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I have both the Devialet 170 an Wadia Intuition in for review. I agree 100% about the Intuition remote.

 

Very much looking forward to that. I've got both at my disposal, as well as the Wadia 321. Let's compare notes later on :)

 

I have to agree about the shortcomings of the Intuition remote. It's so obvious you wonder what they were thinking...


 

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Anyone heard this DAC? For me it's between the Wadia 321 and upgrading my W4S DAC 2 to DAC 2 DSD SE.


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I am also very interested in this DAC. At the moment I am planning a shoot out at home with the Wadia 321 and Auralic Vega.


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I am also very interested in this DAC. At the moment I am planning a shoot out at home with the Wadia 321 and Auralic Vega.

 

Please let us know how the shootout goes.

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I inquired with Music Direct about purchasing the 321 and they say it's not out yet???


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I inquired with Music Direct about purchasing the 321 and they say it's not out yet???

 

We've had our unit for over a month. Maybe they refer to one of the new products? Wadia will be releasing a new mediaserver as well as power amps very soon.


 

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I just spoke to Wadia corporate in NY. The 321 have been shipping for a few weeks and my local dealer should be getting one soon.


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Did anyone get a chance to listen to this DAC?


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I intend to do so sometimes in July. But it is very quiet about this dac. There should be heaps of reviews out by now. Could it be that the reviewers have actively chosen not to publish their opinions since they did not find the dac up to par? I dont mind testers who only write about the stuff they find great. I would not want to buy a magazine filled with reviews of bad products. And I do think it works like that so....

But any way I will try one at home to see what is what.


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I intend to do so sometimes in July. But it is very quiet about this dac. There should be heaps of reviews out by now. Could it be that the reviewers have actively chosen not to publish their opinions since they did not find the dac up to par? I dont mind testers who only write about the stuff they find great. I would not want to buy a magazine filled with reviews of bad products. And I do think it works like that so....

But any way I will try one at home to see what is what.

Working with Wadia used to be easy. Now McIntosh is handling all things Wadia and it's a different story. They pulled the long standing banner on CA as well. When it's hard to work with companies reviewers simply move on to all the others.


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Dealer in Richmond said that Wadia is shipping their 321 tomorrow...


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Working with Wadia used to be easy. Now McIntosh is handling all things Wadia and it's a different story. They pulled the long standing banner on CA as well. When it's hard to work with companies reviewers simply move on to all the others.

 

You want to talk about hard to work with... The 321 arrived at the closest dealer to me in Richmond, VA yesterday. I asked them to ship it to me in Chesapeake, VA because I don't have five hours to drive back and forth to Richmond. I offered to pay for it in full, plus tax and shipping so I could do an in home demo. The dealer said they can't do that because their dealer agreement with McIntosh/Wadia does not allow internet sales and I would have to drive to Richmond. NOT HAPPENING!


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You want to talk about hard to work with... The 321 arrived at the closest dealer to me in Richmond, VA yesterday. I asked them to ship it to me in Chesapeake, VA because I don't have five hours to drive back and forth to Richmond. I offered to pay for it in full, plus tax and shipping so I could do an in home demo. The dealer said they can't do that because their dealer agreement with McIntosh/Wadia does not allow internet sales and I would have to drive to Richmond. NOT HAPPENING!

Wow. They are trying to hold back the hands if time.


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I saw a 321 internal picture capture from a Chinese magazine.

 

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The Wadia DAC shares much of the design (all the digital part and PSU are the same) with the McIntosh D100.

 

This is definately NOT sth I would expect from a product with a Wadia logo :(


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The Wadia DAC shares much of the design (all the digital part and PSU are the same) with the McIntosh D100.

 

This is definately NOT sth I would expect from a product with a Wadia logo :(

 

It's now part of the same company, why not expect similar stuff?

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When I met with Livio Cucuzza at the Munich Hi End Show in May I asked him about the design of the DAC and the fairly big size. And he explained that the reason was to make the dac match the amp and streamer that is to be released soon (if they are not all ready out).


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I just purchased this unit from my LD for 50% off as, I think, it is being replaced by the di322. If anyone is interested in heading in this direction I will explain why I pulled the trigger on a unit that is being phased out (besides the 50% off retail price).

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Wow! 50% OFF?!?!?

 

Is this the same as McIntosh D100 or D150? If D150, then this is a super deal.

 

I am not sure about that. Probably a phone call to Wadia could resolve that.

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