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Multitest d/a converters – 1500 – 2500 euro



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Price: € 1500 - 2500



Let’s wrap this up and sum it up. It’s been quite a session. But it’s definitely been worth it, because when do we have the chance to put ten d/a converters side by side? Not often. Although this has not been a in-depth test, it is very instructive and useful to observe differences. Differences in tonal balance, accents, energy and imaging. And those differences are noticeable!

Funnily enough, the oldest dac is certainly not ‘old’ when it comes to performance. We’re still hearing an excellent translation from the source. The Weiss brings it with some extra punch, energy and conviction. The signature is close to that of the Atoll DAC200 Signature. And that with two different chips: the Atoll uses an ESS Sabre 9028 and the Weiss a PCM1792 from Burr Brown. The latter has long been a popular dac-chip. A chip with a very musical character.

A DAC that scores high in this test is the Benchmark DAC3. We tested the HGC earlier, but never the version without volume control. So the DAC3 goes straight into our Pass Labs. And that gives a magnificent result. Smooth, quiet, controlled and balanced. The most beautiful dac based on the ESS Sabre 9028pro we know. Better than the other Sabre-dacs in this test. Think of the two MOON-dacs (9018 K2M) and the Mytek Brooklyn Bridge (also 9028pro). The Musical Fidelity M6 sdac also has a 9028Pro.

Then the last couple. Metrum has its own dac-chips in use. And we hear that. It’s a Metrum sound. Smoothness, silence (clearly audible ‘between’ the instruments) and control. A very fine sound that anyone who loves neutrality can play with. And Chord. The Hugo2 is a mobile dac and does not match very well on our system. We think it’s too early to really draw any conclusions. But he doesn’t really know how to convince yet.

Then the Kinki Studio Vision DAC1. This converter based on an AKM AK4495 does convince. The presentation is light-footed, precise and fast. Especially with vocal work he touches the soul. A striking force. Nice product!


What a test. Lovely. It was incredibly instructive to put so many converters side by side. We clearly hear differences - and the viewers could as well. Also dacs with the same chips show differences. And that's logical, because not only is the output stage different (which gives a different signature to the dac), the implementation of jitter reduction, power supply and clocking are also different.

One of the models we all agreed on is the benchmark DAC3. This is a delicious musical product. Virtually no coloring, nice stereo image and plenty of inputs. Approved! One model that showed a very good price/quality ratio is the Atoll DAC200 signature. A delicious musical product. With a nice price.

The Kinki Studio shows that beautiful audio can come from China. Very beautifully made. And a fine, detailed sound. Finally, a big round of applause for the Weiss DAC2. After all these years still coming along is very impressive. Very few can do that.

Now we don't want to leave the rest of contenders out in the cold. Because the Metrum is beautiful. The Musical Fidelity offers a lot of fun, the Mytek is versatile and the Moon offers a nice streamer. In short: something for everyone. So draw your own conclusion from this test.

Winkels met Atoll

Cort van der Lindelaan 11
9722 LP Groningen, NL
Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
Stationsweg 87
9471 GM Zuidlaren, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Spoorstraat 18
7491 CK Delden, Overijssel, NL
Steenstraat 54
6828 CM Arnhem, Gelderland, NL
St.-Katelijnevest 53
2000 Antwerpen, BE
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL

Winkels met Benchmark

Hooikade 13
2627 Delft, Zuid Holland, NL
Emrikweg 25
2031 BT Haarlem, NL

Winkels met Moon

Sint-Antoniusstraat 15
2300 Turnhout, BE
Joseph Bensstraat 21
1180 Ukkel, BE
Pleinweg 136
3083 EP Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, NL
Bredabaan 1031
B-2930 Brasschaat, BE
Pelikaanstraat 126
2018 Antwerpen, BE
Korte Jansstraat 11
3512GM Utrecht, NL
Korevaarstraat 2 e-f
2311 JS Leiden, NL

Winkels met Musical Fidelity

Grotestraat 23
5931 CS Tegelen, NL
Parkweg 23
8084GG 't Harde, NL
Breestraat 146-148
2311CX Leiden, Zuid Holland, NL
Steenstraat 54
6828 CM Arnhem, Gelderland, NL

Winkels met Mytek

Korevaarstraat 2 e-f
2311 JS Leiden, NL