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Holo Cyan - DAC+Headamp impressions With the new Holo combined DAC/headamp now formally announced and pre-orders being taken, first deliveries are expected in a few weeks. So time to start a separate impressions thread just for this product. This is for impressions not for discussing the benefits of DSD ! This is essentially a new version of the Holo Spring designed for headphone users - something I have been waiting for. I don't own a Holo or have any association with them but have been aware of them through very positive user reviews. The Spring contains 2 ladder DACS - one for PCM input and one for DSD. With theCyan, the first model being released contains 1 ladder DAC and 1 headphone amp instead. Essentials This first model contains only the PCM R2R ladder DAC - this will play your normal redbook and much higher resolution files and it will convert DSD files (up to DSD 256) to PCM files for playback - as many (most?) DACS claiming to be DSD capable do. The Spring and a minority of other DACs do native DSD (better for the purists and I do have one of those other non-holo ones) and there is a later version of the Cyan coming out for this. • Inputs are : -USB (isolated from ground) -Coaxial (RCA) -Coaxial (BNC) -AES -Optical I2S the HDMI interface (DSD256) USA and IS2 support DSD DOP mode DSD256 andall other digital inputs support DSD DOP mode to DSD64) • Outputs are: Fully balanced XLR and RCA output, and balanced headphone output using 4 pin xlr Full size 1/4 inch single ended headphone output Other points of note: • The clock is a still a femto one but not quite the same as in the Spring, whilst the USB input has apparently been upgraded compared to the USB input on the Spring. • Offers oversampling and non oversampling modes • The case is smaller than the Spring being 281 * 260 * 55mm or 11* 10 * 2 inches • The new fully balanced headphone circuit • Ability to select either low impedance or high impedance for the headphones and to change this easlily • The remote control functions include volume as well as switching between low & high gain to satisfy users of IEM's through to tougher to drive full size audiophile headphones. • Jeff the lead designer has commented that unlike other integrated units where the headamp has been poorly regarded he wanted to build a decent headamp inside. • Price - ~20% cheaper than the Spring but to be confirmed on a country by country basis . Kitsune will no doubt update for the USA and others for Europe and elsewhere
toddrhodes posted a topic in Buy & Sell Audio and Computer ComponentsHi all, I've recently acquired a very nice vinyl setup and haven't been using my digital gear at all. I'm downsizing to a Hifi-Berry and am selling all my current digital gear. To start with, I am ONLY offering the AudioPC and HDPlex unit as a package deal (but very fairly priced, IMO). See below for specifics. Pic of each component in my room: HDPlex LPSU + HDPlex PC PSU + AudioPC price = $650 plus shipping. US customers only at this point please. Audio PC Specs CPU: Ivy i5 3570K Mainboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 RAM: 16 Gb DDR3 System SSD: 128G Music SSD: Samsung EVO 850 500Gb Sound card: Pink Faun RJ45 I2S (optional) Case: Silverstone GD09B PSU: HDPlex 250W DC-DC ATX Installed software: Server 2012R2, fully activated (will provide license key to buyer) Audiophile Optimizer JPlay JRiver MC20 RoonServer (will need to provide new account info) REW I do not intend to format the system drive. I will tape down the HSF (stock intel unit, it's quiet) and remove the HDPlex PSU for shipping, to be shipped in a separate box. The Pink Faun card is extra, and is really only useful for someone with an Aqua DAC. It could be re-pinned by Jord at PF to another maker’s i2S input though, for a reduced cost vs buying a whole new card. This is a $150 addition to the price of the PC + HDPlex combo ($500 retail) Administrator password changed to “administrator” No other accounts are active on the machine. HDPlex main unit is the 300W LPSU unit driving the 12V side of the PF card and the 19V input of the ATX 250W DC-DC supply in the PC. This setup is dead quiet, electrically and sonically and produces a very open, airy, and neutral sound. It pairs incredibly well with the DAC I'm selling (I would consider a combo deal for all of it to the same buyer). Aqua La Voce S2 DAC with factory XLR upgrade - $2150 shipped to anyone in the lower 48. International shipping available on this, but I will need to get a quote and work with the buyer on fair pricing. This is also listed on Audiogon under my handle "toddrhodes" if you'd like more detail on it. This is a lesser-known DAC but is absolutely worth consideration if you have the budget for it. It's sound is best characterized as "pure." It is faithful to the recording, it is an R2R/Ladder DAC, non-upsampling. It features 4 digital inputs: Galvanically isolated USB 3.0, AES/EBU, SPDIF via 75 ohm BNC and the proprietary Aqua I2S input (to match the sound card I have in my Audio PC). This is a very good digital frontend, make no mistake. My selling is merely a matter of having a current preference for vinyl and all that it entails. Personally, vinyl is a different sound which I prefer, but I would never call it "better" as that is different for all of us. Feel free to PM with any questions. Not taking offers at this point, I feel my prices are extremely fair given the condition and performance of these components. Thank you. Todd