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post #61 of 2431
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I forgot to add, I bought a PS Audio Statement from Patrick82 and plugged it into the Ref 1 today. I haven't done a comparison between power cables, but I will at some point.
Seems like you are all geared up this time.. heading towards audio Nirvana !!..

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post #62 of 2431
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Congrats Curra.......after you get 4 or 5 days on it things really start to open up rather wide, added depth, bass extension it seems to DC (which is pointless but WTH). Midrange and highs that are correct and oh so buttery smooth. Nary a hint of softness nor hardness to these regions. Perfect balance IMO.

I've found my planar ribbons completely disappear as point sources and in there place the venue of the recording is recreated down the tiniest detail all while sounding completely analog. I agree with your violin assessment and also the neutrality of the unit, it's remarkable how it disappears and lets the music flow. My main system sounds incredible with top shelf recordings.....This thing is worth every single penny. I can hardly wait to give NOS mode a go. Well I can wait since the bugger is awful bloody heavy and a PITA to remove from the Lovan rack ...I want to burn it in first (a good excuse I think for a terminal procrastinator such as myself) before messing with settings outside of default.

I'm thinking of doing the Gold Point mod to my MC-7R since Alps BV is clearly the weak link in that tube pre right now and I'm really interested in your upcoming thoughts about it in the C-2C and of course the HD800s. I don't have a pot to pee in right now so that GP Vol pot upgrade will have to wait until the Tax return shows up...

Again congrats on the score and thanks for the impressions and pics !!! I'll chat with you later on this evening if you are around and I'm still awake

Peete.
post #63 of 2431
Does anyone know which, if any, of the Audio-gd DACs are the same dimensions as the C2C? Most of the components on their website don't list dimensions for some reason.
post #64 of 2431
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Does anyone know which, if any, of the Audio-gd DACs are the same dimensions as the C2C? Most of the components on their website don't list dimensions for some reason.
I think the DAC100 is. Also, the upcoming Reference Three should be about that size too.
post #65 of 2431
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I think the DAC100 is. Also, the upcoming Reference Three should be about that size too.
I haven't heard of the Reference Three yet. Has Kingwa said what its features will be?
post #66 of 2431
Before I start bothering Kingwa with this question, does anyone here happen to know whether the BNC input of the Reference is for a 50 ohm or a 75 ohm signal?
post #67 of 2431
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Does anyone know which, if any, of the Audio-gd DACs are the same dimensions as the C2C? Most of the components on their website don't list dimensions for some reason.
It's currently going through redesign. Of the top of my head: it is a dual-mono design with two PCM1704 chips and has the DSP-1 signal processing module.
post #68 of 2431
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It's currently going through redesign. Of the top of my head: it is a dual-mono design with two PCM1704 chips and has the DSP-1 signal processing module.
If that's the same size as the C2C, sounds like it would make a great desktop combo. After reading the dimensions of the Ref1, I realized there's no way it could fit on or near my computer desk. Thanks for the info.
post #69 of 2431
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I haven't heard of the Reference Three yet. Has Kingwa said what its features will be?
Here is some more info about the Ref3, straight from Kingwa - "DAC REF3 is a DAC like REF1 but without balance, it use CAST output technology, size like Compass, Now I re-design it add the USB/optial/coaxial input, I think can for sale at May."

Also, there is a hidden page on the Ref3 that is still up on Audio-GD's site, though I think it is out of date with respect to the redesign: н¨ÍøÒ³ 1
post #70 of 2431
Yes, the Ref 1 is about the size of a 2U rack audio device, not small at all. Last I heard about the Ref 3 is that Kingwa is re-designing it to include USB. The DAC 100 is much smaller than the Compass and C2C, using the same box as the ST3 headamp.

Edit: Beaten to it.
post #71 of 2431
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Does anyone know which, if any, of the Audio-gd DACs are the same dimensions as the C2C? Most of the components on their website don't list dimensions for some reason.
I am not too sure about REF3 coming out soon, but you can look forward to DAC19SE MKII, which is already in the process of upgrade (if you look at Audio GD website), think that will be Compass Size..
post #72 of 2431
Could you possibly make the images a little bigger.
post #73 of 2431
Does anyone know any features or information of DAC19MK3? I canceled the DAC19SE purchase because of it but don't know much about it. Thanks.
post #74 of 2431
According to Kingwa - "The upgrade DAC19 has USB and optical input.Besides,the box is aluminium.Other function will be same with the DAC19." Size will be near the size of Compass, its usb will still be limited to 16/48 though.
post #75 of 2431
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According to Kingwa - "The upgrade DAC19 has USB and optical input.Besides,the box is aluminium.Other function will be same with the DAC19." Size will be near the size of Compass, its usb will still be limited to 16/48 though.
Not suprising. Its USB support would be USB to SPDIF conversion then which should be no better than connecting a Trends UD-10.1 (or equivalent) to a coaxial input on the dac. Getting USB to work above 16/48 is not so easy.

I'm hopeful Kingwa will eventually support asynchronous USB in future products but it could take a while. Until then, I think I'll stick with my Trends to get USB audio from my PC since I know what to expect from it. I've heard 16/48-limited USB inputs on dacs sound worse than the Trends USB to SPDIF conversion, but none that sound better so far.
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