Product Of The Year Awards 2003 by the
Enjoy the Music.com™ Staff
Dodson DA-218 DAC
Dodson is throwing down the gauntlet to…SACD and DVD-A. He asserts that standard 44.1 KHz
CDs reproduced through the DA-218 are sonically at least equivalent
to the newer formats.... All input digital signals — 32,
44.1, 48 or 88.2 KHz — are upsampled to 96 kHz and the
oversampled to 768 kHz and 24-bit word length... a signal-to-noise
ratio of -117dB. The music emerges out of infinite 'blackness'.
There is none of the slight bleaching of harmonics that signals
my subconscious that I am listening to CD... I am filled with
admiration for its phenomenal sound and uncompromising execution.
The DA-218 has enough processing power and parts upgradeability
to accommodate high-bit-rate digital formats in the future.
The thing is addictive, and I am [loving] the sonic refurbishing
of my CDs. -- Wayne Donnelly