- Sep 17, 2020
I had, until recently, an RME ADI-2 DAC FS. It developed a fault and so I had to send it in for repairs. In the meantime, I used a Topping D10 DAC and the headphone jack on my integrated amp. I did not notice any audible difference between the two set-ups. Therefore, when they sent me a brand new RME DAC (they couldn’t repair it), I sold it and kept using the “replacement” system.
That is a long-winded way of saying that I do not think you will notice a difference by changing the DAC. The main advantage of the RME is the rich feature set it has, but I didn’t use these and therefore they weren’t of value to me.
I really don't know what to make of so many DAc reviewers talking about musicality, sonic space, nuance, etc. And in practice, according to your comments, you do not notice the difference between a DAc of € 80 and another of € 1000, which also, according to these reviewers, beats a DAC of € 3000.
In the end, I think we will have to give more credit to those who think that the sound space, the position of the instruments, etc. it has more to do with your room, speakers and their position.
I think that finally maybe I will change the amplifier for a tube one where depending on which tubes are used, the changes will really be noticed.