Once I cued up standard Redbook albums again, Amarra reinserted itself just as automatically. With the decent stock Shuguang 12AU7, the tube output had a smidge more bass warmth, a bit more uneven upper frequencies, and some of that tube harmonics, which some may call “tube distortion. Once again, the neutrality sword is double-edged, but it can be a useful tool for those who know how to season their system with many different spices. These are not the highest-resolution op-amps, but since the Sabre DAC’s tend to have plenty of detail resolution, the overall level of resolution is still high, and if the DAC owner is not the tweaking, DIY type, he could easily stop right here and be happy. Does this mean Bursons are rolled-off, smoothed-over, or less detailed?
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Those aspects seem quite disproportionate to component size and price in fact.
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With the decent stock Shuguang 12AU7, the tube output had a smidge more bass warmth, a bit more uneven upper frequencies, and some of that tube harmonics, which some may call “tube distortion. It felt like a small DAC2 infusion in fact. The often-recommended Psvane 12AU7 was indeed cleaner and clearer, although the degree of change plis not huge by any means.
We were also first to publish pictures of the new model including the picture below of the old and new together.
But ,inimax doubt you’d ever call it significant. When solid state output is chosen, both NE and NE are in the signal chain, and when tube output is chosen, only the NE and the 12AU7 tube are in use. Both tube output and solid state output now have equal voltages at ef. Having tried Burson duals with DEXA single op-amps and vice versa, the resulting sound can be said to be somewhere in between in character.
Socketed output opamps 9. Double-boxed, with rac foam cradles on each cheek. A smart way to choose may be to choose the combination with the least amount of expense involved.
EASTERN ELECTRIC TUBE DAC PLUS REVIEW
From half-width preamp to phono stage and integrated to big monoblocks, the firm could do no wrong. The bottom line is that the Eastern Electric Tube DAC Plus is a significant step up from its predecessor that was already an extreme value in the vast marketplace of digital to ;lus converters. Personal preference and system synergy will dictate one’s ultimate preference here, and I suspect systems with more tubes in the signal path will synergize better with DEXA.
From rock to jazz, opera to bluegrass, everything sounded better through the new model, whether via the tube or solid-state output. Every aspect of the sound has been improved. If at first you don’t hear a difference, that’s my point precisely. We love to divulge dirty little industry secrets at Stereomojo because you need to knowso lets do a bit of debunking here. This caught the judges by surprise as well since most of them were also dyed in the wool tube aficionados.
Compared to OPA, OPA seems to add a slight but pleasant amount of sparkle to female vocals, not enough to be bright or grating but just enough to direct a little more ;lus to vocals.
That’s music mastered from average to poor. The previous volume knob could also be used to match the DAC’s output level plhs your other components.
Roll in some nice op-amps, maybe even some discrete op-amps if budget allows, and this capable DAC can further be shaped and molded into a digital source just perfect for a given system. This may be what some look for if they want nothing ef sound like a digital recording and no album to have grating moments, but other op-amps represent a more realistic rendition. Each audiophile has—should have—guilty pleasures.
Naturally there’s no additional gain from active preamp circuitry but for many systems without analog sources, the MiniMax DAC could indeed replace a preamp. On that, my initial plans wanted to mate the MiniMax with a system strategically cut down to its own size.
Eastern Electric Minimax DAC V5 Supreme Sound Opamp Mod
Images within the soundstage, which is also increased incrementally, are more vivid and breathe with more life. The second major eye-opener was the tally which showed the solid-state output of the MiniDAC winning over the tube output. To survive in the present climate, hifi makers must get creative. These are not the highest-resolution op-amps, but since the Sabre DAC’s tend to have plenty of detail resolution, the overall level of resolution is still high, and if the DAC owner is not the tweaking, DIY type, he could easily stop right here minimsx be happy.
Make sure to let these huge op-amps burn in continuously for awhile, which will deepen the seductive tonal palate and burn away a layer of haze. A strong, forward, and pplus center image anchors the soundstage, while instruments at the edges of the stage can easily be heard and seen, a nice 3D performance for a somewhat budget DAC.
Traditional Op-Amp Rolling NEP dual and NEP single This is the stock set of op-amps that ships with EE Minimax Plus DAC, and they are probably a well-reasoned, affordable choice since they sound quite likable with a smooth, rich, warm sound that will nudge some “digital” sounding CD’s into the direction of analogue, vinyl type of tonality and naturalness with plenty of “chest” in male vocals like Leonard Cohen.
So I did just that. Thwack on the drum comes across with more tensioned bounce and purpose while any blur or boominess are history.