pupDAC Full Kit

pupDAC Full Kit

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Date Added: Saturday 26 January, 2013

by Philippe Penochet

I cant' believe I'm the first one to review this wonder!!

I wanted to post this review as a thank to the incredible work done by the guys at Beezar.com.

I have been involved in DIY products for the last few months, having discovered the immense qualities of few kits on the market. They offer a great simplicity in order to be assembled by hand, and simplicity often conjugates pretty well with sound quality. I started building a few GRUB Dacs for me as a source to my DIY tube preamp, and to my amazement, the sound quality was really fabulous. I offered few of them to my friends and family and it was a real pleasure to see the amazement on their face every time they discovered what a tiny little blue box was capable of.

So when Beezar released it's new PUP Dac, I couldn't help but to be among the first to order and build it.
I firstly want to underline the immense quality of the work done by Beezar at providing an amazing piece of DIY gear, with superb documentation, super well design circuit, fully tested and qualified by the community, and GOD did I mention the ultra sexy enclosure?

So I built my own PUP Dac and fired it up. I have to say that I did a bit of tweaking switching standard (already quite good caps) by some oscons. The result at first listening tests was amazing. I immediately heard new things out of my favorite well known pieces of music. On various ambient samples (footsteps, waterfalls, and this type of sounds), this Dac seems to open a door to reality, it's like having eyes instead of your ears! Really scary thought!

On other tests, like earing the quality difference between poor and good MP3 encoding, the poor sound dithering just jumps to your face immediately. You're kind of condemned to use FLAC encoding once you switch to this DAC!

I don't know to which level my tweaks improved the already good PUP Dac, but for the overall sounding I would say the following:
-Dynamic is quite impressive (but GRUB Dac already had a good one).
-Frequencies rendering is linear but never boring.
-Bass go super deep and require a good sound system to fully grab their extension.
-Mids are super well rendered with voices sparkling with life and presence.
-Trebles are quite amazing I have to say. They shine, are super airy and detailed, but are NEVER HARSH. It's quite difficult to reach this result at this level of price.

Overall, with my experience in high end products, I certainly believe that this Dac sounds like a 2 to 3 000 USD product out there. The difference is that this little wonder only focuses on what's really important, 16 bits rendering of redbook CD specifications. If you are only interested by higher bits to listen to your MP3, just go to your nearest Fry's and buy a Chinese sweatshop product, but be aware that I'll be munching on your ears next time you'll listen to my sound system!! (please clean them well before visiting!!) ;-)

Finally I want to emphasis on the usability of the product. You literally can plug this anywhere and have it to deliver its wonders immediately. It runs on Linux (which I use), Windows, MacOS... I suspect this thing to run on AIX... And god it looks SO GOOD!!

Personally I am going to order a few more...

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]

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