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post #181 of 489

Aquaintance hwo has the Zodiac+:

 

 

 

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"Before this I had the belcanto 3.5 with the upgraded lns power supply. Against the bc, I would say that the zodiac has much better imaging, dynamics however to my ears, the bc definitely had lower noise floor and slightly better detail. Hence my quest for an upgraded psu for the zodiac!"

 

I personally found a lower noisefloor when floating the switching psu's ground. I'm also clocking my with an OCX and still A/B'ing the difference.

post #182 of 489
I see your points, but hardly call their DACs a gamble. I personally would like to hear a DAC2 next to it. I think it will prove to hold it's ground against Weiss upthread too.
post #183 of 489
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Originally Posted by doctorcilantro View Post

I see your points, but hardly call their DACs a gamble. I personally would like to hear a DAC2 next to it. I think it will prove to hold it's ground against Weiss upthread too.



It does at least according to Six Moons.

post #184 of 489
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Originally Posted by A.Thorsen View Post





It does at least according to Six Moons.


Don't think 6moons has gotten the loaner unit yet, I am curiously awaiting their review.  

post #185 of 489
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Originally Posted by TigzStudio View Post




Don't think 6moons has gotten the loaner unit yet, I am curiously awaiting their review.  



I misread your comment. You're correct of course.

post #186 of 489

I'm surprised to see details on  the USB and actually stated async USB. I could not squeeze that out of them at all. I'll have to A/B async USB with OCX & AES some time.

post #187 of 489

Quoted from the other forum about the Antelope vs. Wyred 4 Sound DAC2:  

 

"It's something I'd really like to hear myself, but I was talking to the guy

at Audiocom (Mark, I think) a few weeks ago and apparently he's heard them

back to back.

I don't want to put words in his mouth, but the gist of what he said was that
the Antelope was a little more resolute, and made the Wyred 4 Sound DAC2
sound a teensy bit warm, but that there wasn't much in it. He really liked
both, but kept the Antelope!"

post #188 of 489

The Antelope Zodiac+ and that insane Gold unit aren't coming out until around December or so, is that correct?

post #189 of 489

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Zodiac/    

 

I think that the regular Zodiac is not out yet, as Antelope chose to release the Zodiac+ first for some reason....the + model on Sweetwater's site says there is a shipping a delay.   

 

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ZodiacPlus/

 

 

Also on their main site e-store, it shows as in stock on the Zodiac+

 

http://antelopeaudio.com/en/shops1.php?m=1

 

 

 

Honestly I am waiting to see pics of their internals !!  I am hoping that the 6moons review will show the internal pics of the Zodiac+ when it comes out, if not I will be disappointed.  


Edited by TigzStudio - 9/1/10 at 4:24pm
post #190 of 489

 

 

http://www.audiomidi.com/Zodiac--P13820.aspx

 

audiomidi has the Zodiac+'s in stock at $2495.00

 

 

Found another opinion on a different forum, from a guy that is French I think....so a slight language barrier:

His impression of the Zodiac+

 

"

I just did some tests today
with my references cd's 
in my opinion the quality of this
product is exellent the music become litterally 
a landscape (this is like watch the details of a paint with a magnyfing glass)
the sounds remind me the quality of the vinyls without
all the distortions caused by the needle
the unit is comfortable to listen to for long period
congratulations for this product.

"


Edited by TigzStudio - 9/1/10 at 8:28pm
post #191 of 489

What french forum are you talking about? Can you give me the address, maybe, I'll be able to translate it more accurately.
 

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Originally Posted by TigzStudio View Post

 

 

http://www.audiomidi.com/Zodiac--P13820.aspx

 

audiomidi has the Zodiac+'s in stock at $2495.00

 

 

Found another opinion on a different forum, from a guy that is French I think....so a slight language barrier:

His impression of the Zodiac+

 

"

I just did some tests today
with my references cd's 
in my opinion the quality of this
product is exellent the music become litterally 
a landscape (this is like watch the details of a paint with a magnyfing glass)
the sounds remind me the quality of the vinyls without
all the distortions caused by the needle
the unit is comfortable to listen to for long period
congratulations for this product.

"

post #192 of 489

No it was just a french guy that posted that in a thread on Gearslutz.  Not a french forum, and that is all he posted about the Zodiac.  I swear the Zodiac has definitely been the most challenging to find impressions on.  

 

Edit:  found some more impressions, some translation looks to be required.  

 

http://www.av-forums.net/plus/viewthread.php?tid=59260&extra=page%3D1&page=5


Edited by TigzStudio - 9/1/10 at 9:56pm
post #193 of 489

Alright guys!  I bit the bullet (sorry new audio-gd sabre dac, I may purchase you some other time)....I am in process of acquiring the Zodiac+ model.  Hopefully I will have it by next week.  It will be compared against the Audio-GD Ref5 and the built in headamp on the Zodiac+ will of course be compared to my Violectric V181.  I will have a few reviews coming, but I will put this one ahead of the others.  I still haven't put my v181 review out but its almost done.  Will be interesting to see how it sounds with the LCD-2's indeed.  Trying new gear is so addicting....    :D

post #194 of 489
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Originally Posted by TigzStudio View Post

No it was just a french guy that posted that in a thread on Gearslutz.  Not a french forum, and that is all he posted about the Zodiac.  I swear the Zodiac has definitely been the most challenging to find impressions on.  

 

Edit:  found some more impressions, some translation looks to be required.  

 

http://www.av-forums.net/plus/viewthread.php?tid=59260&extra=page%3D1&page=5



Like a lot of folks I'm sure I'm pretty busy for the day so if someone wants to fire us off the Cliff's Notes version of all that it would be appreciated. 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/Antelope-Zodiac-Arrived

 

This thread might be the best chat out there about the Zodiacs. You can set it to see the newest stuff first.


Edited by A.Thorsen - 9/2/10 at 9:01am
post #195 of 489

Yes it uses the PCM1792A.  

 

My order was placed for the Zodiac+, excited to try it out and compare to the Audio-GD Ref5!  I'll update when I receive it and my initial build quality impressions, etc etc.  
 

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Originally Posted by A.Thorsen View Post





Like a lot of folks I'm sure I'm pretty busy for the day so if someone wants to fire us off the Cliff's Notes version of all that it would be appreciated. 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/Antelope-Zodiac-Arrived

 

This thread might be the best chat out there about the Zodiacs. You can set it to see the newest stuff first.

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