. It is probably unhelpful in this context. The obvious relevant question which nobody has shed much light on in this thread is "How much data is lost"? I got beat up for making a try at it. However the question about "how much" pales in comparison to the question "Is the data loss audible?".
Then they announced the cancellation of said DAC.
As it stands, the XDA-1 seems to me like too good of a deal. It should cost at least $100 more.
They had no new product in the pipeline
If you have reliable knowledge of that, then it would appear that you need to reveal your business connection with Emotiva. ;-)
so this was not some kind of dishonest strategy to drum up sales.
You've missed one of my points. Saying that the product loses data is a true statement, as far as it goes. I'm not calling them out for lying about that! In fact I confirmed it and took a shot at saying how much data got lost. You didn't notice that?
And now, 5 or 6 months later, they still haven't sold off the remaining stock.
If they sent me one for testing, we could make a dent in that! ;-)
I'm sticking to my story - it looks like a real sleeper to me!
They might have a new model in several more months.
I can speculate, probably pretty accurately on the new model:
(1) The computer USB interface will be upgraded to the same sample rates as the other digital inputs
(2) The USB interface will be upgraded to use asynch USB protocols.
(3) The price will go up at least $100.
Emotiva might even be happy I said this. ;-)
And what Emotiva doesn't want me to say is that in a good well-done subjective test, all of the above (1-3) won't make any audible difference at all. :-(