- Written by Jim Milton
- Published on 12 May 2011
If you are only into movies and home theater, or only listen to multichannel music or vinyl, the XDA-1 may not be of any use to you. Same holds true if you already have a very good DAC in your current system. But, if you are thinking of using a computer, media server, or have an older inferior DAC in your current setup, the XDA-1 can really squeeze some good sound out of your current system. I'd prefer that it display the incoming sample rate and be able to completely turn off the lights on the front panel, but these are minor quibbles. For the money, I can't think of many other DACs that offer the sound quality, flexibility…and a killer remote…that Emotiva offers with their XDA-1. As I prepare to move my music onto a computer, the XDA-1 will be my bridge to the digital future.