Age: 3 years
Condition: 9/10 (Audiogon scale)
For a long time before moving back to India (2 years ago), I was searching for my end-game DAC for under 7L (10K$) price range.
I bought and sold and auditioned many DACs: Chord, Luxman, NAD, Triode Labs, Wavelength, Auralic, Berkeley Audio and many others I cannot remember. Every one of them was beaten by my vinyl setup, until I bought this DAC.
I would play my jazz LPs and then play the same track over Redbook (yes Redbook, not hi-res, not DSD) and it would be hard to distinguish the difference, this DAC has that analogue sound, that seductive musicality of the vinyl. In fact it was sooooo good, that I who could not stand digital sound sold my vinyl setup and kept this DAC.
This DAC has within it 2 chips, one to play redbook (44.1) and other to play hi-res files. It has a tube output and I swear it beats even high-end vinyl setups under the 5-6L range. You DON'T need vinyl if you have this DAC. It is the best out there for under 10k$ or 7L INR in my humble opinion. YMMV.
It has rave reviews (https://www.stereophile.com/content/abbingdon-music-research-dp-777-da-processor), and check out audiogon members (not just reviewers) who rave about this DAC the way I do: "I said it before and I'll say it again, it is better than my buddies USD ~ $38K analog front end and that is NO hyperbole. I have listened to that system multiple times and each time it fails to deliver the musicality and sheer enjoyment of the AMR. " ->https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/any-opinions-on-the-amr-digital-processor-777-dac
I have been suggesting this DAC to people in audiogon myself for past few years, since I really believe in this product. It is a tour de force.
It's preamp section is also not bad. I have been using it as a preamp. To better the preamp of this DAC you will need to buy a preamp that is really special (Convergent, Shindo, Coincident, Robert Koda). Given it's a DAC and high end preamp, it is great bargain.
My only reason to sell it is that my ambitious system (DAC, Monoblock amps etc) do not fit my current housing space.
This is a 220V model so doesn't need any voltage conversion.
Auditions welcome for serious buyers.
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