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post #586 of 633

Dear headfellows,

 

design of the successor of the STAGEDAC has been seriously delayed by certain parts being temporarily out of production.

 

However, I hope to receive the first production prototypes in 1..2 weeks. If all goes well batch-production will start soon thereafter.

 

There are indeed also plans for a DAC/amp unit. However, this will be a budget-device.

 

Cheers

 

Jan

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post #587 of 633

Great news Jan!

post #588 of 633

Indeed, I'm looking forward to specs and features, curious how to even improve on the Stagedac. I've been enjoying mine for many hours each day for over a year now!

post #589 of 633

A balanced DAC with the Meier crossfeed would be awesome!

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post #590 of 633
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A balanced DAC with the Meier crossfeed would be awesome!

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For balanced DAC needs a balanced Corda Classic wink.gif

post #591 of 633

is this the place for wishes ;-) for me important, must have two outputs like the stagedac, one variable for the aktiv speaker and one fixed for the headamp. nice feature if it could have at least one analog input. exited what name he will get and if the case is again 1cm bigger than classic, like concerto/stagedac ;-)
 

post #592 of 633

I do not think Meier will choose to make anything balanced with XLR-plugs or other "odd" plugs etc. because he already have the excellent Active Balanced Ground. The active balanced ground is one of the main reasons I choose the Meier amps becuase it gives the sound-advantages of balanced amplifiers without having to change plugs on my headphones. 

post #593 of 633

Thanks for weighing in but XLR plugs are far from odd, they are by far the industry standard for connecting balanced equipment.

post #594 of 633
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Thanks for weighing in but XLR plugs are far from odd, they are by far the industry standard for connecting balanced equipment.

Yes I know. XLR-plugs are not odd. But the balanced plugs RSA and iBasso use in their portables are they market standard? A plug you can buy in any HiFi store in the world like XLR?

post #595 of 633
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is this the place for wishes ;-) for me important, must have two outputs like the stagedac, one variable for the aktiv speaker and one fixed for the headamp. nice feature if it could have at least one analog input. exited what name he will get and if the case is again 1cm bigger than classic, like concerto/stagedac ;-)
 

 

Indeed!

 

Analog input would be step forward, but all digital inputs should be left.

I use in my stageDAC all inputs: 1 coax - CD transport, 2 coax - ND-S1 (ipod digital transport), USB - PC, toslink - TV (DVBT, HD videos etc.).

post #596 of 633

Dear headfellows,

 

> A balanced DAC with the Meier crossfeed would be awesome!

 

Sorry, no balanced outputs. This would increase costs considerably and only few people use balanced outputs anyway.

 

> must have two outputs like the stagedac, one variable for the aktiv speaker and one fixed for the headamp.

 

It has!

 

> Analog input would be step forward, but all digital inputs should be left.

 

An analog input on a DAC simply doesn't make sense. An analog source should be connected directly to the amp. For this reason the CLASSIC has two pairs of inputs (whereas the CONCERTO only had one pair).

 

The DAC will have the same inputs as the STAGEDAC. But USB will now accept 24/192!

 

Cheers

 

Jan

post #597 of 633

Thanks Jan!

 

Does this mean you have now received the prototype?

 

Anything you are willing to tell us about how it differs or improves on the STAGEDAC?

 

Cheers

 

André

post #598 of 633

hello jan,

 

> An analog input on a DAC simply doesn't make sense. An analog source should be connected directly to the amp.

 

for me it would make sense. i use the stagedac as preamp together with active speakers, no other amp in my chain. the symphony had this nice feature, two analog inputs.

 

no problem, maybe next release.

 

Met vriendelijke groeten

jürgen
 

post #599 of 633
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Originally Posted by Jan Meier View Post

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> Analog input would be step forward, but all digital inputs should be left.

 

An analog input on a DAC simply doesn't make sense. An analog source should be connected directly to the amp. For this reason the CLASSIC has two pairs of inputs (whereas the CONCERTO only had one pair).

 

The DAC will have the same inputs as the STAGEDAC. But USB will now accept 24/192!

 

( ... )

 

For me it make sense, because i'm using concerto :)

post #600 of 633

I hope the new one turns out well - I love the heck out my current one.

 

The only improvement that I can see really is the potentiometer; low volume channel balance isn't as nice as I would ideally like, but as I don't use that feature anymore it's not an issue for me now. Stepped attenuators are really nice, but those are rather pricey.

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