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post #46 of 633
It looks pretty hot to me! On the other hand, I didn't like the looks of the Symphony because of the choices in the panel. I guess a DAC is allowed to have some technicalities shown.
post #47 of 633
I'm buying one as soon as Mr Meier release it. I cannot wait to listen to the results of the new crossfeed implementation through my buffer valves amplifier and my Graham Slee Solo (I'm using 1940's Ken Rad 6sn7GT at the moment and all I can ask for is deeper soundstage because the music cannot be more natural. That I will hopefully get with the STAGEDAC).
post #48 of 633
I will need a new DAC soon and this one looks promising!

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Originally Posted by Jan Meier View Post
There are two pairs of outputs. One is fixed and the other one is variable and can be controlled by the rotary dial at the right front-side.
Can the two outputs be used simultaneously?
post #49 of 633
Well, there's the input selector switch; then the DAC settings switches which I recognise from the Symphony; Crossfeed settings and mode; and a 'tonal balance' switch - what does that do??
post #50 of 633
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Originally Posted by onocentaur View Post
Well, there's the input selector switch; then the DAC settings switches which I recognise from the Symphony; Crossfeed settings and mode; and a 'tonal balance' switch - what does that do??
There is an acoustic phenomenon with the crossfeed circuit that can generate the perception that there is reduced bass output. In some, if not all of Jan's amps, he has addressed this with some built-in compensation. I surmise that the tonal balance switch enables the listener control over this compensation.
post #51 of 633
Hi Jan,

Are you accepting deposit now?

I'm LOOKING for a DAC now :

I think I CAN wait this time
post #52 of 633
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Originally Posted by koto-in View Post
I surmise that the tonal balance switch enables the listener control over this compensation.
Oooh, good thinking. Yes, I remember reading in Jan's Headwize articles that the perceived loss of bass respone is primarily psycho-acoustic, so presumably the new xfeed has the same phenomenon, and an adjustable compensation would make a lot of sense.
post #53 of 633
Wow, that DAC looks sweet.
post #54 of 633
interesting, like usually
i think this will be my first dac
post #55 of 633
Der StageDAC und Reiner, Elektronik - HIFI-FORUM seems that Richter Di has had his hands on this DAC and as Google translator suggests, his impressions are rather positive. Anyone with good command of German could you please translate it for peons with little knowledge of the language?
post #56 of 633
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Originally Posted by argentum View Post
Der StageDAC und Reiner, Elektronik - HIFI-FORUM seems that Richter Di has had his hands on this DAC and as Google translator suggests, his impressions are rather positive. Anyone with good command of German could you please translate it for peons with little knowledge of the language?
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Also trotzdem. Hatte den StageDAC eine Woche hier. Unglaublich was das Teil an Auflösung und Räumlichkeit liefert. Glücklicherweise bin ich mit dem AudioNET schon gut versorgt, aber die Räumlichkeit des StageDAC war schon ohne Crossfeed etwas besser.

Jans neues Crossfeed ist schon etwas besonders und für echte Crossfeed Fans ein Leckerbissen, da man sehr genau tunen kann. Die jeweils drei Einstellmöglichkeiten sind aber klarerweise nur etwas für Personen die auch solche kleineren Unterschiede hören und die Ruhe haben soetwas auszutesten. Für alle anderen ist es einfach Mitte/Mitte und man hat ein etwas präziseres Crossfeed.
Okay, nevertheless. I've had the StageDAC here for a week. It is unbelievable what this thing delivers in resolution and sound stage. Fortunately I'm already well supplied with the AudioNET, but the sound stage of the StageDAC without crossfeed was even better.

Jan's new crossfeed is really something special and can be tuned very precisely - a real treat for true crossfeed fans. The choice of three preference settings is clearly intended for those who can hear such subtle differences and have the peace and quiet to test it out. For everyone else, simply a middle/middle setting offers a somewhat more precise crossfeed.
post #57 of 633
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Originally Posted by argentum View Post
Der StageDAC und Reiner, Elektronik - HIFI-FORUM seems that Richter Di has had his hands on this DAC and as Google translator suggests, his impressions are rather positive. Anyone with good command of German could you please translate it for peons with little knowledge of the language?
Reiner didn't write much about his week with the evaluation prototype except that it's a great DAC regarding resolution and three-dimensionality equipped with an exceptional adjustable crossfeed as a bonus feature.
In case you do have specific questions asking himself would make more sense than me or another german interpreting his few words.
Reiner is head-fi member and his lingual skills are more than appropriate.His moniker is "RichterDi" here as well.
post #58 of 633
Wonderful, WM8741 in dual-mono is only appeared in those thousands dollars Hi-Fi, and we can have it in several hundreds. Very attractive indeed.
post #59 of 633
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Originally Posted by Jan Meier View Post
Dear Headfellows,

The STAGEDAC, like all of my products, is a compromise between performance and price. I do not have the pretention to provide the very best in the world. I only have the intention to provide the best value-for-money.
Good say, very customer focus. This is the sweet spot of the majority.
post #60 of 633
Any further news on this much awaited DAC?
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