Have had DAC V1 ca. 1.5 to 2 years now and it is a very pleasant acquaintance.
6 digital inputs was of the USB (asynchronous)
Great built-in headphone amplifier
Good integrated preamp
Possible to run with the signal level from the unit
Can updated firmware (little fishy approach but it works well when the settings are correct)
The quality is absolutely top class in terms of mechanics and feeling in operation but the remote would almost be a little stronger. However, this is only an aside, the remote works great.
Then I did not until now tried everything it can so I waited a time of the review.
Previously I connected audio sources to the DAC V1 via coaxial input (OPPO93) and optical input (Boxee) with very good sound results, but now it is plugged into a Mac Mini and the software I run JRiver. I have also tried to use it as a headphone amplifier to my B & W P7 and preamp connected to the final stage of my Thor 3 and my previous Tyr 1. Now I have integrated advantage in these machines, but I would almost be able to imagine using DAC V1som a digital preamp to a better final step of the pass it with flying colors.
Everything works like clockwork in these mentioned constellations and the sound is what I would say sober, rhythmic, with nice punch in appropriations. The most prominent feature is an almost magical midrange with extreme detail.
There is no lack of detail in the treble but it is very often hard and difficult listened.
The sound coming out of the speakers is a bit more fun to listen to, then the DAC V1 entered the stage. It manages to dig out some more details of the recordings, what stands out the most positive is the midrange. Fantastic as much detail without cause listening fatigue.
The only negative aspects of this DAC is as I see it, the absence of balanced XLR output.
Now it has also received support for DSD by a firmware upgrade that can be downloaded for free.
You should always listen for yourself and form an opinion before buying a device like this. The experience is of course also dependent on other equipment and not least the listening room.
Other equipment that I run with is primarily Bladelius Thor 3 amp and Dynaudio Focus 160 speakers.
DAC-V1 highly recommended and should definitely sample listened to if you're looking for a device with these features and are not put off by the price tag.
Sound quality, functionality and quality feel. Very happy with it!
Feed it with the Mac mini via USB to my NAIT 5i. Control it via the Apple Remote app
Have not taken it so far but lets just say that the sound is absolutely amazing!
Tested Naim Uniti with NAS before, but no sold pretty quickly, have no chance against this combo.
Based on the same DAC in the NDX costing over 40,000: - surely you can not use Naim's nice app and you have to have a computer near your facility, but you can instead choose from many playback software, plus you do not have hardware locked in a streamer when it becomes obsolete, I think you get extremely a lot more sound for the money if you go this route.