Home Theater Shack Fall 2015 Digital-to-Analog Converter DAC Evaluation Event Reporting and Discussion Thread
The Home Theater Shack DAC Evaluation Event is under way. We will be evaluating a number of DACs ranging in price from $3,000 to $20. The evaluations will include sighted and blind ABX testing.
Coming to you from southern Alabama, the Home Theater Shack Evaluation Team has assembled at Sonnie Parker's Cedar Creek Cinema for the 2015 High-End Amplifier Evaluation Event. We have DACs, we have speakers, we have tunes, we have great eats, and it is sure to be a very fine time for all!
Our sincere thanks goes out to the kind, generous contributors without whom this event would not be possible. Please visit their web sites and consider sending some business their way.
- Date: Thursday evening, November 12th through Saturday evening, November 14th.
- Place: Cedar Creek Cinema, Luverne, Alabama.
- Evaluation Panel: Leonard Caillouet (lcaillo), Louie Stevens (Lumen), Sonnie Parker (Sonnie), Wayne Myers (AudiocRaver).
- PS Audio PWD Perfect Wave DAC ($3,000)
- Oppo HA-1 Headphone DAC / Amp ($1,200)
- Headroom Desktop Headphone DAC / Amp ($800)
- AudioEngine D1 24-bit DAC ($179)
- Fiio E7 DAC / Amp ($79)
- Fiio D3 DAC / Amp ($29)
Other key equipment special for the event:
- Denon X5200 AVR
- Parasound HALO A31
- Van Alstine ABX Switch Box, recently updated version (February 2015)
- miniDSP 4x10 HD
- OPPO BDP-105
- Oppo PM-1 Headphones - planar magnetic, super detailed and revealing
- Vapor Audio Arcus - 2-way, time aligned design with horn-loaded Beyma AMT tweeter.
- Linkwitz Labs LXmini- 2-way, time aligned design, set up with optional subwoofer support
- MartinLogan EM-ESL - 2-way hybrid electrostatic design
As mentioned, our deepest appreciation goes to Sonnie, Angie, and Gracie Parker, our hosts, for welcoming us into their home.