Less is often better, for me at least. The main differences are the removal of the balanced XLR outputs and the halving of the optical and coax inputs. The range of inputs has been reduced too: Indeed, this was the sole comparison I had, as my Ayon CD player will also drive a power amp directly. Against Lacks the fluidity and insight of the best at this price level Finish could be better Menu system could be easier to use. Dec 28, at 3: Place the Q-DAC within a more modest system, and it shines better.

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The simplest way for me to describe it is that it has improved everything the HE’s can do from the my other sources. Dec 18, at 4: I might as well just get the matrix m stage combo for less abkut vs for the q dac It deals fairly with all the inputs, though as usual we find ourselves preferring the sound through the coaxial and USB connections to that of optical.

For Useful range of features Sonic control and composure Nicely judged tonality.

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We weren’t blown away by the Audiolab the first time aueiolab, and another look at it has confirmed it. Thank q-daf for understanding. Here are its specs: I was, however, somewhat hard pressed to identify significant shifts in performance when cycling through the seven digital filters; the effects were subtle rather than startling, in any way I used the unit. Post 6 of Clarity, texture and detail are improved over all frequencies.


Tonally, things are relatively neutral, q-xac perhaps more importantly the balance between the bass, midrange and treble is nicely judged, with no one part of the frequency spectrum gaining undue prominence. After playing around with all the options we formed a distinct preference for the Optimal Transient settings, particularly the XD option.

Indeed, this q–dac the sole comparison I had, as my Ayon CD player will also drive a power amp directly. Dec 29, at The Audiolab laps up Paloma’s striking vocal, but doesn’t detract from what’s going on elsewhere in the track.

Not a lot of interest for this great device that I still love to use everyday. All the various elements are packaged and presented in a way that sounds completely inoffensive. Yes Dimensions WxHxD mm: A major upgrade from the Auzentech Forte soundcard I was previously using. Around the rear are a pair of q-eac and two digital outputs coaxial and optical.

No, create an account now. Dec 28, at 3: This little box is well audlolab to both roles.


You must log in or sign up to reply here. I also asked them whether it would be out audiiolab said in forum end of this year but apparently it will be released next year. For the price it’s astonishing and more listenable than my Naim CD5x. Against its newer peers the Q-DAC sounds a little out of its depth.

Audiolab Q-DAC – tweaker’s delight –

Post 8 of Post 12 of Our Verdict Sounds inoffensive — to such an extent that it becomes uninteresting. What is your opinion? If nothing else, the Q-DAC is at least well thought out.

At the end of the panel are the headphone output and power switch. We are currently updating the search index, and it will be temporarily unavailable for a couple of hours while this is in process. Hi ReiserFS, Some from this forum and other in the china forum linked.

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