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12-21-2004, 04:22 PM
Sitting here listening to my late 90's Discman, I noticed it says "1bit DAC". Considering that lately CD players have gotten better, moving up to 16, 24 bit DACs, I thought of something.

Has any company released a portable CD player with anything greater than a 1 bit DAC?

12-22-2004, 07:00 PM
maybe someone will figure this out. I might just have to start researching.

12-23-2004, 12:03 PM
Just in case you're unsure of what a 1-bit DAC is, here's a good overview:


Otherwise to answer you're question, I'm not sure. Given the fact that a 16-bid DAC requires more physical parts, it seems logical that the ever-shrinking portable discman is going to use the more space-efficient 1-bit DAC system.

You might want to try checking online at sony.com or panasonic.com and see what their new players are spec'd at.

Hope that helps.