CFO (Chief Fun Officer)
- Feb 13, 2016
- Seattle Area
I don't think it is a serious question Andre given your tone. That aside and for benefit others reading these posts, if you can perform a controlled test, then by all means use that to choose your DAC. If you are unable to do that, then measurements are a great indicator of engineering excellence. There are a ton of unqualified people in audio building all kinds of poorly engineered products. And often charge more for it. Measurements and reviews here will let you see that and avoid the pitfalls.So if I were in the market for a DAC (or any component I guess), then I should just buy the one that measures best? This is a serious question. Thanks
Now, there is a point where distortion and noise get to be below threshold of hearing even if you play at exceedingly loud level of 120 dBSPL. To the extent you purchase such a product, you are guaranteed to have transparency to the source. On these products, you absolutely can use measurements as a purchase criteria as the outcome is proven through pyschoacoustic testing. Which is a fancy way of saying the criteria is qualified based on listening tests.
The absolute worst thing you can do is buying based on what you read from random people who don't know the audio science online or in videos. Or performing faulty listening tests. If you are going to do this, just close your eye and buy whatever. And next time you get sick, use the same sources of information for what to take for it, rather than your doctor.