Passive preamps

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bavmike

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Re: Passive preamps
« Reply #20 on: 21 Feb 2018, 04:46 am »
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Jonathon Janusz

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Re: Passive preamps
« Reply #21 on: 22 Feb 2018, 12:59 am »
You're right most DAC's don't meet these specs. This is why very few have experienced the best from Slagleformer's. If John was to recommend DAC's with the specs I recommend to use with his Slagleformer's, Slagleformer sales would have also been thin!

Okay, fair enough.  So, bringing my question back around more directly, could you point me to any DACs available for purchase today that meet your suggested specifications?  I have been unsuccessful in finding an assortment of DACs to look in to that meet these criteria, and am presuming that you used such comparable DACs when developing/testing yours.  I would look in to your offerings as well, but none of those are currently available.

Thank you for any help!  Anyone else with any links to such unique DACs would also be gladly appreciated.  All I could find in my searches were DACs that were part of an integrated headphone amp solution.  I don't use headphones, so I would prefer to be looking at components that are just a DAC and nothing more.

I hope I'm not pulling the conversation too far off track.  I hope this is closely enough related as I'm window shopping around for a DAC to pair with my new to me balanced Tap-X passive pre.

RDavidson

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Re: Passive preamps
« Reply #22 on: 22 Feb 2018, 01:04 am »
There’s that, but I also just found out I must love the sound of noise and distortion. :duh: 

To anyone reading this thread, seriously try a Tortuga and send it back if you don’t like it.  30-day return and cheap to ship back IF you’d want.

And that's exactly it. I'm not dismissing scientific measurements, BUT how the distortion manifests itself (or not) during real world testing (ie listening to music) is the other half of the story that cannot be dismissed.

bavmike

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Re: Passive preamps
« Reply #23 on: 22 Feb 2018, 01:07 am »
Okay, fair enough.  So, bringing my question back around more directly, could you point me to any DACs available for purchase today that meet your suggested specifications?  I have been unsuccessful in finding an assortment of DACs to look in to that meet these criteria, and am presuming that you used such comparable DACs when developing/testing yours.  I would look in to your offerings as well, but none of those are currently available.

Thank you for any help!  Anyone else with any links to such unique DACs would also be gladly appreciated.  All I could find in my searches were DACs that were part of an integrated headphone amp solution.  I don't use headphones, so I would prefer to be looking at components that are just a DAC and nothing more.

I hope I'm not pulling the conversation too far off track.  I hope this is closely enough related as I'm window shopping around for a DAC to pair with my new to me balanced Tap-X passive pre.

A great DAC for Slagleformer’s would be the Weiss DAC 1.  0.2 ohm output impedance, and can output up to 27dB of gain. Same discrete opamps I use:

http://www.weiss.ch/products/dac1


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Re: Passive preamps
« Reply #24 on: 22 Feb 2018, 01:54 am »
I love my Tortuga LDR preamp.