The Rega DAC.
|Digital Sources||Denon 3910 Mac Mini Naim HDX Sooloos Control 10 dCS Paganini PTT|
|Speakers||B&W 805D with JL Audio Gotham|
What does a Rega DAC do?
Many DACs have sample rate converters to provide low-jitter asynchronous data, but Rega chooses to keep things simple by using synchronous clocking with the incoming data using a Phase Lock Loop to minimise jitter. The Wolfson DACs themselves are also claimed to have a high tolerance to clock jitter.
Does the Rega Brio need a DAC?
As the Brio is an integrated amp, you just need a good USB DAC with fixed volume.
Are DACs good?
For most people, built-in DACs offer enough to enjoy perfectly fine audio. However, for audiophiles looking to get the best audio possible, the answer is a hard yes. It’s just that, even then, the DAC shouldn’t be higher on the list of priorities than the headphones.