CAD DAC 1543 test review

Is it time to finally dump that CD player of yours and go wholly digital? Paul Rigby reviews the CAD 1543 DAC, undertakes a thorough head-to-head challenge with a top-of-the-line CD player and presents the most in depth interview with Computer Audio Design’s boss, Scott Berry.

Currently, the hi-fi market is going through an analogue renaissance. Seemingly, you can’t turn a corner without bumping into a stack of turntables and crates of vinyl. Yet, these black discs represent a tiny fraction of the global music business. Digital, in one form or another, holds the raw numbers. According to the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) UK music fans downloaded 30 million albums in 2014 while CDs - that much derided format - still produced sales figures of around 55 million albums.

So what’s that got to do with audiophiles and DACs in particular? Most downloads are of poor quality and listened to on equally inferior (in sonic terms) smartphones or tablets while CD is limited to 16bit/44.1kHz. So jolly well what?

Well, there’s a few  .....

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