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post #316 of 641
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Originally Posted by AiDee View Post

grunter, yes, I'm looking for "more content, less smoke" too, especially as I use tube as well as SS amps.

From what you say the jk gear sounds very good.

I like MiniMax but found its bass washes out lower mids a little., e.g. harmonics of cello or piano. This shows up occasionally as lost detail. But higher up it has a clean, pure sound.

JK usually give you 20 days home trial period, so you could try it in your system.

For the price I think jkdac32 is a wonderful dac, it has deep and ariticulated bass, even if it could be tighter for my taste.

post #317 of 641
^ Definitely a possibility. Waiting for your and others' comparisons with Hilo first.
post #318 of 641

My lynx hilo is on the road, from Germany to Italy.

post #319 of 641

First impressions.

I've just plugged-in my black Lynx Hilo and listened to its phone-out with a Hifiman he400 borrowed from a friend.

Hilo gives me many more informations in mid and high frequencies than jkdac32 but also it is less fatiguing, and I must say that jkdac32 is not fatiguing at all.

This mean only one thing: less distortion.

Tomorrow I wish I could listen to it with my loudspeakers so I could be more precise.
 

post #320 of 641
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Originally Posted by grunter72 View Post

First impressions.

I've just plugged-in my black Lynx Hilo and listened to its phone-out with a Hifiman he400 borrowed from a friend.

Hilo gives me many more informations in mid and high frequencies than jkdac32 but also it is less fatiguing, and I must say that jkdac32 is not fatiguing at all.

This mean only one thing: less distortion.

Tomorrow I wish I could listen to it with my loudspeakers so I could be more precise.
 

Do you still have the Forsell dac? I'd be really interested in the Hilo vs Forsell comparison.

post #321 of 641

A friend of mine has got the forsell.

 

Maybe in May we could organize a meeting and put in theese dac:

Nad m51, Lynx Hilo, Forsell mdac2, B2 Burl Bomber, Meitner ma-1 and an Offramp 5 transport.

 

I think we have some good dac.

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post #322 of 641
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Originally Posted by grunter72 View Post

A friend of mine has got the forsell.

 

Maybe in May we could organize a meeting and put in theese dac:

Nad m51, Lynx Hilo, Forsell mdac2, B2 Burl Bomber, Meitner ma-1 and an Offramp 5 transport.

 

I think we have some good dac.

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I should probably try to get a demo Lynx myself. I'll be really looking forward to those comparisons. Lots of good stuff in Italy, Northstar, Tektron and of course Sonus Faber beerchug.gif

 

Still curious about the Forsell though, too bad they charge 3k Euro for it, instead of converting the 3k retail to GBP/EUR. I can't get a demo B2 anywhere also (40 pounds to hire it for one day mad.gif)

post #323 of 641
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Originally Posted by grunter72 View Post

First impressions.
I've just plugged-in my black Lynx Hilo and listened to its phone-out with a Hifiman he400 borrowed from a friend.
Hilo gives me many more informations in mid and high frequencies than jkdac32 but also it is less fatiguing, and I must say that jkdac32 is not fatiguing at all.
This mean only one thing: less distortion.
Tomorrow I wish I could listen to it with my loudspeakers so I could be more precise.

 
Between you and your friends and Darryl and I throwing some pretty good DACs against the Hilo, it is certainly getting a baptism by it's peers.
post #324 of 641
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Between you and your friends and Darryl and I throwing some pretty good DACs against the Hilo, it is certainly getting a baptism by it's peers.

Yes, I think so!

 

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post #325 of 641
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Originally Posted by khaine1711 View Post

I should probably try to get a demo Lynx myself. I'll be really looking forward to those comparisons. Lots of good stuff in Italy, Northstar, Tektron and of course Sonus Faber beerchug.gif

 

Still curious about the Forsell though, too bad they charge 3k Euro for it, instead of converting the 3k retail to GBP/EUR. I can't get a demo B2 anywhere also (40 pounds to hire it for one day mad.gif)


My friend get the Forsell for about 2200€ one and half a year ago, since then euro importer has rised the price.

My friend put an abc-pcb network media renderer http://www.abc-pcb.com/?page_id=192 inside it, in order to use it without a pc/mac but only with a nas and control by an ipad.

Since now I think the Forsell is overall the best dac I've ever listened to (I don't have listened to meitner ma-1 yet), but in some aspect like timbre and naturalness b2 bomber dac is ahead.

I hope Hilo to be in the same league as them.


Edited by grunter72 - 4/24/13 at 11:58pm
post #326 of 641

Some more impressions: great instruments separation, airy sound without harshness, tight and deep bass, rich mid tones.

I'm quite impressed.

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post #327 of 641
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Originally Posted by grunter72 View Post

Some more impressions: great instruments separation, airy sound without harshness, tight and deep bass, rich mid tones.

I'm quite impressed.

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Great to hear!! Keep those impressions coming-- some of us are living vicariously through those of you who actually have the Hilo already :p

post #328 of 641

Take what I'm going to tell with a grain of salt (since I'm going to make a comparison from memory).

For what I remember, having listened to all of theese dac in my system, I could say:

  • Burl B2 Bomber Dac (with offramp 5 usb-aes/ebu) has the more analog sound, maybe the best timbre of all at the cost of a smaller soundstage, you can listen to it for days, balsam for your ears
  • Forsell mdac-2 (with abc-pcb media renderer) is the more engaging and dynamic, has the deepest soundstage, maybe my favourite
  • Lynx Hilo (with its usb) is the more correct (or the less coloured), with a big soundstage, the best instrument separation, rich mids.
  • Nad m51 (without a pre and with its usb) sound similar to Lynx Hilo but with less richness in the mids, less instrument separation and a bit more sparkle in the high. It's more cold than Hilo, a bit digital for my taste (or sabre 9018 like).

 

Excuse me for saying this, but the sabre 9018 dac I listened to sound a bit fals to my ears, very good sounding but not much real.

post #329 of 641
give the Off Ramp 5 a spin on the Hilo if you will. I'm curious to see how good the Hilo USB implementation is vs the top end S/Pdif converters.
post #330 of 641

That all depends on the output stage and the rest of the implementation.  My Buffalo III (ES9018) sounds nothing like your findings..

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