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Offline malloy

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Affordable Nos Dacs - Ross Martin, Teradak
« on: October 14, 2017, 11:56:55 PM »
Has anyone messed around with Teradak or Ross Martin products? I thought the Teradak looked DIY until I saw the Ross Martin ones - white lamp cord, bare metal casing, and a distinct, (not even industrial, but agricultural, as one reviewer in another forum put it) look!


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Re: Affordable Nos Dacs - Ross Martin, Teradak
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2017, 10:02:07 AM »
Hi Paul,
I hadnít heard of either one. Took a look at both sites. The Ross Martin site intrigues me a bit more. Wish I had some throw away cash to try a couple of those dacs.
Nick
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Re: Affordable Nos Dacs - Ross Martin, Teradak
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2017, 09:41:46 PM »
Hi Nick,

Yes. Surprises me how there are still so many brands I've never heard of .   Dug around for a bit more info- Some say the Teradak is ok but reliability is not as good.  The Ross Martin is being hailed as very, very good and underpriced for what it does.  I've never had a NOS dac before and the ones I really want to try - Metrum, 47 Labs are too costly. 

Here are some pics of Ross Martin products from their website: 





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Re: Affordable Nos Dacs - Ross Martin, Teradak
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2017, 10:59:17 AM »
Hi Nick,

Yes. Surprises me how there are still so many brands I've never heard of .   Dug around for a bit more info- Some say the Teradak is ok but reliability is not as good.  The Ross Martin is being hailed as very, very good and underpriced for what it does.  I've never had a NOS dac before and the ones I really want to try - Metrum, 47 Labs are too costly. 

Here are some pics of Ross Martin products from their website: 






Paul,
Iíve never tried an nos dac. I believe Dave ...dBe...uses one. Itís the Tranquility dac from Eric Hider which is mated to a Mac mini. I spoke to Eric some time ago about this and am considering it down the road. The pricing is reasonable
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Re: Affordable Nos Dacs - Ross Martin, Teradak
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2017, 01:43:41 PM »
I love this one...



http://www.borderpatrol.net/DAC.htm

Use it on my home system with an Eric Hider configured Mac mini....



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Re: Affordable Nos Dacs - Ross Martin, Teradak
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2017, 09:34:42 PM »
Wow! This Border Patrol one looks special. Gotta save up and upgrade from my el cheapo equipment!!

I'm interested at this one from MHDT Labs :



Its got a tube and a glass front panel which reminds me of DNM amps.

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Re: Affordable Nos Dacs - Ross Martin, Teradak
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2017, 10:42:36 PM »
I just pulled the trigger on a Starting Point Nos DAC on eBay:  http://audio.starting-point-systems.com/  Don't know what got into me O:) . The devil made me do it. I just bid on the thing while at work.

Got it for $140 including shipping from France. 



I wonder if anyone here has the same?


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Re: Affordable Nos Dacs - Ross Martin, Teradak
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2017, 10:58:35 PM »
I just pulled the trigger on a Starting Point Nos DAC on eBay:  http://audio.starting-point-systems.com/  Don't know what got into me O:) . The devil made me do it. I just bid on the thing while at work.

Got it for $140 including shipping from France. 



I wonder if anyone here has the same?

Ok, Paul. Real good price. Too late to use the Flip Wilson line now  :) ...... keep us posted
Nick
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Re: Affordable Nos Dacs - Ross Martin, Teradak
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2017, 11:37:28 AM »
Too late to use the Flip Wilson line now  :) ...... keep us posted

Haha! But I swear I didn't want to buy it!  The devil keeps following me around telling me how good these things sound! Dacs, cables, tubes, amps, Dave's power products... I hear him again. Telling me how good a planar headphone sounds...

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Re: Affordable Nos Dacs - Ross Martin, Teradak
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2017, 05:54:55 PM »
Too late to use the Flip Wilson line now  :) ...... keep us posted

Haha! But I swear I didn't want to buy it!  The devil keeps following me around telling me how good these things sound! Dacs, cables, tubes, amps, Dave's power products... I hear him again. Telling me how good a planar headphone sounds...


Youíve come to the right forum. We can ďhelpĒ you here. Really, we can :)
McCormack DNA 1.0 Gold amp
SP Tech 2.1 speakers
Antelope Audio Gold dac
Auralic Aries Mini - Tidal
Roon Labs (upsampling to 24/192
Don Sachs phono
Basis Ovation turntable
Graham 1.5 T tonearm
AT-ML150 cartridge
PI Audio Uber
All cables by Gary A