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Monolith by Monoprice Liquid Platinum Balanced DAC by Alex Cavalli (AKM4499)

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It would seem manufacturers are determined to get people that bought their amps some time ago to ditch existing DACs and get the new one that matches their amp (looking at you JDS and Monoprice and probably others)

Not sure I either understand or agree with this potential new trend.
 

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Liquid Platinum. Not sure I want that. When are they coming out with Solid Platinum. That will sound much better.
 
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Product release delayed multiple times. Product page originally went up in Sep 2019 and was scheduled to be released not long after Topping D90, and priced lower too. But there was a delay in its release and so I bought the D90 last year, and sort of lost interest in the Liquid Platinum DAC, as it seemed similar in features. I continued to check the LP DAC page occasionally, and each time the release date had slipped further. Last time I checked it was 07/31, now it says 08/21. Seems a little odd, even given the covid-19 related mess. Happy with my D90 (standard) though, and glad I did not wait.
 

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It would seem manufacturers are determined to get people that bought their amps some time ago to ditch existing DACs and get the new one that matches their amp (looking at you JDS and Monoprice and probably others)

Not sure I either understand or agree with this potential new trend.
You always need a "stack". Been around forever. ("Forever" as far this hobby is concerned at least...)



Add a special PSU for a triple decker.

 

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You always need a "stack". Been around forever. ("Forever" as far this hobby is concerned at least...)



Add a special PSU for a triple decker.

Oh, I get why have a stack. I don't get why bring the matching component out months /years later.
 

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at least they are planning to use AKM 4499 as opposed to AKM 4490 but wait.... not gonna matter sonically, right ? ;)
 

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You always need a "stack". Been around forever. ("Forever" as far this hobby is concerned at least...)



Add a special PSU for a triple decker.

Sexy. Gives me sci-fi vibes.
 

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This thing was announced eons ago. I think perhaps even the first 4499 device (or it could have been Gustard, my research skills on audio announcements isn't so good).

Don't know what's taking them so long.

Though in my opinion we have enough just plain-ol-DACs. I'd much rather see someone attempt and all-in-one DACAMP with the 4499. If not that, then give us a DAC with DSP like RME, or heck, make it a streamer like Matrix Audio. Otherwise it's just pretty meh these days.
 

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This thing was announced eons ago. I think perhaps even the first 4499 device (or it could have been Gustard, my research skills on audio announcements isn't so good).

Don't know what's taking them so long.

Though in my opinion we have enough just plain-ol-DACs. I'd much rather see someone attempt and all-in-one DACAMP with the 4499. If not that, then give us a DAC with DSP like RME, or heck, make it a streamer like Matrix Audio. Otherwise it's just pretty meh these days.
Yup, affordable DAC/amps that measure well are surely the future of the low end and mid tier like this stuff. Standalone dacs are going to need to bring more to the party than a fancy case, new chip and balanced outs.
 
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