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Like this comment if you REALLY REALLY would like to see an "Massdrop x Grace Design Standard DAC Balanced PLUS", with the following specs:
- A little bit lower distortion (i.e probably use a top-shelf AKM chip). SOTA distortion would be nice!
- A bit higher SNR. SOTA SNR would be nice!
- No pops at startup, shutdown, sample-rate-changes, etc, at all
- Price: < $350
- Matching design to the Massdrop THX 798 headphone amp.
- USB and AES3 / SPDIF input
Basically, the perfect dac to match the Massdrop THX 789 headphone amp.
@Michael_Grace It can also be named "Massdrop x Grace Design Overkill DAC Balanced" :)
@Michael_Grace I have a dream....
....and it contains dual AKM AK4497:s!
I vote for « SSDAC » :
Super Standard DAC
@Michael_Grace It should change the game (like the THX 789 headphone amp did), and set a new standard for affordable quality DACs! So:
<< NSDAC >>
New Standard DAC
Please no ES DACs please. AK or something would be preferable!
@Michael_Grace 21 likes on this obscure little comment hidden deep down in the internet backyards, encounting... :)
100%with you on that. I got Massdrop THX 789 headphone amp. and now i need a DAC to match it.Massdrop x Airist Audio R-2R DAC
is looking good but it's unbalnced :(
Stay away from R-2R dacs if you want state-of-the-art measured performance, I would say.
50 likes here now, and Massdrop is supposed to be sensitive to the wishes of the community, right?!
Most importantly than the DAC chip itself, the implementation, so an AKM or ESS without faults like the IMD Hump seen on the ESS9038 (non Pro version) or relatively low SINAD (High THD+N) on some AKM implementations. Hopefully >110 SINAD, descending IMD, 20 bit or better linearity, no problems in ultrasonics, low jitter, nice 32 tone test graph, and so on. :)
Minimal functionality and maximal measured performance (that is possible to do within the price-bracket) is what I want to mate to my THX789:s.
We're on the same league! :D
(please tell us more)