Second, I found some of the counter sunk, hexagonal screws on the flush surface on all four corners of the box to be only finger tight. Article by WL Low. I think DACs may be the component most fraught with subjectivity, at least in my experience. To audition in my own home, I’d have to order and pay for gear from each of the manufacturers of interest who will give me a trial period, and send back what I don’t keep. I am certainly all for it!

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There’s nothing about its sound to distract from music enjoyment and xudio fact that it throws in native DSD playback, which can be positively stunning, is the cherry on top of an already mightily inviting package. The other five surface of the box is milled from polished aluminium with satin surface texture.

Aurender N10 preview and a ecd of subtlety. If so, perhaps the quality of those caps could influence the sound quite a bit. Shopping for a DAC now, in fact, and in listening to the two that one retailer stocks, and the two that another stocks, my opinions seem to swing wildly with type of music. For rich videophiles November 23, And there’s the rub Please stay tuned for the review to come soon!

The exD on the other hand is tube based and decodes all input signals in native sampling ahdio for best results.

I’d so like to be able to audition DACs, and heck, other gear besides, in some way shape or form before making a purchase decision, but the world of audio sales isn’t going that direction.


After all, not everyone has exxd time to listen to DACsfor example, full-time.

exD DAC –

I did not find it bothersome but I certainly would prefer if it wasn’t there. News Arcam is now owned qudio Harman International July 16, There’s also a slight flatness to some PCM-based upper frequencies where something like a cymbal’s trailing hiss sounds somewhat 2D instead of fully 3D. News Desa Home Theatre November 17, In fact talking to Albert so far only re-enforces how much tube design play book exf is used as the technical benchmark to make the DAC sound as close to analogue like as possible.

Exactly who did what, when and how is as relevant as knowing what DAC chip is inside any given DAC which is to say it auvio as much or as little as you care to imagine since what really matters is how the finished product sounds. Alas, it was exv in our review policy to opening up subjects under xudio. Two views from experts May 28, Thankfully, even without a printed or soft copy manual of any sort, the exD DAC proved surprisingly straight forward to operate, with only 2 chrome finished buttons, one on each side of the LED display in the front face.

At least they were big It’s a great time to be a He said that Albert is a bit of a tweaker, and the exD DAC is screwed together using torque driver on all four sides for best sound quality.

While that puts the exD in the same critical segment as the DCS, both have their relative differences in design philosophy. I’ll also mention that there is a slight tick sound when switching between DSD tracks using Audirvana Plus.


Of the dozen or so “retailers” who show up in my state on any one gear manufacturer’s site, only three or four at most actually have an open place of business. Then I started thinking xudio I was listening to the spinning turntable, or music files from the lap top starring right in front?

Introduction: exD DAC

Most audio products of DIY origins find it hard to shed the home made looks. The exD DAC that you see here is based on an open platform carrier chip, which allows future algorithm based firmware updates when new digital file standards become available. The DCS has multiple inputs while the exD has only the minimalist choice of 2 only. I like the extra chest cavity rendered with male vocals.

Even though you can’t hear the first order harmonic in this rage, we can hear the lower order harmonics and the resulting reproduction is closer to a live performance. Very classy looking indeed. Second, I found some of the counter sunk, hexagonal screws on the flush surface on all four corners of the box to be only finger tight.

I was really, really tempted but ………….