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  1. Have you thought about a better D to D converter, that would also do re-clocking, like the Denafrips that's been discussed here: and here: or the Audio-gd that's been discussed here:
  2. These days I stream from Tidal almost exclusively. The thing that made the biggest impact in the streaming quality was adding an audio switch and decent cabling. So, regardless of the streaming solution you'll end up with, it's worth giving those two some consideration also.
  3. View Classified Lampizator Amber III (w/h custom upgrades) EU The Amber III DAC is one of the best tube DACs available today. It incorporates Lampizator's DS53 digital engine, a derivative of the digital engine used in their Pacific DAC. Lampizator standardized this Delta-Sigma design throughout their line, feeling that it is sonically superior to the R2R designs they've tested. Some other highlights of this DAC are: copper output caps, USB operation of the highest calibre with muting to avoid pops and clicks in computer operation, redesigned power supply
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    The Amber III DAC is one of the best tube DACs available today. It incorporates Lampizator's DS53 digital engine, a derivative of the digital engine used in their Pacific DAC. Lampizator standardized this Delta-Sigma design throughout their line, feeling that it is sonically superior to the R2R designs they've tested. Some other highlights of this DAC are: copper output caps, USB operation of the highest calibre with muting to avoid pops and clicks in computer operation, redesigned power supply with CLC power filter and a 6X5 tube rectifier, completely new tube compliment in the analog section - consisting of a ECC99 super tube as input amplifier, in a zero feedback, single ended triode mode, as well as ECC82 as low impedance output buffer. This DAC -thanks to having output buffer - can drive particularly well all kinds of amps, including transistor amps. This particular DAC was ordered with two major upgrades installed (worth 360 €): 1. The brand new Lampizator/JL Sounds USB to i2S board, which made its first appearance in the 10th Anniversary limited line of Lampizator products. It has custom firmware and appears as "Lampizator" under Linux or Windows and of course works flawlessly under Linux at all rates! This board has opto-isolators and embedded clocks that are even better than the ones used on the super-clocked Amanero board and does PCM768 and DSD 512, all while sounding fabulous, with a realism -especially apparent on vocals- an uncanny sense of smoothness with no hint of sibilance, and an overall naturalness that elevate this Lampi above and beyond the constraints imposed by the Amanero board. 2. Special high mass anti-resonance Stacore feet, used in the higher priced Lampizator models (such as the Atlantic TRP), that provide an ultra stable platform for the DAC to perform its best. It comes with a NOS Du Mont (US made) 6X5GT, a NOS Philips ECG 5963 and the JJ ECC99, You can replace the latter, should you wish to, with a NOS 5687/E182CC via the extra supplied high quality adapter (see last pic). An extra NOS Russian 6X5, as well as all Lampizator goodies (manual, spec sheet, calendar, etc) will also be included. Original price was 4050 Euro plus shipping excluding the NOS tubes. Pease check my 100% positive feedback on e-bay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/114347303772

    3,830.00 USD

  5. View Classified Leben CS-250 tube amplifier (EU) This is a truly classic amplifier from the mastermind of Mr. Taku Hyodo, founder of Leben Hi-Fi Stereo Company. Before Hyodo San founded Leben, he designed electronics for Luxman. He had made some amplifiers for himself and a few friends. They loved the sound of his amplifiers and encouraged him to use his obvious talent to start his own audio company. Hyodo San responded to their friendly encouragement by founding his own 'private label' electronics company to reflect his philosophy that 'music i
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    This is a truly classic amplifier from the mastermind of Mr. Taku Hyodo, founder of Leben Hi-Fi Stereo Company. Before Hyodo San founded Leben, he designed electronics for Luxman. He had made some amplifiers for himself and a few friends. They loved the sound of his amplifiers and encouraged him to use his obvious talent to start his own audio company. Hyodo San responded to their friendly encouragement by founding his own 'private label' electronics company to reflect his philosophy that 'music is life'. In keeping with this philosophy, Hyodo San called his company Leben, which is a German word that literally means "to be alive" and "life". Leben has a very lively following in Japan and enthusiastic owners have even established a fan club called the Leben Audio Lovers' Club, which meets periodically for fun and games. New Leben model introductions there are heralded in much the same way as new models of Porsches or Ferraris are by sports car enthusiasts. Leben has been available exclusively in Japan until recently and because there are only a small number of Leben products hand-crafted each year, when they are all sold no more are to be had - kind of like special wine vintages. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a perfect example of Mr. Hyodo's work: the CS-250, which is a very special amplifier with an energetic and luscious sound. From an online review: "That bass! Here we’ve found a tube amp that isn’t afraid to Rock, so long as your speakers can run with eight watts on each side. Made in Japan as a limited production, Leben engineered the CS-250 for an ‘American’ sound, with its Hammond transformers and quad of 6K6GT vacuum tubes across stage front". It comes with the original French Visseaux 6K6 power tubes and also the U.S. made Philps ECG 12AT7WC pre-amp tubes, which have seen very little use. I will also include a brand new quad set of N.O.S., U.S. made Hytron 6K6GT tubes along, so the owner is set for life... The amp is in pristine condition -as can be seen from the photos- and produces an incredibly life-like sound with explosive dynamics and micro-details, a very rare trait among more typical tube amps. The amp is described in more detail here: https://lebenhifi.com/products/cs250.html It's currently set for European voltage (230V). The original manual will also be included (albeit in Japanese...) Any questions you might have, please, do not hesitate to ask! Apart from Pay-Pal, Bank transfer is also accepted. I have also listed this on e-bay, so that you can also check my 100% positive feedback: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/114309079223 Thanks for looking! Ted

    2,285.00 USD

  7. Lampizator are now using a new USB to i2S board, making its first appearance in the 10th Anniversary limited line of products. It's sourced from JLSounds and probably has custom firmware too, since it appears as "Lampizator" under Linux (it works flawlessly under Linux at all rates!). This board has opto-isolators and embedded clocks, better than the ones used on the super-clocked Amanero board and does PCM768 and DSD 512. I have installed it on my Amber 3, replacing the super-clocked Amanero board and it does indeed sound fabulous, with a realism -especially apparent on vocals-
  8. I have the Ultra (upgraded to Neo) and I got it early 2019.
  9. I can confirm it plays PCM at 32bits/768KHz and DSDx512 on my DAC flawlessly. Also have you seen this: https://www.sotm-audio.com/sotmwp/english/eunhasu-on-play-store/ I've already downloaded the app and have tried it out and it works just fine.
  10. Both the tX-USBultra and the sMS-200ultra can accept either clock inputs (via BNC) or have extra clock outputs (via SMB connectors). That's because both share the sCLK-EX clock board, which can have up to four outputs. Since not all of the outputs are used in either of these units, you can opt for some of the unused outputs to clock other products with. For example a tX-USB Ultra can also clock a regular sMS-200 (provided both are equipped or modded with the appropriate SMB connectors on the back of the units). Before SOtM came up with the sMS-200Ultra model and its own swi
  11. That would be a very interesting solution, to say the least...
  12. Why put an ethernet to i2S interface inside a DAC? Isn't it better to have an external device doing that and the DAC only having an i2S input, like what Aqua are doing with their LinkQ? https://www.aquahifi.com/Introducing_LinQ.html Or maybe design an external optical to i2S converter...?
  13. I also use the Zen mk3 as a server with the sMS-200 Ultra Neo as endpoint and it sounds a bit better than Zen mk3 on its own. But this is a more complicated, not to mention substantially more expensive (and even Kallax-fi like...) set-up. Also, when I use LMS on the sMS with Zen's own library management (controlled via iPeng and hopefully the Innuos app sometime soon - if that's not just a rumour...) it sounds better than Roon running on the Zen with the sMS configured as a Roon endpoint... Unfortunately, I have yet to try the Zenith mk3 on its own...
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