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Digital Audio Devices / Re: Iím about to open the Border
« Last post by mresseguie on Today at 08:57:15 AM »
I hear ya!😁 I had an itch too. I just bought a Denafrips Terminator DAC after reading the buzz on the internet. I have around 45 hours on it and it is sounding pretty impressive.

They have a cheaper model called an Ares that suppose to sound pretty close to this flagship model.
If thatís true for the price itís a great find. I think it cost 8 or $900.

It is a latter Dac like your Schitt.

Ares is listed as 880 Singapore dollars which is around 650 bucks.

@mresseguie, if I remember you did a eval also on the Denafrips DAC (I vaguely remember that it might have been sent around on tour)

Sorry, Nick we are hijacking your Border Patrol thread  :duh

Howdy!

I need to dig around in my cobwebs a sec. Oh, yeah. Well, briefly here's what I did:

I auditioned the Venus model which is third in the line. I got it with under a 100 hours burn in. It did not sound very impressive, but I know (and knew then) that good DACs need time to burn in. By the time it had about 150(?) hours on it, I took it up to Bothell, WA for an audio G2G. A bunch of us heard it, but no one got excited. The following day I drove home. I continued burning it in for another 100-plus hours. Somewhere in the 250 to 300 hours range I started noticing the kind of results that I had hoped I might hear.

I was preparing to fly to Taiwan, so I shipped it back to Singapore. At that time, my thinking was that I would order the Terminator while I was in Taiwan. However, my plans changed for a couple reasons. The biggest reason is I decided to bring my Don Sachs Model 2 preamp back to Oregon to pair with my D Sachs Kootenay 120 amp and my Apollo speakers. Without a good preamp in Taiwan, there's no point in buying a nice DAC that lacks a volume control.

A second reason why I changed plans is because I decided to audition a DAC while I was temporarily back in OR/WA caring for my mother (this past Feb and March). I ended up auditioning the dB Audio Labs Tranquility SE DAC (with Jupiter Cu caps!). I honestly expected that I would be underwhelmed by this DAC and would send it back to Eric Heider. Guess what? With zero burn in, I hooked it up to my system and it sounded wonderful. It took the Venus nearly 300 hours to approach this level. So I didn't send it back. I bought the damned thing. [It's not a bad damned thing. It's a great damned thing!]

I wasn't impressed enough by the Venus to want to keep it. The Venus and the Tranquility are about the same price, I think. I paid extra to have the Jupiter caps added.

I still have no preamp in my system in Taiwan. I'm using my Gustard X20u as DAC/pre. It's not nearly as nice as when my Model 2 was in the system, but it's not bad either. I don't know what I will do at this point. I keep my eyes peeled for used Lampizator Atlantic DACs with volume control because I know I love its sound. However, the price is kinda scary. Perhaps I'll feel wealthier once I manage to sell my home in Oregon?

Does this help?

Michael


Hey Michael,
I remember your comments about the Tranquility. I forgot, did you use it with Eric's Mac mini?
As to the Lampi, itís got a great reputation. Hope you find a ďpre-ownedĒ one
Nick

Nick,

I have not tried Eric's Mac Mini, though I'm considering the possibility. I'm using the Mac Mini that I've had as my main computer for about three years. I know it's not ideal.

I've got one of Dave's Pi Audio USB cords and the special DAC power cord that Eric sells. 

Modwright Dan has announced plans to mod the Musical Paradise MP-D2 DAC. I think this has great potential. I have heard two separate owner modified MP-D2 DACs at the above G2G, so I know some of what the DAC is capable of. Its weak link IMO is the stock volume pot that is used. If you've got a separate preamp, the DAC sounds great; If you use the DAC as preamp, it sounds thin. MP's owner, Garry, did tell me about a better quality volume control, but I'm unfamiliar with its sound. Even a Modwright modded MP-D2 would be about half the price of an Atlantic(!).

How does the BP DAC sound in your system?

Michael
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Digital Audio Devices / Re: Iím about to open the Border
« Last post by Emil on Today at 04:33:48 AM »
Emil, question, what do you do to step up from the B P DAC?
well, it seems to me that emil prefers his schiit yggdrasil.  i'd say try a modified art di/o.   :rofl:

doug s.

Huh?
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Digital Audio Devices / Re: Iím about to open the Border
« Last post by Nick B on Today at 12:40:47 AM »
I hear ya!😁 I had an itch too. I just bought a Denafrips Terminator DAC after reading the buzz on the internet. I have around 45 hours on it and it is sounding pretty impressive.

They have a cheaper model called an Ares that suppose to sound pretty close to this flagship model.
If thatís true for the price itís a great find. I think it cost 8 or $900.

It is a latter Dac like your Schitt.

Ares is listed as 880 Singapore dollars which is around 650 bucks.

@mresseguie, if I remember you did a eval also on the Denafrips DAC (I vaguely remember that it might have been sent around on tour)

Sorry, Nick we are hijacking your Border Patrol thread  :duh

Howdy!

I need to dig around in my cobwebs a sec. Oh, yeah. Well, briefly here's what I did:

I auditioned the Venus model which is third in the line. I got it with under a 100 hours burn in. It did not sound very impressive, but I know (and knew then) that good DACs need time to burn in. By the time it had about 150(?) hours on it, I took it up to Bothell, WA for an audio G2G. A bunch of us heard it, but no one got excited. The following day I drove home. I continued burning it in for another 100-plus hours. Somewhere in the 250 to 300 hours range I started noticing the kind of results that I had hoped I might hear.

I was preparing to fly to Taiwan, so I shipped it back to Singapore. At that time, my thinking was that I would order the Terminator while I was in Taiwan. However, my plans changed for a couple reasons. The biggest reason is I decided to bring my Don Sachs Model 2 preamp back to Oregon to pair with my D Sachs Kootenay 120 amp and my Apollo speakers. Without a good preamp in Taiwan, there's no point in buying a nice DAC that lacks a volume control.

A second reason why I changed plans is because I decided to audition a DAC while I was temporarily back in OR/WA caring for my mother (this past Feb and March). I ended up auditioning the dB Audio Labs Tranquility SE DAC (with Jupiter Cu caps!). I honestly expected that I would be underwhelmed by this DAC and would send it back to Eric Heider. Guess what? With zero burn in, I hooked it up to my system and it sounded wonderful. It took the Venus nearly 300 hours to approach this level. So I didn't send it back. I bought the damned thing. [It's not a bad damned thing. It's a great damned thing!]

I wasn't impressed enough by the Venus to want to keep it. The Venus and the Tranquility are about the same price, I think. I paid extra to have the Jupiter caps added.

I still have no preamp in my system in Taiwan. I'm using my Gustard X20u as DAC/pre. It's not nearly as nice as when my Model 2 was in the system, but it's not bad either. I don't know what I will do at this point. I keep my eyes peeled for used Lampizator Atlantic DACs with volume control because I know I love its sound. However, the price is kinda scary. Perhaps I'll feel wealthier once I manage to sell my home in Oregon?

Does this help?

Michael


Hey Michael,
I remember your comments about the Tranquility. I forgot, did you use it with Erics Mac mini?
As to the Lampi, itís got a great reputation. Hope you find a ďpre-ownedĒ one
Nick
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Digital Audio Devices / Re: Iím about to open the Border
« Last post by Nick B on Today at 12:30:12 AM »
...Too bad it doesnít have a usb jack as it would be interesting to hear Eric Hiderís tweaked and modded Mac mini with it....
Nick
nick, maybe you need a schiit eitr.   :D

http://www.schiit.com/products/eitr


doug s.


Hmmm, another gizmo....another box. Doug, I was wondering last night if there was such a device and here it is  :thumb: Iím just kicking back and enjoying the dac for a couple of hours late at night. Things are very hectic as weíre having some painting and flooring done. We actually found a construction guy whoís good, reliable, conscientious and ...... somewhat expensive. But at least itís gonna get done 🔨  🚧
Nick
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Anecdotal Evidence / Re: Joke of the Day
« Last post by richidoo on May 23, 2018, 08:29:15 PM »
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Digital Audio Devices / Re: Iím about to open the Border
« Last post by mresseguie on May 23, 2018, 07:33:27 PM »
I hear ya!😁 I had an itch too. I just bought a Denafrips Terminator DAC after reading the buzz on the internet. I have around 45 hours on it and it is sounding pretty impressive.

They have a cheaper model called an Ares that suppose to sound pretty close to this flagship model.
If thatís true for the price itís a great find. I think it cost 8 or $900.

It is a latter Dac like your Schitt.

Ares is listed as 880 Singapore dollars which is around 650 bucks.

@mresseguie, if I remember you did a eval also on the Denafrips DAC (I vaguely remember that it might have been sent around on tour)

Sorry, Nick we are hijacking your Border Patrol thread  :duh

Howdy!

I need to dig around in my cobwebs a sec. Oh, yeah. Well, briefly here's what I did:

I auditioned the Venus model which is third in the line. I got it with under a 100 hours burn in. It did not sound very impressive, but I know (and knew then) that good DACs need time to burn in. By the time it had about 150(?) hours on it, I took it up to Bothell, WA for an audio G2G. A bunch of us heard it, but no one got excited. The following day I drove home. I continued burning it in for another 100-plus hours. Somewhere in the 250 to 300 hours range I started noticing the kind of results that I had hoped I might hear.

I was preparing to fly to Taiwan, so I shipped it back to Singapore. At that time, my thinking was that I would order the Terminator while I was in Taiwan. However, my plans changed for a couple reasons. The biggest reason is I decided to bring my Don Sachs Model 2 preamp back to Oregon to pair with my D Sachs Kootenay 120 amp and my Apollo speakers. Without a good preamp in Taiwan, there's no point in buying a nice DAC that lacks a volume control.

A second reason why I changed plans is because I decided to audition a DAC while I was temporarily back in OR/WA caring for my mother (this past Feb and March). I ended up auditioning the dB Audio Labs Tranquility SE DAC (with Jupiter Cu caps!). I honestly expected that I would be underwhelmed by this DAC and would send it back to Eric Heider. Guess what? With zero burn in, I hooked it up to my system and it sounded wonderful. It took the Venus nearly 300 hours to approach this level. So I didn't send it back. I bought the damned thing. [It's not a bad damned thing. It's a great damned thing!]

I wasn't impressed enough by the Venus to want to keep it. The Venus and the Tranquility are about the same price, I think. I paid extra to have the Jupiter caps added.

I still have no preamp in my system in Taiwan. I'm using my Gustard X20u as DAC/pre. It's not nearly as nice as when my Model 2 was in the system, but it's not bad either. I don't know what I will do at this point. I keep my eyes peeled for used Lampizator Atlantic DACs with volume control because I know I love its sound. However, the price is kinda scary. Perhaps I'll feel wealthier once I manage to sell my home in Oregon?

Does this help?

Michael
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Digital Audio Devices / Re: Iím about to open the Border
« Last post by doug s. on May 23, 2018, 07:06:15 PM »
...Too bad it doesnít have a usb jack as it would be interesting to hear Eric Hiderís tweaked and modded Mac mini with it....
Nick
nick, maybe you need a schiit eitr.   :D

http://www.schiit.com/products/eitr


doug s.
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Digital Audio Devices / Re: Iím about to open the Border
« Last post by doug s. on May 23, 2018, 06:58:13 PM »
Emil, question, what do you do to step up from the B P DAC?
well, it seems to me that emil prefers his schiit yggdrasil.  i'd say try a modified art di/o.   :rofl:

doug s.
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Power Conditioning / Re: Fo-Felix EMI Filter for AC mains 120/230v
« Last post by P.I. on May 23, 2018, 06:56:36 PM »
Round #2 is up now.


Jeremy,  very nice! You do great work on your boards and the thoughtfulness of layout.

BOOM!   :thumb:
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Digital Audio Devices / Re: Iím about to open the Border
« Last post by jimbones on May 23, 2018, 05:39:13 PM »
Emil, question, what do you do to step up from the B P DAC?
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