Giant Killer Doorway DAC?

airdronian

Radar Member
Seems to me this is like the Grant Fidelity DAC-09 I used to have. Highly recommend replacing stock tube with something like a GE, or other US brand.
 

John Frum

Secret Society Member
I believe that same DAC pre has been labelled as Xiang Sheng, Grant Fidelity, and a couple of different designations from Maverick, but if memory serves, there are minor differences in components. In the Maverick, the op-amp is socketed, for example.

There's too damn few affordable DAC/pres, and fewer still that support an analog input. I keep looking at this one...
 
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MikeT.

Senior Member
a good DAC to hear first would be the Beresford Caiman SEG £150 ex vat, which is approx $188 USD, use your own favorite Linear Power Supply 12 to 15V DC, they are hundreds of good reviews on google, Stan the owner is a great HiFi chap who wants nothing more than his clients to have a DAC competing out there with the more well known brands, I compared it with a Weiss DAC 202, the PS Audio ( all of them), some other DAC's in the the shop, I had my cheap Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro with me, we played 5 different DSD Stereo 2 Channel files and the Caiman was more than capable of holding its own, I was shocked how well it performed !

http://www.homehifi.co.uk/S/7535f.htm http://www.homehifi.co.uk/S/tc-7535.htm

I think $1000 USD for a system that plays DSD64 files is achievable and will make a lot of people smile when they hear what can be achieved SQ wise for very little dinero, if good active speakers were available for around $500 USD then the world would be a better place :-)

Welcome to the Haven @PCH A-500 Pro. Beresford is a new name to me. Looks very nice.
I’m using an iFi DSD Black Label and love it! Actually kind of amazed, since I sold my Wyred4Sound DAC 1LE Femto Clock at 5x the price, haven’t missed it at all.

I’ve been intrigued at the performance improvements experienced by many using a better external power supply.
 
I haven't heard this but am very curious. Those in the know say its the bees knees.
 

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JohnVF

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I haven't heard this but am very curious. Those in the know say its the bees knees.
And now you've got me curious. I need another DAC and since I love my main DAC, I have room to experiment and play around.
 

TubeHiFiNut

Administrator
I haven't heard this but am very curious. Those in the know say its the bees knees.
I have been thinking about picking up a NOS DAC and saw these on the auction site.

There is also a higher priced model that looks interesting.
 
This is the Maverick DAC using single 2C51/396A tube as buffer. Offer Tube out and normal out. Do not buy the other brand because they use very cheap components inside.
 

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TubeHiFiNut

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This is the Maverick DAC using single 2C51/396A tube as buffer. Offer Tube out and normal out. Do not buy the other brand because they use very cheap components inside.
So the Maverick D2 is the one to get?

Which one should we NOT buy?
 

Mortsnets

Junior Member
Mine has the reclocker. For me the SPS DAC3 has one very small step over the ifi LE - a more convincing illusion. I can hear lyrics better and the mood the music sets. But this could be where I'm using it: on, a desktop system to run powered speakers. I like the ifi with headphones using it's own headphone amp (more than with my external one).

The Starting Point Systems DAC also has coax, usb and optical inputs which can be handy . The Signstek isn't bad either but its headphone amp is not as good as the ifi.
 

Mortsnets

Junior Member
A little off topic but, what do people think about android phones as a source for doorway dacs using the OTG adapter. I just tried it for the first time tonite and it sounds really good.
 
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