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BREAKING NEWS! ALO audio's new portable tube amplifier + DAC!

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just got news 4 hours ago via twitter.That alo is releasing their new amp+ dac called The Pan Am.

 

http://aloaudio.tumblr.com/post/30047482404/wherever-the-music-takes-you-part-two-follow-alo

 

a little more about The Pan Am:


Wherever the Music Takes You (part two)

Follow ALO Audio’s Curtis Philips, JD Stewart and Caleb Rosenau as they venture out of Portland and into the great Pacific Northwest with our new portable amplifier and high resolution USB DAC, The Pan Am.

HD LISTENING
Portable High Resolution audio has never been so easy. 
Plug and play 24 bit / 96 kHz with the Wolfson USB DAC.

TUBE POWER
Personalize your sound with new or ‘new old stock’ vacuum tubes. We are offering both Russian military and Siemens tube upgrades.

HEADPHONE HUB
3 inputs: High Resolution USB DAC, ⅛” stereo jack and RCA, keep The PanAm at the center of any listening set-up.

CONSTANT COMPANION
Add The PassPort external battery pack to enjoy 10 hours of listening anywhere.

The Pan Am will be available for purchase September 5th 2012 at aloaudio.com

There will be no presale orders.

post #2 of 37
Breaking news?

You made me feel young again wink.gif.
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Edited by seeteeyou - 11/5/14 at 12:09am
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Have spoken to the ALO team and it seems that the DAC in the Pan Am is for computers rather than iPods etc although the amp will obviously work with both.  There is also a desk-top power conditioner to create a pretty good looking (and I'm sure sounding) threesome. 

 

This has really thrown my plans to buy the Continental v2 and Solo for full portable use (with iPod) up in the air.  Then again the Pan Am looks more transportable than portable to me with those valves on the top (for which a cage is available).  Maybe I'll just have to sell by bike and get both sets of gear.

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Edited by seeteeyou - 11/5/14 at 12:09am
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MomijiTMO View Post

Breaking news?
You made me feel young again wink.gif.

IMO breaking news is the perfect word for this event

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Originally Posted by LemanRuss9 View Post

IMO breaking news is the perfect word for this event

Rough.
post #8 of 37

For those who are eager, from Headfonia 

 

post #9 of 37

This has 'lolwhut' written all over it.

 

[flame suit on]

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Edited by seeteeyou - 11/5/14 at 12:09am
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Please be gentle if I appear dumber than I actually am - but of the Pan Am's DAC works for computer sources (this is what Caleb and Josh at ALO said) then it will not work (at least as a DAC) for iPods etc right?  Kinda like the reverse of the Algorythm Solo issue.  Seeteeyou - are you saying that there is a way to 'remedy' this issue so that you don't have to have 2 DACs if you want to use both iPod and a computer as your source at different times with an active external DAC?  If so I would love to know as I'm about to buy a Continental mk2 this weeks with the Solo DAC - and then the Pan Am etc on Sept 5.

 

I can't wait for Shigezo's review - it sounds like he has a Pan Am on hand.

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Edited by seeteeyou - 11/5/14 at 12:08am
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Ahhhh - sounds good seeteeyou. The Pan Am has both an external battery (Passport) plus a power conditioner (Gateway) - both optional as far as I know. Watching the video that Alo has put out of the Pan Am it looks nice but not really portable - more transportable but I haven't read any full reviews or seen the dimensions yet. I was hoping that with your 'trick' re the CCK that I could get a Continental and Solo to work with both an iPod (which it already does or will when I get it) and my computer but it sounds like it's a one-way trick at the moment in that it only enables DACs that work with computers to work with the 4's that you mentioned and not the other way round.

 

If someone can get this to work both ways (as long as Apple stays with it's approach) then we should all make a sizeable donation to them as we would only need 1 good set-up, at least for most of us that is - excluding those people who want to go 'way beyond' with their desk sets (beyond my budget - that is).

 

I have my first set of Marty full build (no base headphone to start with) woodies on the way soon with v4 Magnums - my first set of 'true' HPs and probably gonna be (with these amps etc) worse for my budget in the future that the first hit of heroine in that it will lead to...

post #14 of 37

lOOK Cool~ Plan to buy one !! XD

post #15 of 37

I'll buy one.

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