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Amplifier with dac

Discussion in 'audio' started by Conan, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. htm_1968

    htm_1968 pfm Member

    I had great results with a Gato DIA250 driving a pair of ART Alnico 8s. The Gato is an excellent amp, and despite being a 250W per channel class D design, is a really subtle performer. Nice taught bass without an ounce of flab, no sheen or overhang on the high frequencies and really excellent soundstaging. The DAC is really very good too. There are usually copies to be had second hand. The DIA400 is excellent too, but I'm not sure I can ever see myself needing 400W per channel.
  2. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr pfm Member

    OP, not sure what your budget is, nor what speakers you are using, but for a relatively inexpensive system, using fairly efficient speakers, I'd say the NuForce DDA120 might be worth considering. I have one doing duties for the TV and DVD, via a pair of Focal Domes (which are very small, and not all that efficient). Unobtrusive to the point of near-invisibility, but excellent SQ and enough welly for the purpose. Not ideal if you're a metalhead, perhaps, as the 50W output is not as grunty as 50 Class A watts would be, for example.
  3. Conan

    Conan Loop digger

    Thanks for the suggestions. Budget is £1000
  4. PerF

    PerF Senior

    If a Nait 2 is reference basic, I'd hardly think a class D amp will do it

    Perhaps get a little dac to hide behind the shelf/amp, never used a seperate dac on old Naits myself though, so hardly experienced advise
  5. Conan

    Conan Loop digger

    Audiolab M dac?
  6. badlyread

    badlyread pfm Member

    I sold my CB Nait 2 and now have an Exposure XM5. Wonderful, musical piece of kit. Give it a try.
  7. teddy_pardo

    teddy_pardo Trade: Teddy Pardo

  8. jtrade

    jtrade pfm Member

    I know what you mean about the bulk of the Z1010... but it could be both much cheaper and sonically less risky to buy a new rack !?

    DAVEDWACK pfm Member

    Yep, what Jtrade said, for sure.
  10. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    Bluesound PowerNode 2?
  11. davidavdavid

    davidavdavid EARWAG

    In a word, NO. There are far better options out there.
  12. Conan

    Conan Loop digger

    Since I'm happy with the JVC I will look out for a rack that can accommodate it

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