Hegel h390 internal DAC vs Auralic Vega G1 DAC?
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    Hegel h390 internal DAC vs Auralic Vega G1 DAC?

    I know this is a very specific ask, but if you don't ask you don;t get...
    My system:
    NAS (Synology DS1819+) for music storage
    Intel Corei5 NUC running ROON ROCK
    Connected via GB ethernet to Auralic Vega G1 DAC and then via XLR to Hegel H390

    ALSO
    Connected via Phaser Lush USB to iFI Purifier3 to USB input of Hegel H390

    I am trying to determine whether to hang on to the Auralic or to switch to the Hegel's internal DAC and free up budget for the next project.

    I think I can hear a difference, but it is not night and day, which in itself is a major win for the Hegel considering the Auralic is a 3700 Euro DAC ($4100 in Europe).

    Have any Hegel 390 owners done similar tests and if so, what were your findings? What did you look for and what was the outcome?
    I seem to get slight digital fatigue after listening to the Hegel via USB for a while, but even that could be imagined.
    Thanks

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    Re: Hegel h390 internal DAC vs Auralic Vega G1 DAC?

    As a suggestion, physically take the G1 out of your system for a week.
    Look back and see how your musical enjoyment has been in that week
    Sometimes a quick or short change of gear can seem to be an improvement yet over time you start to notice it's shortcomings.
    It's a free experiment that may help you to make the decision.
    After all, it's your system and your ears.
    Enjoy and have fun with it.
    My System:
    A trusty old Pioneer PD-65 as a Transport, Lumin A-1, a Merrill Heirloom T.T. as sources. A Lampizator DAC to Teo Cables to a SP-14 Tubed PreAmp, Pass XA30.5 , Fusion speaker cables, AudioKinesis Zephryn 46 Speakers. pair Rythmik F-12 subs, EP2050, Kaplan Power cables, Cerious Tech Graphine XT P.C., Hydra power conditioner, Two dedicated 20Amp power lines. DIY corner traps and Acoustic Geometry Curves for room treatment.

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    Re: Hegel h390 internal DAC vs Auralic Vega G1 DAC?

    jadedavid, thank you, that is a suggestion both simple and brilliant Will try and report back.

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