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I have had the Holo May Level 2  in my system now for the last six months or so.   It is the first DAC that I have owned that I am really happy with and the first DAC that comes close to the very

I have recently upgraded from a Spring Level 3 (Wildsim) to a May Level 3 KTE.   Prior to the upgrade, I was very satisfied with the Spring  to the point where I was unsatisfied with anythin

I got my Holo May KTE on Xmas eve.  I tried out some heavy metal tracks from Van Halen and Led Zeppelin.  Both sound superb and accurate.   For instance with Led Zeppelin - Moby Dick with the fast d

I have recently upgraded from a Spring Level 3 (Wildsim) to a May Level 3 KTE.

 

Prior to the upgrade, I was very satisfied with the Spring  to the point where I was unsatisfied with anything else I tried.  The main DACs that I was comparing with was: Chord Hugo2, Grace Design m920 and the Denafrips Ares. Comparisons was done in my own environment with both speaker and headphone setups.

 

Now with the May, I vastly prefer the May over the Spring. I could probably still live with the Spring, but will be constantly reminded of what I'm missing out on.

 

With both DACS I was using I2S from a Singxer SU-1 (with LPS) with a Mutec MC-3+ USB as a clock. 

 

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I have had the Holo May Level 2  in my system now for the last six months or so.  

It is the first DAC that I have owned that I am really happy with and the first DAC that comes close to the very best vinyl recordings.  (Happy to share my vinyl setup, if that is of help).

 

I have experimented with plenty of DACs over the years (most recently the Chord Hugo TT2) and still have two ESS Sabre based DACs in my system.  They all might measure spectacularly well, but I can't fall in love with them.  

The Holo May is a different matter and presents music that puts a smile on your face.  My listening tastes are predominantly classical and jazz - with some rock.  The Holo May excels with solo piano, large orchestral works (where it reproduces massed violins better than any other DAC I have heard) and small ensembles (jazz or chamber).

I realise this is a very subjective view, but if you similar musical tastes to me, I think you will absolutely enjoy the Holo May.

cheers,

Chris

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Thanks for both of your comments. Pertinent as I have also spent time listening to the Hugo 2, comparing it to my Resonessence Mirus pro. which I preferred for it's slightly more organic sound in the treble region, while not forgoing any of the Hugo's scalpel like detail.

Prior to the mirus pro I had the non pro version so have now spent a number of years galvanised to the ESS Sabre's version of how music should sound. ( 90% Funk, Soul, Jazz, World Fusion, House, 10% everything else).

Pressing my ESLs back into service I would like to try something that may have a slightly more relaxed ,velvety presentation to counterbalance a very edgy, analytical system now in play. All reading leads me to the Holo May as a possible contender. We don't always get an opportunity to audition equipment in our own system and I'm guessing many major purchases after all distilled research have been made on gut feelings. 

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On 15/12/2020 at 1:37 PM, chris_jl said:

My listening tastes are predominantly classical and jazz - with some rock. 

 

How does the May do on fast rock? Like say fast drumming? My friend who had the spring was not very happy with how the spring handled complex fast heavy metal tracks with too much going on. 

Also between the May and Spring, which is more laid back?  Thanks Chris 

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The May handles complex tracks better than the Spring, in that the May is able to present more layers simultaneously in a uniform manner.

 

In terms of being laid back, neither DACs are the aggressive type. To me, they put everything out there but nothing is particularly emphasized. I think this characteristic can be changed with the used of oversampling filters using software like HQplayer.

 

May I ask what DAC your friend compared the Spring to, and if possible what source/inputs he used?

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On 21/12/2020 at 12:46 AM, BrownMagic said:

 

How does the May do on fast rock? Like say fast drumming? My friend who had the spring was not very happy with how the spring handled complex fast heavy metal tracks with too much going on. 

Also between the May and Spring, which is more laid back?  Thanks Chris 

These are two questions I can't really answer. Heavy metal is one genre that I don't listen to that much.  For classic rock, however, and any other music with complex rhythm and attack, the May is exceptionally clean. 

And the second question I can't really answer either because I have not compared it to the Spring.

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On 20/12/2020 at 9:46 PM, BrownMagic said:

 

How does the May do on fast rock? Like say fast drumming? My friend who had the spring was not very happy with how the spring handled complex fast heavy metal tracks with too much going on. 

Also between the May and Spring, which is more laid back?  Thanks Chris 

I got my Holo May KTE on Xmas eve.  I tried out some heavy metal tracks from Van Halen and Led Zeppelin.  Both sound superb and accurate.  
For instance with Led Zeppelin - Moby Dick with the fast drums.  The soundstage is great and the drums beats are clear, fast and perfectly placed.  No issues from me.

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Running a RPi4 with RoipeeXL usb to the Holo May.  Nothing fancy at all!
Roon core on my NAS connected by the Ethernet cable which is under the house in the cellar/dungeon.

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6 hours ago, madfonzy said:

Running a RPi4 with RoipeeXL usb to the Holo May.  Nothing fancy at all!
Roon core on my NAS connected by the Ethernet cable which is under the house in the cellar/dungeon.

In my opinion this is as good as any. I know a lot will disagree.

 

Congrats on your purchase.

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On 29/12/2020 at 1:45 AM, madfonzy said:

Running a RPi4 with RoipeeXL usb to the Holo May.  Nothing fancy at all!
Roon core on my NAS connected by the Ethernet cable which is under the house in the cellar/dungeon.

 

The RPI4 is a great source, especially paired with a solid DAC (Good USB implementation). 

I did notice a good improvement powering it using an ifi power x supply. 

Without using audiophile clichés, it was better and worth the investment for me.

 

I have conversed with a few users who have compared the RPI4 (USB) to decent "highend" streamers sources such as the Lumin Mini U1, SOTM ultra, Allo USB signature etc. They stated they could not hear a difference. 

Yet you have others, who state the differences are night and day. Feedback seems highly variable.

 

For me personally, I sold my $2500 Pioneer N70a in favour of the RPI4. 

 

The May looks, measures and by all reviews seems to sound amazing. 

Too bad its so pricey. 

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I received my Holo May KTE just before Christmas from Crux Audio. Order placed November 29th and delivered December 23rd. 

 

Not surprisingly the May is a huge improvement over the NAD.  So far all my listening has been in NOS mode. and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. It has the slam I'd previously experienced with Chord's TT2. The drums in Metallica's Nothing Else Matters are like they are being  played in the room in front of me. Bass seems deeper and better defined. 

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21 minutes ago, Jpg60 said:

I received my Holo May KTE just before Christmas from Crux Audio. Order placed November 29th and delivered December 23rd. 

 

Not surprisingly the May is a huge improvement over the NAD.  So far all my listening has been in NOS mode. and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. It has the slam I'd previously experienced with Chord's TT2. The drums in Metallica's Nothing Else Matters are like they are being  played in the room in front of me. Bass seems deeper and better defined. 

Hey John,

Great Christmas present!  

Like you I listen to the May exclusively in NOS mode.  And until hearing the May, I had dismissed a lot of my red book CD recordings in my library as pretty ordinary.  I now have a different view.  Not only do many of them sound really good in 44.1K but if you do upsampling with HQPlayer or Roon (keeping the upsampling to a multiple of 44.1 and keeping the May in NOS mode), the May seems to be able to get at even more subtleties from the original recording.  Give it a try... let me know what you think.

cheers, Chris

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22 minutes ago, Grizaudio said:

What did SNArs pay for this dac? 


I am not sure if people

are aware that Kitsune is not the exclusive distributor for Holo May. 

 

People in Singapore buy from  Wildism in HongKong who have been selling May products for a long time and costs about 50% less than what Kitsune quotes. We have no local dealer either. 

 

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5 hours ago, BrownMagic said:


I am not sure if people

are aware that Kitsune is not the exclusive distributor for Holo May. 

 

People in Singapore buy from  Wildism in HongKong who have been selling May products for a long time and costs about 50% less than what Kitsune quotes. We have no local dealer either. 

 

 

Thanks, the website doesn't show any prices:

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7 hours ago, Grizaudio said:

What did SNArs pay for this dac? 

The listed price on the site.

 

6 hours ago, BrownMagic said:


I am not sure if people

are aware that Kitsune is not the exclusive distributor for Holo May. 

 

People in Singapore buy from  Wildism in HongKong who have been selling May products for a long time and costs about 50% less than what Kitsune quotes. We have no local dealer either. 

 

 

I got my Spring from Wildsim, and can happily recommend them.

 

When I was shopping for the May, I looked at both Wildsim and Crux. Since Wildsim did not have a Level 3, so I got it one from Crux. If Wildsim had Level 3's, I would've bought it from Wildsim.

 

29 minutes ago, BrownMagic said:

@Grizaudio - You can message him on FB. Very responsive. The rates I got for the May Level 2 is 31500 HKD including shipping to Singapore. That is about 5275 AUD. 

 

I was quoted a very similar price from Wildsim shipped to Sydney.

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I got mine from Cruxaudio during the Black Friday sales.  It was $300 off the list price so went with that.

 

With Wildsim do they still offer the 3 years warranty?  I can't see it on their website not that I can read Chinese.  The famous Aussie tax and Aust Consumer law might be involved here on high priced electronics.  Similar to why Apply computers are cheaper in Sg than here.

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On 31/12/2020 at 11:40 AM, chris_jl said:

Hey John,

Great Christmas present!  

Like you I listen to the May exclusively in NOS mode.  And until hearing the May, I had dismissed a lot of my red book CD recordings in my library as pretty ordinary.  I now have a different view.  Not only do many of them sound really good in 44.1K but if you do upsampling with HQPlayer or Roon (keeping the upsampling to a multiple of 44.1 and keeping the May in NOS mode), the May seems to be able to get at even more subtleties from the original recording.  Give it a try... let me know what you think.

cheers, Chris

Will do. I used to upsample into the NAD M51. 

As part of connecting the May into my system, I connected my CD player to the May via AES and then tested it by playing a CD. The improvement in sound was so good, I sat there and listened to the whole CD. 

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I placed the order for MAY Level 2 DAC with Jo @ Wildism Audio HK. He shipped the DAC as soon as my payment cleared - on 27th Jan. I received my DAC .... TODAY. That is 4-5 business days only. Exceptional service. Jo was also replying to my emails within a few minutes - it was like I had the pleasure of talking to him eye-to-eye.

 

Unbelievable. I sent him an email to thank him. He should truly be proud of his service.

 

Nick

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Congrats Nick it will not disappoint.
 

im still enjoying mine immensely even more so this week as we are in lockdown.  

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6 hours ago, Extreme_Boky said:

I placed the order for MAY Level 2 DAC with Jo @ Wildism Audio HK. He shipped the DAC as soon as my payment cleared - on 27th Jan. I received my DAC .... TODAY. That is 4-5 business days only. Exceptional service. Jo was also replying to my emails within a few minutes - it was like I had the pleasure of talking to him eye-to-eye.

 

Unbelievable. I sent him an email to thank him. He should truly be proud of his service.

 

Nick

Hi Nick 

Did you pay any import taxes?

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Has anyone had the chance to compare this to say a Mola Mola Tambaqui or the DCS bartok?

 

Really interested in this DAC as I am after the analogue sound too..

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3 hours ago, delphi17 said:

Mola Mola Tambaqui or the DCS bartok

I dont think these are in the same price range as the Holo May. 

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58 minutes ago, BrownMagic said:

I dont think these are in the same price range as the Holo May. 


Yeah but they are on the same A+ level as those two.

I don’t think price is indicative of the quality , especially as a lot of it also how expensive the case and marketing.

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I'm also interested in this Dac L3.

What are the stock levels? Anyone know?

 

I've msg Crux Audio but no response as yet.

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1 hour ago, delphi17 said:

I don’t think price is indicative of the quality

This becomes a subjective comparison. We all like a bargain and the reviewers also hype things about. The May is a very good Dac under 5k. Probably one of the best. We should judge its merits on those parameters. Also ive heard all 3 DACS but never next to each other and not in the same system. From what I can try to sense is that they all sound different. I cant say one is better than the other because it would depend on what you are looking for. Similarly the May is not the best dac under 5k because again it would boil down to what you are looking for and the May surely will not please everyone. Assuming the May has all that you want then at 5k, its much better value. than another dac that offers the same but for a lot more. You be the judge. Cheers 

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1 hour ago, Tony B said:

I'm also interested in this Dac L3.

What are the stock levels? Anyone know?

 

I've msg Crux Audio but no response as yet.

My L3 was considered a custom order which they have to build.  Took about 3 weeks from ordering till I had it.

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10 minutes ago, BrownMagic said:

This becomes a subjective comparison. We all like a bargain and the reviewers also hype things about. The May is a very good Dac under 5k. Probably one of the best. We should judge its merits on those parameters. Also ive heard all 3 DACS but never next to each other and not in the same system. From what I can try to sense is that they all sound different. I cant say one is better than the other because it would depend on what you are looking for. Similarly the May is not the best dac under 5k because again it would boil down to what you are looking for and the May surely will not please everyone. Assuming the May has all that you want then at 5k, its much better value. than another dac that offers the same but for a lot more. You be the judge. Cheers 


One second you say they are different price range and another second you say price don’t matter.

??? No idea what you are trying to say.

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Just now, BrownMagic said:

Where do I say that the price dont matter? 

You say it depends on what matters to you, and one is no necessary better than the other?

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Absolutely. I never said that higher the price ,better the product. I only said if you are going to compare then a fair comparison is between products that are in the same price range. Cheers

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