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  1. sygnus21

    Denafrips 'Pontus' R2R ladder DAC - close up view

    https://www.head-fi.org/threads/denafrips-fpga-firmware-update-12th-anniv.967375/page-72#post-17984662 You can still have questions even on the item you intend to get. Edit to say... I get what you're saying and that would be cool if the Pontus did that. I'll ask Alvin about it. Peace...
  2. sygnus21

    Denafrips 'Pontus' R2R ladder DAC - close up view

    Perhaps you mean both the Hemes and Gaia have dual AES Outputs and single AES input? Whereas the Iris simply has a single AES output and no AES input? And BTW, the Terminator, like the Pontus (shown in my link above) and Venus, has the same dual AES inputs. In short, all DACS have dual AES...
  3. sygnus21

    Denafrips 'Pontus' R2R ladder DAC - close up view

    While I understand what AES is, and what the idea is, I guess I'm more of the why two AES inputs when you could have included perhaps a more universal connectivity option such as XLR or RCA type inputs. In a nutshell, I feel those inputs are taking away for more universal connectivity choices...
  4. sygnus21

    Denafrips 'Pontus' R2R ladder DAC - close up view

    This explains what a DDC is, and than talks about the Iris This talks about why you want a DDC, than goes to Denafrips Iris There are also other reviews / views online as well
  5. sygnus21

    Denafrips 'Pontus' R2R ladder DAC - close up view

    I'll stick with the cheaper, but still highly rated, Denafrips Iris. For those who need more, maybe the higher priced Denafrips DDCs work for them.
  6. sygnus21

    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    Congrats on your acquisition of the HD800S. Great phones. I've had mine about a month having just upgraded from my 8-year-old Senn HD700 cans. Currently using them with my Teac UD-503 DAC/Amp, but I'm looking to get the Denafrips Artemis headphone amp and pairing the HD800S with that. Can't...
  7. sygnus21

    DENAFRIPS FPGA Firmware Update (12TH Anniv.)

    Thanks guys. I just heard back from Alvin as he confirmed my configuration diagram for equipment setup. And yeah, he basically gave me the same time frame from after the order is shipped. Yeah, I'm really looking forward to getting these. I've been looking at them for a year now. Now I just...
  8. sygnus21

    DENAFRIPS FPGA Firmware Update (12TH Anniv.)

    Anybody order to the U.S.A with expedited shipping? Also, any custom fees applied? I ask because, I've never orders such expensive items to the US. In a week I'll be ordering the Pontus, Iris, and Artemis... provided nothing drastic comes up, and I still hold my nerves in going through with...
  9. sygnus21

    Denafrips 'Pontus' R2R ladder DAC - close up view

    Can anyone explain what exactly the two "AES" inputs are for on the Pontus DAC? Would have been nice to use them as normal L&R XLR inputs. Thanks.
  10. sygnus21

    DENAFRIPS FPGA Firmware Update (12TH Anniv.)

    Thanks. I finally got hold of Alvin so all good now. Thanks.
  11. sygnus21

    Denafrips Artemis

    Question - How hot does the Artemis get? Also, the Pontus, since I intend to get both and stack them. BTW, Alvin finally contacted me, and because I forgot to mention what headphones, he reminded me the Artemis is a unity gain Amp, and as such may not be powerful enough to drive my (unknown to...
  12. sygnus21

    What Are You Listening To Right Now?

    I love these XRCD discs. Of all the audiophile discs I own, I think the XRCD ones are the best sounding... even above the Mo-FI discs. The dynamic range, clarity, and tonality is quite impressive. Just 3 of the many I have. I never tire of hearing these...
  13. sygnus21

    DENAFRIPS FPGA Firmware Update (12TH Anniv.)

    Where email address are you using to contact Alvin? I've emailed him twice and have not received any response. Granted one was over the Chinese New Year, so... but still.
  14. sygnus21

    What Are You Listening To Right Now?

    Lou Donaldson - I actually listened to your YouTube clip all the way through. Not bad at all. I may actually pick up a copy. Thanks for posting.
  15. sygnus21

    What Are You Listening To Right Now?

    Sheffield Lab - The Audiophile Reference Series Recordings. Here we have Pat Coil Gold (Sheffield Lab, Gold disc, 1996). Ripped to PC in FLAC... Have a few Sheffield Lab recordings, not just Pat Coil. These discs are super clean and detailed.
  16. sygnus21

    What Are You Listening To Right Now?

    Ron Carter's Empire Jazz (RSO, 1980). Still only available on vinyl. Copied to CD and ripped to PC in FLAC. Absolutely love this album for everything on it... Credits...
  17. sygnus21

    What Are You Listening To Right Now?

    Nubya Garcia Source (2020) 21bit / 96kHz Files. The title track Source... Listening on my Senn HD800S through a Teac UD-503 DAC / headphone amp up sampled to 11.2MHz DSD, this track becomes very bass heavy and thick. With that, I don't know what some are talking about when they say the HD800S...
  18. sygnus21

    What Are You Listening To Right Now?

    I'm comfortable in my research and knowing what I'm doing. This isn't my first, second, or 10th rodeo :wink: Cool you're a Schiit fan, and I know many swear by their products. I'm just one that chooses to go a different direction. Nothing wrong with that. Movin on :sunglasses:
  19. sygnus21

    Holo Audio Cyan 2 DAC

    Question for Holo Audio owners - Is Kitsune Hi-Fi the only official distributor of Holo components? Are there any distributors in the USA? I ask because I'm interested in purchasing a Holo Spring 3 KTE DAC with the optional Pre-Amp. Kitsune wants $3,700 ($3698) for the unit, but the kicker is...
  20. sygnus21

    What Are You Listening To Right Now?

    I'm familiar with Guru and Jazzmatazz as I have both Vol 1 & 2, and Street Soul... I was just making clear that the Mo' Better Blues album was not representative of the music of Gangstarr (Guru) or, since you mentioned them, the Jazzmatazz albums.
  21. sygnus21

    What Are You Listening To Right Now?

    Thanks, but you've not told me anything I didn't (don't) know. That's why I research :wink: And I mentioned the BIfrost 2/64 because it would have replaced the Denafrips DAC (Ares II), NOT the Denafrips Artemis headphone amp, which I still intend to get. BTW, the Artemis actually floats...
  22. sygnus21

    What Are You Listening To Right Now?

    To be clear.... Just because "Gangstarr" (Guru), performed on the album doesn't reflect the overall tone of the album. Of the 9 tracks Gangstarr is only on one (Jazz Thing). Denzel monologues on Pop Top 40. Cynda Williams sings 2 soulful versions of Harlem Blues; the other 5 tracks are...
  23. sygnus21

    What Are You Listening To Right Now?

    Thanks, but the Artemis is more than capable of handling the Sennheiser HD800S as those were one of the headphones used by Denafrips in testing the amp. Anyway, I've been researching this for a while and have looked at a few amps to include the Burson Soloist Voyage (which I really like, but...
  24. sygnus21

    What Are You Listening To Right Now?

    Yes, I am enjoying them very much. Far better than the HD700. I already know what headphone amp I'm getting; I just need to wait for the Chinese New Year to end (19 Feb) before I can order. It'll be the Denafrips Artemis HPA from Vinshine Audio in China. Unfortunately, they aren't processing...
  25. sygnus21

    Burson's sexy flagship: Burson Soloist Voyager. Pure Pure Class-A, 10Watts fully balanced

    I nearly pulled the trigger on one last week, especially since I could get the "Deluxe" version for $3400 as it was (still is) on sale from Headphones.com - https://headphones.com/products/burson-audio-soloist-voyager. I like it being it's a single unit of a pre-amp / headphone amp; but again...
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