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post #16 of 484
Hrm.. I am really tempting to try this DACs.

When is the release date?

As for the 24/384khz, what's the medium to send that to this DAC?? That feature sounds more like a future-proof more or less.

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Originally Posted by jude View Post
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.
post #17 of 484
Looks like I might wanna wait abit with that lavry da11 purchase then, I might be better off with one off these.

Hopefully there will be a modell in black.
post #18 of 484
Pricey but very interesting none the less. Whilst DAC technology gets better and the specs become insanely accurate, I wonder in the real world how much is actually audible.
post #19 of 484
Looks nice, and price doesn't seem so bad. Especially if it includes USB input and the headamp is decent.

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Originally Posted by Acer View Post
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 ...
24-bit/384-khz!! How is this feature useful??

129dB SNR/dynamic range!!! How is this useful info? How would this compare to other DACs, when measured the same way? MSB's Power DAC has 140db SNR/136db dynamic range!!! And you just jizzed your pants.
post #20 of 484
Sweet. That 10M Atomic Reference Clock would look nice on the shelf too.
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Swiss-made Rubidium core with accuracy of 0.03 parts per BILLION
Be the first kid on your block with nuclear powered tunes.
post #21 of 484
Hi guys,

We have 384Khz working via USB, but we're waiting for a software that will support it to test it out. So far, Sonic Studio's Amarra software will auto-rate switch with the USB versions of Zodiac up to 192Khz, but they are working on 384 right now. Amarra is very cool too, btw, as it uses iTunes for file management, but bypasses the core audio engine.

The Zodiac will do up to 96Khz via optical and 192Khz via S/PDIF and won't have USB.
Zodiac Plus will do up to 192Khz via USB and S/PDIF and will also have an AES input and de-jittered digital outputs (AES and 2 S/PDIF outs, all active)
Zodiac Gold (shipping in early 2010) will do up to 384Khz via USB and have a stepped attenuator with gold relays and a cool remote control.

Marcel James
Antelope Audio
www.antelopeaudio.com
post #22 of 484
Now, that's a different story. :-)

is this 384khz also planned for windows users? Amarra is strictly mac as we all know.

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Originally Posted by Clybourne View Post
Hi guys,

We have 384Khz working via USB, but we're waiting for a software that will support it to test it out. So far, Sonic Studio's Amarra software will auto-rate switch with the USB versions of Zodiac up to 192Khz, but they are working on 384 right now. Amarra is very cool too, btw, as it uses iTunes for file management, but bypasses the core audio engine.

The Zodiac will do up to 96Khz via optical and S/PDIF and won't have USB.
Zodiac Plus will do up to 192Khz via USB and will also have an AES input and de-jittered digital outputs (AES and 2 S/PDIF outs, all active)
Zodiac Gold (shipping in early 2010) will do up to 384Khz via USB and have a stepped attenuator with gold relays and a cool remote control.

Marcel James
Antelope Audio
post #23 of 484
When will we see this in store and whats the estimated price?
What color options will you have?

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Originally Posted by Clybourne View Post
Hi guys,

We have 384Khz working via USB, but we're waiting for a software that will support it to test it out. So far, Sonic Studio's Amarra software will auto-rate switch with the USB versions of Zodiac up to 192Khz, but they are working on 384 right now. Amarra is very cool too, btw, as it uses iTunes for file management, but bypasses the core audio engine.

The Zodiac will do up to 96Khz via optical and S/PDIF and won't have USB.
Zodiac Plus will do up to 192Khz via USB and will also have an AES input and de-jittered digital outputs (AES and 2 S/PDIF outs, all active)
Zodiac Gold (shipping in early 2010) will do up to 384Khz via USB and have a stepped attenuator with gold relays and a cool remote control.

Marcel James
Antelope Audio
www.antelopeaudio.com
post #24 of 484
What DAC chips do these use?
post #25 of 484
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Originally Posted by n3rdling View Post
What DAC chips do these use?
Burr Brown PCM1792A
post #26 of 484
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Originally Posted by tosehee View Post
Now, that's a different story. :-)

is this 384khz also planned for windows users? Amarra is strictly mac as we all know.
The native Windows driver doesn't go past 192khz, so at this time, that's the Windows limit.
post #27 of 484
when is the release day on this thing anyway?
post #28 of 484
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Originally Posted by tosehee View Post
Now, that's a different story. :-)

is this 384khz also planned for windows users? Amarra is strictly mac as we all know.
Was curious about that Amarra software, but it costs almost as much as an iMac? :S
Only 'usefull' function is the automatic sample rate switcher... but most music is 44.1khz anyway.
post #29 of 484
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Originally Posted by danne View Post
when is the release day on this thing anyway?
Don't have an exact date, but right now it's sometime in Dec for Zodiac and Plus.

Thanks,
Marcel James
antelopeaudio.com
post #30 of 484
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Originally Posted by paaj View Post
Was curious about that Amarra software, but it costs almost as much as an iMac? :S
Only 'usefull' function is the automatic sample rate switcher... but most music is 44.1khz anyway.
Amarra bypasses the core audio engine. I'm sure there are posts about it's audio quality out there, but check it out. It sounds significantly better than iTunes on it's own.
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