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  1. #651
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    Quote Originally Posted by BF38 View Post
    Hi all,
    here a view of the Totaldac (& Absolare amps) system being finalized that will be presented to the lucky ones at the next Munich High-end !!!

    https://www.monoandstereo.com/2018/0...in-munich.html

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    Be well in music

    PS : Chelseadave, i don't understate your question ?
    Do you know what pre amp Vincent is using? Did I read somewhere that he has developed his own for the show?

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  2. #652
    Yes, i think so, Guillaume, he seems to have developed a new type of digital pre amp (Driver) but without volume control and he looks, very enthusiastic about the musical result!
    Totaldac d1-server / d1-direct / Absolare Integrated Altius / Totaldac d150 + sub
    cords : digital Bibacord / analog & speakers Echole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BF38 View Post
    Yes, i think so, Guillaume, he seems to have developed a new type of digital pre amp (Driver) but without volume control and he looks, very enthusiastic about the musical result!
    It's called Totaldac D1-Driver.
    According to communication of the Hong Kong Totaldac dealer with Vincent, the D1-Driver is an analog preamp stage.
    One stereo input and no volume control.
    It's like a buffer, with high current class A.
    The volume control is by the digital volume of Totaldac dac.
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  5. #655
    Hi all,
    some news & picture about Totaldac in Germany !

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    Review From STEREOPHILE

    https://www.stereophile.com/content/...morning-munich

    "As some of you might know, I am a rabid fan of Vincent Brient's discrete resistor ladder DACs that he builds in France in the shadow of France's Mont Saint-Michel monastery. Today, I finally I got to meet Vincent in person and experience his two-way d150 horn loudspeakers (46,000 Euros/pair). I was impressed by both of them. The d150's sound was relaxed very wide open and delightfully coherent. These beautiful turned wood horns were driven, not by a compression driver, but by a full-range cone driver; which is crossed over to a 15" bass driver at 150Hz. I was immediately impressed by how smooth, vivid, and 3-dimensional the sound was. Sensitivity is claimed to 98dB/W/1m.

    The d150s were supplemented by two Totaldac subwoofers (6500 Euros each), which feature 18" drivers mounted high up. Think big, full, open, and exceptionally coherent. I would have nominated Brient's system for best sound at show, but is was only the morning of my first day, so I moved on."


    And from the boss of 6MOONS, Srajan Ebaen

    http://www.6moons.com/industryfeatur...ich2018/7.html

    "TotalDAC had secured one of the few ground-floor super cabins to make very good sound with Absolare monos.On flavour, the Analog Domain designer's private system had been very visceral and gripping.Vincent Brient's transplanted from France for the occasion was ultra spacious and elegant.Anyone who declares an absolute sound hasn't yet lived long enough. There are many lenses of perspectives or moods to experience playback through.Premium executions of these are all equally valid. This was one of those."



    Be well in music
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    cords : digital Bibacord / analog & speakers Echole.

  6. #656
    Hi All,
    another interesting information, David Chesky listened for a long time to his own recordings in private session, in the room Totaldac. The two worlds Pro and Hifi are probably quite the same... with blablabla Pro and blablabla Hi-fi But in one case as in the other, there is music at the end or there is none.

    Be well in music.
    Totaldac d1-server / d1-direct / Absolare Integrated Altius / Totaldac d150 + sub
    cords : digital Bibacord / analog & speakers Echole.

  7. #657
    Some music, even if it's not what I exactly like

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT_gPIpIis4
    Totaldac d1-server / d1-direct / Absolare Integrated Altius / Totaldac d150 + sub
    cords : digital Bibacord / analog & speakers Echole.

  8. #658
    Hello,
    Thank you BF38.
    The feedback from the reviewers about the Totaldac rooms is here, where Stereophile and Absolute Sound talk about "best in show":
    http://www.totaldac.com/listening.htm

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    Hi guys, potential Totaldac customer here i would like to know if some of you were able to A/B the Seven against the Twelve and is the 10K price difference really worth the investment ?
    Right now i'm only familiar with the Twelve 4 units version with the d1-server, auditioned in Paris and at the Munich show last year.
    To my taste the Twelve is absolutely fantastic, IMO the only other DAC that i think can compete is the Aries Cerat Kassandra Sig.
    Speakers : Thiel CS 3.7
    Amp : Classé CAP-151
    Source : Hegel HD12
    Interconnect : Cardas Golden Cross XLR
    Speaker cable : Siltech LS4-120
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  10. #660
    It depends on your budget really. If you are looking at the top offerings from Totaldac, you are trying to achieve the best sound. The Twelve is the best sound Vincent offers, and subjectively one of if not the best sounding DAC's available.

    I can say as a Twelve owner, it is wide open and free with an extremely low noise floor. It is very intimate yet explosive when called upon. Transparent in the best sense and the absence of artifacts really showcases the quality of the recordings like a world class analog source. It just gets out of the way and it sounds like whatever digital source you put in front of it. Also and IMO, the Twelve is better than any Server or Transport available today that you put in front of it. It is a DAC with NO DAC problems. Doesn't get much better than that.

    A most recent example.... The latest Gigafilter USB Cable. I also use Vincent's Server, and this cable is revolutionary in my system. Like a completely different and way better, digital system! Just the improvement in the digital source alone using the Gigafilter was/is astonishing.
    Last edited by paul79; 06-04-2018 at 04:51 PM.

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