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Dac/preamp with XLR out and RCA in ... what are my options?


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3 hours ago, mr.me said:

No streamer but this might do

TOPPING D30 PRO

I use the old D30 and I like it. Can’t see RCA in, although several sites list it. Maybe the outputs are switchable.

EDIT - looks like digital in only. 

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Yes digital inputs only. If you feed it with a transport or CD digital out then you can use the preamp section to feed your amp.

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Thanks, will look at that.

The Pro-Ject kit looks well specc’ed.

https://www.project-audio.com/en/product/pre-box-rs-digital/

and this, perfect, but no XLR out

https://www.project-audio.com/en/product/pre-box-ds2-digital/

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4 hours ago, lordmortlock said:

Thanks, will look at that.

The Pro-Ject kit looks well specc’ed.

https://www.project-audio.com/en/product/pre-box-rs-digital/

and this, perfect, but no XLR out

https://www.project-audio.com/en/product/pre-box-ds2-digital/

Many of these devices convert analogue inputs to digital.  The Benchmark does not do this but it's not clear if the Project does.  Naim do this with their Novas and t/t does not sound great.

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1 hour ago, DomT said:

Many of these devices convert analogue inputs to digital.  The Benchmark does not do this but it's not clear if the Project does.  Naim do this with their Novas and t/t does not sound great.

An excellent point! Cheers 👍🏼

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DomT makes an excellent point. There are DAC/preamps that offer the option of either remaining in analogue or AD conversion into the digital domain for DSP/ room compensation. Eg Anthem, but comes at a price. Based on my experience with the NT 505, I have high expectations of this soon to released TEAC. RCA/XLR in/out Analogue preamp and is definitely not a "box of air". Expected rrp of @ £2K. 

TEAC UD-701n

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I know you tried bel canto one box but a pre 3 vbs is rather good with actives. Occassionaly come up at around 750 inc psu.  

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