Bakoon HPA-21 headphone amplifier
May 15, 2016 at 10:54 PM Post #586 of 622

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I sent my HPA to California when Bakoon was out there to have the batteries replaced.
 
Soo In handled it for me and he is a class act.
 
Now I'm back to 6.5 hours run time and don't having to worry about compulsively turning it off when I walk away from my system.
 
It was $150 for the service plus shipping.
 
Jun 10, 2016 at 5:48 PM Post #589 of 622

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I'm willing to bet it's going to be something else paired with the HPA-21 over Satri link.
 
"The conventional voltage transfer method (by RCA interconnect cables) has a major weakness that it is very sensitive to outside noises such as RFI or EMI, because its output impedance is low and input impedance is high. However, the SATRI-LINK works vice-versa that its input impedance is close to 0 that it is strong against outside noises and it is not affected by the cables’ inductance."
 
Jul 25, 2017 at 4:18 PM Post #591 of 622

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I have the Bakoon DAC-21 paired with my HPA-21.

Bakoon hit another one out of the park with the DAC-21.

It's made me a believer in getting everything off the grid. And I have tens of thousand dollars worth of Entreq grounding and power conditioning.

The Satri link I found to be lacking, unfortunately. So I'm using my reference interconnects instead.
 
Jul 26, 2017 at 8:14 AM Post #592 of 622

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I have the Bakoon DAC-21 paired with my HPA-21.

Bakoon hit another one out of the park with the DAC-21.

It's made me a believer in getting everything off the grid. And I have tens of thousand dollars worth of Entreq grounding and power conditioning.

The Satri link I found to be lacking, unfortunately. So I'm using my reference interconnects instead.

How much did you get it for? I've been looking for that DAC, but it's so pricey.

Do you any spec for the DAC? Is it R2R or delta sigma?
 
Jul 26, 2017 at 10:47 AM Post #593 of 622

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Jul 26, 2017 at 12:53 PM Post #594 of 622

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I paid full price, which I rarely do.

Don't worry about the DAC chip. It just makes music.

And the noise floor is so low (with the battery design) that you will be stunned at the lack of noise and distortion.

I'm fairly certain the DAC-21 will compete with much more expensive offerings, because it leverages the inherent advantages of being off the grid.

You would have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a DAC and power/ground conditioning to get the same performance level of the Bakoon.
 
Jul 26, 2017 at 1:10 PM Post #596 of 622

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You would have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a DAC and power/ground conditioning to get the same performance level of the Bakoon.
Hi Vert,
what makes you so sure about this to state above?
I, too, am interested in this DAC to replace my T+A DAC8 but was almost giving-up as there is no opp. for me to give the DAC-21 a listen for test purpose only before I would actually buy it.
I however did give the Metrum Acoustics Adagio (Pavane Level 3) DAC a serious listen and am absolutely astonished how good it is. Given your positive feedback on the DAC-21 I would ideally like to A-B test both DACs in direct comparison to make the final call....

Best Regards,
Hi-Head
 
Jul 26, 2017 at 2:54 PM Post #597 of 622

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Hi-head,

To start off, you would need to spend quite a bit of money on power and ground conditioning. Along with expensive cords if you are going with the Metrum.

Right then and there, you've spent a big part of the budget, before even acquiring the DAC.

You wouldn't need any of that for the Bakoon. Of course, you would still need those power conditioning components for your streamer and router.

That's why I'm considering going with the Rossi mini pure for my Lumin D1 streamer, to get everything off the grid.

6moons has a review comparing the DAC-21 to the Aqua Formula. It doesn't lose anything to the Formula.

So that gives you an idea.

Though I'm not really surprised the reviewer mentions the Bakoon in the same breadth as the Aqua. The Bakoon has inherent advantages being off the grid.

In fact, if you have a really good DAC, but haven't addressed power conditioning and RFI/EMI, you're not going to get anywhere near the best out of it.
 
Jul 26, 2017 at 3:01 PM Post #598 of 622

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By the way, if you're located in the US, Jaguar Audio has a 45 day audition.

I rarely purchase anything new, but I won't be sending mine back, now that my audition period is done.

I look forward to listening to it every night.
 
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6moons have also compared the Metrum Adagio against the Formula here: http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews2/metrum3/1.html
Srajan prefers the Metrum over the Formula.
I fully agree that isolating the DAC from the source is very important and I also acknowledge that proper power supplies in all components play a major, significant role in achieving the best sound quality for your system.
Putting those two aspects aside what qualifies the DAC-21 to better the Metrum Pavane or Adagio or other DACs in the same league if it is not the unique Satri link between the DAC-21 and the HPA-21 which I also own?
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Hi Vert,
what makes you so sure about this to state above?
I, too, am interested in this DAC to replace my T+A DAC8 but was almost giving-up as there is no opp. for me to give the DAC-21 a listen for test purpose only before I would actually buy it.
I however did give the Metrum Acoustics Adagio (Pavane Level 3) DAC a serious listen and am absolutely astonished how good it is. Given your positive feedback on the DAC-21 I would ideally like to A-B test both DACs in direct comparison to make the final call....

Best Regards,
Hi-Head
This would be very very interesting
 

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