- The biggest compliment that I could give to the DiDiT is that if I'd been told it had been designed by the Danes, built by the Swiss and voiced by the British I'd have believed it.
It looks great, is built like a tank and sounds superb. I really like the sounds that the DiDiT produces and will be interested to see what they come up with in the future.
If you're in the market for a high-end DAC, you really should give the DiDiT DAC 212 SE a go.
- I had the next listening session yesterday and I tried some power cords and feets for the dac.
The differences by the power cords are big – now I play with my oxide cable (I mounted an 2€ plug- the Furutech FI-15 plug is ordered).
It brings more pressure in the bass and sounds very balanced I always play any hifi product with special feets – the best results for the DAC212XLR I have made with symposium rollerblocks2+
Above the dac there is a sheet of paper with 5 black lines (you can try it - someone will hear something another will hear nothing ….) and even a feet from harmonic ( tu–666) - looks funny but it works.
This combination works very well, and the dac fits perfect in my system, but it was important to use this parts to hear what your dac can do.
Before testing your dac I used an lector digicode ( 4500€) and I have to say that your dac makes everything better.
More space, better bass and highes and that all without any sharpness – just only music – everywhere is more than before It may be that there are better dacs on the market (especially in price !) – but in my system your dac plays perfect for me, I did´t need more– only music and nothing else.
It is fun for hours listening to music – one record to another.
So I had to say - I have to buy your dac.
- What the hell, what kinda of a terrific DAC you're building....??!!!
all the tests and reviews are kidding - the device is FAR FAR more better, it is definitively the most ultra-musical digital device I have ever been listening to.
the first CD (rolf kühn's new "stereo" CD on MPS!) plays like heaven, these DAC set's the airwaves on fire ;o))
I use a bel canto CD CD drive (with phillips cd pro 2 drive!)...never know how good it was.... so, the first look(&ear) on this gear is very very good, if this goes on this way....... ;o))
do you got actuall a 2nd one?! I think my friend here wants it too when he hear THIS!! :o))
(maybe, I think so...!) wow, how open and how deep ist the room, the transients are mindblowin' - it sounds nearly better then my analog setup(dps 3) - wow!!
so, I'll keep U informed ahead
many many thanks so far
- I am very impressed with the case.
Cases at this price level tend to be bent metal rectangles.
Your nicely designed aluminum case is definitely a cut above.
I especially love the display behind the perforated center panel.
Every audiophile wants his equipment to look good as well as sound good, and here you have delivered.
I love the overall sound.
It is engaging. To me it is on the warm side of neutral, and while detailed, is also smooth rather than granular, giving it what I like to call an organic sound.
I hear no evidence of harshness or etching in the treble, which is the original sin of digital recordings.
The soundstage is coherent rather than pointillistic and its voicing is just right for me.
- The DAC212 is beautifully constructed and packaged.
It conveys enormous pride of ownership holding and admiring it's aesthetic qualities.
My initial impressions are that sonically it has no discernible signature and is astonishingly neutral, but I will investigate this in greater detail over the next few days and report back with my findings.
- Had the DAC212 over for an at home test with my own components. That made it very easy to distinguish the difference the DAC212 can make. I use two sources at home: vinyl and streaming.
I only use streaming for casual 'background' listening and I never considered it to be a serious contender to my Linn LP12. Tried several DAC's in the past and was never satisfied with the results, which always made me sell them off and buy even more vinyl...
Adding the DAC212 to my humble setup made all the difference though, goosebumps at the first notes! The main difference to my ears was the huge increase of detail that was beeing retrieved without colouring the sound. Plus it has a very neat design. A real winner!
I'm a firm believer in the 'source first' filosophy and the DAC212 was the first DAC that made me think twice about getting serious with streaming as a viable source.
- I compared the DAC212SE with a Hugo Dave and I find it very difficult to distinguish the sonic differences.
It appears they sound very similar, although the DAC212SE may have slightly better response in the lower octaves compared to the Hugo Dave.
After more extensive listening I must to say that I'm extremely pleased with my purchase!
It's a cute but powerful unit that delivers a great sound!
- Briefly, your DAC is utterly superb. Musical and resolving without any digital glare or harshness.
Built like a Rolls Royce.
Comparing the sound, to the Goldmund Telos the DAC section of the DAC212 is more "Transparent and coherent" than the corresponding DAC in the Telos, which is an NZ$ 18,000 Goldmund product.
The DAC212 has "A sublime musicality and tonal rightness without any digital artefacts or overblown sentimentality".
Frankly, I am truly stunned by the DAC212.
- Here are some things that I noticed during the short period of testing:
The housing is very well made, and is like a little piece of art.
The remote is equally well made, and it breathes quality. I really like the attention to detail, for example the sorbothane feet, the display made from individual diods etc.
I have connected the D/A in my reference rig, and spent several hours of listening ang comparing.
I have another DAC with the same ESS Sabre ”engine” for comparision. (Audiolab M-DAC with mcRu powersupply).
My impressions so far:
Very high resolution. Smooth, but with extended heights. Very high precision in the low frequencies, and both deep and fast.
Very nice midrange with a warm touch but without coloring. Very quick in its presentation of the sound. All kinds of music sounds good.
I have yet mostly played CDs and streamed TIDAL HIFI, and both sounds very good. I will continue next with high res files I have on my NAS.
Comparing with M-DAC connected Balanced.
DAC 212 sounds more refined and at the same time more open. Especially in the treble. The sense of room is bigger (wider and deeper.)
When I got the mcRu power supply to the M-DAC, it took a big leap towards more HIGH END like sound. The DAC 212 makes me feel the same, It pushes the level of refinement even further.
This is a very good achievement due to it is not yet with a balanced output, which could make further positive differences. (The M-DAC itself sounds better connected balanced comp. to unbal.).
- Very clear, open and 'easy'. Loud passages are very well dealt with plenty of inner detail. Spatial definition is very good, giving a very faithful presentation of the original acoustic. I have a recording of some chamber music where I was present, ss a result I can very well evaluate the soundstaging - and it seems very very good. Chris
the United Kingdom
- ...whilst I appreciate the engaging quality of the headphone out from the TT, to my ears it does not match the DAC212 for resolution, transparency nor aesthetics (actually I have a catalogue of aesthetics issues for the TT).
Personally what I want from a DAC is absolute clarity and neutrality but without harshness. The DAC212 provides this in spades. If I want to colour the sound I'll do that with an amp or headphones/speakers.
- Holy shit!!
This dac is beautiful, I'm sat here listening to some vocal acoustic music and the liquidity of it is completely captivating!
I am so in the zone, I can't turn the music off and I had other things to do today lol!
Thank you for this beautiful beast!
- The DAC212 sounds incredibly good on my Stax and I'm impressed with the detail and purity.
I can't stop listening to it!
- The DAC212 sounds far superior to the Chord Hugo but lacks the latters portability. Having compared the DAC212 and Hugo TT, the DAC212 has a more holographic soundscape than the TT and sounds more resolving. Christopher
- I had a Metrum Octave before the audio lab DAC. Which I did not like to use in my set, it sounded dull and emotionless. The advice was to buy another cable (wyreworld), which I did not do. Because for the price of that cable I could buy the Audio Lab, which was really swinging! The DiDiT DAC is swinging as well, without further modifications and fuss, but the swinging is of a higher level. So yes a high end DAC can also add a lot to a not so super expensive set (the cost of my set is lower, then the price of this DAC) Roksan
- We compared the DiDiT DAC212SE to the precious power dac's Chord Dave and Merging NADAC.
All were used as digital pre-amp, directly connected to the power-amp.
The system consisted of KEF Blade 2 speakers, driven by the large Hegel H30 stereo power amplifier.
As source we used a MacBook with Roon connected via USB to the digital pre-amps. The Hegel H30 was connected via XLR to the digital pre-amp. Tracks played consisted of both CD tracks and high res (PCM 352Khz) studio masters turned. From small-scale acoustic to big symphonic. From classical, jazz to pop.
DiDiT DAC212SE benefits:
· sound-staging remains broad and deep when the symphony orchestra reaches the largest. No trace of compression, or diminishing of the image.
· huge control of the deepest basses, real punch and energy
· high-frequency highlighting (we heard details in recordings that were new to us)
· timing & rhythm is spot on
· focus in the stereo image is great, from a big choir to find individual voices.
- realistic image of voices and instruments.
· reproduction of harmonics, for example bass or piano, is of top level
· tonal neutral in all frequency ranges and no trace of "digital hardness, sharpness", a very relaxed sound to which one can listen to hours
· but the most important thing: the DAC212SE conveys emotion, causing goosebumps during several moments and sometimes even a tear.
In terms of sound and reproduction we have no negative remarks about the DiDiT DAC212SE However, the DAC212SE is very compact unit and the connectors are fairly close together, but everything fits. In terms of size, psychologically, the compact format can give the impression that it may not be as good as the competitors.
But listening to this compact unit should convince the most discerned audiophile.
The Chord Dave had a fairly wide but less deep stereo image, with lots of details, but tonal it was also a bit "metallic bright" We felt that this was partly caused by the pre-amp section of the Chord. However, Dave did not test DAC only.
The Merging Nadac came closest to the sonic character of the DAC212SE but missed the tremendous detail, it performed also less in terms of transients and bass control. In terms of sound-staging it lacked the layered-ness within the sound-staging compared to the DAC212SE. While the tonal balance was very nice.
All in all the DAC212SE clearly outperformed it's much costlier competitors.
- I have compared the DAC212SE with Audio Aero La Fontaine, Teac Esoterik, Weiss dac, Naim dac and older model dCS and also Burmester Drive with Meitner DAC, they all cost € 10.000 to € 20.000 but sound not so good!
The DAC212 is also very nice workmanship compared to most of the others.
- In ref to the Esoteric DO5 In my system I much preferred the DIDIT since it was just more enjoyable to listen to.
The esoteric sounded nice but you have to concentrate to hear the micro detail, with the didit it was just there and it was very dynamic unlike the esoteric that was slow and sluggish.
I have a complete valve system and your dac just livened everything up.
its like I upgraded everything in my system. hence I don't know how 1 unit can make such a huge difference.
I was looking at changing the preamp or something to get this speed and dynamics that I now get with your dac.
- What should I say:
Fantastic box! Concerning DAC, my setup is Squeezebox Touch to IFI ILink and IFI Purifier then 2 Mutec MC-3+ Reclocker and finally via coax on WBE Interpreter 72.
By far not a bad chain, but: this gear has simply NO CHANCE against 212 using USB connection (no special cable, only the Purifier in addition).
More punch, clarity, resolution and separation of instruments.
Especially height and width of the presentation is much more accurate.
The better the recording, the more obvious is the difference.
To summarize: I will keep the 212!
The other gear is already for sale.
- I have been listening to the DAC212 pretty much non stop for the last 10 days or so.
My other DAC is the Auralic Vega, and I can tell you that, after only a day or so of listening I'd come to love the sound of the DAC212!
It’s hard to describe the sound quality without sounding subjective but it is every bit as detailed and clear as the Vega but, whereas the Vega sounds rather soft and silky, the 212 has, to my ears, more “body” and texture: more three dimensional. Or you could say it is edgier in the best sense of revealing, not softly glossing over, the musical dynamics.
The 212 seems to handle plain 44mHz CD “rips” extremely well and, as expected, sounded great with both hi res PCM and DSD files. I especially love the sound of DSD and own a lot of DSD files.
- I got the DAC from my audiophile friends last weekend. They enjoyed the device a lot and had some listening sessions.
I installed the DiDiT DAC in my home setup and had some listening time on Sunday. I can easily confirm the very positive impression of my friends for myself.
It was no surprised the DiDiT DAC is clearly better than the popular devices NAD M51, T+A DAC8 and also the Cord HUGO (which one I really like). There is no need to use Audiophilleo or similar. Direct USB sounds superb. Well done!