Originally Posted by Bill Mac
Here is a link to a thread from over at the Emotiva Lounge on the two DACs you are interested in. You could also read more about the XDA-1 in the Preamps/DACS forum at the Lounge. Just beware as sometimes there is a bit of bias over there at the Lounge
To be honest I would go with the DAC Magic as it appears there are some issues with the XDA-1.
Interesting. I just traded my Decco2, as DAC/Pre...for an EE Minimax Tube DAC/Pre, in the same config. When I came across the Emotiva piece, I decided...for $299...I'd get on the waitlist and give it a try; at that price, I didn't expect much...but what the hell.
I was late to the party, and as such I was told by Emotiva I was in the 2nd wave, and those units would not ship until "1st quarter" 2011. "1st quarter"...that could be March!
In any case, I know someone online who got one...and I asked him about it. He told me the volume control was weird; out of .5 increments, from 0.0 to 80.0...that he could only get to like 1.5 or 2.0 before it was too loud. I thought for sure he must be doing something wrong (although I had no idea what), or have a defective unit...but I assume this is the issue you guys are talking about?
Hmm, interesting. Like I said, I wasn't expecting much; not expecting to beat out this DAC, for example. Next on my "intrigued" list: North Star DAC 192, and especially