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Audiolab Q-DAC
page 2 Sound Quality
page 3 Conclusion
page 4 Measured Performance
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Audiolab’s Q-DAC is a very impressive piece of equipment. It takes all that’s good about the company’s renowned M-DAC, omits a few features but shaves a good chunk off the price.
    It boasts a superb level of detail retrieval with excellent dynamics and an agile delivery – but stays precise and controlled at all times.
    The various filter options also give the user the ability to tailor the sound to their individual taste which proves remarkably useful the more you experiment.
    Partner it with the M-PWR and you have the basis of a very good system indeed – one that sounds much more powerful and well-honed than its paper specifications might suggest.
    In absolute terms the Q-DAC is the star of the show here – and capable of being paired with amplifiers costing twice the price or more of the M-PWR.
    But factor in their matching cosmetics and obvious synergy and it’s easy to see why many people would look to pair them together. If that’s you, the chances are you won’t be disappointed.

Audiolab Q-DAC     £400 (U.K.)

OUTSTANDING – amongst the best

VALUE - keenly priced


All the sonic assurance of Audiolab’s lauded M-DAC but with a saving of some £200 makes the Q-DAC a veritable bargain. One of the best DACs around at the price.

- detailed sound
- clean, clear presentation
- range of filter options
- pre-amp capability

- no remote
- little else at the price


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Comments (1)
Philips Test CD
1Saturday, 06 September 2014 06:13
Michael Krauss
Dear Experts!

With great interest I read some of your tests on CD players. You mention that you use special Test CDs for CD and SACD performance measurements.

I wonder where I could buy such a Test CD. Can you give me a hint and advice where to buy these items?

Thank you for your help in advance.
Michael Krauss

Sadly, the answer is "no". Philips produced the best test CDs (Denon, Technics and a few others too) but these were never made available to the public, at least in any obvious manner. In the end Philips would not even release test CDs and SACDs to those they felt might use them to criticise the medium.

There is a modern solution. Use Audacity to generate test signals and burn them to CD. It works.

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