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    Review and Measurements of WesionTEK Khadas Tone Board DAC

    I received my Tone Board today. I've got to say I'm impressed. The unboxing experience was _surprisingly_ good. Really neat box and components inside well tucked away and organized. I'm also very pleased with its performance thus far; makes my whole stack super transparent end to end and what...
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    SMSL SU-8 Version 2 Balanced DAC

    This is great news. Now if only we could get MD to confirm or deny the current drop is for the v2 (v1.2) :/
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    Review and Measurements of WesionTEK Khadas Tone Board DAC

    heh, you meant "plug and play". I believe the xmos controller supports both modes.
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    Review and Measurements of WesionTEK Khadas Tone Board DAC

    It will use a driver regardless, whether 3rd party or OS native. Since it's all in digital domain, it should not affect transparency at all.
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    Review and Measurements of WesionTEK Khadas Tone Board DAC

    Never mind. Noticed you linked to the file :) Thanks.
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    Review and Measurements of WesionTEK Khadas Tone Board DAC

    Thanks. Where can I download from? The official site doesn't seem to allow for downloads.
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    Review and Measurements of WesionTEK Khadas Tone Board DAC

    Does this unit require any special drivers for Win 10 flac/dsd support?
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    Measurements Of Chord Mojo

    I wholly agree with this. The ambient noise would entirely sabotage any nuance and detail your portable dac/amp could retrieve. Same goes for noisy offices or work places. Just get some decent cans that can be driven from your phone and enjoy. Once back at home, in a decently quiet room you can...
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    [Topping] DX3 Pro coming soon

    Except AKM-chip driven, not ESS like the DX7s
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    Which DAC measurements do you like to see next?

    Measurements from Questyle Audio entry-level DACs would be great.
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    Can we have a thread with up to date bar-chart DAC "rankings"?

    Thanks very much. Also thanks for the clarification about "qualitative buckets" and not strictly numerical! Excellent, Great, Good, Average. I use the Topping D50 (as you've done a few times) what separates Excellent from Great. And then Melokin separating Great from Good and then JDS Element to...
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    Can we have a thread with up to date bar-chart DAC "rankings"?

    I'd say it would be better one you create given your community acumen as we all, you know, being the person leading the tests and making the charts :)
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    Can we have a thread with up to date bar-chart DAC "rankings"?

    As title asks, it would be great to have a thread with up-to-date bar-chart rankings of DACs you've tested -- which you tend to include with each review. Thanks!
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    Review and Measurements of Topping DX7s DAC and Headphone Amp

    QC and warranty service is the main thing that's holding me back from buying either of these two DACs.
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    Chi-fi and use of counterfeit parts

    This is precisely why I think there's a lot of snake oil in the DAC market right now. If you do a tear down and parts pricing of most high-end DACs I would wager the total cost does not exceed $250-300 (and these are sold for thousands). Have friends in the electronic/digital component business...
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    Do You Need an External DAC/Headphone Amplifier?

    Gotcha. I misunderstood what you were arguing about.
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    Do You Need an External DAC/Headphone Amplifier?

    I was clear I'm referring to higher-end gear ($1500+, although I'm sure some would consider that the low end). Let's take, for example, Armin's laptop sound card vs. Schiit Jut or Yggy (which cost in the thousands brand new). We can objectively say that the unassuming, unpretentious built-sound...
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    Review and Measurements of Topping D50 DAC

    Indeed. As said in a different thread. Nothing gives me the heebee-jeebees in the audiophile stack than DACs (specially at the high end). Lots of snake oil rhetoric and marketing speak going on.
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    Do You Need an External DAC/Headphone Amplifier?

    In all of the audiophile stack nothing gives me the sense of being sold snake oil than DACs (and don't get me started with "audiophile grade" USB cables) -- specially the higher end. The components they use from processors to dsp chips, etc cost a few bucks a piece (and easily less than that...
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