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Those are pretty poor results. WOuldn't make sense to buy one then.
Thanks, but considering these R2R resistor DACs seems is pressing against good sense anyway. I was more curious about the Ares, although its tests looked pretty meh, too. Better considering a Soekris. At least we know they're well engineered.
 
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I recommend something by Hegel, like the HD12 or HD25 DACs. They seem to be doing some nice things up there in Norway. Hegel makes some strong claims about their ability to deal with noise but at the same time they aren't silly about their claims. I've always been curious as to how they stack up against Benchmark.
 

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Thanks, but considering these R2R resistor DACs seems is pressing against good sense anyway. I was more curious about the Ares, although its tests looked pretty meh, too. Better considering a Soekris. At least we know they're well engineered.
The holo Cyan measured decent enough too ;)
 

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I don’t know if it is possible to measure the integrated dac in some active speakers........for example edifier s3000 pro......
 

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It would be interesting to see measurements of something like the Sabrent USB audio interface, which retails for $7.50 and is only slightly larger than a postage stamp:

https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-External-Adapter-Windows-AU-MMSA/dp/B00IRVQ0F8/ref=sr_1_1

I'm currently traveling with one, and so far the sound seems decent paired with a Sennheiser IE 800S. I wonder how the measurements would compare to the Musiland MU2.
I have bought some of these (another brand) but no time to measure them yet.....
 

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I don’t know if it is possible to measure the integrated dac in some active speakers........for example edifier s3000 pro......
No, there is no good way to measure them.
 
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Do you have any plans for measuring more items like SMSL AD18 and the Topping MX3 in the near future ? Specifically I was curious how the Nad D3045 compared, I purchased one which I can test for 30 days and return if I don't like it, it seems ok in my limited testing but just wondering if there are other products out there that perform better or the same for a lower price point.
 

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Do you have any plans for measuring more items like SMSL AD18 and the Topping MX3 in the near future ? Specifically I was curious how the Nad D3045 compared, I purchased one which I can test for 30 days and return if I don't like it, it seems ok in my limited testing but just wondering if there are other products out there that perform better or the same for a lower price point.
I have a few more amplifiers in this class for review but not the D3045. I did measure the NAD 7050 though: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/...-measurements-of-nad-7050-streaming-amp.6983/
 
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I'd love to see a review of the Mayflower ARC (amp/dac combo unit).

I actually owned one for a short period, and I have my own thoughts as to what its weaknesses/strengths are, but I'd appreciate another excellent review from Amir as well.
 
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Would love to see review of Yamaha R-N803D - 2 channel 100w amp with DAC, Yamaha proprietary YPAO room correction, phono, airplay, Spotify connect, wifi connection, headphone out etc. Nice contemporary solution if it performs suitably available for approx 750 dollars
 
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@amirm

Not sure if this is the place for it or not, so I am sorry if it's been commented on elsewhere. What are your thoughts on cables, and their ability to transfer quality signal between one point to another? DAC to preamp, HP amp to HPs, USB port to DAC, etc. Have you ever thought of measuring cables, or is that a fools errand for you? I recently won an auction on eBay for some Zu libtec cables, and when I got around to hooking them up, the admittedly subjective results amazed me. Granted many variables changed, connections, gauge, insulation, shielding, etc, but I am having a tough time understanding why I am hearing such an apparent (to me change) my Amazon basics speaker cables and Dayton audio connectors must have had some massive connection issue.
 

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@amirm

Not sure if this is the place for it or not, so I am sorry if it's been commented on elsewhere. What are your thoughts on cables, and their ability to transfer quality signal between one point to another? DAC to preamp, HP amp to HPs, USB port to DAC, etc. Have you ever thought of measuring cables, or is that a fools errand for you?
I don't believe they make a difference. I did measure USB cables and while they did make a measured difference, the benefit was only there for short cables: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/...s/do-usb-audio-cables-make-a-difference.1887/

But yes, I do plan on measuring cables just to have data to put behind the words. :)
 
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Thanks, yeah I've been reading up on speaker cable theory to try and better understand why I am hearing such a difference. The easiest and most plausible explanation I have read at this point isn't that the new cable is that much better then the old cable, but rather the connections of the new cable (oversized pure copper spades), are making a much better connection then what I had before ( banana and pin connectors coated with gold over unknown base material)
 

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Thanks, yeah I've been reading up on speaker cable theory to try and better understand why I am hearing such a difference...
Hi tranq.

To understand why you are hearing such a difference in cables, I suggest that you broaden your research to include psychoacoustics, how humans hear and analyze sound. There are qutie a few threads on ASR that should make your perceptions easier to understand.

Here is a really good place to start.

If you watch the 1st 6 minutes of the video it covers most of the ground. The full video is worth seeing, but the ASR thread it is attached to is also highly relevant and funny I think. It begins with a probably apocryphal story that purports to prove objectivists (like most of us here) have terrible hearing, but actually proves that everyone, including objectivists, is impacted by our pre-conceptions and expectations.

There are lots of speaker cable theories, but there exists almost no objective measurement that proves audible differences between decently designed cables....and our leader Amir has very nice things to say about Amazon basics cable.

There are a lot of measurements that prove human perceptions of hearing are impacted by our expectations and beliefs, and that the simple act of listening intensely also impacts our perceptions.

In my view that does not mean you should not enjoy your new cable. I enjoy tube amps (and tube rolling) even though I know that my tube amps are objectively not as good as solid state, and that the joy I get from them mostly comes from liking the nostalgic glow, and how they remind me of the old tube radios we listened to when I was a kid. So, I'm going to like tubes, but I am not going to spend $5000 on a tube amp.
 

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I recommend something by Hegel, like the HD12 or HD25 DACs. They seem to be doing some nice things up there in Norway. Hegel makes some strong claims about their ability to deal with noise but at the same time they aren't silly about their claims. I've always been curious as to how they stack up against Benchmark.
I second this request! I have a Hegel H160, which I'm very pleased with, but would like to know a) where it ranks compared to the many DACs that Amir has tested and b) what upgrades would materially improve my system's performance.
 
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Would be nice to see measurements of entry level Emotiva amps like the Stealth PA-1 (ICE Power 300ASC!) and A-300.
 

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