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Meier Audio Corda Soul - TOTL DAC/AMP/DSP

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by Toad_of_Toad_Hall, Oct 29, 2017.
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  1. gammarayson
    What a pity there will be no analogue inputs-:frowning2: I have long been a fan of Jan's products, and I am saving up for a high end amp for my Sennheiser HD 800s, however, I have a large collection of classical sacds which I play on my Oppo 105, and unless I'm mistaken, I wouldn't be able to play them through this?
  2. gammarayson
    PS Otherwise, I would be a potential customer:)
  3. grizzlybeast
    I agree on liking the first option. You can make it the size for a studio rack and sell it to the pro audio world as well. With the rack tabs as an optional faceplate

    1 and then 3

    I also think that an AES IN is an absolute must
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2017
  4. wuwhere Contributor
    I have an Oppo 95 and I bought a DAC with an analog input specifically for playing SACD on my 95. This doesn't have an HDMI input for SACD.
  5. Toad_of_Toad_Hall
    Will the voice of the market prevail, or will Jan continue with a digital-input only design? Stay tuned!
  6. Dogmatrix
    Sorry to swim against the current but I like the dig only in
  7. Toad_of_Toad_Hall
    No need to apologise. Your comment shows that you recognise a current exists.

    You have the opportunity now to elaborate on your comment. Why do you like the design with digital input only?
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2017
  8. Dogmatrix
    Well the strength is in the dsp capabilities which function in the digital domain . In terms of amplifiers I don't see any particular advantage ,particularly as the output stage is op amp based . Excellent and transparent I am sure but nothing special .
  9. Toad_of_Toad_Hall
    I see your point, or rather your assumptions.

    The potential ability to use the product as an amp alone would not prevent you from using the DSP/DAC functionality at other times. Adding the analogue input would make the product more versatile and future proof. What if you buy a new DAC but don't want to buy a new amp? What if you own an analogue source and don't want to buy another amp for the purpose? Although reel-to-reel connoisseurs are thin on the ground, there are plenty of record loving headphone geeks around the place.

    I don't know how much extra it would cost to add analogue inputs, but it's certainly possible as proven by the prototype. If I had the money to buy the Soul I'd be happy to pay an extra hundred Euro or so for the added convenience and flexibility. There seems to be a not insignificant number of others, here and elsewhere, who have made comments along similar lines.

    Jan has stated his reasons for not including analogue inputs, but I can't say I understand them. I hope his decision is beneficial to the longevity of the Soul as part of his line up: I damn well want it to still be around when I can actually afford to buy it!
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2017
  10. buchignani
    To me this is a most interesting project. I currently have a Daccord/Classic combo set up in a location where I use a variety of headphones and where the digital source is an NAS. The headphones I use vary wildly in sonic signature, as do the things I listen to. In contrast to my Windows setup in another location, I can't seem to find a music server for my NAS that will allow the insertion of DSP software there. Even if I did, my NAS is nowhere nearby and changing the DSP settings to suit each new listening situation would be a real pain.

    And so I have looked everywhere for something like a standalone DSP box to place before the Daccord that would act as either a digitally based equalizer or as basic tone controls. As far as I can see, no such beast exists. It would be grand if Jan could make one. There are lot of folk wanting DSP-based tonal control over their NAS sources--including just about everyone using devices like Chromecast Audio.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2017
  11. Raketen
    Probably not quite what you are looking for since it is analog but Schiit recently produced a 4-band eq/tone control thing called Loki.
  12. buchignani
    I have been trying to avoid going the route of an analog equalizer but certainly will take a good look at this, I suspect inserting an equalizer would significantly raise the noise floor...

    Addendum: the Loki's advertised crosstalk is - 80dB, which is not exactly great. Noise is - 108dB, while that of the Corda Classic is well below - 120dB. But these may not matter practically. I will wait for a few more reviews.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2017
  13. marflao
    @Jan Meier
    Hi Jan,
    are there any plans from your (and/or Lake People) side to offer the Corda Soul via a crowdfunding platform?

    Thanks in advance.
  14. Toad_of_Toad_Hall
    @Jan Meier

    A few days ago you made an interesting post stating that analogue inputs would be included in the Soul and stated the enclosure size would be no. 4 of the options provided.

    You also mentioned the possibility of a future DSP only product.

    Where did the post go? Why did it go?
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2017
  15. Jan Meier Contributor
    "Where did the post go? Why did it go?"


    Most probably my post was deleted because it was "too commercial".

    Sorry for that,

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