To paraphrase Joni Mitchell –
They took all the DACs and put 'em in a DAC museum.
And charged all the people a dollar and a half just to see 'em.
Don’t it always seem to go? Like this. Five or so years ago, I didn’t even have or want a DAC. I mean, I knew what they were, sort of. They were a chip that was in most of the stuff I bought to play music since the Walkman. I recall looking at CDs for the codes DDD, AAD, ADD and so forth, and understood that music got coded from analog to digital and back again.
My understanding wasn’t even stupid level. I was in Scientific, Technical, and Medical publishing, and I’d read some journal articles about it.
Then at some point, I think I decided I needed a DAC. It was after I bought a Sonos Connect to stream music in my stereo. And had a soundbar on the TV with a TOSLINK output. I wasn’t super happy with not being able to plug in headphones, and getting a TEAC DAC/AMP solved that. It also had a cleaner DAC than the Sonos Connect, so there was a side benefit to routing digital out from the Sonos also.
Then I somehow got the idea that I deserved better sound from my phone. Where someone who grew up on POTS landlines got that crazy notion, I don’t know. I’d used little headphone amps for years because sound from walkman and mp3 players was not so hot. And a couple of years ago I got the Dragonfly Black when the 1.5 came out. Now I see I want a THIRD one for convenience in another location, and could forsee a future one for a different house or my office, where I’m usually too busy to listen to music.
Why Why Why do I seem to dither and maybe buy two so I can see what I prefer, and maybe start a collection of these little intermediate things that I never needed before??? It’s not like it was when I bought camera lenses for my SLR. Is it?