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Is there a recommended DAC to pair with this product?
Monoprice basically has the same product on their website but with a dac built in. It's $450
I don’t think the monoprice has balanced output.
You are correct sir. I swear I have looked at that dac/amp a half dozen times and coulda sworn. I shoulda looked before piping in. Thanks for correcting me.
So dac/amp for $480 or amp for $350
I think Monoprice has theirs set to release a couple weeks after Massdrop's drop opens.
Monoprice 788 was announced at 399, not 480. I like the way it looks too, and I'm curious about the differences.
Also wondering if a 888 implementation is available.
Maybe it has to do with demand or stocking issues, or cost of manufacturing changed. Way too many variables to tell for sure.
I wonder how similar the monoprice amp is to this one, though. The monoprice description states that it's 1.5W/channel (along with a lower-power wallwart). Also, Dirac Sensaround is available with both analog and digital inputs, which makes me think the analog inputs are sent through an ADC, and volume is controlled digitally. Can you strip the dac out of that and still say it's the same thing?
If this amp sounds 50% as good as it measures, it will replace B&O Icepower as the best-value modular amplifier.
What I'm not exactly sure about yet is whether this is the bga implementation... I'm feeling likely not (hoping anyways).
Well, I'd be listening at -60dB on the monoprice (not so great with digital volume), but I guess most people wouldn't be that low.