Stello DA100 Signature. Anyone ever have this DAC

fbm211fbm211 Posts: 1,459
I just picked up one on ebay for 320.00. I figure it will be a little better than my Arthur v3 DAC since its a little newer. (And the fact that my Arthur is Dead.) Just curious if anyone ever tried it. I picked it because it has the type of i2s interface Ive been looking for.(The older DIN type connector) If the Dragon Pro does for the Stello what it did for the Arthur I will be more than happy. And maybe I can get long optical and usb cables to see how it sounds via my PC as source. Never tried that yet.
SDA-2BTL with custom IC
Adcom 565 monoblocks--Monarchy Audio M-10 preamp
Theta Data Basic Transport--Stello DA100 Signature DAC--Camelot Dragon Pro2 MK III
Harman Kardon T-55c TT
DH Labs Q-10 Signature Speaker Cables With Furez silver plated copper bananas
Revelation Audio Labs Prophecy Cryo-Silver Reference AES/EBU
Revelation Audio Labs Prophecy Cryo-Silver i2s digital cable
4 Furutech FP-314Ag with FI-11cu Plugs/FI-11AG IECs--- Power Cords
DH LABS REVELATIONS ICs-amps
Revelation Audio Labs Paradise cryo-silver ICs-Source to pre

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  • fbm211fbm211 Posts: 1,459
    What a good little DAC. Better than the Arthur DAC without the Dragon Pro between the Arthur and Dragon Pro but not quite as good with the Dragon/Arthur combo.
    I did a sound test audition all afternoon with the Stello hooked direct to the Theta via AES/EBU. And then later hooked up to the Dragon Pro via AES/EBU in and i2s out to Stello. Some improvement but not as drastic as the Arthur/Dragon Combo.Probably due to the Stello being a more modern DAC.
    I did notice a deeper Bass right away as well as a wider soundstage. Highs were a little more laid back but not much. The upsample is a nice option to have but I did notice some songs sounded better while others I prefered bypassed.
    not a bad deal for the price and now I just need to get a 15 foot optical to see how the PC will sound on the 2CH Gear.le81ezol55ft.jpg
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    SDA-2BTL with custom IC
    Adcom 565 monoblocks--Monarchy Audio M-10 preamp
    Theta Data Basic Transport--Stello DA100 Signature DAC--Camelot Dragon Pro2 MK III
    Harman Kardon T-55c TT
    DH Labs Q-10 Signature Speaker Cables With Furez silver plated copper bananas
    Revelation Audio Labs Prophecy Cryo-Silver Reference AES/EBU
    Revelation Audio Labs Prophecy Cryo-Silver i2s digital cable
    4 Furutech FP-314Ag with FI-11cu Plugs/FI-11AG IECs--- Power Cords
    DH LABS REVELATIONS ICs-amps
    Revelation Audio Labs Paradise cryo-silver ICs-Source to pre
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,987
    @kharp1 has one of these.
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,587
    I do have one. It hasn't been in use for some time, but, didn't really want to part with it. Capable unit.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,194
    Clipdat wrote: »
    @kharp1 has one of these.

    What doesn't Kerry have ? The man's been on a binge since he found his wallet he lost in 1967. :)
    HT SYSTEM-2 channel
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Dynaudio Audience 72
    Polk FX500 surrounds
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k Ref 4420 amp

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • fbm211fbm211 Posts: 1,459
    PC sounds pretty good . I hooked it up with a 15 foot optical cable and was surprised at how good it sounded.And that was youtube.Later i will see how using the PC DVD drive sounds.Just wish my geforce card had a HDMI output for video. Anyone know if a DVI to HDMI cable wound work for video?
    SDA-2BTL with custom IC
    Adcom 565 monoblocks--Monarchy Audio M-10 preamp
    Theta Data Basic Transport--Stello DA100 Signature DAC--Camelot Dragon Pro2 MK III
    Harman Kardon T-55c TT
    DH Labs Q-10 Signature Speaker Cables With Furez silver plated copper bananas
    Revelation Audio Labs Prophecy Cryo-Silver Reference AES/EBU
    Revelation Audio Labs Prophecy Cryo-Silver i2s digital cable
    4 Furutech FP-314Ag with FI-11cu Plugs/FI-11AG IECs--- Power Cords
    DH LABS REVELATIONS ICs-amps
    Revelation Audio Labs Paradise cryo-silver ICs-Source to pre
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 11,583
    fbm211 wrote: »
    Anyone know if a DVI to HDMI cable wound work for video?


    yep

  • fbm211fbm211 Posts: 1,459
    Thanks.
    SDA-2BTL with custom IC
    Adcom 565 monoblocks--Monarchy Audio M-10 preamp
    Theta Data Basic Transport--Stello DA100 Signature DAC--Camelot Dragon Pro2 MK III
    Harman Kardon T-55c TT
    DH Labs Q-10 Signature Speaker Cables With Furez silver plated copper bananas
    Revelation Audio Labs Prophecy Cryo-Silver Reference AES/EBU
    Revelation Audio Labs Prophecy Cryo-Silver i2s digital cable
    4 Furutech FP-314Ag with FI-11cu Plugs/FI-11AG IECs--- Power Cords
    DH LABS REVELATIONS ICs-amps
    Revelation Audio Labs Paradise cryo-silver ICs-Source to pre
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,987
    Nice Theta transport.
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