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What I've found is I don't get any auto-replies when e-mailing to the main address at all, which is unusual.
Before this month, I always got an auto reply within a minute of sending an e-mail.
There does appear to be technical difficulties somewhere along the line.
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Have you look at the NFB-12 ? if you cannot wait?
Pretty sure he said the NFB12 would be quite a wait also. Will be looking it over, may go another direction.
You can still preorded it for 2 more days! (THe NFB-12) so i maybe can be shipped before 28 jan (hopefully). but the new info on there page is a bit difficult as always =(
Info from there page:
To sum up, no orders will be worked on Jan 1st to Feb 10th, so that they will be able to ship out all their 2010 orders before Feb 1st, the beginning of their ten day holiday.
If you place an order in the month of January, you can save 5% with one piece of electronic (I suppose a cable won't qualify, probably means transport/dac/amp), 10% with two electronics (ie a dac19 and a c2 together, but maybe not 2x NFB-11's, just guessing here). BUT orders made in January will not begin to ship out until AT LEAST Feb 15th.
When I tried to place an order about a month ago, they weren't accepting any more pre-orders, so I went with the NFB-3 instead. Oh well, the NFB-11 should keep pretty good resale value here on the trading forum for those that did end up getting one.
Ouch, Kingwa spent over a year designing with ES9018, I hope his efforts won't go to waste and someday he'll come back to ESS dac chips. It will be tough to compete with WM8741 on the high-end. Or maybe he realized that he likes PCM1704 more than ES9018. :)
I am disappointed and strongly surprised. Kingwa declares use of three chips, but 1704 have stopped to let out, ESS9018 suddenly became expensive!!??, remain only WM chips. Kingwa will similar do DAC only on chips from Wolfson is a big fatal mistake, people will lose interest to this firm. There was a trump at AUDIO-GD - 1704 earlier and people wanted it, then ESS as replacement and people too wanted it, but on WM chips there are many devices of other firms and people will lose interest to AUDIO-GD.
For me there is only one interest in AUDIO-GD - its DAC on ES9018, without ESS9018 firm AUDIO-GD isn't interesting to me.
p.s. I advise all the same to reconsider the business the plan, differently Kingwa It will be the business end without ESS9018 - because ESS9018 it is a trump!!!
Interesting that there is also a reference to taste; may I assume the messages on the site means:
- Audio-GD does not discontinu the 1704.
- the Wolfsons sound better then the Sabre to Kingwa's ears.
Is that correct?
There's a huge difference between a WM8740 (used in a lot of cheap gear these days) and the WM8741, which is used in high-end DACs such as the PS Audio Perfectwave. You should read the data sheets. The two owners of the Perfectwave who compared it to the Reference 7 (with the V4 DSP, not the current V5) liked the Perfectwave a little better. Though most of the capability of a DAC has to do with everything besides the DA chip, the chips themselves can be tuned to sound how the designer wants via the implentation of the chip itself, such as how rapidly the filter rolls off at the 22.5 kHz cut-off as well as other things. From my own listening, I thought the Sparrow, with a WM8741 sounded better than the ES9018 NFB-11 by a small margin, so I don't think this decision is a mistake. Of course this is low-end gear we're talking about and I haven't ever had the chance to compare them in high-end gear.
Dura: I did ask him about it and more or less, that's it.
My only experience of Wolfson is via my parents Cambridge Audio CD player, and I have to say I was pleasantly suprised at how good it sounds. Would definately try a dual Wolfson for my next DAC. The same chip is also used in Meier Corda StageDac (dual mono mode), which has gotten good reviews as well. Wolfson is also a lot cheaper than the ESS Sabre32 and as a slightly older chip has more of a solid track record so far.