Originally Posted by canuck525
Great review!!! I have been shopping for a new dac and I think I will take a chance with this one based on your review.Based on your description I think it will suit my system very well( the latest B&W 800 Diamonds,Bryston 7b sst2 amps, Bryston bp26 preamp).
I let you know within a few weeks of it's arrival how it works out in my system.I understand there is approx a 10 wait time so it will be awhile.
Excellent setup you have there! I suspect the Invicta will fit right in among those components. I look forward to hearing your impressions.
Originally Posted by ecohifi
Fantastic review Project 86, I take my hat off for ya!
I guess that with all the software development this product has it is way above the the norm and outside the average market to people like me who are unable to afford it. It is great to see Project 86 taking the initiative in getting a beta sample to review and letting us know what he has encountered.
I like to say that this newly developed company needs to developed a product which is simular in sound quality and pay less attention in built quality especially with the development and production of the chassis. In this day and age something else comes out and renders such a box uncompetitive.
If you guys have read the 6moon issue I think that Mark Mallison needs to provide proof of what he as stated for the AD797 op amp used in this product. I find what he has stated is misleading!
Thanks for the kind words. Once again, my thanks goes out to Mark and the folks at Resonessence. Even getting past the potential problems of loaning out an expensive item with no real insurance... they also had no idea what I would say about their product. How would it look if I posted that their not-yet-released state of the art DAC was not very impressive? That sort of bad publicity could be really harmful for them this early in the game. They certainly had more to lose than they had to gain.
Lucky for them their product really is as good as they claim.
Regarding the AD797 - I don't know enough about the subject on a technical level, so I am just taking Mark's word for it. If he is friends with the person behind that op-amp, and that's what he is being told, then I'll take him at his word. What does he gain by making up an offhand story like that? It would be interesting to hear more about the topic when his work on the Invicta settles down.
Originally Posted by ecohifi
The more flexabilty the better but not at $4K. Total cost in producing this product doesn't cost $4k. Like I said the consistant change in DAC landscape is gaining pace. The TPA solution will cost $800 for stereo, The mini max plus $1100 AU. Big deal if it doesn't have a card reader. Some blue ray players like the oppo and the Sony 380/480/580 can steam files from there USB and output thu the S/PDIF!!!!
To be fair, total cost on any high end audio product is going to be significantly lower than the retail price. And if you have ever seen what the usual margin is at a high end dealer....
Value on a product like this is really in the ear of the beholder. As I said in the review, I absolutely loved it, and found it to be the best DAC I've ever heard, yet I am not purchasing it. It would be a different story if my life allowed for a full sized speaker setup; I'd try my best to sell off gear until I came up with enough to purchase Invicta.
This is not anything Mark has told me, but one possibility: he wants to make a big splash in the high end market, build up some renown as a world class audio firm, and then start releasing lower priced models using a "trickle down" approach. That's what I would do if I were him. At that point we would likely see a stand alone DAC with no headphone amp or SD player functionality.