- Mar 28, 2017
Balanced challenges aside, I have heard the TotalDAC TD 12 and the Lampizator Pacific but not in the same system. However I've heard several DACs in each system and I believe enough to make a comparison.
The TotalDAC units are slightly warm sounding without sacrificing detail and airiness. The Pacific is a very warm sounding DAC; it's the kind of DAC that makes singers sound like they gained 40 lbs reflected in their extra - hefty voice. When the owner switched from his MSB to the Pacific it took all of 10 seconds of comparative listening to request he go back to the MSB (another very good DAC).
If you value tonal accuracy with just a hint of warmth the TotalDAC fits your needs. If you want something very warm and IMO unnatural then the Pacific is for you.
Hello everyone. I saw some nasty comments directed toward sbo6's post. This is a bit unfair. In his post he is referring to the Pacific and MSB that he heard in my system. When he listened I had the EAT 300B's (along with the 5U4G) in the Pacific. His assessment is correct in that that particular tube gives a VERY full and rich sound. Pretty euphoric on female vocals to me but not to everyone's taste. sbo6's comment about un-natural is true in that it is a colored (un-natural) sound. But still sounds good with a glass of wine and your favorite female singer.
I recently (this weekend) switched back to the PX25 tube. Of course it leaned out the sound a good bit and still retains a lot of richness to vocals without so much "bloat" (so to speak). That is really the point of the Pacific -- you can really tailor the sound to your liking by changing out the tubes.
I still like my MSB dac and still listen to it frequently. Sometimes I think of upgrading to the Reference or Select or maybe something else but then I think what is really missing from my current presentation? Hard for me to point at something specific and say "I would like more of that please".