T+A DAC 200 or WEISS 501

Who will take what if given an opportunity lets take a vote.


I am looking at the reviews for this T&A DAC and I can’t tell if it is a delta sigma unit or r2r. The Absolute Sound review as usual is worthless. They used to be so good but nowadays they seem to just put out sheer marketing cr!p. Harry Pearson would roll over in his grave if he knew what they have done.

Another review says there are two d to a streams inside the T and A unit but without details. I guess for DSD fans it is a useful DAC.  

@troidelover1499 : Maybe reading the product description page on the T+A website can help? It’s in English too. In addition to German




Under the Specifications section you will find your answer. But here, I will copy paste making it easier for you:



Double-Differential-Quadruple-Converter with four 32-Bit Sigma-Delta 
D/A converter per channel, 705,6 / 768 kSps conversion rate


T+A-True-1Bit DSD D/A converter, up to DSD 1024 (49,2 MHz), native bitstream

I recently purchased the T+A DAC 200 and I'm very happy with it.  It replaced a Chord Qutest which, should be noted, is a fantastic little DAC for the money.  I bought the T+A new from a local dealer (Forefront Audio in Rochester, NY; Lance, the owner, always takes care of me, If you're going to buy the T+A, you may want to give him a call).  The T+A costs roughly six times what a used Qutest goes for, but it's not six times better.  My experience, however, is that it does present a much wider, deeper soundstage and greater detail while being smoother and sweeter sounding.  I know that sounds like a contradiction, but it's like how a Mercedes or BMW can have a ride that's stiffer and better-handling than, say, a Ford Focus, but at the same time provide a much more refined driving experience.  It's definitely worth checking out if you're shopping around this price point.

I just got a T+A DAC 200, and wow, I'm impressed.  The sound stage is spectacular, as is the level of detail and nuance.  These are the first two things that jumped out at me.  The tone is very linear.  Neither warm nor bright, but just a tad of euphonic richness.  A very organic tonality.  What's great is that the abundance of detail is presented naturally.  This DAC never sounds analytical.  Decays are never truncated.  A very, very musical DAC.  I've only had mine less than 24 hours though.  I've got a lot more listening to do!

@ljgm ,

Congratulations on the T+A. Good to know that you really dig the new DAC.

But please do let us know what your previous DAC was. What are your listening preferences - as in laid back or forward presentation, genre of music, etc. Will be great if you can compare the T+A to the previous DAC or any other you might have auditioned in your system. Have fun with your re-NEW-ed listening experience 😁