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Anyone Compared Totaldac d-1 MK2 Tube vs. Lampizator Big 7?


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Was reading DAC reviews of these two. They are roughly comparable in features and price (with volume control) and share some design ideas. Anyone heard them both or directly compared them?

 

Just curious. I have no possibility of auditioning them where I live.

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The Totaldac I know very, very well. And I have spend an evening with the Big 7. Never compared directly though. The systems they are in make comparison very difficult. The Big 7 system probably costs twice as much as the Totaldac one, but lets just say the latter system is much more to my personal taste :D I think at this level, system philosophy and synergy is as important as the component parts. So no easy answer I'm afraid.

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The Totaldac I know very, very well. And I have spend an evening with the Big 7. Never compared directly though. The systems they are in make comparison very difficult. The Big 7 system probably costs twice as much as the Totaldac one

 

No, the tubed d1-mk2 from TotalDAC is of the same price-range as the Big 7, i.e. 7,000-9,000 Euros or so.

 

Are you sure you weren't comparing to a previous model of the TotalDAC d1?

Dedicated Line DSD/DXD | Audirvana+ | iFi iDSD Nano | SET Tube Amp | Totem Mites

Surround: VLC | M-Audio FastTrack Pro | Mac Opt | Panasonic SA-HE100 | Logitech Z623

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firedog, I have found this review of the TotalDAC which has a comparison with the Lite 7 (not the Big 7), if it helps.

Dedicated Line DSD/DXD | Audirvana+ | iFi iDSD Nano | SET Tube Amp | Totem Mites

Surround: VLC | M-Audio FastTrack Pro | Mac Opt | Panasonic SA-HE100 | Logitech Z623

DIY: SET Tube Amp | Low-Noise Linear Regulated Power Supply | USB, Power, Speaker Cables | Speaker Stands | Acoustic Panels

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No, the tubed d1-mk2 from TotalDAC is of the same price-range as the Big 7, i.e. 7,000-9,000 Euros or so.

 

Are you sure you weren't comparing to a previous model of the TotalDAC d1?

 

Now that you mentioned it, I'm not all that sure... Let me go downstairs and double check :cool:

 

Incidentally, the d1-tube-mk1 was a in the d1-single class while the mk2 is in the d1-dual class. So there's a rather significant gap between the two. Big 7 vs d1-tube-mk1 is probably not a fair comparison.

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