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Do you know where I can find a kind of reliably database with DAP measurements out there, amirm?
There is not one that I know of. Hence the reason I am offering to test more of them.
 
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Hi Folks,
I was reading too many interesting things in this forum, so I decide to go forward and participate myself. So, as you may have noticed, english is not my mother tongue, I'm french and I'm interesting by audio technologies, a specially in the digital field, like DAC/ADC and Full Digital Amplifier (FDA)...
 

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Hello all, maverickronin here. You may see me on other audio sites with the same handle and avatar. I'm hoping this will be a good place for the discussion of amps, DACs, and psychoacoustics

I've always been a headphone listener since I've never had room for speakers. My primary musical genres are various flavors of metal and electronica. My primary rig is an RME ADI-2 DAC > Stax SRM-T1S > Modded Stax Lambda normal bias. Other gear includes, modded Stax SR-202, Stax SRM-252S, Sennheiser HD650, xDuoo X3, Leckerton UHA-4, & Shure SE530.

Other hobbies include gaming, general PC geekery, and fountain pens.
 

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Welcome to both of you. @maverickronin good to have another Stax owner here! I think I have been the only one in the forum until now. As you I have a few variations of it (although they are older versions).

@Talisker, I am not familiar with the term FDA. Do you mean an amplifying DAC like Sharp used to make?
 
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Yes that's right, amplifying direct, without any analog stage. You right sharp have tried the concept, long time ago, now NAD (M32) , Devialet or Lyngdorf (TDAI 2170). These brand models are quite expensive devices, but 3 years ago St Microelectronics and Texas have created some integrated chip for direct amplifying like the famous STA 326 (Doc Link), so many Chinese brand have made excellent small audiophile amplifier. The ratio Price/AudioQuality is terrific ... of course is not the end the story, I hope that soon a solid company will develop a real audiophile FDA at a reasonable price, I heard that allo.com (an Indian Firm) is on the way to produce a nice one the F1. I hope you can test & measure on of the existing FDA like Alientek D8, SMLS AD18, FX-Audio D802,.... Back to your term "Ampliying DAC", we can't say that, because most of the time, Amplifying DAC, mean Digital To Analog to Amplifier (Class D), with the direct amplifier you don't need a DAC anymore. You need an ADC for your phono if you want to connect it to the amplifier, by design you can't have any analogue input. I hope, i'm clear, i'm not a specialist of this technology but I think that an interesting one.
 

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I hope you can test & measure on of the existing FDA like Alientek D8, SMLS AD18, FX-Audio D802,....
Thanks for the explanation. I have bought the SMSL AD18 and plan to test it. I also have a very good relationship with Allo so can test anything they produce.
 

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Welcome to both of you. @maverickronin good to have another Stax owner here! I think I have been the only one in the forum until now. As you I have a few variations of it (although they are older versions).

@Talisker, I am not familiar with the term FDA. Do you mean an amplifying DAC like Sharp used to make?
I have had Stax phones for a long time actually but don't use them much since I prefer speakers at home and the ear-bud ones don't isolate external noise so no good on planes, trains or buses.
 

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I am PCMR and real hi-fi master race. :p

I am a science major but I have a ****** job. I am not an engineer.
 
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I came across this forum in a conversation on Massdrop. It was around Topping D50. I read through the review and immediately I was hooked. I love these technical details. Objectivism is becoming rare in this space and I coming from Machine Learning background, I dig this. I think what Amir is doing here is same as Anand Lal Shimpi does at AnandTech.com. Big kudos!!! Looking forward to spending lot of time here :). BTW, I also happen to work for Microsoft!!
 

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I think what Amir is doing here is same as Anand Lal Shimpi does at AnandTech.com. Big kudos!!!
Welcome aboard @amjosh. Funny you mention Anand because I know him (used to give interviews to him when I was at Microsoft). And computer architecture was my speciality for years and always thought I could have started what he did. He is a very nice guy and does an excellent job. Doing that for audio is just as good though if not better. :)
Looking forward to spending lot of time here :). BTW, I also happen to work for Microsoft!!
Ah, good to know. I think we have one other member here who works for Microsoft.
 
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Welcome aboard @amjosh. Funny you mention Anand because I know him (used to give interviews to him when I was at Microsoft). And computer architecture was my speciality for years and always thought I could have started what he did. He is a very nice guy and does an excellent job. Doing that for audio is just as good though if not better. :)

Ah, good to know. I think we have one other member here who works for Microsoft.
You giving interviews to Anand, is just WOW!! Keep doing what you do man!! If there is any meetup in Seattle area I would love to join!!!
 

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I am StevenEleven. It could rhyme, or maybe it doesn't, or maybe it does. I am a novice as far as electronics goes, and know a little more about music than electronics. I also am into photography. I am some kind of professional something. So I'm extremely pleased to have found this place, but I don't expect to have either a particularly broad or deep set of knowledge to contribute in this context, but I'll try when I can.:cool:
 

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