Back to the DAC

Just a bit of an update. When I inquired about a DAC upgrade in a recent post, it was suggested that I look at upgrading my cables first. Since then, I have done so (see my virtual system for that). Not over the top stuff, but a definite improvement over the mostly stock, generic cables I originally had.

System is sounding pretty darn good, but like most of us, you always wonder what a more expensive DAC will offer in the way of sound quality improvements.

Many of the recommended, higher priced DACs seem to include streamers and/or offer pre-amp capabilities. I have a good streamer and pre-amp and really don’t want all those components in one box.

Have any of you experienced a DAC which offers the sound qualities of highly praised units like the Mola Mola Tambaqui, DCS Lina, T&A 200, Weiss DAC501, etc. which their only function is a DAC?


BTW - if one is interested in treatments without the treatments take a look at Mitch Barnetts offering for Convolution filters. Not sure if Aurrender supports it. Roon and JRiver support it.

Digital Room Calibration Services, Convolver, Headphone Filtersets (

@yyzsantabarbara Once I take my acoustic panels down (and fix the walls) I was thinking about using the YouTube guy on Pursuit of Perfection who offer a Dirac service, but I'd much rather keep it closer to home. Maybe I'll check it out sometime, thanks.

Blanket statement? I’ll bet only 2% of these posters are able to test an Ethernet interface or an i2s interface. 
My Aurender is optimized for usb! If I had a $ for everytime I’ve heard that, I’d be rich. Years ago, I bought the top of the line Auralic over the Aurender and Lumin. And guess what, it was optimized for usb with femto clocks and that was feeding the best wyred 4 sound dac with the best aq diamond usb cable. I also had the gimmicks/tweaks like reclockers/etc that were optimized for usb.

I got rid of all that crap, got 1 of the best dacs available, used Ethernet, and the sound was much better, much much better.

Then a couple months ago bought the streamer with only an i2s and coax output so I can use i2s, another big improvement.

There is a reason the best dacs don’t have usb or have i2s and Ethernet interfaces.

Mitch is from Vancouver area, and he remotely did genius level work on my room in California. We needed to fix my Thiel CS3.7 first. I could hear 1 issue, but he identified so many others.

I tried to do the DSP myself after starting to read his book. I was smart enough to realize how dumb I am in that realm. Luckily, he started offering the remote service. I no longer use his filters in my office. I have ugly acoustic panels and I moved things around. I also have different speakers in the room so a new set of measurements would have been needed.

Accurate Sound Reproduction Using DSP: Barnett, Mitch: 9781520977904: Books

The headphone folks are also big fans for Mitch.

I am curious as to how my Livingroom system would sound with Mitches fitters. I am going to try it out once I have taken care of other matters.


@yyzsantabarbara lol, ya, I did the same thing, purchased the mic from Amazon and downloaded the free program. 3 minutes into I packed the mic back up and sent it back to Amazon, yes, I felt dumb! (Van BC, that’s where I originate from as well)

@rbstehno ok, have at ’er, wish I had a DAC as good as yours!