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  1. Further information: Not often seen for sale on SNA. A virgin unmodified example of a Pass Labs X2.5 pre amplifier. I simultaneously also owned the Pass Labs XP10 (which I sold for mid three K figure about 12 months ago). The reason I sold the XP-10, the X2.5 is by a significant margin warmer, more accurate, more organic, has a lower noise floor, and more holographic with the it's sound stage. Built like a tank, with XLR inputs and output. Child, pet, and smoke free home. Selling with remote, and box. Made in USA with great attention to detail. Designed by Pass Labs Wayne Colburn. Photos: PLEASE READ If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each item If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you don't include photographs of the actual item being sold, your ad will not be approved
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Further information: What Hifi 5 Star rating "The pricey DAC 8 is one of the most organic-sounding digital products we've heard" "Wonderfully big, authoritative, refined presentation; mighty bass; top class refinement; solid build" -accept signals up to high-resolution 24Bit/192kHz level -inputs optical, coaxial and USB are here, accompanied by the rarer BNC and AES/EBU alternatives. -outputs include RCA and balanced Original RRP $12k excellent cosmetic condition fully functional with no problems or issues Remote control included Original owners manual, windows driver cd (windows 7) Factory shipping carton for safe transport Smoke free, pet free home Buyer to pay PayPal fees if applicable Local pickup available or shipping at buyers expense Photos form part of description Recently serviced by Chris at Kimil Electronics Sydney - the best in the business- balance of 3 months warranty remaining From the Audio Research Website: We are pleased to introduce the new DAC8 digital to analog converter. Although physically similar to its predecessor, the DAC8 represents new engineering that advances the state of the art in high resolution USB audio and S/PDIF audio. Audio Research has maximized the USB capability of the DAC8 by incorporating USB 2.0 HS (High Speed) which runs at 480Mbps. USB 2.0 HS has a lower jitter specification than USB 2.0 FS (Full Speed 12mbps), consequently the DAC8 is capable of reproducing music at higher definition/resolution (up to 24/192) than products communicating at USB 2.0 FS speeds (24/96). In addition, the DAC8 employs a low jitter Dual Master Oscillator design that will provide superior digital to analog conversion via its USB 2.0 HS input as well as via the more traditional S/PDIF (RCA, BNC, Toslink and AES/EBU) inputs that are also included on the DAC8. Our USB 2.0 HS audio interface is optimized for all six sample- rates currently in popular use; 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz. In the past, S/PDIF was the default interface mode for High Resolution music files at 176.4 and 192kHz. Now, with Audio Research's Dual Master Oscillator, USB 2.0 HS interface, and our Quad D/A converter design, USB audio is finally elevated to the status once dominated by S/PDIF. Consequently, regardless of whichever digital input you select, the Audio Research DAC8 promises to provide a superior listening experience. In addition to the High Performance USB design, the DAC8 features: "DAC8 HD Audio Device" software drivers, which allow listening to your music in its native sample rate as well as assuring BIT PERFECT, low jitter, data transfer from the computer to your DAC8. Because PC and Mac operating systems do not adequately support sample rates over 96kHz, Audio Research has developed ASIO drivers to make the USB audio experience sonically transparent at all sample rates. Sample Rate measuring function: Measures and displays the correct digital sample rate being sent to the DAC8. This works in USB as well as S/PDIF mode. Consequently, at a glance, you always know exactly which sample rate is being decoded. The DAC8 employs four 24-bit D/A converters. Each channel uses dual 24-bit D/A converters running in mono mode to lower the noise floor and increase the dynamic range. Dual Master Oscillators: When the time base of any DAC is not an integer multiple of the digital music sample rate, decoding and quantization errors occur. Consequently, the DAC8 uses two low jitter Master Oscillators; one for 44.1, 88.2 & 176.4kHz sample rates and the other for 48, 96 & 192 kHz sample rates. The DAC8 automatically selects the correct Master Oscillator the instant digital music is detected at the selected input. All inputs are galvanically isolated from the source to reduce or eliminate noise and/or jitter from entering the DAC8. The Analog amplifiers in the DAC8 have received the same attention to detail as the digital section. Each channel of the DAC8 uses a true direct-coupled differential amplifier with a bandwidth in excess of 90kHz. The DAC8's USB and S/PDIF inputs are designed to accept signals from an HRx, 176.4kHz, 24-bit, High-Resolution music server system playing HRx's DVD-R recordings. See www.referencerecordings.com/HRxSETUPS.asp for recommended music server setups. By virtue of all of the above points and our proprietary software drivers, intrinsic jitter has been reduced to less than 10ps. DAC8 HD AUDIO DEVICE SOFTWARE DRIVERS: The DAC8's USB driver software provides your computer with special high-speed audio drivers not supplied by MS Windows or Mac OS. The Audio Research USB drivers are specially designed to assure low jitter BIT PERFECT data transfer between the server/computer and the DAC8 at all sample rates. Our drivers setup the USB interface to guarantee bandwidth, independent of active bulk transfers from the hard drive. From the ARC icon in your computer's input tray you can set the DAC8 to any sample rate from 44.1 to 192kHz and allow the music server/management software to up or down convert your music to the selected sample rate. Music lovers can use custom sample rate conversion algorithms or other file formats provided by third party suppliers such as Windows Media Player, iTunes, J Rivers Media Center, Media Monkey, FooBar, and many others to optimize your music experience. The DAC8 is a fully balanced, zero-feedback, solid-state design utilizing a direct-coupled FET output stage with generous regulated power supplies and seven stages of regulation. There are separate new digital and audio power transformers, and the board material is the same as what we use in our Reference products. Dynamic, forceful, immediate, and possessing remarkable resolution and transparency, the DAC8 is a sonic knockout that is worthy of the finest music systems. With a choice of high-resolution 24/192 S/PDIF inputs (RCA, BNC, AES/EBU and Toslink) in addition to the highest resolution 24/192 USB available, the ability to adjust sample rates, the DAC8 provides the new standard in high performance digital music playback. Photos: PLEASE READ If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each item If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you don't include photographs of the actual item being sold, your ad will not be approved
  3. Yeap, and a first time for me hearing them. Very sweet sounding pre amp and monos.
  4. Last weekend down in Sydney with friends to check out some new toys at Duntech Audio's listening showroom. Brought down a tripod and made use of a quality external microphone (Shure MV88+). Uploaded in all resolutions up to 4K. Selection of 7 different songs posted below. Select 1080p60 or higher for best sound. Enjoy!
  5. The first thing my eye was drawn to- the ScanSpeak Revelators drivers! Great sounding drivers.
  6. Item: Pass Labs X0.2 or X1 Price Range: Negotiable. Item Condition: New or Used Extra Info: Not interested in newer Pass Labs preamps. I don't like their sound signature.
  7. Absolutely, yes. I remember, when I first auditioned the new Senator and new Princess pairs in Sydney. I had already decided within the first minutes of listening, one of the pairs was going to end up in my listening room, and I didn't even know the price of either pair!! Been attending dealer showrooms and as many HiFi shows I could attend since 1999 to audition various gear. Never made a buy decision that fast before. At the time, I owned a pair of Duntech Marquis. I off loaded them in a flash, to make room for the Senators.
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