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TEAC UD-501
9.2 out of 10

TEAC UD-501

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Overall 10
10

Love it!

Chris, Crutchfield
3 weeks ago
  • Summary: I have been using this DAC for about 6 months. I thought it sounded good when I first got it. Sounded even better after some burn in time. Well worth the money!
  • Pros: Sounds great!
  • Cons: I can't think of any.
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Overall 10
10

Amazing DSD, Powerful & Detailed PCM

Eric, Crutchfield
24 August 2014
  • Summary: I compared the TEAC UD-501 to the onboard DACs on my Marantz CD-6005 and Audioengine B1 Bluetooth by running coax and optical inputs, respectively, from those devices to the TEAC. Both of those DACs are fine units, but in both cases sending PCM from these devices to the TEAC resulted in much more powerful and detailed music, revealing parts of the recordings that were otherwise locked away.
  • Pros: Powerful and detailed PCM, great information on the display about input signal, versatile - accepts many formats, DSD format playback is amazing and in my opinion the highlight of this unit.
  • Cons: PCM sound may be subjective with this unit, it has power and punch and is quite revealing.
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Overall 10
10

A great DAC for under $1000

Lee M, Crutchfield
24 August 2014
  • Summary: I use the UD-501 to listen to Hi-def music on my Imac (mid-2011) via headphones (Sony MDR-7506). I can only directly compare it to an HRT Microstreamer on this particular system (it's much, much better), but it beats the pants off of any other stereo system I have heard to date, with the exception of a high-end system that had a McIntosh MCD100 SACD/CD player. Yes, there are better DACs on the market, but for the money, IMO you cannot beat this unit.
  • Pros: Price. Sound. Build quality. DSD-capable.
  • Cons: None, when compared to similarly-priced DACs.
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Overall 10
10

Amazing DSD, Powerful & Detailed PCM

Eric, Crutchfield
24 August 2014
  • Summary: I compared the TEAC UD-501 to the onboard DACs on my Marantz CD-6005 and Audioengine B1 Bluetooth by running coax and optical inputs, respectively, from those devices to the TEAC. Both of those DACs are fine units, but in both cases sending PCM from these devices to the TEAC resulted in much more powerful and detailed music, revealing parts of the recordings that were otherwise locked away.
  • Pros: Powerful and detailed PCM, great information on the display about input signal, versatile - accepts many formats, DSD format playback is amazing and in my opinion the highlight of this unit.
  • Cons: PCM sound may be subjective with this unit, it has power and punch and is quite revealing.
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Overall 10
10

A great DAC for under $1000

Lee M, Crutchfield
24 August 2014
  • Summary: I use the UD-501 to listen to Hi-def music on my Imac (mid-2011) via headphones (Sony MDR-7506). I can only directly compare it to an HRT Microstreamer on this particular system (it's much, much better), but it beats the pants off of any other stereo system I have heard to date, with the exception of a high-end system that had a McIntosh MCD100 SACD/CD player. Yes, there are better DACs on the market, but for the money, IMO you cannot beat this unit.
  • Pros: Price. Sound. Build quality. DSD-capable.
  • Cons: None, when compared to similarly-priced DACs.
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Overall 10
10

Highly Recommended

Doug "Doug", Amazon
2 May 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

Fantastic Sound, Great Construction, DSD

Analog Cocktail, Amazon
19 March 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Excellent build quality; straight-forward usability

Dr. Stuart Gitlow, Amazon
23 February 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

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.
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Overall 10
10

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.
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