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    Default My CAL is back & I'm test Driving a TEAC UD-501 DAC

    Yep, my CAL Alpha DAC is back & singing it's wonderful music. It was an easy fix according to Stephen & is surely welcomed back. But since this weather has been so crappy this winter & I'm just so sick & tired of it I figured I needed a diversion. When my CAL was in for repairs I did a lot of reading up on various DAC's that are now available without having to remortgage the house. The two that really caught my eye were the CHORD QuatHD DAC & the TEAC UD-501. The CHORD is over 2x the price of the TEAC & is not readably available for home audition. The TEAC on the other hand is readably available & is slated for delivery on Tues. It's packed w/ features & plays anything you could possibly throw at it. The one feature I like about it is that you can choose to have it upsample or not to upsample & you have a choice of three filters for Redbook playback & 4 filters for USB DSD. Both DAC's have received stellar reviews but the CHORD is a different animal that hopefully some day will be in my possession, not just now though. I'm not looking to replace the CAL but if the TEAC pleases me enough I just might start a collection of DAC's that I can roll in & out as the mood strikes. I'll post back later with my findings after it's been up & running for awhile.

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    Oppo BDP-93
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    Def Tech ProMonitor 1000 / front & rear presence
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    I would be interested in your opinion of the Teac.

    The FAT DAC (Firestone Audio Tobby; See http://www.head-fi.org/t/664270/revi...udio-tobby-dac)

    has the best USB implementation of any DAC I have owned. It barely etches out the Keces DA-151 in that area. It has an upsample on/off that the user can control like the TEAC. Post your impressions of the TEAC when you can.
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    2 different animals Phil....2 different presentations. Will be interesting to see which floats your boat but I already think I know that answer.

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    Welcome to the ud-501 club! Did you go silver, or black?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    2 different animals Phil....2 different presentations. Will be interesting to see which floats your boat but I already think I know that answer.
    Tony, I will stay as neutral as possible during my evaluation. I already know that the CAL DAC presentation is very warm & musical to my ears. My listening to the TEAC will be with open mind & ears & we'll have to wait to see how it plays out.
    "2 Channel & 11.2 HT "
    Panny 65" 3D Plasma
    Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3010 AVR
    D>SONIC M2-600M mono's / mains
    Rotel RMB-1095 / 5 channel amp
    Rotel RMB-1075 / 5 channel amp
    TEAC UD - 501 DAC
    Oppo BDP-93
    SONOS System
    KEF Q900 / mains
    KEF Q600 / center
    KEF Q800 / surrounds
    KEF Q100 / rear surr.
    Def Tech ProMonitor 1000 / front & rear presence
    Velodyne SPL-1200R subs / dual pair
    DSPeaker Anti-Mode 8033 sub EQ
    Equitech Balanced Power Son of Q 1.5R
    Extensive room treatments

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    Quote Originally Posted by pearsall001 View Post
    Tony, I will stay as neutral as possible during my evaluation.
    Ha...good luck with that.

    Just kidding, you usually are pretty neutral in your observations. Since you obviously will be running the Sonos into whatever dac you choose, my observation is the Cal will sound better overall.

    BTW, the 'gon has a Cal Alpha 24/96 tube dac up right now for 6 bones.
    Last edited by tonyb; 03-09-2014 at 11:22 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    Ha...good luck with that.

    Just kidding, you usually are pretty neutral in your observations. Since you obviously will be running the Sonos into whatever dac you choose, my observation is the Cal will sound better overall.

    BTW, the 'gon has a Cal Alpha 24/96 tube dac up right now for 6 bones.
    My Redbook CD's that are already ripped to FLAC via dbPoweramp will be the brunt of my listening. The setup will be thru the Sonos > Empirical Audio Synchromesh > DAC. I'll also try the Hi-Rez capabilities including DSD thru the USB...this of course takes the Sonos completely out of the picture. I don't have any ripped Hi-Rez music just yet so I'm very curious as to how that whole scenario will play out & of course sound.

    Man, that 24/96 CAL sure looks tempting!!!!
    "2 Channel & 11.2 HT "
    Panny 65" 3D Plasma
    Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3010 AVR
    D>SONIC M2-600M mono's / mains
    Rotel RMB-1095 / 5 channel amp
    Rotel RMB-1075 / 5 channel amp
    TEAC UD - 501 DAC
    Oppo BDP-93
    SONOS System
    KEF Q900 / mains
    KEF Q600 / center
    KEF Q800 / surrounds
    KEF Q100 / rear surr.
    Def Tech ProMonitor 1000 / front & rear presence
    Velodyne SPL-1200R subs / dual pair
    DSPeaker Anti-Mode 8033 sub EQ
    Equitech Balanced Power Son of Q 1.5R
    Extensive room treatments

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    Any more updates Phil ? What do ya hear ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    Any more updates Phil ? What do ya hear ?
    Tony, things ain't looking too good for the CAL...sorry but I have to leave ya hanging with thought. I just got beckoned by the wife to move it, we're heading out to dinner with friends. Will touch base later.
    "2 Channel & 11.2 HT "
    Panny 65" 3D Plasma
    Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3010 AVR
    D>SONIC M2-600M mono's / mains
    Rotel RMB-1095 / 5 channel amp
    Rotel RMB-1075 / 5 channel amp
    TEAC UD - 501 DAC
    Oppo BDP-93
    SONOS System
    KEF Q900 / mains
    KEF Q600 / center
    KEF Q800 / surrounds
    KEF Q100 / rear surr.
    Def Tech ProMonitor 1000 / front & rear presence
    Velodyne SPL-1200R subs / dual pair
    DSPeaker Anti-Mode 8033 sub EQ
    Equitech Balanced Power Son of Q 1.5R
    Extensive room treatments

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    That's cool Phil, either way. You know me, I'll hunt ya down for a review. LOL. When you have time bro...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    That's cool Phil, either way. You know me, I'll hunt ya down for a review. LOL. When you have time bro...
    Too funny Tony! Just some preliminary listening observations is that Redbook CD playback is outstanding. I haven't done any Hi-Rez or DSD playback yet. In a nut shell I've just barely touched the surface of this DAC's capabilities. Very, very impressed so far & I only expect it to get better.
    "2 Channel & 11.2 HT "
    Panny 65" 3D Plasma
    Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3010 AVR
    D>SONIC M2-600M mono's / mains
    Rotel RMB-1095 / 5 channel amp
    Rotel RMB-1075 / 5 channel amp
    TEAC UD - 501 DAC
    Oppo BDP-93
    SONOS System
    KEF Q900 / mains
    KEF Q600 / center
    KEF Q800 / surrounds
    KEF Q100 / rear surr.
    Def Tech ProMonitor 1000 / front & rear presence
    Velodyne SPL-1200R subs / dual pair
    DSPeaker Anti-Mode 8033 sub EQ
    Equitech Balanced Power Son of Q 1.5R
    Extensive room treatments

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