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post #31 of 1441

So this is gonna be a DAC/preamp? Or just a pre amp

post #32 of 1441
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Originally Posted by magiccabbage View Post
 

So this is gonna be a DAC/preamp? Or just a pre amp

The DAC comes in an optional board that mounts inside the amp, just like the V200.

post #33 of 1441

Can you tell us anything about the DAC part of the units?

 

What chip is used? Is it the same dac as in the current V800?

 

I'm also a little curious how the amp looks if you don't order with a dac.

 

Thanks.

post #34 of 1441
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Originally Posted by TwoEars View Post
 

Can you tell us anything about the DAC part of the units?

 

What chip is used? Is it the same dac as in the current V800?

 

I'm also a little curious how the amp looks if you don't order with a dac.

 

Thanks.

+1 - will it be a contender? 

post #35 of 1441
It's too early to tell what the specs are for the dac. .
However in the case of the v200, the dac was just something very basic.. not nearly as good as the v800.
post #36 of 1441

It's here: http://www.thomann.de/gb/violectric_usb_24_192_add_on_usb_module.htm

 

And here are specs: "The first news is about the upgraded USB option. Apparently customer feedback indicates that people do want a quality USB input, making the device a viable all-in-one DAC/amp. Fried considers the current 24/96 solution to be pretty good but this new version will be "top notch". It's a 24/192 capable design based on the PCM1798 DAC and the Tenor TE8802 USB chipset (coaxial and optical models will also be available). Fried says they beefed up the analog output circuitry so it's a lot more sophisticated than the current version. Pricing will be higher, maybe double what the current option goes for. The target for release is "hopefully by the end of the year"."

 

From: http://www.head-fi.org/t/551173/review-violectric-hpa-v200-amp/2325#post_9839397

post #37 of 1441
Thread Starter 

just so you know, it's also already in the OP (about the PCM 1798 DAC). ;) 

post #38 of 1441

PCM1798 is indeed a very good chip.

 

With good implementation it should be able to compete against the best integrated dac-amp units.

post #39 of 1441

I'm still really surprised they picked the Tenor 8802 USB chipset or have the drivers been sorted? The PCM1798 is a very detailed DAC, but was a bit bright with the PS Audio NuWave. If they can blend Violectric's smoothness with the detail of that DAC it could be a very nice combo. Still no pre-amp functionality though... 

post #40 of 1441

Received the 24/192 USB module yesterday and installed it in my V100.

 

Can't comment on sound neither post pictures yet (not authorized on the forum, too bad...) but build quality is top-notch.

 

For those wondering, the module requires drivers to function on Mac OS & Windows.

post #41 of 1441

feel free to upload the photos elsewhere and link them here

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post #43 of 1441

For some reason I can't find anywhere how these integrated dacs (both the 96 and 192 version) perform.

post #44 of 1441

Indeed they have not been thoroughly tested as far as I know...

 

Trying to compare the 24/192 with my Meridian Explorer.

post #45 of 1441
It uses the Tenor te8802L for usb translation, that's a reasonable chip but they don't provide p&p, their driver implementation sucks. This is why peachtree eventually stopped considering them in 2012. Wonder about the rest of the setup.
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