Rega DAC-R D/A Converter
Ratings & Reviews
Be careful with this one. Bass around 100hz is exaggerated and slow. With the wrong amp/speaker combination you won't be 'tapping your toes' but left wondering why the bass player is step behind. I like the DAC when paired with less resolving gear, but with a full range setup look elsewhere.
I've had the Rega DAC for a few weeks now, and I am absolutely delighted with its sound. It seems to combine the best of digital clarity with the best of analogue warmth and excitement. I use it with a separate CD transport, and the sound is warm, sweet and startlingly real. The sound stage is in the room with me, the excitement of the music gripping, and the tones emotional. Even with ghastly MP3s from the computer, the sound seems richer. It sounds fantastic with headphones too - I use a Bellari HA540 Class A tube headphone amplifier and the sound is rich and untiring. MY CD collection has been transformed - Patrick, Brad, and the folks at Needle Doctor, providing outstanding customer service (thank you!) worked hard with me to find a sound that I wanted and this is it.
I have never been so starkly blown away at the difference a dac could make till I hooked this one up. Cold as a freezer it sounded light years better in my system than the musical fidelity dac I tried before this. This has a very warm and rhythmic sound but does not forget that the highs need to be clean clear and direct with out jabbing it into your eats with needles. I have this hooked to Macintosh ma 6600 with bowers 803d speakers. This is a very detailed exit rig so it needed a warm input. I am a huge analog user with our 800 records in the collection and this is as close as I have ever come to my records. My system strives for a far back stage effortless sound and this fit it perfect. If you are thinking about a dac do not bother its the rest just buy it and you will not be sending it back