Bit out of topic but am very curious to hear where you got a chance to hear the yamamoto dac and the totaldac, never ever seen these in a store here! Totaldac has no distributor in japan so it's interesting to hear a dealer purchased one direct for the local market.
Also, am pretty curious to hear more about the comparisons (i have the ss version of the yamamoto dac), pm is ok if this is not the right thread but it's always good to share.
Going by your name I suppose you're either French or Canadian, lucky to live in Tokyo, incredible stuff they have there and lots of tube gear, to my surprise. Do hope you speak Japanese, have a pack of what I thought were chocolates sitting in my fridge in Delhi, turns out they're individually packed hard-boiled quail 'tea-eggs', no matter, they taste good. Am at the airport now (Delhi, not Japan), going to Europe for 2 weeks and the exact addresses are in my notebook which I don't have here but here's what I recall:
- The Totaldac I heard in a place called 'Axis' or something, they were not far from 'Meijingumae' (sp?) metro station, a bit out of the way but doable for me (my hotel was close to Nagatacho subway). I received the address from a colleague who used to be based in Tokyo. This is a place that sells nothing but super high-end gear, they also carry DACs like the MSB diamond (which I didn't even try to audition as for that one I DID notice the price in time) and speaker systems that cost more than a decent house.
- Other gear was in Akihabara, stumbled over the Yamamoto in a store that specialised in tube amps located in a building with various audio gear stores, from large to very small and was attracted purely based on its looks.
Have to run now but will post some impressions (for what they're worth, auditioning environment was not ideal) once I'm settled in my place in Belgium and hooked up to my modest DV 337 tube amp and burning in the latest tubes which arrived in my absence.