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Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 03, 2018
It’s built as if from a solid billet of alloy and has almost as many (digital) hook-ups as Rob Lowe did in the ‘80s.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 28, 2016
Shhh, Don't Tell Anyone
Simaudio makes fine-sounding, well-made, and (very) reasonably-priced gear. I'm afraid if this word gets out, they'll wise up and at least quintuple their prices, making them more appealing, ya know...sexy, to a certain sect of audiophiles.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 23, 2016
Junior
If you're looking for senior, that would be the PS Audio DirectStream (see review). Junior came into being with lots of senior's genes, of greatest import the FPGA-based digital processing engine developed by Ted Smith. The company then went about saving costs in less critical areas and Junior was born. The question on most people's minds may very well be—how far did Junior fall from the tree?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 17, 2016
Pre-Made Pi
The sonic.build Sonic DAC is put together from individual products you can buy and DIY. Here's the shopping list:
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 26, 2019
The T+A MP 2000 R MKII utilizes four PCM1795 D/A chipsets in the 2000 R MKII which offers up a total of eight 32-bit/384kSps Sigma-Delta DACs to tap for conversion duties (four per channel) in what T+A calls a “double-differential quadruple-converter” setup with separate and individually optimized PCM and DSD (true one-bit DSD512) pathways within the circuit architecture.
Steven Plaskin  |  Oct 27, 2016
Musica Pristina’s Virtuoso Network DAC is a Roon Ready DAC that takes advantage of Roon Lab’s RAAT (Roon Advanced Audio Transport) protocol technology for bit perfect network streaming over Ethernet and WiFi networks. RAAT supports “all relevant audio formats today and for the foreseeable future.” Musica Pristina is one of the earliest companies to support Roon’s RAAT with a DAC that utilizes this new network protocol.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 04, 2016
totaldac + Roon
If you've read my reviews of the totaldac d1-tube-mk2 DAC or the d1-dual DAC, you'll know they are among my Favorites. When I received an email from totaldac's Vincent Brient asking if I'd be interested in reviewing his new Roon Ready d1-integral-headphone music server/DAC, I responded, "Yes".

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