Talking with an audio manufacturer the other day, I was struck with a realization: This whole DAC thing has gotten ridiculous. Well, not the whole DAC thing. Just the part about format compatibility.
These days, many audiophiles choose their DACs like people used to choose their stereo receivers in the 1970s: by the numbers. The more formats the DAC will accept, and the higher the resolutions it will accept, the better. Any DAC that doesn’t have all the checkboxes filled in falls out of consideration.
“At this point, every DAC needs to have DSD,” I heard one audiophile tell another at RMAF — and that was two years ago, when DSD was just starting its purported resurgence. (Which may be a poor choice of wording on my part because it implies that at some point in the past, DSD had once surged.) I’ve heard several manufacturers fret when a DAC or digital preamp was too far along in its development to change, but it didn’t have the very latest and supposedly greatest digital technology.
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