We are pleased to be here!
After attending your convention in San Jose a couple of years ago, I came home and decided to do a product that will optimize the experience of listening though headphones. Thus DA11 was born!
- 4 inputs: XLR, Optical, USB and RCA
- USB up to 24 bits, 96KHz, recognized as "Lavry DA".
- (no driver needed), Works with Windows and Mac OS.
- "Remote ready" for use with any universal remote control devices.
- User selects balanced, unbalanced, Pin 2 hot or unbalanced pin 3 hot from the front panel, NO need to open chassis and move jumpers.
- User controls signal inversion, display dimming, OUTPUT ON/OFF (for real panel output signals - HEADPHONE STAYS ON)
- User friendly parameter setting:
- Last setting stored in a memory for a future power up.
- "Loud click elimination" protects both headphone and rear panel analog output during power up and power down.
- UNIQUE FEATURE is PIC (Playback Image Control).
A whole industry optimizes the stereo image based on assumptions. The mastering engineer works hard to provide great stereo, but the outcome can be less then optimal when listeners' home setup does not emulate the mastering studio setup.
Many people do not (or cannot) follow such ideal guidelines for speaker placement. And of course, anyone who wants to listen through headphones may get a very different stereo image than the one ntended by the mastering engineer.
Why? With speakers, the left signal gets to BOTH ears (similarly for the right signal). However, with headphones, the left signal reaches ONLY the left ear (and the right signal ONLY to the right ear). The PIC provides correction for headphones and for speaker location. The user gets to correct the image at the listening space, AFTER the music has been prepared. It is only the end user that can make the final adjustment for their specific case, thus PLAYBACK Image Control.
MORE ABOUT DA11:
While in most cases one would set the stereo image width with the same setting for Left and Right, I decided to offer separate Left and Right control, mostly for asymmetrical speaker setups. There are 6 settings for the left and 6 for the right.
+2 - widest (red)
+1 - wide (red)
0 - normal image (green)
-1 - narrow (yellow)
-2 - narrower (yellow)
-3 - narrowest (yellow)
Image switches operate horizontally making the "hand motion" of setting the image correspond to what one hears.
Image control, as well as volume and mute can also be set from a remote control.
Digitally controlled ANALOG volume control in DA11 is the same as DA10.
DA11 is an improved DA10 with some new features. The main three features are Playback Image Control (TM), USB interface and remote control. The front and rear panels tell much of the story.