Summary: I am giving this device a 5 star rating because it not only lived up to my expectations, but exceeded them. The sound quality it can achieve is amazing. Not only does it support DSD (which sounds out of this world) and the highest resolution PCM files, but it also drastically improves the sound of ripped CDs. For me, this DAC replaced my old, bottom of the line Yamaha Audiogram 6. The Audiogram is fine for recording voice and instruments - but the DAC itself was limited.
Summary: This is a wonderful DAC. I've used it both with a Marantz CD player's digital out and a MacMini playing HD audio files, and in both cases performance is stellar. Soundstage is full and deep, and imaging has been excellent across the board, particularly with some 3 piece jazz albums I've played. As another reviewer has said, it's fun to go back through my library and listen through the UD-501 - with some of the material it's like hearing it for the first time again.
Summary: I spent a little time trying to figure out the difference between the UD501B, which I intuitively thought was a newer model, and the UD501. It turns out that the UD501B is the black version of the unit, whereas the UD501S is the silver-faced unit. Pick the one that matches your system. Next comes the question as to whether this is for a computer or a stereo. The answer is yes to both. A DA Converter will take a digital audio signal and convert it to an analog signal.
Amazing intermediate device with some specific applications that work very well
Santeria "Son of Tazz", Amazon
23 February 2014
Summary: The TEAC UD-501 USB D/A converter works brilliantly as an attachment to a computer or ancillary device. The easiest way to get this TEAC working virtually immediately is to download the basic player and use wav or MP3 files played through the headphones option. You need to install the TEAC HR player first and then plug a standard A-B (sometimes called a printer cable, or a scanner cable) between the TEAC and the PC so that the player can see the wav and MP3 files.
Superb DAC from TEAC that is part of an excellent series
Michael Birman, Amazon
21 February 2014
Summary: The TEAC Dual Monaural D/A Converter is one of four components comprising the 501 series. They are designed from the ground up to interconnect, acting synergistically to create even better sound. I am lucky enough to own the TEAC HA-501 Dual Monaural Headphone Amplifier which I connected via balanced XLR connectors to the DAC.
Summary: Firstly the Teac DAC is a solidly built piece of equipment. It must weigh 10 pounds, though I haven't put it on the scale! The unit has a nice look to it, which is nice as it doesn't seem out of place with the rest of my equipment. This is my first DAC and I will admit I am new to them. The manual was clear and concise, I was up and running with the Teac in under 15 minutes. Its inputs are USB, coax and optical. On the output side it has RCA and balance XLR.
Summary: Teac's UD-501-B is simply an astounding DAC. I have it paired with a Teac AI-501DA amplifier (which is just superb) and Bowers & Wilkins CM5 speakers. Running JRiver on Windows 8.1 the Teac sounds incredible however it is fed. Right now I am switching between JRiver upsampling material to DSD 2x output (5.6k) using the FIR2 filter (in the Teac) and having the Teac upsample everything to PCM using the SLOW filter. Both are superb.
Summary: This is my first DAC. I primarily listen to LPs (vinyl), so I was interested in comparing analog reproduction to the best digital technology. The unit feels quite hefty and is beautifully finished - the rack mount handles look sharp. The knobs feel very solid. It comes with a cheap RCA cable and an instruction manual.
Excellent construction, great features, but not audiophile sound quality
Kenneth Stuart, Amazon
27 January 2014
Summary: Background: I've been listening critically to music using audiophile and pro gear for over four decades. Lately, I've been investigating headphones, as well as digital equipment that doesn't have the "cold hard" sound usually associated with digital audio. Equipment for this review: MrSpeakers Alpha Dog headphones (a new design using 3D printed earcups), Kenwood M2A power amplifier, Jriver MC19 Windows music player.
Summary: Out of the box the DAC sounded great. It has gotten better after a few weeks of burn-in. I do not have Golden Ears by any means but I know what sounds great to me and this device has been a HUGE improvement over my Theta.