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Furutech GT40 USB DAC (24/96)/ headphone amp

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I just came back from London HiFi show and I just saw a prototype Furutech USB 24/96 DAC/ headphone amp. This is a prototype but should be out soon. Price is unconfirmed at this stage but pure guessimate (so don't blame me if it is wrong) is around £500. Built & part quality is good, but I haven't tried it out so don't know how it sounds.







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Sorry, but it looks like a chinesse rip off to me. I do not like the design and I bet it uses a cheap PCM2707 chip inside.
I hope I am wrong...
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Originally Posted by DarKu View Post
Sorry, but it looks like a chinesse rip off to me. I do not like the design and I bet it uses a cheap PCM2707 chip inside.
I hope I am wrong...
you ARE wrong... terrible post.
post #4 of 32
Hmmm, so this one has native USB driver that supports 24/96?
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Originally Posted by jp_zer0 View Post
you ARE wrong... terrible post.
Don't know what bothered you, but still I do not like the design, look like a travangans red/green/etc to me.
I hope it will be good, but i have big doubts.
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Hmmmm this is Furutech... Who makes cable connectors etc..??

*EDIT* Nevermind i saw the link on the 2nd pic, has the website addy.
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Originally Posted by Townyj View Post
Hmmmm this is Furutech... Who makes cable connectors etc..??
Yup, Furutech the connectors, cable etc maker. Sorry my bad on poor quality photos - useless mobile phone, time to go!

DarKu - I have no idea what it sounded like unfortunately; don't have headphone, laptop etc with me so didn't bother to ask. However, the things seems solid and it is doubtful Chinese knockoff would be using Furutech plugs, wires etc though.

I will try link the supplier in on this and see if I could get a bit more tec detail from him.

Got a bit of information from Stereophile which said it should cost about $450 and that it has a built in phone stage as well according to them:

http://blog.stereophile.com/ces2010/...h_phono_stage/
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Originally Posted by DarKu View Post
Don't know what bothered you, but still I do not like the design, look like a travangans red/green/etc to me.
I hope it will be good, but i have big doubts.
It doesn't look anything like a Travagan's.

One is wide with a metallic finish while the other is long with a matte black finish and a colorful volume knob.

It's like you're purposefully not making any damn sense.

EDIT: I'll give you one thing, the one who designed that hideous volume knob should be fired.
post #9 of 32
It looks like theese: Firestone Audio Europe
and theese: http://www.travagans.com/products/p1.htm
I will not be surprised if GT40 is also made as an OEM product by theese companies.
DAC + HP Amp + Phono Stage at 450$ sounds cheezy to me, good luck to all who is interested in it
I bet it is op-amp bassed, with a crappy power supply and a entry level DAC chip. Don't get me wrong i love furutech jacks and plugs, they are the best ones, but this thing it is just fail to me, it doesn't deserve to have a furutech name on it.
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DarKu - To me the GT40 looks better than those you mentioned above. Hopefully someone will try one out soon and let us know how it compares to similarly priced products - clearly at $450 noone would expect a world beater here....
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Nobody has mentioned this device in either thread since March, did anyone ever pick one of these up?

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Nobody has mentioned this device in either thread since March, did anyone ever pick one of these up?



Just googled and found this link: http://www.avguide.com/article/alpha-design-labsfurutech-gt40-2496-usb-dacanalog-recorder

 

It was announced already at CES in January, but seems to have been launched only recently in September.  Looks interesting.

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Furutech?  What's with no balanced input?

 

???

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The GT40 is like a Swiss Army Knife with all of its functions but it can't do everything lol.


Edited by grokit - 10/5/10 at 6:02pm
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Few headphile in Taiwan got GT40s, no review but they said not bad with HD800 and D7000.

 

IMG_0421e.jpg

 

Here inside pics. http://www.hiendy.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=4340


Edited by palchiu - 12/15/10 at 8:01pm
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