I’m wrapping up my thoughts on the AcousticPlan Digimaster DAC and finally plan to put fingers to keyboard for a lay person’s review. This has taken a little longer than I expected, but I really should not be surprised. This side endeavor is just that, a side activity and not my main priority.
In the interim, I thought it might be helpful and interesting to put in context my DAC samplings. To begin with, my sampling is limited. There’s the standard garden variety non-sense, then a Grant Fidelity specialty Tube entry level product, a MHDT Havana, and I’ve had the Rega in my system for a trial run. I have also owned a few Oppo players, including the current reference BDP 95.
Using this for some perspective, I can share at this point that the APD is in a completely different league. Frankly, I was never really impressed or pleased with any DAC that I’ve heard or owned. Sure, they sounded nicer than an iPod, but nothing to really make you go wow, like I do with vinyl.
The APD, however, gives you reason to go wow! Is it on par with vinyl? Well, not exactly, but wow! For now, until I finally get a review completed, let me just say this, unless you can afford one, don’t ever listen to this DAC. Otherwise, you may just find yourself bummed and coveting the APD!