Summary: I hate to admit this, but I once paid $1,5000 dollars for a Theta DAC in the '90s that wasn't as good as today's bargain priced TEAC UD-H01. OK, the Thetas weren't built in China and they didn't have access to the better chips from Texas Instruments (now Burr Brown), but they had big expensive...
Pros: Price, sound, simplicity, and beats the mega-buck ego enhancing DACS
Cons: Obviously not as transparent and good in the bass as other big buck DACS, but come on it's low priced
Summary: I really like the sound. When I stream my music the DAC makes it sound incredibly nice. My flac files sound as nice as they sound when I put one on a thumb drive and plug it directly into my receiver.
Summary: This is a fabulous DAC. It actually has two (2) DAC's built-in, which operate at a very impressive and rarely-seen 32 bit level (not 24 bit). Try finding those specs in another DAC priced under a thousand bucks... much less priced under three hundred as this one is.
Pros: TWO (2) DAC's built-in, which operate at a very impressive and rarely-seen 32 bit level (not 24 bit). That's unheard of at anywhere near this price level... or even double this price level. Physical build-quality is top-rate... finely machined aluminum and beautiful polished piano-finish top.
Cons: The headphone amp is not very powerful. It will only drive my low-impeadence (easy-to-drive) SHURE 1440 headphones to a "moderately loud" level at its "maximum" volume level for headphones, before it tops-out.
Summary: This DAC sounds great!! I am using the USB input from my PC running Windows XP Professional. It took less than 10 minutes to get working, including the time to download the drivers from the TEAC website. I am using the DAC to power a pair of Sennheiser RS170 wireless headphones.
Summary: I am using this with a mac book running 10.9.2 (usb), a teac CD player with iPod (coaxial), so far it has worked with out any glitches, sounds good, drivers are solid. I've used the mac running iTunes and Audirvana Plus and also Pure music, no probs switching rates but the teac DAC will click when...
Pros: decent size, build quality, connivence of being able to hook up three devices, two sets of outputs (balanced xlr and rca)
Cons: headphone amp struggles with 250 ohm, clicking sound when switching kHz,
Summary: Out of the box, it worked right away. I hooked it up to my old gears which comprised of an Arcam cd player, Musical Fidelity preamp and amp and my new Kef ls50. At first, it already sounded very good: good bass, clear mid and clear high.
Pros: Works very well and sound very good
Cons: I notice a clicking sound when switching to a different connection, but it definitely doe not bother me at all.