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GIESELER KONVERTER (DAC/Preamp) Official release.

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That is a beautiful piece of kit! I'm sure it will sound fantastic as well.
I was a bit confused about the DAC when there was no digital inputs listed.
The pics rectified that for me. :)
Pricewise, I think it is not unreasonable considering that you have both a DAC and pre in one package.


On manufacturing cost - there is so much that can be done to contain cost on local production. It pains me that people seem to want to jump to off-shoring work immediately rather than keeping work here. If you do that, you loose a lot more than just local jobs. There's also control and IP implications.

There is a pharmasuticals company in Melbourne that has streamlined their processes to the extent that they are bringing production in from India and China because it is cheaper for them to do it here. There is no reason why other manufacturers can't do the same.

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I have seen it in real life.

 

As I have posted elsewhere the quality of construction is beyond exceptional - its actually a thing of beauty and I am a fussy guy who has never said that about a product before.

 

On aesthetics alone it deserves to be a raging success - but I am sure it will be VERY competitive with other DAC's in its price range sound wise.

 

Thanks

Bill

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I'd have to say, this looks far better than expected and I'm sure it will sound excellent as well. Great job.

However, there is an elephant in the room, it is now totally out of my price range. Were we not originally expecting a $1500-ish product?

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Yes it should play DSD512

I will try & find a test track & give it a whirl as I soon get it back - currently on loan to a local audio buff for evaluation.

blybo - Yes my original conception was for a cost arround 2K but the final product evolved a lot in terms parts cost & functionality.

 

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Triumphant mate!  And, if I may say so, great to see a toggle hanging in there (even if relegated to the back!).

Any chance of xlr in's (for CD players with balanced out, for example)?  Looking at the innards, would it be safe to assume that the dac part will be upgradable, or would this mess with the overall programming too much?  

Well done! Mat

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Krebetman - yes when I get time I will look into a silver front panel version.

Mat - sorry no balanced analogue in at this stage. DAC board upgrade, yes that may certainly be on the cards.

At the moment all the boards are being revised slightly just to tidy up the wiring & layout so production models will look a little neater inside. Digikey finally have the AK4497EQ chips back in stock now so I will be keeping reasonable stocks to ensure no production delays. Lead time on orders will be arround three weeks. There are a few units that have been pre ordered so hopefully some online feedback soon.

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That looks smashing Clay. Any thoughts on marketing it.

 

Mark

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Thanks Cafad,
no the HT Bypass sockets connect directly to the main output sockets when the unit is powered off. Normally you would have the HT bypass sockets connected to say the line out of a AV receiver so you could share the power amp between two system if that makes sense.
 


Clay,

Just so I get this right...

HT bypass will work with the unit powered off, but HT bypass will stop working if it is powered on regardless of the input selection? I know it sounds like a dopey question, but I just want to know how simple it would be for all family members to use.

HT bypass is fine on my current Integrated, but involves lots of button pressing which drives others up the wall.


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Mark - haven't given it much thought but if I could automate pc production a bit & job out the case work it might be something to think about.

 

John - HT bypass. This is as simple at it gets & totally automatic. Yes you are correct once the Konvertor is powered up the HT sockets are disconnected. Simple scenario. One power amp which is currently connected to the front channel line outputs of a AV receiver( for improved sound quality)  Konvertor installed into the system & its line output is connected directly to the power amp line inputs for maximum sound quality. The AV receiver front line outputs are now connected to the HT bypass sockets on the Konvertor. 

Family member walks in & powers up the Konvertor for some high quality music listening - it automatically connects its self  to the power amp disconecting the AV receiver in the process. Music session over & the Konvertor is powered off - AV receiver now re connected back to the power amp for movie viewing. The Konverter remembers all its settings (volume input ect) when powered off & on. eg - you were listening to some music via the USB input at volume level 75 & switch it off. Next time you power it on it goes back to those same settings.

Phew!  Hope that is crystal clear now.

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Phew!  Hope that is crystal clear now.


Perfectly clear answer and perfectly what I'm after


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You have obviously put a lot of thought into the design. Any efficiencies in production would be good for you clay,  regardless of scaling up production.

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2 hours ago, powerav said:

Smart arse warning:

Is it MQA compliant.:D

 

No.

 

But Clay is well aware of what is required and needs to wait until chips that work with his AKM DAC are available.

 

Those that have it like the Meridian Explorer 2 use FGPA's that simply require updated firmware.   Those, like Clay, that use DAC chips need to wait until chips that do the MQA conversion for that particular chip are available.

 

I believe MQA is the future of audio, but its early days yet and I know Clay is investigating it, but unfortunately will not happen overnight.

 

Thanks

Bill

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