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    Wadia 321 Decoding Computer

    This new DAC released on CES:

    http://www.ultrahighendreview.com/wa...ding-computer/

    Did anybody had the change to see it? Complete different design again compared to the Intuition series (assuming the Intuition 01 won't be the only "Intuition").

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    Variable ANALOG outputs. This means, analog volume control, right? Wasn't Wadia so fond of their digital volume control? I would expect that this is part of their standard software. So why analog volume control now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricDH View Post
    Variable ANALOG outputs. This means, analog volume control, right? Wasn't Wadia so fond of their digital volume control? I would expect that this is part of their standard software. So why analog volume control now?
    I think you need to think of Wadia as a completely different company now with new products and new technology.

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    Output stage is the same as McIntosh D100, using a lot of NE5532 op-amps at $0,50 each.

    Using discrete parts will cost much more, but will also sound better.
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    Hi Wizard, love your pics!

    I've compared the McIntosh D100 to the Wadia 321. The Mac has the house sound, softer, rounder, not as transparent as the Wadia. Other than not having DSD decoding capability, the Wadia is currently my favourite decoder in its price range, though I hasten to add that I haven't heard every challenger. While Wadia is manufactured in the McIntosh factory, apparently, Wadia engineers did their own design based on some similar parts.

    Best,
    Adrian Low
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    That's very informative Adrian - thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Low View Post
    Hi Wizard, love your pics!

    I've compared the McIntosh D100 to the Wadia 321. The Mac has the house sound, softer, rounder, not as transparent as the Wadia. Other than not having DSD decoding capability, the Wadia is currently my favourite decoder in its price range, though I hasten to add that I haven't heard every challenger. While Wadia is manufactured in the McIntosh factory, apparently, Wadia engineers did their own design based on some similar parts.

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    You're welcome Marcus
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