WTB; DAC

240sx4u

Technically It's LexusGuy
Alright gang, I finally moved along my Klyne preamp and have some funds freed up for a DAC. If anyone is sitting on anything and wants to deal please let me know. I have funds ready to go and my absolute max comfort level is about $1,000. I'd rather be in the $500 arena, however.

Thanks - Evan
 
I sold the last North Star Intenso for my other client, but strangely enough a second client has reached out looking at upgrades and is willing to part with his Intenso to make it happen. He is asking $600 shipped. This includes the more desirable polished finish on the front that looks similar to Jeff Rowland gear.

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240sx4u

Technically It's LexusGuy
Excellent. Can't wait to hear your impressions of it.

Agreed. I'm intrigued as well.


Once I get my hands around things I may start a thread and keep a running diary of sorts. I intend to try this with my bluesound Node2 and anything else I happen to have available. I am pretty lazy about documenting things so make sure to temper your expectations. :)
 

MikeyFresh

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Once I get my hands around things I may start a thread and keep a running diary of sorts. I intend to try this with my bluesound Node2 and anything else I happen to have available. I am pretty lazy about documenting things so make sure to temper your expectations. :)
Pics or it never even happened.

Full documentation is now required in the All Things Digital sub forum: Node2 vs. RPi 3 vs. laptop as source, complete with measurements, and blind A/B testing protocol. :beat

Just kidding of course, congrats on the sweet new DAC, enjoy it!
 

prime minister

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Once I get my hands around things I may start a thread and keep a running diary of sorts. I intend to try this with my bluesound Node2 and anything else I happen to have available. I am pretty lazy about documenting things so make sure to temper your expectations. :)
It works very nicely with the Node. At least my Node 2. And it was a nice upgrade on my $3k exposure 3010S CD player.
 

JohnVF

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Safe purchase as, if you don't like it, I'd probably take it off your hands just to try something else. If it doesn't work out I can loan you my Berkeley Alpha, see if that offers anything different.
 
I think I’ve said it before but it’s the way they implement the Sabre chips that set them apart. You get that Sabre sound, but instead of a dry presentation, you get a more liquid sound that brings digital closer to analog. The higher up the chain you go, the more analog they sound.

It has been a few years since they sold the business and I still have not replaced them because I haven’t found anything that excites me as much. I have tried several brands since then but the sound is always unmotivated for me.

Their one downfall that kept them from being true high end components is the power supply. There is much to be desired and a high quality and well designed power cord will help considerably. Their analog section is fantastic and their approach to the Sabre chip is still hard to equal. I really do miss them but have found some significant improvement with Norma Audio. Their entry point was about where NSD topped out though so it isn’t exactly apples to apples.

I will also say that the last gen dacs that include the intenso are better than anything they released prior, including the usb 32 that was the previous gen flagship.
 
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