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new kids on the block :

zodiac_rubicon

still i don't know the price but i think this is really serious gear


Edited by fradoca - 12/28/11 at 9:48am
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This will be spendy, oven regulated oscillators are not cheap.

Mmmmmmmm
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looks like a really solid pice of gear, wonder what the price will be and how it sounds ;-)
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Here is a video with it, seems to be using a burr brown dac chip.
Videos, images, audio files, manuals for Antelope Audio Zodiac - Audiofanzine

It also seems to be using the same clocks as their trinity product thats priced 3795 euro, so I guess this thing wont be very cheap.
Still would be very intressting to see how this does as an all in one product.

Is it common that people use external clocks for listening?
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Here is a video with it, seems to be using a burr brown dac chip.
Videos, images, audio files, manuals for Antelope Audio Zodiac - Audiofanzine

It also seems to be using the same clocks as their trinity product thats priced 3795 euro, so I guess this thing wont be very cheap.
Still would be very intressting to see how this does as an all in one product.

Is it common that people use external clocks for listening?
No... nothing about a $5000+ DAC is common .

That thing does look pretty even if it is just a rendering.
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This thing looks pretty badass. Subscribed for more updates.
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Ive found this reveiw on one of their external clocks.
Antelope DA Review | Computer Audiophile

Were I found this pretty intressting:
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Although I would not now give up my Alpha DAC - in terms of marginal value/return: I would add a reclocker to a cheaper DAC e.g. Lavry/Benchmark before I would buy a 5k+ DAC.
I mean lavry/benchmark are quite common, but Ive never seen anyone on the forum owning one of these external clocks.

Seeing if these external clocks makes the lavry/benchmark real badasses, this new product looks really promising, the biggest question is how good the built in amp is though.
post #8 of 498
Looks like a really nice DAC indeed!
Thanks for sharing.
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Read somewhere that the standard one is $600.

I want their $8000 rubidium standard-containing atomic clock unit. Jitter, what jitter?
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Read somewhere that the standard one is $600.

I want their $8000 rubidium standard-containing atomic clock unit. Jitter, what jitter?
You mean $6000?
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"Jitter-free performance even with optical connections"? I've never heard of these guys, but those kinds of statements don't get my respect.
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I don`t believe that the standard Zodiac will cost $600. With such advanced features this DAC will cost minimum 2000$. Antelope Audio is making the most precise Master Clocks in the world (for example their Atomic clock has accuracy of 0.03 parts per BILLION with stability of 1 second in 1,000 years.) and they say they use same 64 Bit Acoustically Focused Technology and oven controlled oscillators to reduce the jitter in Zodiac .That would be great but will cost much more than 600 USD .
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Atothex said he has never heard of these guys. Here is an interesting link ... Seems Universal Mastering Studios UPGRADE to Antelope`s clocks . Seems like these Antelope`s guys know what they are doing . Their clocks are considered the best in the world, bar none and many people are using Antelope`s clock to re clock some real expensive DACs


Universal Mastering Studios Lock to Antelope Clocks | Audio Agent
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It looks like there will be three models:
  • Zodiac, tentatively priced at ~$1500.00.
  • Zodiac+, tentatively priced at ~$2500.00.
  • Zodiac Gold, tentatively priced at ~$3500.00.
If I heard correctly, I think the Zodiac Gold (which isn't shown on their site yet) will have a gold relay attenuator.

It looks like all will have Trinity-level clocking.

I expect to have a chance to hear at least one of these units--hopefully in a couple of weeks--when Marcel from Antelope Audio stops by my office for a visit.
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Thanks for this info Jude. The quoted SNR and Dynamic ranges are insane. zodiac_rubicon

What I heard was that Zodiac Gold will support up to 384 kHz /24 Bit.
I am speechless ...
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