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Did you buy the TotalDAC or is it on loan?  I'm not convinced that NOS is necessarily better, but I've been strictly R2R DAC since hearing my first Parasound.  You should come to CanJam if you can make the trip.  I'm gonna have the Stax DAC-X1t and Assemblage DP-75 as sources.  The X1t in particular is probably the best I've heard...I kinda chuckle to myself sometimes while listening through it at just how good it sounds. 

 

As for wanting tighter bass, the BHSE excels at that.  It has a complete grip on those drivers that separates it from any of the other commercial offerings.  Looks like you're almost there :)

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Did you buy the TotalDAC or is it on loan?  I'm not convinced that NOS is necessarily better, but I've been strictly R2R DAC since hearing my first Parasound.  You should come to CanJam if you can make the trip.  I'm gonna have the Stax DAC-X1t and Assemblage DP-75 as sources.  The X1t in particular is probably the best I've heard...I kinda chuckle to myself sometimes while listening through it at just how good it sounds. 

 

As for wanting tighter bass, the BHSE excels at that.  It has a complete grip on those drivers that separates it from any of the other commercial offerings.  Looks like you're almost there :)

 

Paid for, built and delivered... I believe the policy is to pay upfront but return within 10 days of delivery if unsatisfied. Seems the latter is rather rare though :).

 

Want to join a CanJam some day but I guess there's got to be the right star alignment as work would have to take me there at a concurring time...

 

The Stax DAC is famous, another french fellow has one I recall and pretty happy with it driving his stax gear...

 

Arnaud 

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Talking about R2R magic, the TotalDac D1-Dual is in the house and it is singing! I just could not go to bed yesterday, it's that addictive. I don't know what to expect from the BHSE but already with my 727 amp, there is bass slam I would never have thought the SR009 be capable of. If anything, I now want it tighter.
The dac is so fluid but still having crazy amount of resolution. Percussions, piano, voices, everything is scarely real sounding.

So, yeah, source does matter, especially for the 009!
Not sure it is the R2R or the NOS aspect that makes it so effortless. For nasty recordings, I can disengage the compensation filter that is there to compensate treble rolloff from the brickwall filter in case of 44.1k recordings. For 95% of the stuff I have listened to so far, I prefer it on though.

If only the bhse could arrive now ...

An... The more I read about TotalDac, the more I want one ! What source do you use ? TotalDac Server ?
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Not sure it is the R2R or the NOS aspect that makes it so effortless.

 

Or:

 

3rd) a dac that does not need an I/V stage.

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An... The more I read about TotalDac, the more I want one ! What source do you use ? TotalDac Server ?


No, I read lots of good things about using the server upstream but I am using an iMac > audirvana 2 > Schiit Wyrd > TotalDac usb cable/filter > USB input (an XMOS)...

 

Honestly, it's working marvels, can't imagine what the server would bring! [one can never guess what is missing though ;) ]

 

If I was sane, I would advise you to wait for the Schiit Yggdrasil, but I had heard the D1 before so I went nuts because I could... There's unbelievable texture to any instrument, the harmonics are so rich and full, dynamics / slam is crazy, you'd suspect the internal D/D processor is messing with the signal. But I guess that's what people who rave about R2R are on about.

 

arnaud

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China to Japan I think. I then shipped myself to Justin.

I got myself a few pairs or quads of XF2/XF4/XF5 since so I may not even try the psvane actually. Am kinda curious though.

Arnaud

I hope you mean for a quad of XF4/XF5 double D getters...

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could you tell us which R2R magic DAC you got ? 

 

thanks

I use an Audio Note DAC 4.1 which has tube rectified PS and 2 x 5687 tubes on the output. It also uses output transformers on the final stage so the output impedance is very low at 1o ohms. This combined with a 2.5 volt output level means it can drive a Power Amplifier via a passive pre with fantastic results. Besides the finished products at Audio Note UK, you can get the DAC 4.1 in kit form for around 3.600 US. 

 

Arnaud's Total Dac is R-2R as well, though a different approach. It has no tubes, and uses 100 resistors in each channel instead of the I/V transformers approach in my DAC. Besides the smoother treble and organic (real) sound quality to NOS DACs, if it also has the filter removed, that has major benefits as well. Check it out, it changed my (audiophile) life forever.....

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