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2 minutes ago, jxo said:

Chris:  thanks much for the review and look forward to hearing more about your experience with the DAC.


I can offer another endorsement of Vinshine Audio and Alvin.  I have been on the DAC sidelines for quite a while but based on all the positive and credible feedback I pulled the trigger and will be getting one of his DACs.  Alvin has been extremely responsive, knowledgeable and helpful.  


Now I can torture myself figuring out how best to network TBs of music files to this thing.



You’re in luck. Many people here in the AS community are here to help. 

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As a Terminator Plus and Gaia owner I can vouch for the quality and sonic experience. Vinshine and Alvin have provided excellent service and prompt shipments. Highly recommended!

I enjoyed reading the positive review. 

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Hi Chris,


"The Pedestals are the complete opposite from the included Denafrips spikes. The spikes offer zero isolation and are in my opinion a conduit for unwanted vibrations to enter the DAC unimpeded. Don't get me started on the included plastic/metal spike shoe."


What's wrong with the editor?  My responses keep disappearing.  Anyway you're right, spikes and horizontal-movement bearings are for speakers only and isolation is for everything else, for obvious reasons.  Denafrips should know better.  Cheers!  

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On 4/21/2021 at 2:41 PM, Exocer said:

Awesome review Chris. Has this become your new go-to DAC? Also wondering how you would compare it to some of your prior favorites.

Hi Chris, just a reminder in case you missed it. There are plenty of Yggy fans here as well. We value your ears and guidance. The terminator is a bit out of my price range for what I would spend on a DAC but where there is a will there is a way 🙂.


I have taken an interest in NOS DACs with externally upsampled content lately and with the Yggy this is not possible. Naturally I am comparing the Holo May/Spring DACs to the Denafrips line at similar price ranges.


Would greatly appreciate your explanation of tonal differences, dynamics (micro/macro) or anything you can come up with to compare the Termy 1.2 to your A2 Yggy.




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What a full Denafrips stack brought me:

I was sold 4 years ago on R2R with the Holo Spring DAC while working in mainland China. Back in the U.K. a friend offered to buy the Holo off me, so time for a replacement. I realised that I had not been listening to my high end CD player for the past few years after spending spare time over a year to create lossless rips of my 1000+ CDs and SACDs. As the Gaia came highly recommended this was a logical companion to the T+. 
The final piece fell in place a few days ago with the arrival of the Athena as a replacement of the ATC CA2 pre amplifier. 
The setup now shows its synergy by providing a detailed, spacious authoritative sound, even when the system plays at relatively low volumes. 
My main listening is classical music as I play classical violin myself. 
Finally enjoying listening to a high res DSD recording by Nigel Armstrong which until now was actually unlistenable due to the thin violin sound. Now the instrument has been given a full bodied sound and the music can be enjoyed!


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