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Review and Measurements of Totaldac d1-six DAC

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Yes, it is wonderful isn't it ?
There are no words to describe this beauty of a square-wave.
It sounds marvelous too and can hear all harmonics nicely spread over the entire audible range.
The undoubtably very high SINAD value, I can read from this plot, will put it right up there in the SINAD chart.

As Lavorgna so beautifully worded: (some words may have been altered somewhat)

"The totaldac D1-seven offers an uncanny ability to convey the squarewave’s most intimate details in a total package of stunning realism. In other words, squarewaves sound like they sound in real life—all rich, glorious, intimate, and stunning. What’s more, music unfolds into a sound image that is Barn-filling, of course this is recording-dependent, in such a way as to invite us into the performance, outside space and time (that’s a big deal)." Michael Lavorgna, twitteringmachines.com

"Here are my first impressions: Wow
The d1-seven is by far one of the most stunning DACs I've had the pleasure to hear my squarewaves through.
The totaldac d1-seven excels at reproducing squarewaves's life, energy, and delicate nuance.
Once seated, there's a lock-in into the space and time of the recording that is at once addictive and entrancing.
Every aspect of a squarewave, risetime, texture, color, meaning- are conveyed with an uncanny realness.
Come to think of it, rightness may be the better word.
If you want to hear your file-based squarewave at its best, at the peak of its acoustic power, I recommend the totaldac d1-seven as your guide." Michael Lavorgna, AUDIOSTREAM
 

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I would have no problem to become a fan of Matej Isak, Publisher-Editor in Chief-Founder-Owner, of Mono&Stereo.com - if he just would go thru some kind of deep plastic surgery and sex change from this:

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To this:

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After this review was posted, now-former audio reviewer Michael Lavorgna, who had been a major proponent of TotalDac products, posted a number of "jokes" on YouTube and Instagram that clearly targeted this forum. Soon thereafter, those jokes disappeared from those platforms, and Mr. Lavorgna announced that he was retiring from audio.

While I thought it likely that he retired for a typical reason, such as family commitments or health issues, I wondered whether he retired because of this forum. Here is a post by a friend of his that all but confirms that he left the high-end scene because of this forum--probably this very thread.
 
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If ASR contributed to Michael Lavorgna throwing in the towel I will need to donate more to the site :p:D
Seriously, how anyone can blame measurement and objective opinions of a sh*t product for being villains rather than a shill reviewer encouraging the gullible and deluded to spend over 10,000 euros on said sh*t just beggars belief.
 

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If ASR contributed to Michael Lavorgna throwing in the towel I will need to donate more to the site :p:D
Seriously, how anyone can blame measurement and objective opinions of a sh*t product for being villains rather than a shill reviewer encouraging the gullible and deluded to spend over 10,000 euros on said sh*t just beggars belief.
Not sure how I feel about his "quitting" audio. I think it would be better if the information here convinced the hardcore subjectivists to take a more rational approach to the hobby.

But I'm glad he's not out there continuing to misguide others with his reviews.
 

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Weather or not this DAC measured badly, this guy’s review still sounds like pure nonsense. Who the hell sits and listens to square waves and believes they can sound beautiful etc? Lol
the slanted italic words were not the original words ... I replaced them to be funny... replace the slanted italic words with 'music
 
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I actually think that the deeper issue, which has created the opportunity which shysters like TotalDAC are happy to exploit, is the obsession with DACs. I view the DAC as a mature technology which achieved transparency years ago and which has been thoroughly commoditised. There really is no reason to spend much on a DAC unless you just want an expensive DAC. Dongles work fine, on-board DACs of devices work well, CD players made 30 years ago had good DACs. However the audio industry and magazines have done a splendid job convincing the audiophile world that the Audio DAC is some sort of cutting edge tech and that you have to spend spend spend if you don't want some god awful DAC which is probably orders of magnitude better than any other component in terms of measured performance to kill your music. This TotalDAC rubbish takes it to extremes but I have reached a point where I put the whole mystique around DACs in the same box as magic stones and cables.
 

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the obsession with DACs
Absolutely. When I went to the Hi-Fi store last year and bought my first "serious" amplifier & speakers, and when the seller asked me if I had a "DAC", I learnt the word.
Then I became obsessed and thanks God I found this site before pulling the trigger on a 3000$ device as good as a 9$ one.
 

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Not sure how I feel about his "quitting" audio. I think it would be better if the information here convinced the hardcore subjectivists to take a more rational approach to the hobby.

But I'm glad he's not out there continuing to misguide others with his reviews.
Although I think it's good that the total amount of nonsense written about audio has reduced by a tiny amount, I find it quite implausible that ASR could have had anything to do with it. There have been science-based audio sites and blogs for ages and they don't seem to have had any great impact. Am I wrong, and the tide is finally turning against all the nonsense, which is not just ignorant of the science, but also ignorant of any logic or critical thinking? Are there any figures for membership of the various forums, and do they show any trend?
 

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Although I think it's good that the total amount of nonsense written about audio has reduced by a tiny amount, I find it quite implausible that ASR could have had anything to do with it. There have been science-based audio sites and blogs for ages and they don't seem to have had any great impact. Am I wrong, and the tide is finally turning against all the nonsense, which is not just ignorant of the science, but also ignorant of any logic or critical thinking? Are there any figures for membership of the various forums, and do they show any trend?
I think that ASR has a lot of impact on Topping sales (deserved). Why not the contrary for crap?
 
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Although I think it's good that the total amount of nonsense written about audio has reduced by a tiny amount, I find it quite implausible that ASR could have had anything to do with it. There have been science-based audio sites and blogs for ages and they don't seem to have had any great impact. Am I wrong, and the tide is finally turning against all the nonsense, which is not just ignorant of the science, but also ignorant of any logic or critical thinking? Are there any figures for membership of the various forums, and do they show any trend?
I would say sheepishly that we -- I and all of you -- may have created something that has not been done before. Forums are random chatter and have little collective effect. The combination of hardcore, focused and comparative objective reviews and feedback and spread of news by you all is creating an impact. I see it in audiophiles who are in the middle for example starting to believe the value of measurements.

Industry wide, the effect is quite mild but I see it in the way companies starting to want the type of coverage we bring.

In some sense it is a hopeful sense that logic, data and science does have value in audio. And that a lot of people and companies underestimated this in high-end audio.

Long way to go but we have started down the path.

As to Michael quitting having anything to do with us, I don't know. In person he seemed like a find individual in his videos. I go about my work here without emotion or prejudice. If he had adopted that, I don't know why he would want to quit what he was doing. Then again, getting critical mass with a new site is tough and he may have seen the reality of that and decided to quit.
 

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I think that ASR has a lot of impact on Topping sales (deserved). Why not the contrary for crap?
Because overpriced crap is not in general bought by people who come here, or are influenced by measurements anyway? They live in a parallel universe where $thousands can, and indeed must, be spent on cables, including digital ones, and they are trying to tweak their digital playback to match the ultimate experience, vinyl. ;)
 

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I would say sheepishly that we -- I and all of you -- may have created something that has not been done before. Forums are random chatter and have little collective effect. The combination of hardcore, focused and comparative objective reviews and feedback and spread of news by you all is creating an impact. I see it in audiophiles who are in the middle for example starting to believe the value of measurements.

Industry wide, the effect is quite mild but I see it in the way companies starting to want the type of coverage we bring.

In some sense it is a hopeful sense that logic, data and science does have value in audio. And that a lot of people and companies underestimated this in high-end audio.

Long way to go but we have started down the path.

As to Michael quitting having anything to do with us, I don't know. In person he seemed like a find individual in his videos. I go about my work here without emotion or prejudice. If he had adopted that, I don't know why he would want to quit what he was doing. Then again, getting critical mass with a new site is tough and he may have seen the reality of that and decided to quit.
Let me say straight away how impressed I am by the sheer volume of reviews you do. Not only that but you also find the time to reply to individual posts in these forums. Do you have any minions helping you out?

I really, really, hope you are right that this is making a difference, but if so, why has it taken so long? 'The Audio Critic' was doing something similar ~30 years ago (not online then of course) but didn't seem to be able to push back the tide of irrationality. JA's measurements at 'Stereophile' often seem to contradict the subjective parts of their reviews but that hasn't made too many audiophiles question the validity of the "high end" industry.
 

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Archimago and NwAvGuy also did make some impact and exposed some stuff for what it is.
Nothing changed.
TotalDac is still in business and probably has had even more sales due to more exposure.
IMO the vast majority of audiophiles (audiophools) doesn't believe anything that is preached here anyway and rather believe the audiopress.

I don't mind. People are warned and perhaps some folks were detered and bought another wonderful (and very expensive) audiophool product.
Some may have bought cheap stuff and came away disillusioned.
Some have really saved money and went with well performing gear.
Those are the ones that are really happy with ASR.... the rest either disregard ASR or laugh at it because their ears know better.

I for one am glad ASR exists, just to have another voice contra the mainstream concensus (that ears are the only thing that matters)
 
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Archimago and NwAvGuy also did make some impact and exposed some stuff for what it is.
Nothing changed.
TotalDac is still in business and probably has had even more sales due to more exposure.
IMO the vast majority of audiophiles (audiophools) doesn't believe anything that is preached here anyway and rather believe the audiopress.

I don't mind. People are warned and perhaps some folks were detered and bought another wonderful (and very expensive) audiophool product.
Some may have bought cheap stuff and came away disillusioned.
Some have really saved money and went with well performing gear.
Those are the ones that are really happy with ASR.... the rest either disregard ASR or laugh at it because their ears know better.

I for one am glad ASR exists, just to have another voice contra the mains stream concensus (that ears are the only thing that matters)
I'm a long time reader of Archimago and also Dr Aix (Mark Waldrep). For anyone who does not know them, <http://archimago.blogspot.com> and <http://www.realhd-audio.com>. Mitch Barnett is also worth reading <https://audiophilestyle.com/profile/8172-mitchco/>.

Edit: correction to make sense!
 
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