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Review and Measurements of GUSTARD-DACA22 - 4499 First Show at ASR

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Hi, has anybody listened to the A22? Was wondering listeners impressions regarding detail, soundstage width/depth, imaging and treble/bass extension.

Also any comparison to other recent DACs would be appreciated!
 

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Hi, has anybody listened to the A22? Was wondering listeners impressions regarding detail, soundstage width/depth, imaging and treble/bass extension.

Also any comparison to other recent DACs would be appreciated!
Hi @Tonto I've seen a few of your posts asking similar questions. ASR is not like other forums.

The perspective here is that measurements are made to understand the quality of engineering and design. Imaging, soundstage and so on are not affected by DACs unless they are very poorly measuring. DACs are basically transparent.

Just FYI:
  • Soundstage and imaging on their own cannot be affected by DACs unless they are using DSP to manipulate the music. Soundstage, from a signal perspective, is just timing and amplitude information. Unless there is a channel imbalance or oscillator/clock issue there will be no effect. IIRC there has never been a DAC, good or bad, regardless of design, measured which has shown those kinds of faults. What will effect your listening experience is especially high noise and distortion.
  • Treble/bass extension is seen in frequency response. It is flat and completely acceptable in about 90% of cases (I'm being conservative). Mostly what you get is not to do with early rolloff and diminished response, but inappropriate reconstruction filters which allow spurs to appear in the audible band.
Stick around though. If you want to discuss these topics please don't do so here but start your own thread or read existing ones.

Sorry to derail the thread Wolf.
 

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Is this DAC worth the cost?

What I got from the review is its semi Ok and the USB model is junk.
 
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