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1 hour ago, EMM Labs said:

 

Our M.O. is quite clear: to give all of our customers a state-of-the-art audio experience regardless of their preferred format, music genre or hair colour. We just ask that you choose between black and silver finishes. We also respect the saying "different strokes for different folks" and therefore we respect your decision.

 

-EMM Labs

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Well I needed to know when the last possible version without MQA was available, so I could stop updating before MQA infested my system.

 

I have written extensively with Damien regarding the inclusion of MQA.

 

I have not bought the latter versions 3.x for precisely that reason. (Did the same with ROON as well as TIDAL)

 

I don't want to support MQA therefore I don't support companies that support MQA !

My little contribution to putting MQA out of business

 

 

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Where do I go to lodge a complaint?  I've spent the past 6 months trying to summon the nerve to drop $20K on a Berkeley, and now you've moved the bar!  FOMO! 😱

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1 hour ago, PeterG said:

Where do I go to lodge a complaint?  I've spent the past 6 months trying to summon the nerve to drop $20K on a Berkeley, and now you've moved the bar!  FOMO! 😱

 

Let us know how we can help you relieve the FOMO 😉

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Hi Chris,

 

On a more serious note, I see the DV2 did not earn a place on the CASH List.  Please let us know why.  I hope it is not because you are phasing out the list--in a land where just about everything is very good and very expensive, it is extremely helpful to have a short list of extraordinary products at all price points.

 

Thanks

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Thank you Andy!

 

-Ed

 

Hi Ed.

 

I didn't notice your post to me until now. I really appreciate that little note! Thank you! By the way, I am still enjoying your creation, the DA2. The honeymoon period is not over yet! 

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34 minutes ago, Andy Yuen said:

Thank you Andy!

 

-Ed

 

Hi Ed.

 

I didn't notice your post to me until now. I really appreciate that little note! Thank you! By the way, I am still enjoying your creation, the DA2. The honeymoon period is not over yet! 


We are very happy to hear that Andy! We’re very proud of the DA2‘s performance. It may get even better soon 😉 

 

Wishing you the very best. Let us know if we can help you with anything.
 

-Ed & the EMM Labs team

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1 hour ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

Hi Peter - I'm revamping the CASH List. The DV2 is definitely on the new list!


We are humbled to hear that Chris. Thank you for your kind support. 
 

-Ed

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16 hours ago, EMM Labs said:


We are very happy to hear that Andy! We’re very proud of the DA2‘s performance. It may get even better soon 😉 

 

Wishing you the very best. Let us know if we can help you with anything.
 

-Ed & the EMM Labs team

 

Hi Ed.

 

You should rightly be proud of the DA2's performance. I am. For example, I love to play certain SACDs to friends who came to listen to my sound system, and watch their reaction! I am referring to SACDs like the RCA Living Stereo SACD Brass & Percussion Morton Gould, tract 2 - Gould: Parade (for percussion) and harmonia mundi usa Tarik O'Regan Acallam na Senorach: an Irish Colloquy, National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Steward French, guitar, Paul Hillier, conductor, tract 1 - Prologue to Part One. These recordings sounded like the real thing on my sound system, which consists of  EMM Labs SACD transport, DA2, EMM Labs Pre, Constellation Audio Centaur, Magico M2, Magico Q-Sub 15, Ansuz Diamond cables, Ansuz DTC resonance control footers under all equipment, and Critical Mass System Maxxum rack and amp. stands.

 

I look forward to the up-coming upgrades to my DA2! Let me know when it is ready. Thank you.

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13 hours ago, Andy Yuen said:

 

Hi Ed.

 

You should rightly be proud of the DA2's performance. I am. For example, I love to play certain SACDs to friends who came to listen to my sound system, and watch their reaction! I am referring to SACDs like the RCA Living Stereo SACD Brass & Percussion Morton Gould, tract 2 - Gould: Parade (for percussion) and harmonia mundi usa Tarik O'Regan Acallam na Senorach: an Irish Colloquy, National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Steward French, guitar, Paul Hillier, conductor, tract 1 - Prologue to Part One. These recordings sounded like the real thing on my sound system, which consists of  EMM Labs SACD transport, DA2, EMM Labs Pre, Constellation Audio Centaur, Magico M2, Magico Q-Sub 15, Ansuz Diamond cables, Ansuz DTC resonance control footers under all equipment, and Critical Mass System Maxxum rack and amp. stands.

 

I look forward to the up-coming upgrades to my DA2! Let me know when it is ready. Thank you.


Thank you Andy. Sounds like a fantastic system you have. Thank you for sharing it with the people around you and spreading the good word. 
 

We will keep everyone updated via our website and social media of course, and I’ll send you a DM when more news is announced. 
 

All the best,

 

-Ed & EMM Labs

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On 1/23/2020 at 10:32 AM, The Computer Audiophile said:

Thanks firedog. Yeah, this DAC is really something special. I've loved EMM DACs since I first heard the DAC 2X many years ago. The DV2 is on another level though. I think getting rid of the preamp requirement is a great thing for EMM. I wish the company had a Meitner Audio branded DAC with volume control because I must admit the price for the DV2 is quite steep. 

+1 @firedog  Great write up Chris.

Can you make any comparisons between the DV2 and the APL that you reviewed and really liked last summer/fall?

 

 

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22 minutes ago, Albrecht said:

+1 @firedog  Great write up Chris.

Can you make any comparisons between the DV2 and the APL that you reviewed and really liked last summer/fall?

 

 

The EMM DV2 and APL are very very very different sounding DACs. Both great Though. I’d rather live with the DV2 long term, but I know members of this community who are the opposite. The APL is more colored toward an analog / vinyl sound compared to the DV2. 


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When I saw the headline on the home page I immediately thought to myself, "I wonder which is better: EMM, TotalDAC, DCS, or Berkeley."  (I'll never be able to hear any of them.)

 

You answered it in the first line.

 

When I sold hi-fi in the 80's, I tried to bring in Meitner.  I've always loved his stuff.

 

 

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Wondering about the volume control. In possibly misunderstanding the review I thought it was described as being done to the bitstream in DSD format, but I didn't think that was possible. Curious to know more, though of course if it's proprietary it's proprietary.


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On 1/28/2020 at 5:40 PM, shp said:

When I saw the headline on the home page I immediately thought to myself, "I wonder which is better: EMM, TotalDAC, DCS, or Berkeley."  (I'll never be able to hear any of them.)

 

You answered it in the first line.

 

When I sold hi-fi in the 80's, I tried to bring in Meitner.  I've always loved his stuff.

 

 

 

Thank you for the nice words 🙏🏼

 

If there is ever anything we can help you with, like hearing the DV2 for yourself, please don't hesitate to let us know.

 

-EMM Labs

 

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On 1/29/2020 at 9:08 AM, Jud said:

Wondering about the volume control. In possibly misunderstanding the review I thought it was described as being done to the bitstream in DSD format, but I didn't think that was possible. Curious to know more, though of course if it's proprietary it's proprietary.

 

Hi Jud, 

 

Thanks for your question. There are some things that we can reveal, and some we cannot.

 

The DV2 Volume Control, or more broadly, our DAC audio level control method for PCM (multi-bit audio), never changes or attenuates the original input signal. Therefore, we do not create re-quantization errors, even at lowest volume settings. The resolution of the original signal is always maintained. Audio level changes are done much keeping in the DAC's signal chain, and this process is coupled with our single-bit conversion system.

 

The DSD signals have their own, separate signal path, and their handling is still different.

 

We hope that this helps 😊

 

-Mariusz Pawlicki & Amadeus Meitner of EMM Labs

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13 minutes ago, matthias said:

@EMM Labs

Will EMM Labs be exhibitor at HIGH END Munich this year?

Thanks

 

Matt

 

Hi Matt,

 

We wouldn't miss it. High End Munich is one of our favourite events of the year as its a chance to catch up with customers, distributors and music lovers from all over the world at a fantastic show. It's fitting that Munich is where Ed Meitner, our founder, was born as well! We will be exhibiting in the F wing at the MOC alongside fantastic partners.

 

We may also have a product release ready for Munich this year... Stay tuned 😉

 

See you there!

 

-Amadeus Meitner & EMM Labs

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