Thanks to all that responded in my recent post regarding my digital front end!

Many of you suggested Aurender for a streamer. I have found a demo unit that will eat up the majority of my $5,000 budget not leaving me much money for a new DAC.

I thought it was the DAC that was the most important item in the digital chain.

Any thoughts on this? Thank you!




Most NOS (non-over sampling) DAC are pretty darn good. And LAB 12 DAC 1 uses one of my most revered tubes. If you can score a NOS pair of Telefunken ECC88, you would be in musical heaven with DAC1/N200 pairing.

@oddiofyl OK, TMR has no stock. I sent an email to Mike Kaye at Audio Archon yesterday as he sells them, but no response yet. I also see a guy in Canada has 3 of them for sale. I shot him a PM and haven't heard back from him yet either.

@lalitk Hey, I'm starting to shake just thinkin' about it! I did order the DH Labs coaxial cable for now. I am going to need the extra $200 that they want for their USB cable to pay for all the electricity I'm going to use listening to this stuff 24/7.

Definitely deal with someone who has a decent return policy. I love how it sounds but at its price imake sure it is something you can listen to then decide if you want to keep it.

I have had people over that preferred the sound of the RME I had in the same room. After spending considerable time with both I sold the RME. It is great but it lacks that meat on the bones and great tone the DAC1 has.

@navyachts, not a problem. I’ll side aside time this week & hopefully ship no later than Thursday (2nd day air) if you’re interested. Yessir, 2007 I2S Revelation. Connector contacts thoroughly cleaned w/ DeoxIT D5 followed up with a coat of DeoxIT Gold G100 performed before shipment. A slight fork in the road though, a personal OCD problem perhaps. Revelation Audio Labs (why 16 years of age, poof) decided on transparent heat & shrink vs their signature color and over these years in between shrink / jacket lies a white substance has gathered much like what you’d see on perhaps a faucet which lacks a cleaning, calcium buildup. Ugh, I promise the cable is legit & so is the package ... and I’ll try n address the heat shrink discoloration issue.