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Old 03-16-2013, 03:26 PM
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Default Anyone heard the Line Magnetic Dac yet?

http://www.lmaudio.net/xxcp.aspx?dyiji=10&id=111

Anyone heard this yet? Looks promising...
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:45 PM
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Dave, I heard the dac last week. It was in a system of a mac air, Shindo Aurieges-L preamp, Sanders Magtech amp into Magnepan 20.7's. If I had other Line Magnetic gear I would be very pleased to have it in my system as it is a good dac just on the warmer side that delivers detail & musicality.
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:09 PM
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Haven't heard it yet but I would imagine it would go well with your LM518. Retail looks to be $1800.00 so it's very reasonable to boot.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:59 PM
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It does look good - would be interested to hear more impressions. Pricing direct from China is about $850 - tempted at that price and could be a good base for some upgrades.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:08 AM
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It sounds waaay better than any $850 dac I've heard... If you can get one for that it is pretty amazing value. It's very pretty in real life and looks and sounded good for a $2k dac. I'm heading back to the same place where I heard it when it had just landed and I think they have already rolled the tubes with some Nos valves but will check for sure... Either way at $850 with the opportunity to play at upspecing it sounds like a lot of fun Omodo.

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Old 09-05-2013, 07:28 PM
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Kev & Graham,

How does the 502CA compare to the other tube DACs you've heard?
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:33 AM
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For the price the dac is really quite good value. I have lived with this dac for 6 weeks & as you have the option of bypassing the tube output to have a direct sound it has the benefit of adding to the + side of things. I have the Lampizator dac, Level 4 Generation 4 & the Line Magnetic is not in the same class but then again we are talking $5k more for the Lampi, so no surprise there. If you want a dac that is quite affordable & will do, the LM is definitely a starter, if you want the last thing in resolution & detail that is also not fatiguing after a heavy listening session, you will need to spend a lot more than this price point. For mine, I'd tune it with footers weights & cables & still come in under the price of the uber dacs.
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:50 AM
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Thanks Kev!
Are resolution & detail the main ways in which the Lampizator is better?
Or would you say the Lampi sounds less "digital" too?
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Old 09-07-2013, 05:25 PM
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I'd say the Lampi is voiced with a richer/warmer midrange, but that could be something as easy as tubes. As we all know, the price point of accurate midrange bloom with detail
can be expensive.
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I'm hoping there will be further comments on this topic.
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