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New Prototype Dac

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Recently I rang Clay to get a new DAC.

My old Music Fidelity M1 DAC failed.

He told me we was working on a much upgraded Klein DAC that because it was so improved it could be marketed as a new model, but he had to build a prototype first to see if it was everything he was expecting,

He said I could have it....

 

The Prototype is built into a Klein 111 case, but it truly is a lovely thing!

In comparison, in my memory, the M1 felt harsh and not very clear...

Lovely separation, not harsh in the top end, really happy with it.

i would imagine Clay’s top of the line unit is still much better, and in the 7 day trail, I was tempted to swap for the Top line model, but this one is very nice for the money.

Worth looking out for the new model which I believe has more features than my DAC. 

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Good to hear. Any of Clay's DACs would be a  good start.

 

Pics please :popcorn:

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I am working on some new stuff & Mr Speedy was fortunate that I had a prototype that suited the current case.

The custom cases are a slow process though so still a way off.

 

 

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On 13/02/2020 at 3:16 PM, Gieseler Audio said:

I am working on some new stuff & Mr Speedy was fortunate that I had a prototype that suited the current case.

The custom cases are a slow process though so still a way off.

 

 

Any updates on this, Clay?

 

Now working from home (like many of us) and looking to set up second system ... 

 

Hope you are well and safe!

 

J :)

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Yes making steady progress at the moment.

Just woking out cutouts & text/labelling with the case company. 

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Any idea of a rough price?

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Around $1000 to $1200 just depending on the final case price.

Only one model version which will have a minimum of three digital inputs. 

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Good question.

I do really like the AK4495 (current Klein III chip) & it was the premium chip when released in 2015.

Digikey have over 3000 currently in stock so it is obviously still a pretty popular DAC chip choice.

However I am also considering the AK4493.

 

 

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Would upgrading the PSU improve sound or not required?

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No not necessary - it will have the equivalent of a Kraftwerk Gold Tune Enhanced PSU built in.

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How's the new dac going, any updates?

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I finished the board design yesterday & now think I have a case solution so I expect 

a finished product in a couple of weeks.

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Thanks for the update.......have you decided on the DAC chip yet, please ?

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Yes - sticking with the AK4495EQ

I particularly like the sound of this chip, also it is much larger  package with bigger pin spacing so very easy to hand solder.

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On 12/02/2020 at 7:58 PM, lemarquis said:

Pics please :popcorn:

Second that.....no fun without pictures!

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Posted (edited)

Agreed!

I have a sample case hopefully arriving next week so will post some pics then.

 

This is the new case I will probably be using - it will be a wider & lower look tho

260mm w 50mm h & 180mm d

 

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Edited by Gieseler Audio

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Will you have a demo unit circulating for it? I'd like to compare with my Topping D90 which I have ordered!

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Hi Clay,

I'm definitely interested in the new DAC, although I do love my Klein III with Kraft-über-Werk PS! 😁

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RE demo unit 

I will look at that after the official release.

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9 hours ago, Gieseler Audio said:

RE demo unit 

I will look at that after the official release.

Clay that would be great if possible. 

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On 06/05/2020 at 11:28 AM, Gieseler Audio said:

RE demo unit 

I will look at that after the official release.

Next question is, when is the official release?!

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Posted (edited)

Very soon - sample cases have now shipped FedEx from japan.

When they arrive I just need to fine tune hole & text locations etc  & then put thru a production order.

Should all happen within two weeks hopefully.

It will certainly be nice to have someone else doing the machining side of things for a change.

☺️

Edited by Gieseler Audio
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Would be interested in comparing it with my Ayon Sigma DAC.

 

Also I'd like to know what is the possibility to have Tidal/Spotify streaming directly from Gieseler DAC? Would that be part of the future plan?

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