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Project Ember Review

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by razrr1275, Aug 7, 2013.
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  1. SeeSax
    Thanks David, you are always super helpful. I ended up buying the Audio-GD NFB-1, but you can never have too many DACs right? :) 
  2. DavidA
    Nice to have various DACs to listen to, its a great way to learn about the differences between DACs and what your personal preferences are.  Heard good things about AudioGD, I was looking at the Master 7 my self.
  3. Sonic Defender Contributor
    I almost pulled the trigger on a Master 7, but I ended up getting my M51. I still think the M7 would have been a fantastic DAC.
  4. DavidA
    Its up there with the Pagoda and Isabellina from what I heard so far.
  5. Sonic Defender Contributor
    I am thinking my next DAC in about a year will be the Pagoda.
  6. SeeSax
    I just decided to use my Chord Mojo in "line out mode," into an AudioQuest 3.5mm to RCA cable and then into the Ember. WOW! For some reason it is obscenely loud, so I don't know if this line out mode is feeding in a much stronger signal than my other DACs, but it's blasting my eardrums out with the volume on the Ember at 9 o'clock with my HE-560 Planars. The power is insane. It sounds brighter than the ZDac and Bifrost did, but it's extremely detailed while still being very musical. Interesting set up. More testing to do on my end. 
  7. Amish
    You can't go wrong with the Pagoda. It is by far the best DAC I have used to date and it will never leave my main stack. If this thing breaks I will just send it back to Mhdt Labs for repair. 
  8. Sonic Defender Contributor
    Nice to know. I wish I didn't like the M51 so much or I would make the move now, but I really do like the NAD house sound.
  9. Amish
    Nothing wrong with NAD. As long as we enjoy what we have that is all that counts!
  10. mikek200
    Question,regarding tubes??
    I have a Ember amp ,that will be delivered next week,and will be using it with the dac portion of a Parasound ZD V.2,and my HD600's.
    I e-mailed Jeremy about using this tube,..Brimar 13D3 12AU7,and he replied,he was not familiar with this tube.
    Are there any other Ember owners,who are using this tube?,if so,are there any issues/problems?.
    Any help,replies would be greatly appreciated.
    I apologize for the thread interruption..
  11. Amish
    The Ember amp supports the 12AU7 ECC82 so I don't know why it wouldn't support that tube. I would have no doubts about it working.
    And congratz on the Ember amp! You will really enjoy it. Tube rolling is a lot of fun in this amp and you can really change the sound by swapping them out. Find yourself some cheap Amperex orange globes, maybe a vintage Telefunken etc. I really like the 12AX7 and 12AT7 myself.
  12. mikek200
    Thanks Amish,
    Yes,I've been tube rolling for many years now,and I have a fine collection of tubes,including the Orange Globe,and I just found out from SeeSax,that the dac on the paraZD,is also similar to the older Parasound dac,I used years ago{probably with a few updates?}
    I am a Mullard,Amperex,Brimar freak,,so,I have my work cut out for me-LOL...90% of my tubes are matched pairs,that I used on my Stax amp.
    If any guys on this thread need tubes,chances are ,I have it---SeeSax,has bought many ,some of my finest...so,shoot me a PM,with what you might need
  13. HOWIE13
    Brimar made good tubes. As Amish has said Ember supports 12AU7 tubes so there shouldn't be a problem. Whether the sound will be to your liking I don't know . What I can say is I have a Brimar ECC88 and it sounds very nice in Ember: sweet, quite warm but not syrupy, clear and neutral- very similar to my Mullards.
    I usually find 12V tubes to be a little warmer than 6V varieties-that could be just chance, and I think your Brimar will be a hit!
  14. Tunkejazz

    I would not spend $600 on a dac to pair it with a $350 amp, but there are many opinions around here. I am using a ifi nano idsd and it sounds great with the Ember. The designer of the Ember has actually recomended something like a Modi.

    But if you are set to use that budget, the Mdac cost around 600 and I doubt you can find a better dac for that price. John Westlake designed it which is quite a strong endorsement.
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  15. Sonic Defender Contributor
    I had the Audiolab 8200CD which essentially had the same DAC design in it and it was very detailed sounding and it does sound like the OP wants that. I would surely go with an iFi product as well, love the iDSD Micro, great sounding DAC section.
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