Monica 2.............non oversampling DAC...........listen to see if it's
your cup of tea. Some ppl swear it makes their music listening to
a new level! NOt my cup of tea, but for those who wants to sample
what's the big fuss about nn-oversamplings as against oversamplings,
this could be a interesting hifi journey or part of your journey.
Other than this, the DCS edgar sounds very nice....but at rm40K,
that's alot of $$$$$! It's like if one drives a Merc......probably might
get nausea sitting in a proton! Surely going gradually from 4X, to multiple times oversampling to 500X o/sampling, one would find the
differences and enjoy every minute of the music listening...and
exploring the non-o/sampling will probably be part of the hifi journey!
The North Star's 400X o/sampling DAC sounded pretty smooth
on first listen, and at a few rmK is reachable for a not so hi-tech
DAC, compared with the DCS. The Technics CDP has always been
overlooked by hifi enthusiasts, the Jap engineers claimed
remarkable o/sampling rate (one paper at least which could be
worked out mathematically to 300X o/s for their top-top of the range studio versions and trickle down to only 1 or 2 top of the line consumer model) does a pretty good job. I've friends sourcing the
studio versions but without much luck.
Note that some CDT goes with their own proprietary DAC, nicely
match for optimum perfromances....so you can't miss the ball park.
Performances you will have to gauge and listen for yourself, as
the sound could be your personal preferences, eventhough others
may tell you what DAC gives you more texture and details, but you
may find it analytical, cold and not musical.
Drop me a private line whenever you are in Kay El, could bring you
around to listen to some exotic DACs and some not so expensive
CDP/CDT plus DAC combi that may/could rock your boat.
Recommendations and really go listen and decide may be different
to some and waste of time for others.
I'm just an impoverished hifi nut in his 50's who listens to music,
my brand of music that is, and doesn't want to spend too much on
hardware, even though I know for sure it's going to make one hell
of a difference!