Stello CDA320 CD Player/DAC with Remote Boxed
Sound"Precise, engaging, and dynamic"; has the "spookiness that really detailed, accurate equipment can convey." There was a "thin layer of artificiality that the CDA320 seemed to peel away and, thus, made the recording come to life in my living room where it previously had not." "The CDA320 makes for exciting listening."
Features"A single-box CD player and DAC." "The fully balanced, class-A analog output stage also allows for balanced and single-ended connection…. Additionally, the CDA320 can upsample both the incoming digital data stream and the data read from the unit's own transport. The upsampler has three options: 192kHz, 96kHz, and Bypass." Uses AKM Semiconductor AK4395 24-bit/192kHz delta-sigma digital-to-analog converters and a Philips VAM1202 transport mechanism.
Use"My conclusion regarding the sonic differences between balanced and single-ended use of the CDA320? I wish I had one for you. The truth is that sometimes I could hear a difference and other times I could not." "I would not bet my life (or even a small amount of money) on being able to pick out any appreciable difference between Bypass and either 96kHz or 192kHz upsampling."
ValueA well-made, feature-rich CD player and DAC whose performance "I cannot fault…in the slightest."