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By Hi-Fi Whipped
This unit has been mentioned in a number of threads so a couple of us thought it was time for a dedicated thread for users to share experiences and tips and also general discussion providing it stays on topic.
NAD C658 BluOS Streaming DAC with Dirac Live integration
Manufacturers Product Page: https://nadelectronics.com/product/c-658-bluos-streaming-dac/
Dirac Live Website: https://live.dirac.com/
Features & Details
BluOS Network Streaming with MQA Decoding ESS Sabre DAC Dirac Live Room Correction Gigabit Ethernet Dual Band Wi-Fi AC/N 2 Way Qualcomm aptX HD Bluetooth 2x MDC Slots for Future Expansion MM Phono Input 2x Line Inputs, 2x Optical inputs, 2x Coax Inputs Balanced Preamp Output Preamp Output Stereo Subwoofer Output USB Socket for adding optional Wireless Output Module IR In with Learning Function Trigger In/Out
Item: Accuphase DAC-50 Option Board
Price: $700 ONO (RRP $1500)
Item Condition: Perfect, used it for a few months in my E-470.
Reason for selling: Have since moved on to separates and sold the E-470
Payment Method: Cash, Paypal, COD Only
Extra Info: A plug an play option board for a number of Pre and Integrated Amps in the Accuphase line-up.
Features and Compatible Accuphase products: http://www.accuphase.com/model/dac-50.html
Item: BENCHMARK DAC3 HGC + SoundAffairs Linear PSU & Mods
Location: Bondi Junction, NSW
Price: $4350 $3990
Item Condition: Excellent (being conservative, see note below*)
Reason for selling: Have gone 'ethernet'...
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
BENCHMARK DAC3 HGC. Black version. James Soh SoundAffairs external AC to DC Linear PSU and mods—Ultima Femto Clock, Ultima Voltage Regulator, etc. Have had the unit since March 2019 (bought new). Including retail for the unit (A$3700), the price of the PSU and mods (A$2200), double-freight and import duties via Singapore (A$600), overall retail price is ~A$6500. Reason for selling is that I am moving in a different direction with my sources & DAC, to networked audio over ethernet. This unit is USB-based. DAC comes with original remote. *Some might say the unit is "as new" given that the little nicks on the PSU were there when it shipped to me! However, since it's been modded I suppose technically the Benchmark unit itself is definitely not "as new". PAYMENT VIA PAYPAL ONLY. Well, if you're interested in this listing you probably have done your research already. This listing is not for just the highly sought-after Benchmark DAC3 HGC—as if that weren't enough—but for that unit extensively modded by James Soh of SoundAffairs in Singapore, including his all-important custom Linear DC PSU: Benchmark DAC2 family modification
WWW.MYSOUNDAFFAIRS.COM For customer reviews, please click here Change the simple oscillator circuit that is used for the ESS9018 Sabre DAC with our Ultima FEMTO low jitter clock then replaced the critical... Even in its BASE retail form, the Benchmark DAC3 HGC is on a number of high-profile current 'best of' lists, including Stereophile's Recommended Components in its highest "A+" designation: Recommended Components: 2019 Edition Digital Processors | Stereophile.com
WWW.STEREOPHILE.COM Digital Processors Editor's Note: The sound of any particular CD transport/digital processor combination will be dependent on the datalink used-see "Bits is Bits?" by Christopher Dunn and... Quite some cost, logistics and waiting times in orchestrating this combo I can tell you...here's your chance to leverage my expended effort and get hold of this setup, ALMOST NEW, with NO WAIT TIME, and at a STEEP DISCOUNT.
ESTIMATED DELIVERY COSTS AROUND $120 INSURED. THE ACTUAL COST MAY DEPEND ON DELIVERY LOCATION. PICKUP IN SYDNEY POSSIBLE TO AVOID THIS, SUBJECT TO PAYMENT BEING SECURED AHEAD OF TIME (PAYPAL ONLY).
Photos: See extensive pics. The small nicks are visible on the PSU pics.
The current setup is NAIM Nait driving two B&W CM9 floorstanders and NAD T762 (soon to be replaced) driving the center and surrounds ( B&W)
Oppo 105D being used as a pre amp, connected to NAIM via balanced o/p for music (CD, SACD, Bluray etc)
Need a streamer to be used with NAIM ( maybe via 105D )
Thinking about getting an Auralic Aries or NAD C658 (with Dirac) as the streamer.
Leaning more towards the C658 as Auralic don't have much of a presence here in Oz? ( for after sales issues)
What are your thoughts?