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Hi, Wondering if anybody here is using a Terminator Dac. Looking for a Dac that will be smooth and hopefully give increased separation of instruments when the complexity of music increases.  Currently using Benchmark dac3.  Looking at Denafrips , Holo May, Metrum/Sonnet.

Thanks for any perspective.

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I’m using a denefrips Pontus and it’s the best DAC I have ever heard but I have not heard the Terminatoror or the other r2r dacs out there

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You are on the right path by choosing an R2R dac. These are much more natural and involving most others. I'm sure you won't go wrong with a denafrips. The Metrum is a good choice too. I brought one in to compare to my MHDT Pagoda but ended up preferring mine by a small margin.

 

Shakey

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45 minutes ago, Shakeydeal said:

You are on the right path by choosing an R2R dac. These are much more natural and involving most others. I'm sure you won't go wrong with a denafrips. The Metrum is a good choice too. I brought one in to compare to my MHDT Pagoda but ended up preferring mine by a small margin.

 

Shakey

You thought the Pagoda was a little better than Metrum? (Onyx, Pavsne?) I’m interested in MHDT, wondered if the tube in a Dac would do much, I have a tube preamp. 

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1 hour ago, Fido said:

I’m using a denefrips Pontus and it’s the best DAC I have ever heard but I have not heard the Terminatoror or the other r2r dacs out there

How’s the base on Pontus, I’ve had Ares2, wondered if the much bigger power supply on Pontus helped base and overall solid sound?

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I had the Pavane 1, prolly not near as good as the 3. But it still sounded very good. Keep in mind that my Pagoda was heavily modified by the original owner. I have no desire to shop dacs for the foreseeable future.

 

Shakey

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33 minutes ago, VDS said:

How’s the base on Pontus, I’ve had Ares2, wondered if the much bigger power supply on Pontus helped base and overall solid sound?

The bass sounds fabulous on the Pontus

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41 minutes ago, Shakeydeal said:

I had the Pavane 1, prolly not near as good as the 3. But it still sounded very good. Keep in mind that my Pagoda was heavily modified by the original owner. I have no desire to shop dacs for the foreseeable future.

 

Shakey

Yeah, ive heard of los of people upgrading caps and resistors in Pagoda and Orchid for better analogue output stage. Sounds temping

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