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post #106 of 171
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Originally Posted by dan.gheorghe View Post

 

Can't wait for your impressions. That dac truly looks like end game (and Nucu told me some great stuff about it). 

 

What all did he tell you about it? or are you allowed to share?...

post #107 of 171
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Edited by thinker - 1/19/14 at 12:47am
post #108 of 171
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Originally Posted by thinker View Post

got this email

Hello,

the Wavedream dac will be available September
The transport/player will be available later in the winter.
The pricing on Rockna products is higher, the Wavedream dac starts at 4900 eur for single ended platinum dac modules, and max. price is 11900 eur for signature balanced version.
All versions are equipped with 5 digital inputs, (1xusb, 2 x I2S, 1x spdif, 1 x aes) all 384k.

Kind Regards,
NicolaeH

 

*winces*

 

So-essentially a hair cheaper than the MSB equivalents.

 

-Daniel

post #109 of 171
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post

 

*winces*

 

So-essentially a hair cheaper than the MSB equivalents.

 

-Daniel

 

 

 

And... better looking  ( IMO )  wink_face.gif

 

post #110 of 171

Really-cuz I can't get enough of the Analog Dac's looks. The IV series-uh, not so much.

 

-Daniel

post #111 of 171
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post

Really-cuz I can't get enough of the Analog Dac's looks. The IV series-uh, not so much.

 

-Daniel

 

I vote for the Analog DAC looks too.

post #112 of 171
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by negura View Post

 

I vote for the Analog DAC looks too.

Why not both? :))

post #113 of 171

Yikes, 11900 Euros is over £10,000. For that amount of coin the Wavedream DAC (signature balanced version) had better sound astonishingly good, especially as really exceptional DAC's e.g. the dCS Debussy are only £8,000. Still, very interesting company and the Wavedream does look great. 

 

Andy.

 

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Originally Posted by thinker View Post

got this email

Hello,

the Wavedream dac will be available September
The transport/player will be available later in the winter.
The pricing on Rockna products is higher, the Wavedream dac starts at 4900 eur for single ended platinum dac modules, and max. price is 11900 eur for signature balanced version.
All versions are equipped with 5 digital inputs, (1xusb, 2 x I2S, 1x spdif, 1 x aes) all 384k.

Kind Regards,
NicolaeH
post #114 of 171
Thread Starter 

Here is another review of Hydra-X, compared to Bada: (use google translate)

 

 

http://highfidelity.pl/@main-1750&lang=

post #115 of 171
Can you summarize the conclusion?
post #116 of 171
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Can you summarize the conclusion?

Here are the conclusions (used google translate):

 

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After much listening (I used the device in May) I sincerely congratulate Nicolae, who made an excellent device. Although the final form obtained from the computer will be used to decide DAC, but Hydra-X will give him a signal of high quality, clean, detailed, with impressive black background, with a large dynamic range, with a strong, well-defined bass foundation, smooth and saturated diameter and an open, retail, full air mountain range. Product Audiobyte is also living proof that it does not need to use XMOS chip-and to achieve excellent sound effects, and that it is possible to construct the power of such a device that gave it excellent sound effects, without forcing the owner to put up a shelf several separate devices . Of course, the market is still some very good solutions to USB converter, which I had the opportunity to listen to so far, but among you listen Hydra-X's Audiobyte lands in second place behind Bada Alpha Berkeley, giving her little in terms of sound quality, but costing less than half of what the U.S. unit. Way to go!


Edited by dan.gheorghe - 8/16/13 at 7:07am
post #117 of 171
No news is good news usually but still: no news from the new owners?
post #118 of 171
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Originally Posted by citraian View Post

No news is good news usually but still: no news from the new owners?

 

I've got a unit on the way next week. I'll be comparing the Hydra-X using AES out and SPDIF out vs an Audio-GD DI-V3 with li-ion battery (SPDIF output) vs the internal USB of my Fostex HP-A8 w/ Fostex TH900 cans. So far, the DAC within the Fostex unit with the Audio-GD DI V3 beat out the $2,150 Chord Qute HD DSD Dac w/ Linear supply combo feeding into the Fostex via RCA by quite a bit, so I'm pretty eager to hear the results from the Hydra once it arrives, and will be posting my results shortly after.

post #119 of 171
Nice, can't wait smily_headphones1.gif
post #120 of 171
Thread Starter 

citraian found an excellent cable with Hydra. Actually it is the first cable I have tested it with, but than I didn't test the cable then as my ears were on Hydra. The W&M cable I have was impressive at first as the bass is monstruos with the cable but in time I came to realize it lost more important aspects : dynamics, transients, details, soundstage etc.

 

With the new cable Hydra stepped up a lot in all those areas. I can't get enough headtime now.

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