"In conclusion, I’m rather thrilled with the TotalDAC and a little envious that I have to ship it off to our publisher Scot Hull…
I’ve enjoyed my time with it and certainly count it amongst the most enjoyable DACs I’ve heard." Grover Neville, part-time audiophile
"At that time, I had reviewed over 100 DACs and have reviewed a heck of a lot more since. If I use meaningfully delighted as the gauge of relative performance, I can tell you that very few DACs hit this mark at a level equivalent to a totaldac. I am very happy to report that the totaldac d1-tube DAC/Streamer is capable of delivering a startlingly delightful level of engagement." Michael Lavorgna, TWITTERING MACHINES
"BEST SOUND in THE show Newport Beach" the absolute sound
"What each of us finds musically convincing is deeply personal. There is no "best" in hi-fi, and nothing is perfect.
All I can tell you is how listening to music with the Totaldac d1-tube-mk2 in my system makes me feel: very happy. And when I say "happy," I mean—" Michael Lavorgna, Stereophile
"These d1-server + d1-dual or d1-tube set-ups attained a level for PCM and DSD which I’d not heard before.
After this review, the prize "Grand Frisson" of Audiophile Magazine is obvious." Thierry Nkaoua, Audiophile-Magazine and 6moons (about d1-tube)
"Listening through the totaldac late at night in the relative darkness, I can listen in to my music as deeply as I care to go.
There is nothing in between it and me except my thoughts...
Inserted in the "Favorite Bits Digital to Analog Converters" list" Michael Lavorgna, AUDIOSTREAM
"I was completely shocked and actually spilled out the word wow without realising it." Dan, HIFIpig (about d1-tube)
"Best of CES." Darko.audio
"In fact because the sound is so good, this is being placed upon the exclusive Inearspace Pride of Place as the best DAC we have ever reviewed." Sonny Trigg, Inearspace
"Exceptional unit, both technically and musically. Amazing what you can still get out of the good old CD. A true experience, providing the rest of the system is on the same level." Jürgen Saile, HIFIstatement (about d1-tube)
"PRODUCT OF THE YEAR. 'The most musically satisfying DAC I've yet heard, turning reproduction into experience.'" Michael Lavorgna, AUDIOSTREAM
"A truly great design from France, D1 Tube MkII posseses the musical personality of a good turntable, with transients and timbre that will make justice even to the most demanding speaker/amp set ups.
It is deeply sophisticated without being conservative and it remains a 100% natural-sounding nos dac, with reference grade tonal purity and a very rare octave to octave equilibrium.
It is possibly the most vinyl-like, the most analog sounding dac we have heard so far." Paris Kotsis, HIGHENDNEWS.gr
"Successful sound reproduction with digital technology like never before" hificlub.co.kr, Korea
-192KHz asynchronous Xmos USB, optical, RCA and AES-EBU digital inputs, selectable from a remote control.
-44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96KHz, 176.4KHz and 192KHz, 16 to 24 bit formats supported on all inputs except 96KHz max for optical input.
-as an option, DSD (DoP standard) supported on the USB, AES-EBU and spdif inputs.
-embedded custom clock with anti-jitter FIFO memory.
-1.4Vrms max RCA output. The XLR connector carries only the un-balanced signal, so it is equivalent to the RCA output.
-volume control, adjusted by a remote control and an OLED display, works for all inputs, not only USB.
-phase polarity selected by remote control.
-non-oversampling DAC compensation filter activated or disactivated by remote control.
-display switched off by remote control or automatic.
-R2R doubled DAC technology using 0.01% VAR Bulk Metal® Foil resistors from Vishay Foil Resistors, using 100 or 200 resistors.
-tube output stage using one ECC82/12AU7 double triode per channel. 420ohm output impedance.
-external power supply to minimize the noise on the embedded preamp.
-aluminium and PMMA enclosure with massive pure copper antivibration plate.
-power consumption 22W.
-DAC dimensions: height 110mm, width 360mm, depth 290mm.
-power supply dimensions: height 65mm, width 122mm, depth 180mm.
-DSD (DoP) option.
-silver massive aluminium front panel.
-115V power option.
-BNC coaxial digital input instead of RCA.
-d2-tube(-mk2), 69 bit 2 way active crossover.
-live-power grade power supply.
The list of embedded options is on the serial number sticker on the rear panel of the DAC.
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