The source of the sound: Veracity Chrysalis Dac.
Jana Dagdagan of Stereophile at 2016 NY Audio Show
Auditions of the prototype Veracity Dac in home systems are proving useful. But there's an unexpected reaction which keeps repeating. Here is what happened the first time:
He leaves happily clutching the Dac in it's flight-case looking forward to a bake off weekend with friends. He returns on Monday evening:
''I cannot bear this for another weekend. Take it back''.
''Why? What's wrong?''
''It's making me feel ....grrr..I spent £10.000 on a new vinyl turntable and phonostage... IT OUT VINYLS THE VINYL''
There was no intention to compete with vinyl. But the end result: 'It out vinyls the vinyl'. So be it.
Reviews, when they are in depth, knowledgeable and honest are valuable judgement calls. But most important, are those from ordinary music lovers with no professional interest. These are fresh and unbiased. Here are the most recent from clients who have the Veracity Dac or who own earlier models. Also below are links to professional reviews of our audio.
Simon Maggs: May 2016
My Mystra dac:
Recently I decided to count the number of dacs that I've had. Including CD players which can act as a dac - i.e. have a digital input - I've had 22 dacs over the last decade or so. Why so many dacs and, indeed so many amplifiers, cd players and speakers? I guess I've tended to upgrade on the basis of the sound of the new kit being better than the old kit and, then, in time, I've grown frustrated with the sound and issues playing certain CDs or tracks.
Thank god I finally now have a sound system to keep.
Over 5 years ago I found Aurum Cantus Volla speakers. A first item that I knew I'd have to keep. This was the first speaker I'd found that was definitely better – not worse or different – than the Spendor BC1s. But changes in source and power continued. Soon I bought a Chord QBD76 dac, the Yulong ESS9018 D8 dac and a couple of similarly priced valve output CD players. I found the Chord as not for me and sold it on. The Yulong gave me at that point more detail than I'd ever heard from a CD but it didn't sound as natural as the valve-based Shanling player. I now knew I needed a valve-based source and, when I could find it, if possible, I knew I wanted the level of detail that ESS9018 based dac gave me.
I then improved on the wonderful Shanling player by finding your Ten Audio TAD1 Dac. I could have lived with this dac for good, but I still wanted more detail. How have I found the Mystra DAC? I knew straight away that I had the detail I wanted and a top valve-based output stage. The Mystra sound was detailed like the best dacs I`ve heard, but with the warmth of a top record player, this itself was a superb start but I wasn't sure whether all my system was the best I could imagine. But I kept in mind that your dac had sounded even better to my ears using your valve-based amplifier than my own Marantz Reference bi-amped set up and hadn't had the slightest hint of `digital` signature at your place. So I marked the Mystra DAC, like my speakers, as a keeper and finally upgraded my system's power to a valve-based Pathos Inpol 2. Now your DAC sounded like it did using your system and was as good as I could imagine. Phew.
The sound of my hi-fi based on your Mystra is now what I want. I can't imagine it being any better. My system sounds like a live performance. I completely believe that my hi-fi's only practical limitations are now the room it is in, the CDs I play and sadly, my hearing. So I'm done. I've finally got a final music system. It only took 20 years for me to get here. Your latest dac is probably the best dac I've heard and, is probably one of the best dacs available in the world. Thank you.
Kind Regards, Simon
Emmanuel Benazeraf: December 2015
'' ....To own it and know it is to love it. In a nutshell, that is what I call the Gregor factor, inherent in all the machines I've bought from him so far: a mixture of honesty humility and paradoxically an impression of supreme confidence in their ability to reproduce music as it is meant to sound.......This DAC really lets the music breathe and prove its point without adding extra coloration, without altering or flattering it: it is never intrusive or pushy. There is air between the notes, as well as a well rounded quality to the sound and a sense of unerring timing and pace.....''
Steve Forrest, September 2015
';...This is comparable with high end vinyl replay.....even more apparent when listening to DSD recordings. I feel that this would be a golden opportunity for vinyl fans who have previously not considered investing in digital for obvious reasons, they would be able to switch back and forth from analog and digital playback and still be completely satisfied. To simply sum things up would be to say, this is not like digital replay that I have experienced before.Music played back played through [this DAC] has a sense of rightness, a sense of believability that a real musical event is taking place in front of you...
Music that I know so well and have heard countless times over the years hold's new surprises for me in terms of musical information retrieval. You can hear the difference in the instrumental texture and detect great insight and depth in a recording. The human voice is also presented with greater realism a more realistic capture of vocal inflections and greater insight overall than what I experienced previously with DAC-10. I hear an improvement in tune playing ability especially when playing DSD, still I have the same emotional connection and involvement but enhanced to an even higher level.''
Aesthetically I find the quality of this DAC to be excellent; also the level of customer care and service that I have received from VAD is second to none. I feel privileged to own this piece and am convinced that many other high end DAC's that are available would look very overpriced in comparison to this. DAC-10 has certainly not been a cheap purchase for me, I had to save up for a while to be able to afford to buy this, but music and the quality of sound reproduction are extremely important to me. I felt that DAC-10 was able to fulfill and surpass my expectations, I also feel like I am receiving excellent value for money. My previous transport and DAC was more expensive than DAC-10, but the performance was not in the same league.
I have also found that DAC-10 does not favor any particular genres of music but is a superb all rounder, In my opinion used with a high quality transport or as part of a high end PC based music system DAC-10 will be the last digital device that you ever need to enjoy your music collection.
Andy Patel, August 2015
''I have been using the dac now for nearly 2 years and it is a wonderful product, I have tried a few other high end dacs since, and i always come back to my VAD. Gregor gives a very personal service, which is lacking in this industry. I dont think i will be looking at other dacs anymore im just wasting my time and energy. The engaging organic sound i get from Gregor`s dac is very difficult to replicate. Thank you for designing such a wonderful product straight from the heart.''
Nigel Frederick Long, December 2015
''Never ever been so happy with a piece of equipment you can just forget about and really enjoy the music. You are a star''
Notes from Nigel Frederick Long: at home, auditioning DAC December 2015
'' (Pink Floyd 'Wish you Were Here) When the guitar comes in it is a real surprise. The DAC brings life to the music. (Lene Martin: A Place Nearby) This DAC brings total realism into the whole thing. Vocal is perfect. Depth is amazing. Every instrument in its place. (Yello- Rhythm) is divine. Just play it and see. ( Shirley Bassey) Vocals in this track OUTSTANDING! WHERE HAS ALL THIS DETAIL BEEN? This DAC is amazing..
( George Michael) The first line vocals: George's every breath can be heard on this track. So natural. Piano is detailed and true. Cymbals are there and they weren't there before! I'm impressed.''
HiFi Choice about DAC 10 DSD (2014) click for full review
HiFi Critic reviewing DAC 12 Enjoy the Music DAC 12 pages
6Moons reviewing TAD 1 6Moons TAD 1 pages
Customer feedback posted on What's Best Forum