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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
    edited January 2023
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    Ank recommends if you want to use USB to buy an external USB to spidf converterIMO and in my research, your transport should already have a good USB to spidf converter if it has spidf out...

    Again, alot of redundancy there.

    If both pieces of gear has spidf connections, just use the spidf connection.

    I requested they throw the USB board in there just so it had USB, easier for future resale
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 5,467
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    In with 46 on the one you don't keep!
    Gustard X26 Pro DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables
    Harman Kardon T65C w/Grado Gold. (Don't laugh. It sounds great!)


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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,659
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    It's "spdif" ffs, not "spidf"
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    So my first impression is the lampizator has better detail retrieval but the ank is more musically engaging... But I've only spent about thirty minutes with the lampizator.

    Will keep hooked up for a few weeks and then install the ank back in
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 5,467
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    What is the tubes used in the Lamp?
    Gustard X26 Pro DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables
    Harman Kardon T65C w/Grado Gold. (Don't laugh. It sounds great!)


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January. by Dr. Sardonicus
  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 25,174
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    VR3 wrote: »

    Will keep hooked up for a few weeks and then install the ank back in

    I heard that the Lampi gear likes to be left on. You might not hear what it is truly capable of for a couple days.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, Mcintosh C2300 Arcam AVR20, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk Audio Legend L800 with height modules, L400 Center Channel Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds. Marantz MM7025 stereo amp. Simaudio Moon 680d DSD

    “When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”— Thomas Jefferson
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,659
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    Yeah, I heard that too.
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    I don't leave tube gear on so I may never hear its potential
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • invalid
    invalid Posts: 1,295
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    You don't leave any gear on or just tube gear?
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    I don't leave any gear on in the main rig other than the lumin.

    This is for multiple reasons but ultimately I don't run a preamp and in order to turn the tube dac off, I have to turn off the amplifier to prevent a pop so I leave the amp and dac off except when listening
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 25,174
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    At least leave the Lampi on overnight tonight...
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, Mcintosh C2300 Arcam AVR20, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk Audio Legend L800 with height modules, L400 Center Channel Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds. Marantz MM7025 stereo amp. Simaudio Moon 680d DSD

    “When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”— Thomas Jefferson
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,680
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    Clipdat wrote: »
    It's "spdif" ffs, not "spidf"

    Yep
    Sony philips digital interface
    I think that is correct....
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    Fwiw, lampizator manual says if the dac is burned in.. After 20 minutes it is ready to rumbld
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 33,185
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    I thought we went to digital to get away from rumble...

    B)
  • skipshot12
    skipshot12 Posts: 1,030
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    Llllleeeet’s get ready to…… oh
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,099
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    Not familiar with Level 5, but the current models are easy on tubes. Mine is on 24/7 along with the LUMIN U1 Mini
    FWIW, Level 5 can be upgraded to Baltic. I’m assuming it’s Not Delta Sig

    That separate PS musta been a one-off. I didn’t know Lukasz offered that option
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    AC Regenerator PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Source Lumin U1 Mini into Lampizator Baltic 4 DAC
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Power Rogue M180 Dark monos
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Rythmik F12
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    I sent them an email, no response yet.

    Based on my research, the level 5 of this era was a level 4 with a separate power supply and more part upgrades. 6k msrp or so

    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,099
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    I just noticed that Lampi is offering a New Enigine (chip set) . . . NOT Level eLeven but 18

    That’s like within 6 months they went from engine 53 >> to eLeven >>> now 18

    Gotta get my learn on

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    AC Regenerator PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Source Lumin U1 Mini into Lampizator Baltic 4 DAC
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Power Rogue M180 Dark monos
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Rythmik F12
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,099
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    btw . . . I’m lov’n the OLED
    AC Regenerator PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Source Lumin U1 Mini into Lampizator Baltic 4 DAC
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Power Rogue M180 Dark monos
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Rythmik F12
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    The lampizator sounds very good. It is interesting how different the ank and lampizator is, very different sound signature sbut both extremely good dacs
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,099
    edited January 2023
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    VR3 wrote: »
    I sent them an email, no response yet.

    Based on my research, the level 5 of this era was a level 4 with a separate power supply and more part upgrades. 6k msrp or so

    You reached out to Fred/Rob North American distributor reps Or HQ?

    HQ is slooow, generally fred and rob are quick-ish

    AC Regenerator PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Source Lumin U1 Mini into Lampizator Baltic 4 DAC
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Power Rogue M180 Dark monos
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Rythmik F12
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    I believe it was HQ, I can try the americas as well.
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,099
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    VR3 wrote: »
    The lampizator sounds very good. It is interesting how different the ank and lampizator is, very different sound signature sbut both extremely good dacs

    Didjya ever get your ears on Skips highly touted North Star Design Supremo?

    Very very good DAC
    AC Regenerator PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Source Lumin U1 Mini into Lampizator Baltic 4 DAC
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Power Rogue M180 Dark monos
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Rythmik F12
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,099
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    I’m sure there are others out there, but I have not seen one like it . . .

    WISH I HAD VOL CONTROL (pre amp functionality)

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    AC Regenerator PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Source Lumin U1 Mini into Lampizator Baltic 4 DAC
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Power Rogue M180 Dark monos
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Rythmik F12
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    Have not heard the north star gear but have heard good things.

    I set the volume on the lampizator and then used the lumin u1 leedh processing volume, which is easily the best preamp you could ever have!

    The lampi volume does seem competent however 😎
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,099
    edited January 2023
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    How exactly do you use the Leedh vol feature?

    I thought the preamp had to have a “unity gain of one” or some such thing

    Any info would be greatly appreciated . . . TIA Trey

    One thing that LUMIN seems to lack in their lit is this topic
    AC Regenerator PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Source Lumin U1 Mini into Lampizator Baltic 4 DAC
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Power Rogue M180 Dark monos
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Rythmik F12
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 3,032
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    This is a 'lazy' question, but: which of these are 'RTR ladder' DACs?
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    In the lumin settings you disable volume and enable leedh. I recommend adjusting the max volume so you don't blow anything up.

    Been preamp free for a long time with no regrets. @Reagan has a Cary SLP05 and we bypassed it with leedh and there was a clear advantage towards leedh..

    The lampi doesn't have unity but I adjusted it to match the ank volume at the same volume on leedh which seems to work fine.

    From what I can tell the lampi appears to be a delta sigma and sounds like it while the ank is a R2r
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,099
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    jdjohn wrote: »
    This is a 'lazy' question, but: which of these are 'RTR ladder' DACs?

    “ I think” the Level 5 is R2R and my A3 is Delta Sig
    AC Regenerator PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Source Lumin U1 Mini into Lampizator Baltic 4 DAC
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Power Rogue M180 Dark monos
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Rythmik F12
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,099
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    VR3 wrote: »

    Been preamp free for a long time with no regrets. @Reagan has a Cary SLP05 and we bypassed it with leedh and there was a clear advantage towards leedh..

    From what I can tell the lampi appears to be a delta sigma and sounds like it while the ank is a R2r

    I’ll look into this . . . Thanks Trey
    AC Regenerator PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Source Lumin U1 Mini into Lampizator Baltic 4 DAC
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Power Rogue M180 Dark monos
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Rythmik F12