I’ve recently picked up a Border Patrol SE DAC. Cute because it’s technically NOS, non over sampling but it’s also uses a NOS new old stock Phillips TDA1543 chip from the 90s. These chips were the way to turn bits into music before Delta Sigma DACs hit the scene. They’re all R2R but it’s built into the Phillips chip so not like the R2R chips of today that have to build the ladders from scratch since these chips are no longer made.
You know when Schitt talk about they’re using of medical grade ladders? These were the chips designed for music. Used in super duper high end CD players of back in the day.
I wanted to talk about the NOS… the non over sampling part, not the NOS part. Within a few weeks I went from having most of my DACs be in the $200 dollar price range give or take. To having a couple of $1000 plus DACs, cause that’s how life works.
The other DAC I picked up was the Holo Cyan… not the Spring that everyone waxes their poetic shafts about. This is the Spings’s little brother but it’s still got the bloodline. I’ll write up reviews on both over the next few weeks but suffice to say that when it comes to DACs, listen first, measure second.
I spent about three hours Thursday just listening to music. Not critical listening, just enjoyment listening. They way it should be.