There is in fact a non-silver edition coming at considerably less coin, this could be the sweet spot in their lineup!
Great to see Ypsilon finally implementing R2R, USB and DSD!
I was impressed with the DAC1000 performance at Jürgen's, I will order the non-silver edition once available.
can't comment much on the treble question, because mine was a dealer demonstration unit which was already broken in when I bought it.
I can imagine though, that also the Radialstrahlers need sufficient break in to sound their best (a few hundred hours I would guess).
I also found that...
how are your new speakers doing?
I'm listening for 4 years with my 116 and have no intentions to change them in the near future.
What amps are you using them with?
I can heartly recommend you try big class A amps, they seem to suit the MBL sound very synergistically.
Incidentally I visited Spirit of Turtle a few weeks ago and was able to listen to Berts recordings in DXD in his incredible room with his custom 5.1 Avalon/Spectral system and it was magical.
I can attest that he does all his mastering in DXD.
When I got home, I listened to his DCS sampler (in...
For full disclosure:
I played around with the Aqua for a while now and after having a few talks with Edward aka EuroDriver, we decided to distribute this amazing brand in the BENELUX states and Austria under Edwards Sound Test umbrella.
So from now on, please take my posts with a pinch of salt...
My vote would go towards the T+A, although I haven't heard the Atlantic yet.
I replaced my balanced Lampi 4 with Mundorf caps with the T+A and found it superior in every discipline at roughly half the cost of the Lampi.
The T+A did also very favorably against a (4x the price) TotalDAC six and...
Micro, I believe Lampizator uses one of the Soekris boards for PCM:
You can check the specs on the Soekris homepage. (I don't know which model Lampizator is using)
yes I used XLR exclusively. Cable tryouts will mostly happen in the power domain and maybe the USB cable.
I can choose between organic and pleasant sounding Sablons and agil and quick sounding Gold Notes.
yes, the six does benefit from upsampling to 174/192 kHz, IIRC the asymFIR modulator was the best fit for it, whereas the Aqua prefers the TDPF modulator.
Recently I had the chance to listen to the D1, which did not respond as well to upsampling as the six did. However, we didn't...
yes, newer is not always better, I came across some DACs that did not benefit from upsampling at all, no matter how sophisticated the algorithms were.
What I can tell you is that T+A and Aqua both benefit enormously from good quality upsampling.
Congrats on your DAC, it's special!
Well, I would be hard pressed to envision someone who would ultimately prefer the T+A over the Aqua, here the price difference is (for a change) somehow in line with the actual sound difference.
But yeah, the T+A is of course a great music machine that I hold in high regards...
To get this thread back to it's original topic, here are my impressions after a few days of listening:
The Aqua Formula is a killer DAC and now sits at the top of my list of DACs I have auditioned in my system so far.
Particularly interesting was that I recently heard the (also R2R) TotalDAC...
Temporarily I have both DACs in my system for comparison.
It is too early to give you a detailed answer since the Formula was just introduced to the system today. First impression is indeed very promising.
Will let you know once I got the chance to do a real A-B.
I like the new 512+ filter, sounds very smooth, airy and relaxed. I preferred DSD5v2 to the old ASDM filter, after the upgrade I have solely listened to the new one without looking back.
I may do some tests in the future again, but for now I'm perfectly happy, so I recommend you do the upgrade...
It seems we were in the same location on Saturday, haha.
The DJs were really awful, two guys with a Macbook playing their tracks (or should I say sounds?) via iTunes way too loud, I left after 45 minutes.
(By the way there is already a thread about Spiritland...
This is certainly the case if you use SOTA transports like a SGM2015, however with my CAPSv4 the Intona does clean up the sound and beat my former Regen/AQJB combo.
The T+A is less sensitive wrt it's USB input than the competition, but not immune.
Sounds reasonable, the T+A only needs a data only USB cable, that should sound better than one with a power line built in, Sablon also has one of these on offer.
I just had the 5v line of my USB cable (as of yet not by Sablon) being removed, unfortunately now the T+A doesn't get recognized...
Well, congrats then, seems like a great option if you have the necessary soldering skills!
The TotalDAC was PCM only, there is however a DSD module available for little cost (But I think only up to 128). I don't know how it compares, but TotalDAC is famous for PCM playback, so I guess I...
No question, TotalDAC six first, T+A second and Lampi Level4 balanced third.
As always, only in my system and YMMV.
But as I wrote, on some material (live recordings, pop/rock titels, electronic,...) the T+A would be first. Jazz and classical - TotalDAC without a doubt.
Great review Quadman, I haven't heard the Gustard yet, how much improvement do you think the modding brought to the stock unit?
I can attest that the T+A is awesome and I would like to add a little comparo to a real heavyweight I made a few weeks ago, also copied from another forum ;-)...
Well, I would not call it easily, since the Lampi is of course no slouch, but I really couldn't detect any discipline where the Lampi came out ahead, not even in the Lampi hallmarks like tone and clarity.
The T+A on the other hand exceeded especially in leading edge snap and expressiveness...
I continue to be extremely impressed with the T+A.
I have my unit now for a few weeks and it transformed my system big time.
It seems the qualities the T+A brings to the table are exactly what I was missing, or are suiting the rest of my system perfectly, or both :D
The sound is expressive...
Fair point, maybe I need to be more specific:
The two DACs obviously sound different and as you stated, some might prefer one or the other (assuming DSD512 on the T+A and whatever sounds best with the GG which is apparently less demanding on source format).
Given that Bill has spend much time...