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Well done, Cafad. As a YBA owner I'm glad to see they are getting some well deserved attention.

Very well deserved, it's just unfortunate that the brand doesn't have much of a name for itself in Oz (I know I had never heard of them prior to discovering the sale units at A1 Futureshop).  

 

Which series gear do you have @@TomAus?

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Very well deserved, it's just unfortunate that the brand doesn't have much of a name for itself in Oz (I know I had never heard of them prior to discovering the sale units at A1 Futureshop).  

 

Which series gear do you have @@TomAus?

YBA has unfortunately not been marketed well in Oz, as you say. I have had a Passion CD 200 for several years and recently picked up a CD 400.

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Does YBA still have Yves Bernard Andre designing the gear?     As YBA has been owned by and made in China for some time now - except their very top of rage gear ?


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Not sure if he still designs everything but he's certainly still associated with the company.  The website claims that a Chinese company bought a significant percentage of YBA, nothing about buying it outright.

 

YBA history page.

http://www.ybahifi.com/history.html

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My impression is that he is less hands on but still oversees the development of new products. They do have an Australian CEO but it seems as if the Australian market is not a priority.

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Time for a YBA revival I think.  I spent much of the week before last on call, waiting for the time when I would be called in on night shift and this gave me much time to sit at home and surf the net.  While doing so I found a demo unit Passion IA350 on offer from Audio Heaven at a discount.  It was still pretty expensive so I thought about it long and hard and, eventually, made a call to Craig at Audio Heaven.  The demo unit had already moved on but since I had his ear anyway I made the call to get my hands on a YBA Genesis IA3 (the model series in between the Heritage and the Passion).

 

And here it is.

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Still loving the YBA boxes.

 

And in action.

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Since it is twice the price of the Heritage integrated unit I was expecting it to sound 'better' but I wasn't expecting it to sound this good. Tighter and more expansive (also more detailed!) bass, more expressive mid range and a more musical and extended top end too, this is some good stuff.

 

I've had the Genesis since Wednesday so it's still running in but I find myself wondering if maybe I should go the whole hog and just pull the pin on a Passion unit, just in case it somehow manages to be that much better again.

 

My bank account is a bit sickly at the moment but my credit card is bright, shiny and untouched so the Passion is a definite option, and why shouldn't I break out of my mold of only listening to the sub $3K amp market?  I mean really, what was I thinking when I decided to do that?

 

So..., I'm going to enjoy listening to this YBA Genesis IA3 all through the weekend and then call Craig again on Monday and tell him to I'm upgrading to the Passion IA350 because life is short (and money on a credit card isn't real money anyway, everyone knows it's only pretend!).

 

 

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Hi Cafad,

Enjoy your reviews mate.

Based on your positive reviews I was considering the YBA DAC. Any exposure on that front?

Neil

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Hi Neil, not specifically mate but I can say that both the Wolfson DAC in the Heritage cd100 and the CS 4398 DAC in the Genesis IA3 sound pretty good to me.

 

The Heritage cd100 also has a coax and usb digital in, so it's basically a dual purpose component, provided you don't need an optical input.

 

Were you thinking Heritage or Design series?

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Hi Cafad,

The Heritage appear to be the only range that had a standalone DAC, and as you said only the cd100 is a dual purpose disc spinner.

The pricing is very attractive on this range as well.

I currently have a Primare CD32 which is a nice player, and was thinking of trading to a multipurpose Oppo BDP105 or keep it and add in a standalone DAC hence the interest.

Cheers

Neil

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The Design range has a DAC as well.  Personally I'd probably go for the Heritage but that's just me.

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Cafad I have a Genesis CD which was my second YBA player. The Genesis is a nice player, although can be a bit forward in the midrange for some set ups.
If you can afford the Passion, I’d say go on do it!

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