The DAC Advice Thread

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  1. crenca

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    Hard to imagine that $shipping$ it to Schiit and paying for an upgrade could be offset by higher resale value. As far as un-warranted risk, again hard to imagine these costs weighing less than the peace of mind of 2 years (which is not very long).

    As far keeping the same realitively dark sound if/when it craps out, the Bifrost 2 maybe?
     
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    Well, if it was me I would sink the cost of the upgrade ($200 + shipping) and whatever I could get for it used into a used Bifrost2 purchase (which would come with unison), unless I was particularly attracted to the sound as is (through coax)....but at this level (both $ and SQ) it's probably 6 to one, half dozen to the other.
     
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    Nooooo, don't give me an either/or with "when" it craps out in it! I love this thing!
     
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    Does anyone know if switching between the different output modules is easier with the new Yggdrasil+ case than with the old case?

    I don't think so, but this would be a nice side effect.
     
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    From Jason HF blog if that's what are asking about:
     
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    I didn’t get much response in the other thread maybe because it was too specific so I think I will ask here in a more general topic…

    Does anyone have experience comparing the old vintage favourite SFD-2 with the Wavelight DAC? The Sonic Frontiers to me is neutral/warm, has a slightly laidback presentation but with forward midrange and quite a large soundstage that seems to be better more in width than depth. I think in terms of presentation this one is almost perfect for me.

    I wonder if the Rockna can improve on that?
     
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    If you like the SFD-2 then stick with it. I really liked the Wavelight; the Wavelight is pretty close to neutral tonality but has quite a thick timbre. That being said, the Wavelight blows the SFD-2 away in almost every technical aspect except probably the stage; the Wavelight stages further back and has a slight wraparound effect, but the stage is quite large and has good depth.

    TL;DR I'd stick with the SFD-2 if I were you. Maybe you can find a way to audition Wavelight at home, but otherwise I wouldn't bother.

    Edit: I'm really saying this because you sound like you're happy with the SFD-2 and want something akin to a straight upgrade (which I'm not sure exists). Other DACs might be better/more resolving but will shift the sound in a direction you may not enjoy.
     
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    Thank you. It will be nice if I can keep the presentation and sound 100% the same but I know it’s a very low chance so if I sacrifice some other aspects it’s okay. I think I appreciate the soundstage, slightly laid back sound and smoothness the most in the SFD-2 so do you think the Wavelight other than soundstage more or less do well in the other 2 aspects?

    One other modern DAC that I did try was the Holo May but I think it’s a bit too neutral and dry in my system although it’s very impressive technically. It’s also a bit out of budget. Do you think the Rockna has a wetter, more “analogue” sound than the May?
     
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    If you're talking about overall character in "laid-back"; no. The Wavelight is incisive versus the SFD-2, only being slightly more laid back than my current Schiit Yggdrasil GS. Wavelight also slams more with more refined highs (Wavelight somehow doesn't exhibit the ringing that many R2R DACs have). It's definitely a more "modern" R2R sound.

    However, if you mean more "laid-back" timbre, the Wavelight definitely is. It's very thick and rich; too much so with certain systems. But if you don't mind this, it's very good.

    That being said, Wavelight can almost pull the vinyl-like quality to sound that Wavedream can. So in terms of being smooth, it absolutely is.

    Yes. I haven't heard the May, only heard the Spring 2, but I think I know what you're referring to when you say "dry" in this context.
     

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