Emm labs DA2 v2 upgrade

Yuen A.

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Hi Tony,

The upgrade that Jason is talking about is the up-coming upgrade, and therefore is new and will be a considerable upgrade.
Tony,

Jason's upgraded DV2 is the current DV2. Sorry for the confusion! But he did mentioned in the article that "EMM Labs' upgrades remain under development, for both its top-line EMM and lower-priced Meitner products."
 
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Possibly the entire board containing the analog output stage will need to be changed out and replaced with a new one mounted with the new value-adjusted components and "optimized" circuits.

That means some users will have to send their dacs back to the factory, or trade in (to their local dealer) the current dac unit in exchange for a brand new unit.

Another $5000 to spend?

What they gonna call this?

"Epoch"?
 

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For those who love choral music, this is one test disc to determine the low-level resolution of your sound system. The recording is perfectly balanced in a wonderful acoustic. I heard the thunderous voices that excites the hall with reverberant resonance, and with great clarity. The pipe-organ sounded deep, thick, and heavy and real via my sound system.
 

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Hi guys,

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I gave this SACD a relisten but at a higher volume level (-23dB of the max.). Wow, the dynamics of the bowed string instruments matches the real thing!
 

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Hi Folks,

Listen to Kantorow's version of Guido Agosti’s virtuosic piano arrangement of three extracts from Stravinsky’s Firebird. Here, his fortissimo (many thanks to Guido Agosti' s blood and guts transcription) was really terrifying via my sound system (volume level at -23dB of max.). Believe me, the L’Oiseau du Feu here is truly spectacular and breathtaking! The grand piano (Yamaha) sounded like the real thing.
 
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SAINT-SAËNS: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 in D, Op. 17. No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, No. 4 in C minor, Op. 44.
Anna Milakova, pianist; WDR Symphony Orch. Cologne/Thomas Sanderling, conductor. AUDITE SACD 92.509

GRAMOPHONE |10TH APRIL 2015 |says: "Vying for top place in terms of sound quality and recorded balance is Anna Malikova’s recording of the five concertos with Thomas Sanderling and the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, whose part in proceedings is beautifully captured (Mark Hohn the recording engineer) – even the three cymbal crashes in the finale, marked p, mf and f, are clearly graded."

I fully agree with Jeremy Nicholas! The first concerto opens with a series of horn calls which sounded full, velvety and resonant. The piano has a beautiful, mellow (sweet, rich) sound. The timbre of the string instruments was spot-on.
 

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Hi Guys,

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2018 GRAMMY® Winner – Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical​


This SACD is truly of demonstration quality! Extraordinary! This is what a real symphony orchestra should sound like. The music comes alive. The soundstage was huge. The strings sounded so sweet and heartbreaking in a wonderful acoustic. The timbre of the brass and woodwind sounded so right. Cellos and basses digging in. The dynamics were awesome. The soft passages conjure up a mysterious effect. There was an excellence sense of space and place. The depth of image was lifelike. Detailing was realistically defined.
 

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Another great recording and performances! This is a vivid and pleasantly ambient recording. The cellos and basses dig deep, imposing and resonant.
 

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A very atmospheric, thrilling, scary, piercing, incisive, beautiful, exquisite, incredibly clear, tactile and transparent recording, and with a very good deal of ambient hall resonance. Via my sound system (including my EMM Labs DV2), instrumental timbres were exceptionally well caught and bass drum had great impact, tight and clear. The Rite of Spring's "Part 1" had delicacy, airy and plenty of atmosphere. The winds and brass had that "bite" they have live in the concert hall. The recording has a lifelike sense of stage depth. Altogether, a very intense, exciting performances!
 

Yuen A.

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Dear Yuen,

Always nice to have a Catalog Number for albums you post.

Thanks for the reminder!

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Firebird Suite​


Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer
Fischer and his Budapest forces possess the right ingredients: the orchestra is well drilled in an interpretation that's as straight as a Roman road; its strings are searing, and brass and wooodwind... — BBC Music Magazine, April 2012, 2 out of 5 stars More…
  • Release Date: 27th Feb 2012
  • Catalogue No: CCSSA32112
  • Label: Channel
  • Length: 62 minutes
 
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Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Symphony No 15 in A major, Op. 141 (1971)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink
RCO LIVE RCO11003

This is an excellent DSD recording due not just to the excellence of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra but also to the famed acoustics of the Concertgebouw. Via my sound system, the sound is totally transparent with spot-on instrumental timbres. The timbres of the brass and woodwind (due in part to the wonderful acoustic of the Concertgebouw) were so satisfying. Cellos and basses were woody, full, weighty, and resonant. The dynamics of the instruments sounded real, alive.
 

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Igor STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring (complete ballet) (1913, rev. 1947)
Carl NIELSEN Symphony No. 5 , Op.50 (1922) Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Järvi.
Recorded in Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, January 25th – 26th, and February 22nd – 23rd, 2004. TELARC SACD-60615
Digital Recording System: EMM Labs DSD AD converter

Another great recording of The Rite of Spring to enjoy and savour! The sound was vivid, transparent, immediate, dynamic, almost perfect (perfect sound forever?). The brass, woodwind and everything else sounded so right. The brass was brassy, had the 'bite', the 'blat'. The woodwind sounded heavenly in a wonderful acoustic. The recording had a real sense of breadth and depth. The drums were awesome and resonant! However, I still prefer Ivan Fischer's version of the Dance of Earth (Budapest Festival Orchestra, Channel Classics SACD, track 8) which was scary, piercing, and extremely dynamic!
 
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