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Old 08-05-2019, 01:11 PM
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ON another forum I read a member had a dealer do a shootout with the PrimaLuna Dac and the PS Direct Stream Dac and he liked the Luna Dac better. More analogue sounding to him. Thought the Direct Stream is the warmer sounding of the two which surprised him because the Luna has tubes.
Interesting, I'm going for a listen as soon as my nearest dealer gets one in ... he's only 2 hours away.
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Interesting, I'm going for a listen as soon as my nearest dealer gets one in ... he's only 2 hours away.

I'm about ready to give up hope on being able to take home a loner for the weekend and just order one.
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Another nice review of the Prima Luna DAC


http://highfidelity.pl/@main-928&lang=en
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An alternative to the PrimaLuna if you have the urge to try out a tube based DAC is the Musical Paradise MP-D2 Mk. III for a lot less money. It uses the AKM 4497 chipset and allows you to use either 6 volt or 12 volt signal tube and either 5 volt or 6 volt rectifier tubes with the flip of a switch on the mother board. In addition if so inclined you can "roll" capacitors. Plus the price is about half that of the PrimaLuna. It is easily "tuneable" by changing the tube combinations. I have owned the original version with the AKM 4490 chipset for about three years and it's sound resembles the reviews of the PrimaLuna.

http://www.musicalparadise.ca/store/...&product_id=97
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An alternative to the PrimaLuna if you have the urge to try out a tube based DAC is the Musical Paradise MP-D2 Mk. III for a lot less money. It uses the AKM 4497 chipset and allows you to use either 6 volt or 12 volt signal tube and either 5 volt or 6 volt rectifier tubes with the flip of a switch on the mother board. In addition if so inclined you can "roll" capacitors. Plus the price is about half that of the PrimaLuna. It is easily "tuneable" by changing the tube combinations. I have owned the original version with the AKM 4490 chipset for about three years and it's sound resembles the reviews of the PrimaLuna.

http://www.musicalparadise.ca/store/...&product_id=97
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Another nice review of the Prima Luna DAC


http://highfidelity.pl/@main-928&lang=en
JBT - thanks for the review link. I hadn't seen that one ... you have a future as a detective.

At this point I'm leaning to the Schiit primarily because:
* R-2R dac chip
* Future upgradeability
* Balanced output

We'll see. I'm taking the wife to Ireland so I'll likely delay my decision until the fall. If you bite the bullet and buy the PL, keep us posted.

Wes
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JBT - thanks for the review link. I hadn't seen that one ... you have a future as a detective.

At this point I'm leaning to the Schiit primarily because:
* R-2R dac chip
* Future upgradeability
* Balanced output

We'll see. I'm taking the wife to Ireland so I'll likely delay my decision until the fall. If you bite the bullet and buy the PL, keep us posted.

Wes
And then there's the 5 year warranty.

I think there's going to be a major USB upgrade at some in the reasonably near future, as well.
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It will be interesting to see a few more reviews of the PL. Itís a little bit idiosyncratic. Their marketing materials highlight tube rectification and point to point wiring.

ďYou spend a lot of money on interconnects. So why have the signal go right from the RCA jacks or speaker terminals into circuit boards with copper traces so thin you can hardly see them? Whatís high-end about that?Ē

Iím calling BS on that because the signal path starts at the D/A converter and it is on a printed wiring board with copper traces so thin you can hardly see them.

The proof is of course in the listening. Itís a delta sigma D/A. Iíve got three of them and prefer the sound of my R2R D/A to the delta sigma DACís I own.

Itís a beautiful looking unit and their other gear is well regarded by people that own it. Iíd like to listen to one sometime.

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