Curcio Audio CD12V DAC Pictures
My version of Joe Curcio's DAC, built in 2002. This design uses the highly-regarded
Philips TDA1541 DAC chip, together with a tubed output stage. For the record, this is a
4x oversampling design with filter, but you can disable both of those by jumpering inputs on
the digital receiver. However, I found that I actually preferred the stock design over non-oversampling.
Technically, this is a "kit", as Joe will supply you with bare circuit boards and all the
necessary documentation. You buy the components, including enclosure (all available from Mouser
and Digi-Key), stuff the boards, and assemble. Quite a challenging project, as the parts
density on the PCBs is quite high, requiring some rather close work.
Once I got the unit back from Joe Curcio (it had to be sent back because I somehow had 'fried' the TDA-1541),
I was immensely pleased with the sound--
dynamic, detailed, yet warm and easy to listen to. It has given my CD collection a whole new
lease on life. If you are fed up with digital, or think that it is a compromise not worthy
of consideration by serious audiophiles (i.e., you're an analog die-hard), then you ought to
consider this unit!
Interior view--the output tubes are Siemens 12AT7s.
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