It is astonishing: what “scooter” wrote in his “Ultra box” post above is what I would write myself.
Anyhow, Charlus when you wrote about “single DAC possessing virtues entirely harmonious with all three sources” then I very much understand what you mean but it is hardly achievable. The problem is that with digital each new source sound different. When you have a DAW and will be playing files from server you will see that any playing software that you will be using will hugely change sound. It knows it is contra-intuitive and it shall not be but it is what it is. So, my feeling is that a person just pretty much selects what s/he feels is comfortable and then builds around that result. So, I do feel that an ultimate DAC for all sources is a wet-dream unicorn but we need to redefine what would be “ultimate” in this case. I think the “ultimate” would be the one that give great result for one souse and acceptable for the rest sources.
The reasonable question would be to ask: why do not have a DAC that would be able to operate with multiple sources and to have custom configuration for each of the source? Now we are taking!!! Some companies did it BTW but they were not so great DACS. I am not informed about a good DAC that would have configurable filtration and perhaps differently configured out stages for each source. I would not even mind the analog EQ for each source, not the physical EQ but the hypothetical IQ.
Stitch, narrative is very interesting. I never had new Meitner’s DACs. I hear it countless time and each time it was very bad sound but it was always was in context of other brainless people sound and I do not know if the ugly teeth-twisting sound I got was coming from the Meitner’s DAC of it was because the people who used it were idiots. A few years back I was thinking to get the Emmlab to try but at that time Meitner dot associated with Jonathan Thin, I think they appointed him as some kind of marketing director. That character is unspeakable idiot and if a company bring him aboard then to me it is an indication that the building where the company is located need to be blown up with a rocket-propelled grenade. I never paid attention to Emmlab ever since.
The Italian Stefano Bertoncello at his blog was posting the worshiping of German guys about something that they call DDDAC
I do not know how to project what they say as they mostly listen just sounds and I have a large detest the music they listen. It might be worth attention or might be not, I do not know.
The last few years the Digital Audio Denmark make very strong ways in pro audio world:
I never heard them and would like to hear but I am not in frustration to make any move. Interesting that most of the guys who follow the “digital revolution” change their DACs each 2-3 years. I have my Bidat from 1999 and even now I have no intention to get rid of it. Well, I would like to have ONE DAC instead of 3, that is for sure, in fact I would like to have one digital machine that would do all souses as A/D and D/A . I do not see why it might not be done. Something like Pacific Microscopic only with friendly interface, multiple inputs, smart internal mixing and routing, the way how Theta Digital use have in this Casablanca preamps years back. BTW, I am not convinced that such a machine is coming and I would not be surprised if it will be as some kind of PC-based plug-in card. I still keep my eyes and mind open.
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche