DAC Choices - Denafrips vs. Schitt

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Northy

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Hey folks,

I hope everyone's summer is going well. I am coming for advice from my dear "Loganites" regarding DACs. Now that my Pass Labs XP-22 is burned in, I am in awe of its resolving power and overall refinement along with XA30.8 amp. So the next upgrade is a DAC. I have read a lot of good professional and owner reviews about the Denafrips Teminator. I also have researched the Schitt Yggdrasi. I know the former is roughly twice as expensive as the latter.

In the context of Martin Logan speakers (Theos for me) and ideally electronics like Pass Labs, if any of you have this combo, do you also own any of these DACS? I just want to know if these DACs really match well with the aforementioned gear. Alternatively, I am open to other brands if you have had a good experience.

I really appreciate all your inputs.
 

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I would not hesitate to recommend you go to Audio Science Review (ASR) and look at the info they have on DACS. I criticize them for too many DACs tested and such, but for a buyer like you it will answer MANY questions. Lots of high end product failures and lots of high end good stuff reviewed. It will give you LOTS of reading. Enjoy!
 

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Hey Northy have you seen John Darko's review of both of those DAC's on his YouTube channel? If not check it out because it is a great review in my opinion. Link below.

Denafrips Terminator DAC review

He does a really good job on this review and it changed my mind on buying both of those DAC's before I ended up going with the PS Audio DirectStream. I was even considering the La Scala which is also in the video review. Currently I am Demoing the dCS Bartok and comparing it against the PS Audio setup. Using both as Streaming DAC's. And I have to say the two are very close and in my opinion the dCS is not worth the extra $10k in price. But I have it all week and possibly next week to decide and keep comparing.

Oh and I'm not using the gear you have so take what I say with a grain of salt. My current gear setup is shown below with the 15A's. But if it were me I'd reach out to PS Audio by phone and talk with them. You could get the DirectStream w/ Bridge II for a great deal right now because the MKII version is about to be released. And you get a 30 day return policy with no questions asked if you don't like the product. Just my two cents.

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Hey folks,

I hope everyone's summer is going well. I am coming for advice from my dear "Loganites" regarding DACs. Now that my Pass Labs XP-22 is burned in, I am in awe of its resolving power and overall refinement along with XA30.8 amp. So the next upgrade is a DAC. I have read a lot of good professional and owner reviews about the Denafrips Teminator. I also have researched the Schitt Yggdrasi. I know the former is roughly twice as expensive as the latter.

In the context of Martin Logan speakers (Theos for me) and ideally electronics like Pass Labs, if any of you have this combo, do you also own any of these DACS? I just want to know if these DACs really match well with the aforementioned gear. Alternatively, I am open to other brands if you have had a good experience.

I really appreciate all your inputs.

Thanks to all the replies. I have seen John Darko's review but his electronics were different. I want to keep my budget around $5k. I will check out Audio Science Review.
 

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Agree w jlasher. The directstream is great. No reason to pay sticker for it. Ask for a deal by calling them.
 
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