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Old 11-18-2018, 12:22 PM
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Once you get it up and going for a while I'll be curious to hear from you if the Abbas units will have the open/clear/detailed transparent type sound or the more "velvet" sound with a tad less (or softer) type of transparency. I think I'm leaning towards something in between, with a little of both characteristics. Getting there is going to trail-and-error as I can see now.


Agreed. Often one small change like a tube, coupling cap or cable can make a big difference with digital.

I plan to post on his forum with assistance from Google translate once the DAC settles in. I am curious about the units he sells without cases. I suppose you could mount them in wood box or find a suitable metal enclosure. There are 1600 cases on the auction site. I'm just not sure how to do it properly. They are a lot less $$ than the complete units.

A member here SimomYVR on the Shindo forum has an Abbas 3.1.

Source: Burmester 915 FM tuner / Abbas Audio DAC 3.0SE / Shindo IC's
Amplification: Shindo Giscours RA1474-II / Shindo Cortese 300B (Western Electric 1950) /Speakers: Auditorium 23 Solovox / Maxonic D511EX Field Coil horn drivers crossed at about 1000Hz/ BELDEN 9497 Cables/ Motiographic tungar power supply

The Giscours preamp lists for $27K. The Cortese with 1950 WE 300B's He chose this DAC over Audio Note. I may have to subscribe so I can message him.

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Old 11-18-2018, 12:33 PM
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I may have to subscribe so I can message him.
If you add him as a saved eBay seller I noticed the option pops up to subscribe to his newsletter. Also, I did a little more background checking on this group relative to prior sales and such. Looks good so far. I too started looking at the non-boxed unit. He essentially adds and exterior structure, wood face to box it. Once you get yours, you'll see how it's done. Last time I spoke with Gary at Borderpatrol he commented his first 20 prototype units were wooden boxed. If the unit sounds good to you, I think it will be nice to have their enclosure as these are one-off boutique custom units which makes the whole thing really cool IMO. This morning I pulled the NOS sylvanias and put in some inferior front-end tubes on my big amp to help tame this newer detailed DAC a bit. Lost some detail, bass, and fullness... but it kinda worked to tie me over until this unit breaks in or I start looking for a velvet sounding unit; next. Maybe Borderpatrol or Abbas, still kinda eyeing that Orchid, also nice but agree it will need mods, and its easy to see how the jump to Abbas occurred as I look closer at the parts. Man, did you see that 4.0 Abbas unit, chips, and all - those guys are def into it. Nice.
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Old 11-19-2018, 05:21 AM
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The DAC is in the USA and should be delivered on the 28th. I could live with the Havana but as you noted the parts selection in the Abbas is intriguing.

Like MHDT, he has DAC's with different flavors. It would have been great to be able to compare them. I think the issue with digital is that DAC's, spec wise on paper, have vastly improved but recordings have not. So you end up not liking what you hear unless you are feeding it hirez media.

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