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Great Value and Beyond

I bought the Z-DAC to hold me over until I could get what I really want as my Cambridge Audio 840C which I use as a DAC is in need of repair for about the 3rd time. Well, I am not so sure I am going to need anything else. This thing is great. Granted, the Cambridge might be a little more refined, in a way I really cant put my finger on, but the ZDac sounds so much more realistic. Timing and placement of everything in the mix adds a clarity I just have never heard before. I think what might be what I really want is something akin to the Parasound with a more refined analog section. Anything in the pipeline, Parasound?

- Wayne B, NY
 
Excellent Dac

I have to agree with the other reviewers on this one. Very Musical , very detailed , precise soundstage. Superb on Vocals. No background noise. Nice compact package ! At the new price, it is must buy.

- Mark Rubin, FL
 
Great sound & even greater value for the money

I tried a few DACs before settling on the ZDAC including DACs which were a bit more expensive than the ZDACs original price. The ZDAC to me was the most musical of all that I tried. I found the sound to be detailed and harmonically richer with a wide and deep sound stage and nice focus compared to other DACS that I tried. Never harsh nor artificially warm in my opinion. Plus, it has a very solid bottom end. I was quite shocked at the performance at the original price. At this clearance price it is a no brainer. Even if you can spend more, you may not need to.

- Lou Z, NY
 
Quite impressive under the hood . Typical Parasound quality .

Used the Z-DAC in my secondary system last night . Started off with a little Leonard Cohen , I listened to that disc every morning for a week in anticipation of doing a comparison . With the Z the improvement was stunning . More detail , velvety female background vocals more apparent. More detail all the way around , nice tight smooth bass . Listened to it until 3:00 a.m. this morning then got up after only 3 hours of shuteye and started playing with it again . LOL ! Wish it would have made it here over the weekend . Anyway , towards the end of the listening session early this morning my senses were a little overloaded , you know how it is , you can listen for too long sometimes . Anyway, the DAC is great , it will be better after it has some time on it , still sounds a little new . I put a flashdrive in my Blue-Ray and set it for repeat so it will run all day . I want to smooth it out a little before I try it with my Quads . Pretty damn happy I must say ..

- Mike H, NM
 
The Zdac is very impressive.

I ran music through the Zdac 24/7 for just over a week before giving it my full attention but ever since Ive been very pleased with my purchase. Im impressed by the clean, articulate treble, natural sounding midrange truly stunning at times with my Magnepan 1.6s and the most impressive bass impact Ive heard from a sub $500 DAC. Also, with well recorded material, the Zdac allows my speakers to project the deepest and widest soundstage Ive yet heard from them. The Zdacs headphone amp sounds better driving my Grado 325s than my AKG K701s. The AKGs sound really nice driven by the Zdac but not quite as full bodied as they do with SOME my of stand alone headphone amps. The built in HP amp was obviously not just an afterthought for Parasound and is proving to be a really nice bonus to this great sounding yet lower priced DAC. As an aside, the silver Zdac looks great next to the Parasound Halo amps.

- Kevin J, FL