ConclusionThe Weiss DAC501 is a particularly versatile, high-quality device. Streamer? Check. Preamp? Check. Dac? Check. Headphones? Check...! Web control? Check... filter settings? Yeah. What doesn't it have? Good question.
The sound is calm, detailed and neutral. Exactly what Weiss stands for. Again and again the dac surprises us with the feeling of playing 'the way it's supposed to be'. That's nice. There are dacs that are able to create a larger image, or offer more bass. Or perhaps more sparkle in the high-area's. But Weiss goes for balance, insight and a 'studio grade' neutrality.
The extra features in the form of Vinyl emulation, de-essing and room-mode control are fun. But we didn't use them in the end. Although I can imagine that the de-esser can still be quite handy. Nice device. But with a spicy price tag. But still: Alpha Approved!
For whom is a Weiss DAC501? Quite simply. For those who go for simplicity. Grab this Weiss, couple a duo of – for example – nice PSI or ATC active speakers to it and you’re ready to go. Ultimate neutrality in a very compact form factor. We love it. This is the small form factor, high performance ‘mean machine’ for the affluent hi-fi enthusiast.