Apogee mini-DAC vs Apogee Duet - the shootout begins.
In the end the Apogee Mini-DAC beat the Duet . Also the Mini dac can be used without a computer.
It wasn't just an opinion as many on Head-fi sold their Apogee Duets, and bought used Apogee Mini DAC's.
The Mini DAC used Apogee DA-16X converters which was one unit down (now discontinued) from the Apogee Symphony (their flagship).
I am curious about the Duet 2...but the Apogee Mini - DAC has 119db s/n ratio.... pretty hard to beat in terms of a clean converter.
The word at Apogee is that the sound stage of the Duet 2 is very clean wide and deep (Duet 2 is significantly better than the predecessor Apogee Duet) ...personally not sure until I hear one myself.
Specs: • Output level xlr?s: 24dBu max (internally or externally adjustable) ultra
low impedance, high current drive balanced outputs. • Output 1/8”: +7dBV max (fixed or externally adjustable) • Headphone out: 300mW into 30 ohm • Sample rates: 44.1/48-88.2/96-176/192 . All +/- 10% • Max word length: 24bit • Frequency response: 10-20k +/- 0.2 dB (at 44.1kHz) • THD+N: -104 dB • Dynamic range: 119 dB weighted • Inter channel crosstalk: -125 dB • Power consumption: 6.5W max. • Power source: 6-14 V DC. International (90-240V) power adapter included