Well, both sounded well within the bounds of reality, so basically it will be a matter of matching the DAC to your system: To the right of the indicator lights, more lights show which input is selected and the sampling frequency being received through that input. And that’s not merely by way of real advances in affordable loudspeakers. Not so the ARC. It seems the size is simply there to match other AR kit. But in my view, the Audio Research DAC8 offered enough additional realism to warrant the difference in price.

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Macrodynamically the DAC8 feels fundamentally fleet-footed. Gentler directional transitions minimize jitter. Music lovers can use custom sample rate conversion algorithms or other file formats provided by third party suppliers such as Windows Media Player, researfh, J Rivers Media Center, Media Monkey, FooBar, and many others to optimize your music experience.

Our drivers setup reseatch USB interface to guarantee bandwidth, independent of active bulk transfers from the hard drive. What do you need to play those high-resolution files?

You can also use upsampling algorithms in your server software, if you prefer those. Particularly nuanced listeners with transparent quality amplification and speakers will appreciate how precise and accurate yet simultaneously mild and unforced this DAC goes about its job. The DAC8 has no user-adjustable resezrch filter; ARC picked the filter they thought sounded best and hardwired it into the circuit.


To sound its best, it requires hours of break-in.

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This review first appeared in the December issue of hi-end hifi magazine fairaudio. As is customary for our own reviews, the writer’s signature at review’s end shows an e-mail address should you have questions or wish to send feedback. When the time base of any DAC is not an dad8 multiple of the digital music sample rate, decoding and quantization errors occur. Perhaps the display is more legible with the silver faceplate.

The high opening chimes sounded a smidgen less extended than through several other DACs, but the flutes sounded more tonally complete and expressive. Consequently, regardless of whichever digital input you select, the Audio Research DAC8 promises to provide a superior listening experience. This review page is supported in part by the sponsors whose ad banners are displayed below.

And, of course, each input you use needs break-in — although, hopefully, not hours for each. Well, both sounded well within the bounds of reality, so basically it will be a matter of matching the DAC to your system: By virtue of all of the above points and our proprietary software drivers, intrinsic jitter has been reduced to less than 10ps. The drivers, which are claimed to work gesearch a wide variety of software, guarantee low-jitter, bit-perfect playback. High precision and magnification power of small nuances whilst maintaining a satisfyingly soft non-pushy quality.


Further, not only did the DAC8 let me easily distinguish between the two groups of auio — one up front, one farther back — that make this recording so useful for distinguishing the depth of soundstage, it also portrayed depth within the main choral group at the front of the soundstage. In terms of outright authority and low-frequency power, the DAC 8 need fear no rival: Not so the ARC.

You have to install the drivers only once. In USB mode the remote can also control audi associated media player—J. This review page is supported in part by the sponsors whose ad banners are displayed below.

Is it worth it? I could distinguish no difference in how the two inputs handled dynamics; both were excellent.

The DAC 8 works equally well through all. Then I played it through the DAC8. Each channel of the DAC8 uses a true direct-coupled differential rsearch with a bandwidth in excess of 90kHz. We publish its English translation in a mutual syndication arrangement with the publishers. Have we arrived at cloudless sunshine with this Minnesotan then?