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    Well my go to Computer store that I use to build custom PC's no not Power Cables, Personal Computers
    They have now started to carry Audio DAC's..
    They now carry Jolida FX Tube DAC
    Cambridge Audio DAC magic 100 and DAC Magic Plus
    and Audiolab M-DAC
    Now it looks like I don't have to order from the USA are these Good DAC's or are they bottom end Gear?

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    Stay away from the Jolida. I looked into it and quickly ruled it out. It's evidently got a piss-poor design and has a reputation for noise due to the tubes being next to the power transformer. After so many reviews saying the same thing, one loses interest.

    The FX series is from the US based Jolida and is their first in-house design. The tube amp is supposed to be a nifty little unit, but nobody really respects the other products on the series.
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    No real experience with any of them, but I'll say this: My audio repair guy has a DAC Magic running between his computer and pre and he has an amazing system. I was actually shocked that he was using a DAC Magic based on the rest of his system, but it's a killer system. Would it be better with a better DAC? I guess most would say yes, but...

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    Teh Cambridge DACs are good but not my cup of tea personally. I'd be hesitant in buying anything Jolida given some of their issues. That's not to say it's all bad, but you need to do your research and make sure you're not ending up with a problematic product.
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    Looks like the North Texas area has this issue covered

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    Quote Originally Posted by PSOVLSK View Post
    Looks like the North Texas area has this issue covered
    You noticed that too?
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    My DM plus is outstanding,and very comparable to my cd player!
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    I use my Cambridge Audio Azur 840C CD players as DACs (they tow optical inputs), and I am very happy with their performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jhayman View Post
    Well my go to Computer store that I use to build custom PC's no not Power Cables, Personal Computers
    They have now started to carry Audio DAC's..
    They now carry Jolida FX Tube DAC
    Cambridge Audio DAC magic 100 and DAC Magic Plus
    and Audiolab M-DAC
    Now it looks like I don't have to order from the USA are these Good DAC's or are they bottom end Gear?
    Really a puter store carrying Cambridge and Audiolab DAC's?Interesting.In what region of Canuckistan do you reside?

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    You gotta go "Old School" & pick up a CAL Alpha DAC...circa 1995, amazing sound from that puppy. I also have the DacMagic, which is one awesome sounding DAC. But the CAL Alpha DAC is getting top billing right now. I can swap them in & out to change things up a bit.
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    The Audiolab M-DAC is one bad daddy! I have my eye on this DAC. Other than the Wyred4sound DAC2 it has won more awards than about any other DAC. Some are preferring it over the DAC2 which says a lot. It just won the prestigious EISA (European Image and Sound Association) Award. For other reviews/awards of the M-DAC:
    http://www.audiolab.co.uk/News.aspx?...tegory=Reviews
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    The only region that matters..Toronto
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    Quote Originally Posted by FTGV View Post
    Really a puter store carrying Cambridge and Audiolab DAC's?Interesting.In what region of Canuckistan do you reside?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jhayman View Post
    The only region that matters..Toronto
    Oh that dump of a town.I only go there when necessary,like this sat at the Rogers Center.

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