Sound Quality

After a surprising moment (2018, after many years not having played a dcc in a portable)

Today I have compared the DCC 130, DCC 175, AudioQuest Dragon Fly (USB DAC) and my Iphone.
Test headphones a Denon over- & inear.

My personal rating (100=max) is as following:

  1. DCC 130 (88)
  2. DCC 175 (85)
  3. USB DAC (80)
  4. Iphone (65)

If you or someone has any detail question, let me know.


Interesting and surprising results.
Can you try and explain the small difference between the 130 and 175 in words?

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yes I will try,

There in my opinion only a difference with the over ear headphones.
At low level the sound stages decrease less.

In both dcc players must be a great headphone amplifier!


How would you rate your DCC600 and DCC730?


My humble opinion it’s worth making copies (mix-tapes) to play this in your portable, and listen with your Hifi headphone, in your relaxing chair!

@david.desclos, @drdcc, @rolf

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@drdcc and I, did a test with a 18bit tape two years a go.
There we use two the same headphones and 91 and two 730.
There where not direct noticeable differences between de players, sound quality is good.

I know from personal experience that the DD82 & 92 sounds better that these philips player.

Soon I will put this to the test, other dcc enthusiast can share there experience two?

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Which one do you take outdoors more the dcc130 or the dcc175?

Both sure are beautiful players

The 175 is not mine, borrowed it for this test. Thanks to @rolf
So it’s the 130 is usually used for a trip or vacation, with my head phone or in setup below.

@GidionDehaan How do you used yours ?

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I use mine generally with a pair of earbuds made by a guy in Hong Kong or noble earphones

Do love my dcc170

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As promised, I would do a test for the DD82 & DD92.

I my opinion the DAC7 makes the biggest difference in sound quality.
A couple years ago I have bought a Teac D-T1, this is a multi source dac and has the same DAC as the DD’s.

Together with the DCC 130, Denon headphone and the same DCC tape.

And my experience is the sound is even more smoothly, so you can easier define the individual instruments.
In points 93.

@Max @drdcc @GidionDehaan @rolf @melduforx