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Bobb, have you or anyone compared Ares Amanaro dac to Lks 004 ? Not enough posts on this one.
The 9018 has a peak output current of 32mA, on the LKS the regulators are about 2 inches from the I/V converter so most of the transient charge is supplied by the bypass cap and it needs a minimum of 10uF to function properly, typically values of 47-100uF is used.
This is a large value for ceramic caps, there are 2 issues with large value ceramic caps, sensitivity to magnetic fields and temperature .
X7R ceramic materials are ferromagnetic and the I/V converter is quite close to the transformers.
X7R specs provide for a ±15% capacitance variation over the operating temp range but the fine print here is the change is not linear and greatly depends on who made the cap.
In practice I use 3 caps in parallel, electrolytic, film and ceramic spaced 2 orders of magnitude apart for example 47uF, 0.47uF, 0.0047uF, The ceramic cap I use is NPO/COG rather than X7R
002 uses the LM/LT317 regulator for the DAC supply, data sheet for the device specifically warns about using very low ESR high frequency (> 100Khz) bypass on the output to avoid instability. 003 uses the LT1763 which has no such limitations.
The 994 opamp needs the supply line as clean as possible, on the 002 I do not expect that you will be able to use it to full capability.
I have not made a comparison.
Thank you b0bb..
I had replaced all regulators on 002. I'm using two TPS7A4700 for 3.3v analogs and four LT3045-S for 3.3v & 1.2v dac rails. These regulators are good..especially new LT3045 made astonishingly good result. Also I'm using dexa external clock with a high grade psu.. When I was replacing regulators I did not touch opamp dc bypass caps (47uf Gold + 0.1 MKS) .. Last week I added 8x 120pf CGW corning glass to the rig.. result is not good. I'm waiting them to be settled on but not hoping that it will improve..
CGW corning caps should only be used to bypass the power supply caps, should not be used on the direct audio path.
I'm interested in experimenting with aftermarket fuses as well. When I pulled the stock fuse from my D004 it was wrapped in bronze foil. Anyone know why this was done?
Also, I've seen the 3.15A 250Hz value reported for the D003, but when I enlarged photos of the D004's stock fuse it appears to say "T6 15A 250Hz!" My amp's line fuse is only 6.3A, so this can't possibly be correct. Does anyone know what the proper fuse value is? I'm thinking of trying the highly-acclaimed Synergistic Red in it, which is known to blow too easily. To get the Synergistic Red to perform like "normal" fuses rated at 3.15A (or whatever the proper value for the D004 is) what should I bump the Red's amp rating up to?
Hi, My DA004 comes with 3.15A slow blow fuse, I had replaced it with a Hi-Fi Tuning Supreme Series with very good results.
I picked up a PS Audio P5 regenerator for my audio setup, and all three of my sources (including LKS) improved a lot. But it sounds like you want one just for the LKS?
Has anyone done this mod and/or can recommend parts meeting b0bb's specs?
Hi, I happened to come across your posts on different clocks and am curious if you've tried or have any thoughts about the Crystek CVSS Sine wave output clocks. Datasheet here.
Edit: I just noticed the date on the datasheet is 3/18, so maybe these are brand new to the market.
LKS uses square wave clocks on 3.3V LVTTL, CVSS will require 5V to 3.3V level shifting plus conversion to square wave output, it requires utmost care to preserve the XO performance.
This is best left up to the manufacturers, there are equivalent or better XOs that have the right output characteristics for the LKS.