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Old 06-27-2006, 03:37 PM
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Digital to analog converter suggestions


I'm looking for suggestions concerning how to improve (add more color) the sounds from my CDJ1000.
I saw in a thread of this forum that Gary Stewart did it for Zouk, but he didn't mention anywhere what converters he used...
On some pictures of a rack, I saw 2 DBX 503... can they be used for this purpose ?
How many $$$ for this kind of products ?
Does it make any difference if I use 2 DBX 3BX 3 instead ?
What about the DBX 500 boom Box ?

Any suggestion are welcome !!!


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Old 06-27-2006, 03:41 PM
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External D to A converters (soundmanshorty)
Posted: 4:00:32 pm on 9/28/2005 Modified: Never

external D to A converters

We just did a upgrade with external D to A converters, I Just installed the Apogee AD 8000 for all 4 of our cd players in Stereo, and its amazing how much better it makes these CD players sound.

All that hash and noise around the mid and hiend is gone, the bottom end sounds softer, but not mushy, it also took the hard edge of the bass like most of todays digitally recorded tracks can have, it sounded just rt.

The low mid and midbass info was alot more present aswell, the strick of the kick was alot more detailed and present the attack was incredibly fast & the seperation and sound stage was much better & the Music really imaged nicely and very tranparent.

This was def a upgrade that was necessary to take CDs to the next level cause the internal converters are jus aweful in these units.


pulled this from shorty's board


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Old 06-28-2006, 07:19 AM
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Well, an used Apogee AD 8000 will be around $2000 on ebay, which too much for a personnal use.

Thanks for your answer Louped.
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Old 06-28-2006, 10:24 AM
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There's other alternatives out there. What is your budget?
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Old 06-28-2006, 01:29 PM
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theres the Apogee MINI DAC...
I've bought them for under $500 from craigslist, etc.

a fine sounding box with small footprint.
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Old 06-28-2006, 08:18 PM
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Cranesong HEDD is the only studio unit I know that's actually designed to add color, with knobs to add triode/pentode harmonics and tape emulation. (It's also a quite pricey item.)

Others (like the Apogee) are really just designed to be more accurate--which can produce a more pleasing sound by offering better fidelity, but OTOH, also ought to reveal a lot more of the bad aspects of digital. I don't know how it translates in a club, but in the studio, if there's clipping, a good DAC lets you know it real well, and having one is a real eye-opener to how much bad digital sound there is in the world.

I'm sure there are audiophile DACs out there with tube stages n such, but I reckon they'll be at least as pricey.

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