Totaldac D1-Driver, the (pre)amplifier driver

spiritofmusic

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Emile, don't those five TotalDac boxes deserve a Daiza each?
 

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Emile, don't those five TotalDac boxes deserve a Daiza each?
Yes but I need an available time window on our CNC machines before that is going to happen ;)
 

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I really cannot reproduce that, and I've switched multiple times now. It has to be an unfavourable interaction with the Lampizator, it may just perform differently when driving the 1 Mohm input impedance of the D1-driver, but I'm just guessing here. I'm using them with the DAC direct outputs (no buffer) of the D1-12 mk2.
How about if you use the buffered output on the D1-12?
 

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I am now using the D1-drivers with the Bespoke Audio Company Silver TVC. The Bespoke did not match as well with what I assumed to be the AudioNet Heisenbergs, however as it turns out this may have been a faulty line of reasoning as introducing the D1-drivers between the D1-12mk2 and the Bespoke produces a very different result.

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Do you have two SGM Extreme stacked?
 

Taiko Audio

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How about if you use the buffered output on the D1-12?
The direct outputs are significantly better, I did neglect to use the buffered outputs when testing with the Bespoke though. I did do that now but it's no match for the direct outputs with the D1-drivers.

I had 2 customers in today and yesterday listening to the various configurations and both of them preferred just using the D1-drivers, both indicating clarity and bass control / definition as the main reasons for their preference. Both did feel inserting the Bespoke made for a nicer high frequency rendering though.
 
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If you have a digital volume controlled DAC it could be interesting to put your preamplifier in HT Bypass mode. It makes for an even fairer comparison of D1-drivers versus Stern in my case as I can use the Totaldac digital volume control when comparing the two.

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Interesting findings, and thank you for sharing. What aspects of the Bespoke do you think your system is benefiting from after the D1 Drivers?
Well there is galvanic isolation from the transformers, and it’s transformer volume control versus digital volume control. It is a bit more forgiving. The drivers direct are brutally revealing. Which is ultimately my preference. You don’t lose much with the Bespoke silver though, its more transparant then the Audionet Stern.
 
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So pairing the TD Twelve with TD Drivers is the ultimate / preferred solution to you Emile ?
So far inserting them into the chain improve all of the below scenarios in my system:
1) D1-12mk2 direct to amplifiers
2) D1-12mk2 to Bespoke Silver
3) D1-12mk2 to AudioNet Stern

1) Is the most transparent/incisive
2) Transparency virtually equals 1) but with a twist, it is more forward / direct sounding, this part of the presentation I prefer over the other 2 options, but the rear of the stage is a bit more out of focus, brings out midrange colour/density in the front part of stage.
3) Less transparent but more rounded, images a bit more 3 dimensional and larger then the other 2, midrange colour temperature / density in between 1 and 2.
 

CKKeung

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So far inserting them into the chain improve all of the below scenarios in my system:
1) D1-12mk2 direct to amplifiers
2) D1-12mk2 to Bespoke Silver
3) D1-12mk2 to AudioNet Stern

1) Is the most transparent/incisive
2) Transparency virtually equals 1) but with a twist, it is more forward / direct sounding, this part of the presentation I prefer over the other 2 options, but the rear of the stage is a bit more out of focus, brings out midrange colour/density in the front part of stage.
3) Less transparent but more rounded, images a bit more 3 dimensional and larger then the other 2, midrange colour temperature / density in between 1 and 2.
3) is the most expensive configuration among the three of them!
:p
 

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3) is the most expensive configuration among the three of them!
:p
Yes, and of course the one I ultimately seem to end up preferring myself :rolleyes:
 
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Thank you Emile.
it sounds like
” whatever you do , adding Drivers is a great idea”
Yes, definitely if you own a Totaldac. I am planning to test the drivers with the Aqua Formula and Denafrips Terminator DACs but it will have to wait for a few weeks.
 

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Yes, definitely if you own a Totaldac. I am planning to test the drivers with the Aqua Formula and Denafrips Terminator DACs but it will have to wait for a few weeks.
Vincent promised me to ship drivers to my place by the end of January .
Hope this is as good as you are saying Emile.
I was always very happy with Total DAC products so I hope this also will be great addition to
totaldac 24 . The number of boxes will rise from 8 to 10.
Ten totalDAC boxes system.
 

EuroDriver

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3) is the most expensive configuration among the three of them!
:p
I spent 4 hours in the demo room yesterday. For my old ears I had a vey strong preference for the Stern. I have to say, in my 55 years of fooling around in HiFi, the sonic presentation was the most gob smacking, jaw dropping experience ever.

The beautiful tonality, the spaciousness was simply breath taking . . .

More details to come . . . . .

I am going back in 4 days time, I can't get enough
 
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D1-Driver just received here too. Set up today and will leave it for a while to burn in, relax and get settled.

I think this has been raised but I use a passive pre amp.

Its a very new one and not really fully available yet but it is quite remarkable what it has done to my system.

My question is - would you suggest the D1-Driver before or after the passive pre. I need some kind of pre for my Phono / analogue. Until the Driver arrived I was using the D-1 Direct straight into the passive then into my mono blocks but felt something was lacking. Not the air, or space or relaxed nature, but in a bit of presence. I am hoping the Driver does this but if it can sit well after the passive pre I assume the Turntable will also benefit??

thanks for your views
 

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