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Offline Carlman

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EE DAC arrived, G2G 8/8!
« on: July 25, 2010, 07:19:20 AM »
FYI, Bill sent me a shipping notification that the EE tube DAC is on its way.  I will be burning it in and barring any complications, I should be able to host a G2G to give it a listen in the next couple of weeks.
I give everything 200 hours of burn in before comparison so, if it comes tomorrow, it'll be a week or so before the G2G date...

This month is mostly scheduled for me so I may not have much flexibility on when the G2G will be.  Depending on what I can shuffle around, it'll either be August 1, 22nd or 29th... I'll update with a date as soon as I can firm it up.

Any other DAC's are welcome, but I'd like to limit the comparisons to DAC's only.. I'd like to A/B them at first but then listen to each for a while and get a little more of an impression of each DAC's presentation... or at least do what we can with the time we have.

I'm pretty excited to hear this EE! :)  Hope you can make it!

-C
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Re: EE DAC coming soon
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2010, 07:30:52 AM »
You guys just have way too much fun.    :pop

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Re: EE DAC coming soon
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2010, 08:11:24 AM »
You guys just have way too much fun.    :pop

Way too much fun and way to far away.  :(
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Re: EE DAC coming soon
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2010, 08:12:14 AM »
Fantastic!! Thanks Carl!

Can't wait to hear a EE tube stage after that great ESS chip. Big thanks to Bill for sending the demo.  Wish he could be here for the meet too...

I'm waiting to hear how topround likes his Sowther transformers before I buy some for my Buffalo2 DAC. Maybe mine will come together by then.

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Re: EE DAC coming soon
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2010, 08:44:46 AM »
Let me know when you nail down the date and I'll bring along the trusty Oracle DAC if I can make it.   August 1st however, will be challenging due to other commitments.   

Thanks, Carl!

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Re: EE DAC coming soon
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2010, 10:16:00 AM »
You guys just have way too much fun.    :pop

Way too much fun and way to far away.  :(

There is no such thing as 'too much fun'. ;)
We are only a plane trip away... RDU is 10 minutes from my house.  I have 3 spare guest rooms so no rent.. I cook, have booze and snacks.. What are you waiting for?

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Re: EE DAC coming soon
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2010, 11:07:01 AM »
Will you be using this Dac as USB Dac Carl? I found it to be as nearly good as when I demo'd the Dac with my Empirical Off-Ramp 3 w/Ultraclock,,, I was mightily impressed with the 3D sound stage of this Dac, even if it was too much of a good thing with my system who's strong points are it's sound stage depth. I'll be curious to see what you think of it.  :thumb:

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Re: EE DAC coming soon
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2010, 04:48:53 AM »
I will be doing USB but I am also trying to find a good transport... Thanks for the reminder.
A deeper soundstage would be nice.. I'm very interested in how it sounds too!
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Re: EE DAC coming soon
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2010, 06:55:45 AM »
So will your G2G comparison just be between USB enabled DACs?   That will rule out the Oracle but should prove to be quite interesting. 

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Re: EE DAC coming soon
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2010, 08:10:21 AM »
No, it'll include others, just need to get a good transport.  The EE and my Scott Nixon have coax inputs as well.
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Re: EE DAC coming soon
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2010, 08:41:57 AM »
I could bring the Raysonic CD168, for transport purposes...it has digital out, but only Coax....I'll let you make that call.
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Re: EE DAC coming soon
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2010, 10:22:27 AM »
I may take you up on that Steve.. I have a Pioneer DVD player.. but it's not necessarily what I'd want for a comparison..

The only reason I'm looking for a 2nd transport is to use the coax and remove the audio PC variables..

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Re: EE DAC coming soon
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2010, 04:44:40 PM »
I've got the Oracle transport as well.   

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Re: EE DAC coming soon
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2010, 04:58:32 PM »
ok, cool... thanks for the transport offers! :)  We'll see how it shapes up...
The DAC should be here tomorrow by UPS's estimate.. so assuming I get it running by the end of the day, I would only have a little over 100 hours on it by Sunday.. so, it's definitely not going to be this weekend.

Right now Aug 8th is looking like the best day.

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Re: EE DAC coming soon
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2010, 08:05:06 PM »
To my ears  and Alex Yeung's ears,we like the AES/EBU input best.
 From worst to best. USB,toslink,coax,BNC,AES/EBU. Of course I could be wrong, thought I was once but I was mistaken.

 I should have sent along a couple of 12au7's, I know Rich likes our stock tube, but my favorite so far has been a Siemens Silverplate 12au7.Keep in mind though I run EL156 monoblocks and glorious midrange with warmth is what they do best so the Silverplate just adds to the sparkle. If I was running SS amps the silverplate might be to much. I think Carl is still running the McIntosh so the silverplate would be the ticket there also.

Hope you have some 24bit/96kHz music on hand.

 Later guys and Thanks,
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