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  1. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

    Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

    Kron admitted to having a bad batch of tungsten wire which was meant for bulbs and hence pre- cut for planned obsolescence. That took a whole year 2019 out of my life. I personally lost circa 100k$ on that.
  2. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

    Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

    Dac can not by definition kill the tube. No matter what happens. Tube Manufacturing lack of Q control does.
  3. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

    Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

    I just spent half day drooling over the new tube set - the power pentodes called Ei-KT90. They were made in Serbia and sold under Telefunken name. The local brand name was Ei. They are phenomenal. In my Horizon test they beat the GEC Marconi KT66's and match equal the Tung-Sol KT170 (which is...
  4. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

    Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

    It will take another 2 years so let's not worry. There will be something - but probably not better just almost as good. We bought the last remaining processors on Earth.
  5. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

    Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

    These tubes were NOT of higher VALUE but higher price. Since then KR Audio folded their pentode program entirely. The tubes I offer now are of better sound quality . If the issue is about dropping the price by 200 euro that I pay less for them, I will happily do.
  6. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

    Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

    I immediately agree. But if you havent heard my tubes, how would you know if your choice is not inferior and in fact compromises my product?
  7. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

    Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

    I will buy these mentioned best tubes if you can find me minimum 100 identical sets, measured and matched., Thats 700 tubes for the 100 units. and even if we find NOS sets, there will always be a better set somewhere. VAC has 150 k amps with stock russian tubes and nobody is complaining.
  8. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

    Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

    On CHEAP TUBES AGAIN I am surprised on many occasions about the tube discussions, how much misunderstanding of the subject is out there "in the field". First of all, in case somebody didnt notice, there was Covid that shut down China TILL THIS WEEK and a War that cuts us off the world's biggest...
  9. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

    Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

    Can you elaborate on the term "cheap tubes" and which "expensive" pentodes are available today that sonically beat my choice? I will note with huge interest.
  10. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

    Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

    I had exactly the same worries but the first 30s of listening cured all that. But of course we keep gg and Pacific in the portfolio for that reason - to satisfy the people who love dht. Me may even improve them in the coming months with the digital advances from the Horizon
  11. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

    Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

    this short notice is to inform, that we decided the definite tube compliment for the horizon DAC for ALL CURRENTLY ENROLLED CUSTOMERS in the queue and it will be: Input triode 6SN7BE-Psvane Blue Ball Output driver JJ-KT88 (Slovak Republic) Rectifier Emission Labs MESH 274B (Czech Republic) We...
  12. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

    Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

    We are trying to trickle down as much of the horizon's r&d as possible. Golden Gate III is in the pipeline.
  13. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

    Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

    https://www.avguide.ch/magazin/2_das-comeback-der-mutter-aller-high-end-shows-high-end-muenchen-2022
  14. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

    Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

    It took some effort to paint the metal parts black ... Glad you like it
  15. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

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    Word engine is a funny name for what is normally referred to as DIGITAL PCB. It is a combination of signal receiver, dac chips, microcontroller with firmware, optoisolators, routing multiplexers, voltage regulators, rectifiers and filters. We have a golden rule of using the right engine for the...
  16. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

    Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

    ABOUT SWITCHING POPS: Some of our customers shared with us their concern about a pop noise during song change. Let me please explain the technicalities of it. In the not so distant past, we used to listen to a whole album - on CD or LP and we were less OCD. The advance of Roon and similar GUI...
  17. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

    Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

    I agree with you however this way we had much shorter PCB traces, less noise, cleaner layout and better PSU fluctuation rejection so in the end the sound quality prevailed over the esthetic "feelings" ;-)
  18. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

    Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

    The hours mean nothing in the specs. In the same fashion a passenger sedan will last 20 minutes in a race. Having said that 6900 is the champion bar none.
  19. Lukasz "Lampizator" Fikus

    Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

    Sir you are mistaking total output with USA deliveries. Or group members for that matter. We are at #20 just being completed

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