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    I am not going bring this up. But the Phasure is closer to 20 - 21 bit resolution.
    The way resolution should be measured is the drop after going from 16 bit( -130 dB) to 24 bit. 23 bit resolution will be - 170 dB. The Phase is close to -160. The dCS Vivaldi stack is about the same as the Phasure from the Stereophile review. And the Vega, so not bad at all company. But not 23 bit.
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Semi-Customized DAC Part VI: Ribbons, Mesh, and Teensy, Tiny Screws (Finale for Now)

by Jud on 05-16-2014 at 05:09 PM
"Ken, we're gonna have to take those screws out."

We both started laughing helplessly, in that punch-drunk kind of way you do when you've got to release the stress somehow. "Both" being me and Ken Burton, the master woodworker who not only designed and built the beautiful DAC chassis you'll see more of below, but also had spent an hour or more a couple of nights earlier inserting four tiny screws through tiny washers and 300 micro-inch copper ribbons into thin-walled

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Updated 05-18-2014 at 08:25 PM by Jud


Semi-Customized DAC Part V.99: Tease! ;-)

by Jud on 05-06-2014 at 08:51 PM
Just the top, no base, no circuits inside, no stories - yet. :)

So two things:

- As you can tell from the last photo, it's like fractals - the closer you look, the more details you see.

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Semi-Customized DAC, Part V: Rollin', rollin', rollin'...

by Jud on 08-23-2013 at 09:27 AM

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In this corner, ladies and gentlemen: The AudioCap Theta, a film and tinfoil capacitor very well thought of for its price (rated among the "Tier AA : Top Shelf Performers" in an extensive cap comparison at The Great Capacitor Shoot-Out ).

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Semi-Customized DAC, Part IV: Photos and Filters

by Jud on 06-24-2013 at 09:32 PM
So first of all, some photos. Doesn't look like much of anything at this point - really needs a chassis. But it sure sounds nice, even before any rewiring, cap rolling, and vibration control.

As I mentioned in other blog posts and comments, this DAC allows input at 8x rates (352.8/384), allowing the user to bypass the DAC chip's

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Semi-Customized DAC Part III - Success! (Provisional but sweet)

by Jud on 05-09-2013 at 02:28 PM
Having connected the output wiring properly this time (had wired my output jacks to metal-rimmed mounting holes near the contacts rather than the contacts themselves), I was eagerly awaiting the new transformer. It came yesterday. Like Christmas in May - which, having been raised Jewish, is saying something.

Soldered the transformer wires where they needed to go, hooked everything up, powered it on, turned on the amp, turned off the mute switch, turned up the volume, and - Music! Yee-hah!

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