I think the new TEAC line of modern/retro looking gear matches up to your old Scott aesthetics. They are ridiculously expensive though for all that bling.
I have the RME. It exhibits a well accomplished industrial design and look the part. The meter is especially nice, and gives you useful information on what you're playing. So, beautiful, but in a "professional way", not exactly what I like in my living room.I think I will have a serious look at the RME ADI-2.
It seems to partially meet my
needswill for some kind of a VU Meter, without sacrificing anything regarding the sound.
I have the RME. It exhibits a well accomplished industrial design and look the part. The meter is especially nice, and gives you useful information on what you're playing. So, beautiful, but in a "professional way", not exactly what I like in my living room.
That said, I share your longing for more captivating designs, possibly new interpretations and iterations to give a nicer feel to those absurdly high performing devices and I will definitely pay a reasonable premium for that.
TEAC devices have been reviewed here:But I'm not sure they are as good as they are nice.
Can you elaborate. I looked again. And I can't see any way to get this device to work as VuMeter without passing the signal through. If connecting it via a Y cable would let me have VUMeter for that price without spoiling the signal it would be a no brainer.Yes you shouldn't use it as an actual RCA hub!
But it also has a microphone input for the Vu-meters, so as long as you use that and only use the device as a standalone meter then it would be fine.
T+A HA200...The T+A Dac 200 costs around 5k.
The Teac with the vu meters is an integrated amp.
The Shanling is very limited and uses its own app, a deal breaker.
Yes, the Rme has a very "pro" look, and that's why it costs a reasonable amount of money.
At the moment, I would consider the Rme or the SPL.
I just emailed Amir to see about getting this VuMeter tested. It has no switching so hopefully the RCAs are just pass-through and don't degrade audio. And it has removable rack mount ears.I have TEAC AX-505...both that one and its non-integrated cousin have that exact look you (and I) want. They also sound, and measure extremely well, being built on Hypex Ncore modules inside. Unfortunately their matching DAC doesn't have VU meters. Theyre also not very cheap at about $1500 USD
The IRS allows deductions for T+A. (Apologies to those who haven't seen The Wolf of Wall Street)One thing that's nice about the T+A models is that both the VU backlights as well as the leds are fully RGB and can be set to any desired color:
Edit: also the VU meters are multi-purpose and can be set to either input level, output level, DAC clock rate and jitter rate. Quite useful when connecting external equipment and seeing these metrics at a glance.