DAC crowdfunding now in progress

Doc B. · 43114

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Natural Sound

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
    • Posts: 995
Reply #165 on: March 06, 2015, 12:35:16 PM
Sweet! I just got a UPS tracking e-mail. ;D

BTW Doc. I'll be pairing the Bottlehead DAC with the ALIX computer you sold me a few years ago.



Online Doc B.

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
    • Posts: 9552
    • Bottlehead
Reply #166 on: March 06, 2015, 12:45:29 PM
I'm a little jealous, as I never did get the Alix box running. I bet it will work nicely. Thanks for putting them together!

Dan "Doc B." Schmalle
President For Life
Bottlehead Corp.


Offline Johnnycopy

  • Jr. Member
  • **
    • Posts: 20
Reply #167 on: March 06, 2015, 03:25:26 PM
Doc,  are you shipping the canada items vias usps or ups?



Online Doc B.

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
    • Posts: 9552
    • Bottlehead
Reply #168 on: March 06, 2015, 03:55:29 PM
We always ship USPS to Canada.

Dan "Doc B." Schmalle
President For Life
Bottlehead Corp.


Offline Johnnycopy

  • Jr. Member
  • **
    • Posts: 20
Reply #169 on: March 06, 2015, 08:32:22 PM
Thanks, ups has some extra fees i would rather not incur.



Offline 2wo

  • Hero Member
  • *****
    • Posts: 1242
  • Test
Reply #170 on: March 10, 2015, 05:39:02 AM
My DAC has arrived, I don't have time to play with it now, have to that pesky work thing...John

John Scanlon


Offline debk

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
    • Posts: 657
Reply #171 on: March 10, 2015, 01:48:37 PM
I recieved mine today and it is playing now.

My first imressions are very positve.  I am hearing detail in the music I did not hear with my previous DAC, especially in the high end.  I don't know how to describe it but ,music sounds more "real" than it did with my old DAC.

Thanks Bottlehead!

Debra

Debra K

Eros 2Phono amp
BeePre2, Psvane ACME 300b
Kaiju, Linlai Elite  300b
Monamour 2a3 amps various tubes
Sota Sapphire, Pete Riggle Woody Tonearm, Kiseki Purpleheart Cartridge
Rega P6 Ania Pro cartridge
Roon Nucleus
MHDT Labs Orchid DAC
Jager speakers


Offline 2wo

  • Hero Member
  • *****
    • Posts: 1242
  • Test
Reply #172 on: March 10, 2015, 02:07:54 PM
Well I got home, Plugged it in to my Linux based music server via USB and it synced up right away, no need to load any drivers.

I tried a few different sample rate files and it has no problem recognizing them and displays them correctly.

It has plenty of output compared to the mostly DIY DACs in my collection. As a matter of fact in the temp setup I need to use the digital volume control lower than I like, I can live with it as long as a don't go below 90%. It is connected directly to my 300B amps at the moment. I will work on that.

It sounds great, I will let it burn in and get the gains where they need to be before I give my  revue. But first impression, it sounds like vinyl, without the clicks and pops...John         

John Scanlon


Offline debk

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
    • Posts: 657
Reply #173 on: March 10, 2015, 02:18:44 PM
John

I have to agree with you the more I listened  the more I thought that this sounds like vinyl!

Debra

Debra K

Eros 2Phono amp
BeePre2, Psvane ACME 300b
Kaiju, Linlai Elite  300b
Monamour 2a3 amps various tubes
Sota Sapphire, Pete Riggle Woody Tonearm, Kiseki Purpleheart Cartridge
Rega P6 Ania Pro cartridge
Roon Nucleus
MHDT Labs Orchid DAC
Jager speakers


Online Doc B.

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
    • Posts: 9552
    • Bottlehead
Reply #174 on: March 10, 2015, 02:27:35 PM
Thanks for the kind words kids! It's been a very, very long haul and it is very, very nice to hear the positive impressions.

Dan "Doc B." Schmalle
President For Life
Bottlehead Corp.


Offline mcandmar

  • Hero Member
  • *****
    • Posts: 1599
  • Not all engineers are civil
Reply #175 on: March 11, 2015, 06:09:46 AM
I'm still trying to rescue mine from Irish customs, after two days of playing pass the parcel with fantastically unhelpful civil servants i have employed a Customs Clearance Agency to deal with them.  Fingers crossed i will have it by the weekend..

M.McCandless


Offline pdxgrampa

  • Full Member
  • ***
    • Posts: 91
Reply #176 on: March 11, 2015, 09:26:02 AM
Hi Doc,
I received my DAC today and I have a question about DAC power up.
The manual indicates that the wall wart should be powered up first.
My system is behind a power conditioner and all of the outlets are switched.
Is this ok or do I need to power up and then plug in the DAC?

Thanks

Greg
Music Hall 5.1SE,EROS. OPPO 980HD, Music Hall 25.3 Dac. BeePre/BeeQuiet. Paramount V1.1 300B,Orca Deluxe W/ Subs/SPA250s.Stereomour W/Orca Deluxe. Crack W/Speeball(2) .Beyerdynamic 990s.Crackheadphone.


Online Doc B.

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
    • Posts: 9552
    • Bottlehead
Reply #177 on: March 11, 2015, 09:42:59 AM
What you really want to do is power up the DAC and just leave it on - no switched outlet. It sounds best when warmed up and it only draws about 3 watts. I believe the directions are to plug the line lump into the wall first and then into the DAC simply because it makes it easy to hook up all the connections on the back of the DAC in one fell swoop. We typically leave a power supply plugged into the wall outlet in the listening room and that allows me to easily change from one DAC to the next as I give them the final check. The only thing that has to be done when changing DACs is plug it all in - I generally plug in the interconnects, then the power cable, then the USB cable - and then restart Amarra, as it gets confused when one DAC is removed and a different DAC is plugged in.

There might also be a reasonable argument to having the safety ground of the line lump plugged into the wall before you connect the DAC to the power cable.

Dan "Doc B." Schmalle
President For Life
Bottlehead Corp.


Offline pdxgrampa

  • Full Member
  • ***
    • Posts: 91
Reply #178 on: March 11, 2015, 10:20:57 AM
Thanks Doc,
I will leave it powered up.

Greg
Music Hall 5.1SE,EROS. OPPO 980HD, Music Hall 25.3 Dac. BeePre/BeeQuiet. Paramount V1.1 300B,Orca Deluxe W/ Subs/SPA250s.Stereomour W/Orca Deluxe. Crack W/Speeball(2) .Beyerdynamic 990s.Crackheadphone.


Online Doc B.

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
    • Posts: 9552
    • Bottlehead
Reply #179 on: March 13, 2015, 01:11:20 PM
As of this afternoon about 2/3 of the DACs will have been shipped.

Dan "Doc B." Schmalle
President For Life
Bottlehead Corp.