This just in from "Mouse" at MHDT in Taiwan.
I got this email from him while attending the Houston head-fi.org meet earlier today.
(I've edited out some of the expected taiwanese to english translation problems)
During the development and "trial testing" of the Havana DAC, many considerations needed to be taken into account.
To us, the source of real digital music ... the center of the DAC world, is the Havana DAC ...
So, we arrived at the name,
Meaning that this DAC was all encompassing enough ... all inclusive enough of a DAC ... that it could perform well with any kind of music produced nowadays, ... jazz, classic, rap, rock, electric
Some of the more important and essential aspects of the Havana DAC?:
It's more detailed and refined, all the while remaining musical and natural
... the same general characteristics that are hallmarks of all of our NOS DACs.AND
... a surprising fact ... though being a digital DAC, ... the Havana produces "REAL and NATURAL SOUND"
Find yourself an instrument player such as a pianist, violinist, drummer...etc..., and let them listen to the Havana DAC ... then, let them comment on what they hear ... and you will know what I mean.
Real instruments play real sound.
It could be smooth, sharp, loose, edged, harmonic...
Whatever the originally recorded and musical qualities were/are ... that's what you get from the Havana DAC.
The Havana uses dual PCM56P DAC chips; it is a true R2R DAC.
FYI: We will be stopping production of the Havana within the next year due to its expensive manufacturing cost (when compared to other delta-sigma DACS).
Otherwise ... and regarding your questions/comments ...
There are many secrets to the Havana DAC, however, I am to busy at the moment to discuss them (I haven't even been able to post new Ebay ads!).
If I have time later, I shall talk more of these "secrets" with you ...
I love this DAC (Havana)
And I love
talking to the designers in Taiwan.
Their lack of English/grammatical skills not withstanding ...
I've found everything he said about the Havana (and Paradisea+) to be on point, true and accurate.
To "Mouse" and gang ... thanks again for your contributions to the head-fi/hi-fi scene!!
.joel (aka "s1rrah")