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post #16 of 94

any updates on this?

post #17 of 94

^yeah what he said...

post #18 of 94

A buddy of mine heard it in action I asked him about it and he said that the set-up it was in sounded good but he liked some other set-ups that used different dac's more, I think he was at an audio meet.

post #19 of 94

Great idea put an 8 bit tube stage after a 32 bit DAC,  brilliant.

post #20 of 94
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Originally Posted by MichealAngelo View Post

A buddy of mine heard it in action I asked him about it and he said that the set-up it was in sounded good but he liked some other set-ups that used different dac's more, I think he was at an audio meet.


if youre gonna be that vague, you might as well save your comment...

post #21 of 94
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Originally Posted by regal View Post

Great idea put an 8 bit tube stage after a 32 bit DAC,  brilliant.


can you explain what you are saying here. i dont have much technical knowlege so i dont understand it,  but  Im considering buying one of these so any input you can give would be appreciated

post #22 of 94

 

Originally Posted by Br777 View Post

 

i dont have much technical knowlege

 

Simply put, tubes were superseded by opamps for a VERY good reason...and NOS is "old stock" for the very same reason

post #23 of 94

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Originally Posted by leeperry View Post

Simply put, tubes were superseded by opamps for a VERY good reason...and NOS is "old stock" for the very same reason


Cost and cost.

 

Biggie.

post #24 of 94

can ya'll help me out a little more than these 1 word answers...   the specs make it sound great....

 

just realized the dac in the title may not be the same model, but anyway, here it is

 

 

 Eastern Electric MiniMax Tube DAC

 

from the site:

 

The Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC may be the finest Digital to Analog Converter on the market  today. Incorporating  the  ESS Technology 9018 32 bit DAC chip eliminates the discussion that digital has a long way to go before it can ever become the standard against analog playback. With the Dynamic Range of 129dB,and a staggering Frequency Response from 15Hz-32KHz every note is beautifully portrayed.

Many early digital recordings while considered being State Of The Art back then upon their release were in fact just in their infancy of superior playback in the digital realm.Today’s technology far exceeds what was thought possible even 5 years ago. Into the future we embark with Eastern Electric leading the way.

The Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC was engineered with the best of both worlds envisioned with its output being selectable between Tube and solid state. A 12au7 tube was employed in the amplification stage not just as a tube buffer for a true tube output. The results, are stunning realism presented in vocals, wood bodied and brass instruments. Deep articulate bass with silky extended highs. Alex Yeung and his team engineered this DAC to bring you the absolute best in digital playback. This is the future of what is possible!

With its four digital inputs besides the USB input you will be covered using just about any source on the market today.
With Sampling rates of 32bit,32KHz,44.1KHz,48KHz and 192KHz  all formats of digital conversion are at your finger tips. Worried about a recording not being in phase, worry no more as the MiniMax DAC has Phase In and Phase out select ability.

 

 

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post #25 of 94

 

Originally Posted by NotoriousBIG_PJ View Post


Cost and cost.

I'd say THD and obsoleteness [:witzard:4]

post #26 of 94
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Originally Posted by NotoriousBIG_PJ View Post


Cost and cost.

 

Biggie.





And Size and reliability (specifically high shock as in G force).

The Eastern Electric blurb is filled with more questions than answers, such as the glaring omission of 88.2 and 96 Khz sampling rates.
post #27 of 94

I think a tube buffer can be just as good if not better. I just heard a xindak dac-5 and it sounded so good it was the most detailed and full sounding DAC I heard and it uses a tube buffer, it was more detailed than any SS dac I've heard but the tube adds realism and lets you hear more  textures of the sound like the bow on a string or the texture of a singers voice .I still want to listen to one but I'm not expecting it to be all its hyped up to be. I wonder why they went with an EI transformer, torroid ones are much better for sound maybe its the output transformer for the tube, not many output transformers use torroid ones.

post #28 of 94

i bought this dac from a fellow head-fi'er .. i love it..

the step up from my keces 151MKII was noticable. 

the tube output sounds better than the Solid state option hands down, and the stock tube isnt even very good. 

im using the USB connection

 

definately would recommend it to others. ;-)

post #29 of 94
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Originally Posted by MichealAngelo View Post
I wonder why they went with an EI transformer, torroid ones are much better for sound maybe its the output transformer for the tube, not many output transformers use torroid ones.

 

That's most definitely the power transformer, and I suspect it's a cost decision. Toroids are more expensive. All commercial products are built to a price point.
 

post #30 of 94

I just love the negative comments by people who have never even heard it LOL.

 

I own it, and it is simply amazing sounding.  Get ready to spend at least $3500 to approach the same sound quality, and maybe much more !

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