My apologies for running behind on my evaluation of the AcousticPlan Digimaster DAC. I’ve just been very busy. You know, FWIW, I have a new found appreciation for what part-time reviewers go through…
So please check back the first week of June. In the interim, I will say this – I think it is incredible. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever heard handle digital. The bass extension is ridiculous! And it’s ability to make even an iTunes download sound good is a shockingly good development. As for high-resolution files, they’re sweet, but not enough to make me forget my analogue front end, but damn good at making me enjoy my music!
My ONLY gripe – you can’t use it (or any other DAC for that matter) to handle ANY SACD source material! Copyright issues preclude that. Thankfully, I only have a handful of SACD files, but a whole lot of digital files!
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!
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I have the Acoustic Plan Digimaster DAC. Wow, incredible! I will hope to have a formal review out soon by the end of the month,. But time and time again, when I listen to this little indigo box I’m blown away by how good digital can sound! Props to my dealer, Matthew Rotunda over at Pitch Perfect Audio for patiently answering questions for me about it. I really questioned how good a DAC might be and found my way to this little gem through numerous discussions and e-mails with Matt!