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John

AES/EBU & BNC input - both good points.

I don't get much call in that area but I could certainly cad the PCB appropriately & just make it a custom option.

HDMI & I2S

I would love to have HDMI but you are correct there are license/fee issues & I don't really want to go down that path at the moment.

I2S

Now I completely overlooked that & it would certainly be a useful addition. Will look into it.

Fixed & variable out.

It does have variable out & also a high low output level switch (just forgot to mention it) to optimise power amp matching.

Fixed out is certainly handy & I already have a customer request on it so I will add that as a permanent feature.

Outboard DC power supply.

That starts me thinking about all those seriously expensive Naim external PSU's.

I have lots of room inside the case & will be going overboard with multiple low noise supplies so I pretty happy in that area.

It will be powered by a chunky external transformer so you could always upgrade that to a Haishimotto if you have money to burn.

Sticking with "PCM" only "AKM"

No - full DSD as well up to DSD256 & possibly a future upgrade to DSD512

Predicted ball park price - 2.5k

Two year parts & labour warranty

Yes - firmware upgradable.

Thanks for you input John - some great suggestions.

Ray

Balanced XLR in.

I might save that for a even higher specked version otherwise the price will start to blow out.

Paulk

Yes Paul totally agree with all that.

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*starts wishing people would stop asking for more features, price is starting to blow out of my reach*

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Hi Clay, did you manage to include Balance Control ?

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*shakes fist at woadl*

 

:sarc:

Ha Ha , should only be a Software tweak  :P

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Sorry Brian - no balance control

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Hey Adam I could offer it in two versions.

A basic entry level version with the bare minimum features in terms of inputs & outputs.

Say USB in & variable RCA & XLR out. I could then offer a upgrade service down the track to option it up to the full spec version.

Performance would actually be a little better due to less switching of digital & analogue lines.

In my own personal setup I am only ever going to use the USB in & variable RCA out - HT bypass would be useful though

That would make the cost of the basic unit arround 2k.

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Haha, thanks Clay. If it's good enough for the maker, I'm sure it will be good enough for me :)

Will see how finances sit upon release - HT bypass and a second input could come in very handy in the future.

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Actually with all the different requests I'm getting maybe I should just make a base model with various optionial upgrades.

It will mean cnc'ing different rear panels but I only do small runs anyway so that not a big problem.

That way you are only paying for the actual features you need for your system. The PCB will cater for all options so future upgrades will be possible.

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Hi Clay,

As you say the base unit would probably be everything I would need.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Or maybe you could offer a choice of 2 only inputs (e.g. your choice of usb,coax,rca,xlr,aes/ebu etc.) and 2 only outputs (e.g.rca,xlr,etc), HT bypass on base model and then charge extra for any additional ins/outs.

I realise the BIG problem with this is you would probably be machining every box. Obviously less than ideal.

  

Or stick with what you said usb input, rca/xlr ouput and HT bypass then offer any extra ins/outs at additional cost.

I guess this would keep costs down for people like me who don't need additional ins/outs in my system but still be able to offer those that do require them to get exactly what they need and not raise the expense too much. 

I guess the idea with your products has always been offering outstanding gear that offers a real taste of the hi end at a fraction of the price that just about anyone can afford.

Anyway just my thoughts.

Looking forward to getting a look at this thing.

Paul

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