I recently acquired the DAC16 below. I'm going to compare it to the MHDT Havana I just purchased. If it loses then I'm going to sell it. Anybody know what a fair price would be? Anybody know what I can expect from this DAC?
Consonance now offers their new DAC16, a 16-bit digital analog converter that uses the TDA1543 plus offers both USB and SPDIF input. According to the company, "SpAct memory architecture and Linear technology have been applied in the whole USB and built-in DAC section, where the received digital signal from computer is checked, clock corrected and decoded through. SpAct memory architecture is set within the data path establishing smoother data flow so that the final audio has the lowest possible jitter. It ensured that the built-in DAC section set latter is able to be fed with information both higher data integrity and lower jitter." The same technology is found within Consonance's CD120 linear CD-player. RCA input and output terminals are gold-plated RCA, while a USB input handles streaming audio data from a computer. DAC resolution is 16-bit using the TDA1543, while maximum output is a healthy 2.35 Volts. Frequency response is from 20Hz to 20kHz with a phase accuracy of less than 5 degrees deviation. Signal-to-noise and crosstalk is a low 100dB while distortion via RCA output is less than 0.12 percent. Enjoy the Music.com has reviews various Consonance-Opera products including the Consonance Cyber 211 monoblock amplifier (click here), Opera Audio Droplet LP5.0 turntable (click here) and the Consonance Cyber 10 Multifunctional tube amplifier (click here).