I am searching for a compact, "all-in-one" unit for my bedroom system. Speakers are Swan M1. I may upgrade at some point so a bit of extra headroom is not required, but it is certainly helpful. I am willing to sacrifice a bit of sound quality for a simplified DAC + Pre + Power Amp design because this will be in my bedroom. 24/192 for USB DAC is required,
this will be connected to my laptop.
Considering this, a few new products have been announced to answer my prayers. First is the Peachtree Decco65.
I have confirmed that this uses an XMOS chip which is very high on my priority list. This allows for USB connection to Windows and most importantly, to Linux. Huge points for this feature. Second is the Sabre DAC. I have always wanted to try a Sabre DAC and I think this would be a good opportunity for that. The Nova125
is another option, but it seems to be exactly the same except for the power. I do not believe I need that much power.
Another option is something from Cambridge Audio. I recently spent a lot of time auditioning the DACMagic Plus and I was very happy with it. However, my roommate ended up ordering FOUR of them before he found one that did not suffer from noise in the left channel and a staticky hum coming straight from the DACMagic Plus itself. :thumbsdn: This happened on 2 of the four units he received. Hopefully Cambridge doesn't have a production issue they are not addressing. The DM+ also uses an XMOS USB chip.Cambridge Audio 651A
+ DACMagic Plus
orCambridge Audio 851A + DACMagic Plus
Has anyone compared Cambridge and Peachtree gear? I have never heard Peachtree gear and I have only recently been able to listen to the DACMagic Plus which has impressed me. How do these two companies products compare? Other suggestions are welcome as well.