Emotiva Stealth DC-1 DAC/Preamp Review

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  1. admin Audioholics Robot Staff Member

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    If the Emotiva Stealth DC-1 DAC, headphone amp, and preamp does what Emotiva intends, you'll never hear it. That's right, the whole point is to get out of the way and let your source shine. The $500 price tag would be worth it for the DAC and headphone amp or the DAC and preamp alone but Emotiva gave you all three for that price.

    That's amazing from a company that I thought was done amazing me. The Emotiva Stealth DC-1 - if it isn't on your Christmas list, you need to reevaluate your priorities. Highly recommended!

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    Read the Emotiva Stealth DC-1 DAC Review


    Let us know if you'll be asking Santa to place one under the XMAS tree this year for you or a loved one.
  2. ski2xblack Audioholic General

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    Would like to see bass management in this device.
  3. slipperybidness Audioholic Ninja

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    I think the $499 price mentioned in the article is temporary during the Emo Holiday Sale
  4. haraldo Audioholic Spartan

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    Nice, but i already do have a DAC1
  5. BoredSysAdmin Audioholic Overlord

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    A bit expensive, yet this would be nice monitor stand for my desk (and allow me to use balanced connections to jbls :) )
    Too bad I have already invested in AE-D1 (above mentioned Benchmark Dac1 is wayyyy to rich for my blood)
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    you got point. $499 is sale price. MSRP is $699
  7. PENG Audioholic Warlord

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    I hope it stays at $499 long enough to compete with the upcoming Opp HA1.
    PENG,
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    I seen this at the emo even in boston, and its a really nice unit, they had it paired with a set of stealth 8's and WOW, very powerfull, it had a really nice balance of low, mid, high and all of it was quality sound, not mediocre bass and mids with nice highs but nice all the way through, the price is a little hard to swallow at $1900 {show price, not sure what they are now} for the monitors and the dac, but it would be hard to duplicate it for the money... Very very nice...
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    Any pricing info on that yet?
  10. PENG Audioholic Warlord

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    No idea but I hope Emo would force them to stay below $799. Some are guessing as high as 999 or around the same as the 105. It does not have the disc drive and the associated video processing so I think it should be priced well below the 105.
    PENG,
  11. haraldo Audioholic Spartan

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    Hmmmmm... Oppo HA1 for sure looks like a nice thing indeed :p
  12. panteragstk Audioholic Chief

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    Yes it does.
  13. sharkman Full Audioholic

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    On the other hand, I understood the Oppo will have analog input, and handling things right in the analog domain is not cheap.
  14. RichB Audioholic General

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    On the HA1, Nope.

    - Rich
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    I don't expect anything from Oppo to be cheap, just good value for the money. I do expect it to be priced below the BDP-105, okay maybe not well below but say a couple hundreds less would be nice. The 105 has full blown universal disc and USB player, 7.1 analog out, top notch video processing, network streaming, the same ESS DAC but it has two of them, one for 7.1 channel outputs.

    Yes the HA1 has analog input but that shouldn't add much cost as it should simply bypass the DAC part, nothing more than that. I was actually thinking of biting the bullet and buy a second 105 for one of my two channel system until I found out about the HA1. Not because I think the HA1 would make my system sound any better but it will not make it look stupid to include a full blown 7.1 channel universal player just to be used as a USB player/DAC/preamp.

    I know this thread is about the EMO so I am going to stop talking about the HA1 now.:)
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  16. Philth Audiophyte

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    If that is truly a real time spectrum analyzer on that HA1, I'm going to find it hard to swallow that it will be competitive with the Stealth DC-1 on a price point. Sale or no.

    Yeah, looking over the write ups, that thing is going to cost a lot more than their bluray players.
  17. RichB Audioholic General

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    I have seen some hinted pricing but nothing to indicate that it will cost more than the Oppo BDP-105.
    Time will tell. ;)

    - Rich
  18. RichB Audioholic General

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    The Oppo HA-1 Product Page has been updated:

    A notable quote:

    OPPO Digital - HA-1 Headphone Amplifier

    - Rich
  19. AllanMarcus Enthusiast

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    Nice review. Has anyone tried it with high end headphones?

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