I always found DACs funny in the past. I more often than not out one into a system, regardless of price, and wouldn't hear much of a difference, not enough to justify the cost of the DAC anyway. But sometimes, just sometimes, you'd add one to a system, and I assume its synergy, it works wonders. While there are those that feel digital is digital, and everything digital sounds the same, I am of the belief that DACs DO make a difference, but they need to be tried in the user's system to make sure the synergy is there.steve_1979 said:I'm only speaking from my own experiance but with digital products a good £200-£300 DAC sounds virtually the same as much more expensive DAC's.
We're back to this aren't we. I do find it amusing that this comparison is always against £6-10k systems (never a £3k system, or a £20k system oddly), especially when the claim is being made for a £1k pair of speakers. That's not be being 'numberist', that's just getting what you pay for. I'm sure that some £1k active speakers may well be better than amps and speakers of the same cost, and probably can be very competitive against amp/speakers combos of maybe twice the price, but there's a limit to everything. If you could really make £1k active speakers sound like £10k's worth of passive system, I'm sure there would be a hell of a lot more people doing it, and there would be the likes of ATC claiming their £10k actives sound like £100k's worth of passive, and PMC claiming similar. There's plenty of speaker manufacturers out there with enough experience in active speakers to swamp the hi-fi market, or collaborations of manufacturers to provide complete solutions, but it doesn't happen. Why? Because its not what people want. Dynaudio's Xeo speakers will be a test for that market, so we'll see how they go. They have the added advantage of being wireless, which is what people want.As for the amp and speakers spending around £2000 on a pair of Genelec or Opal Event speakers will give at least 90% of the performance of the best £10,000 systems. This is just my opinion based on my own experiances of course.
Anyway, back to what I was talking about. This £1k vs £10k thing would be easier to swallow if it was actually against a well chosen, high quality system with a decent amount of synergy, rather than hotch potch systems I see being compared. If some people had chosen their £10k systems properly in the first place, they wouldn't be of the opinion that a budget pair of active speakers can sound as good.
Just my opinion