Monolith DAC/AMP or Drop 789 w/ Grace SDAC?
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I'm looking for some input before purchasing my first decently nice desktop dac/amp setup. I was initially going to drop the $500 on the monolith and be done with it, but I have a friend that has offered me his Grace SDAC for only $55. I could pair the Grace with the 789, and be under $400 out the door. My current cans are nothing special- AT M40x and Monolith m1060c w/ open back mod. That said, I plan on purchasing many different cans and growing the collection. I like the fact that the 789 is more powerful, but I like some of the features of the monolith and the fact that it's an all-in-one unit. Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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jonathanpoe
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May 23, 2020
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Appreciate the comments. The only other question I will pose to you is will I be sacrificing any clarify by using the SDAC instead of the Monolith's internal dac? The Monolith's features are nice, but certainly not worth giving up the flexibility nor the additional $100+ in my opinion.
May 23, 2020
rastus
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May 23, 2020
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The 789 and deal on an SDAC, while waiting to see what happens with a stacked player or ‘balanced’ R-2R here, good play.
May 23, 2020
dcha12
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May 23, 2020
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Go with the cheaper option. Offers more flexibility down the line should you decide to audition something else. I'm always in favor of spending less and buying your family groceries with the remainder.
May 23, 2020