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post #16 of 597

I thought that the JK DAC32 was superb when running USB out from my Mac Mini.  Very low noise floor and lots of dynamics.

 

If this is as good or better then we're in for a treat.

post #17 of 597

Sent John a message this weekend asking for an update... there are already first impressions out there from testing: http://www.tirnahifi.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=38218#p38218


Edited by theSC00BZ - 3/25/13 at 9:50am
post #18 of 597
Thread Starter 

thanks for the link!

sounds like the Ciunas represents a nice improvement over JKDAC32.   wink.gif

post #19 of 597
There is a reasonably detailed set of impressions from one Tony on page 4 of the thread linked by theSC00BZ above.

Compared to a Meitner DAC! Though no real detail...

Sounds promising - Tony describes it as a large leap from the DAC32.
post #20 of 597
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Originally Posted by AiDee View Post

There is a reasonably detailed set of impressions from one Tony on page 4 of the thread linked by theSC00BZ above.

Compared to a Meitner DAC! Though no real detail...

Sounds promising - Tony describes it as a large leap from the DAC32.

 

Yup... that thread started to roll over recent days. In short... great first impressions and should be available to order this week! Is it sad to be checking on a daily basis to see if he released it yet?

post #21 of 597
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Is it sad to be checking on a daily basis to see if he released it yet?

 

If that's the case, then I'm also sad ;)

post #22 of 597

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post #23 of 597
Fairly good notes from Claus in three posts on p.8 of the tir na hifi thread. Claus heard it as 'much better' compared directly with the JKDAC - the earlier, ESS Sabre-based one, not the JKDAC32.

Audirvana-plus "in integer/direct mode" had quite a lot to do with the noticed improvement. Comments are hard to interpret in places; e.g. in Claus' third post can't tell whether Audirvana was used with the JKDAC as well.

Still, some promising notes (more natural, leaner with less bloat, refined, 'calmer' [?] soundstage, "shocked to hear things I had never heard before", "a worthwhile upgrade").
Added to Tony's contribution on p.4, that's two sets of comparison-based impressions in favor of Ciunas.
post #24 of 597

I have a jkdac32 and it seems to me that what it's described above are the main differences between jkdac and jkdac32.

Maybe the new dac it's different only for the usb interface.
 

post #25 of 597
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Originally Posted by grunter72 View Post

I have a jkdac32 and it seems to me that what it's described above are the main differences between jkdac and jkdac32.

Maybe the new dac it's different only for the usb interface.
 

 

That's part of it, but JK also mentions this on his website:

 

"The same low jitter clocks as used in the Hiface are also used here. These clocks are now situated as close to the output stage as possible i.e on the SPDIF output board or on the DAC board & are used to reclock the data signals close to the output. This provides the lowest jitter possible at the stage where it is most beneficial"

 

I just wish he would update the website with a realistic release date. The latest update of 4-5 weeks was posted around 8 weeks ago.


Edited by theSC00BZ - 4/5/13 at 4:43am
post #26 of 597
I just wish his 'beta-testers' had contributed more. Something like 6-7 relevant posts from 77?!

Don't think this reflects on the quality of the new dac, for or against. Dac testing is tricky, and everyone has busy lives. Just reality.
Or maybe most the feedback is private?
post #27 of 597
I'd be willing to compare it to some DACs we have here in Cincy. John needs exposure here and some reviews by our members would give his product a fair shake. I'd love to hear one. But I don't want to buy one as I've got a good unit that gives me balanced outs. If it sounds like others have commented on it, it deserves some accolades.
post #28 of 597
^ Good idea HC. JK just replied on the Tir Na site that he plans to update his website with ordering "this weekend".

Yeah there's enough good comment it's got me interested. He sounds like one of these talented engineers who thinks outside the box. As you may have guessed, I'm considering Hilo, Anedio and M52 as well ATM. Trouble is I'm a bit isolated down here in New Zealand...so I look forward to any well-done reviews.
post #29 of 597

I don't have vast experience with DACs in general, but this one has me intrigued and I'll be ordering one as soon as available and compare it to my Anedio D1 and D2.

post #30 of 597
^ excellent - I look forward to your findings!
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