Wadia 151 PowerDAC Mini Digital Integrated Amplifier - Black
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- 24-bit/384kHz Proprietary Wadia Digitmaster Algorithm
- Accepts Data Rates up to 24bit/192k
- <50 watt/channel into 8 & 4 Ohms
- 4 Digital Inputs 2 Coaxial (S/PDIF (RCA), 1 TOSLINK, 1 USB
- Full-Function Remote Control
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Sure, there are some ergonomic issues. No outputs except speaker outs. If you want analogue out or headphone out, Wadia makes the 121, which has both. No volume knob. You won't want to use this at your desk using the remote to change the volume all the time. These are some of the inconveniences that we audiophiles deal with.
I hooked this up to my main speakers (Aliante Pininfarina One) and the bass is the first thing I noticed. Wow, good weight, good control no bloat. Nice midrange. Smooth highs. You get some of that signature Wadia sound.
This thing is $800. My cables cost more than this. It's a bargain for the money. Hook up an old mac mini, airport express, sonos or transport and you're done.
I imagine the DAC section is better than the amp section. Doesn't have the bloom, air, dimension as my tube amps (highly modified GTA SE40SE, Joule Electra Emerald) or the special magic of my Audio Note Pre, but the 151 doesn't suck. Not quite as refined as the dCS rig or the better Meridian digital stuff, but it doesn't embarrass itself. It's quite remarkable for $800.
If you can tone down the audiophile neurosis, the 151 can be quite satisfying. I recommend it.
We all know the current hype about LPs and turntables. For those of us who really listen and get lost in the music, its true. Something may get lost in the "digital" thing. That is why there are $4,000 Digital to Analog Converters (DACs) out there that sell. A good DAC makes a huge difference when the rest of your playback system (preamp, power amp and speakers) are up to the task. Unfortunately, the longer the chain, the more likely it is you will loose the emotion, the sparkle in the music. Digital cables (average cost for good ones is $300 or more), analog cables between DAC and preamp, and the preamp to power amp (similarly, you pay $200-300 for a "decent" pair), and then it is widely known that preamps and analog volume controls affect the signal…. and rarely for the better.
Enter the Wadia 151. No DAC, no Preamp. Well, DAC yes, but here is the important thing. Volume attenuation occurs in the digital domain. No line level DAC, no preamp. The Digital to Analog conversion occurs in in the power amp stage, making everything simpler, and more pure. And you can hear it. Really, the more revealing speakers, the better it sounds. But the catch is, as a result, there is no Analog, all the way, until it hits the speakers. By design, so you can't hook up your turntable. But that is what creates the tube-like final magic. The current price is ridiculous. The Power DAC 151, hooked up to a Macbook with quality USB cable playing high resolution files, powering good sensitive speakers such as Triangle, Focal, or Reference 3A, will blow away systems costing (including cables of course) 5-10 times as much. The only pity is that it it is not turntable friendly, by design. But you can't have it all. Highly recommended!
The sound can be very light, as in not full bodied, or shallow. The wattage output of 15wpc is not the only issue in the weak sound. Right now I am using a Topping 14wpc amp and an OPPO 103 as a source, and the sound is sufficiently full bodied. Considering my experience with the output of the Wadia, I would only recommend it for desktop nearfield (<4FT) listening with small coaxial or 2 way speakers.
On the plus side the sound quality through the Wadia 151 is transparent, mostly free of grain and very natural. The left to right soundstaging is also good, but the amp stops short of being very 3d or holographic in terms of sound staging depth. I had the best luck with the USB input which worked flawlessly and was plug and play. Through the USB sound was more full bodied than through the BD player, but male vocals still didn't sound quite deep enough. When watching Captain America through the optical or coax connection the more layered parts in the soundtrack got a bit stuffy, same was true with music, instruments and vocals lost detail with difficult material. While watching the T.V. show Continuum, the Wadia sometimes lacked such body that female vocals sounded like they could have been from the T.V. speakers.
If the Wadia is used with the right speakers in the right environment the sound is very good and sounds how you would expect a sub 1300$ amp to sound. At the asking price its a very good value when used in this way. But as the main system in a 200sq ft room, I had no luck.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought the Wadia 151 through Amazon but unheard since I live in Anguilla in the Caribbean. However I liked the reviews. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Lawrence
i have this wadia 151 powerDAC. and i think all the other reviewers who rated 1 stars or 2 stars or 3 stars or 4 stars are just simply crazy. Read morePublished 10 months ago by ronald chu ming zu
Nice amplifier with digital inputs. Some may need more power, but it drives my MTM-TL floor standers to LOUD well enough. Read morePublished 20 months ago by dr Phil Gandini
Works perfectly. Beautiful compact design, optically equal to the expensive Wadia high-end players. Ideal for a second setup. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Martijn Mulder
Perfect for a simple, quality system in a small to medium sized room. Sound is crystal clear. Set up is a breeze. Far superior to my former full-sized AV amp and mid-range 5. Read morePublished 21 months ago by JT$
Im really love this wadia 151. its awsome. Now i try many bookshelf speakers as Vienna acoustics haydn grand, dynaudio x12...Published 22 months ago by doquochiep