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Listening

Depending on your country, I can ship the DAC for a 14 day test if you can give me a financial guarantee and if you pay the shipping.

listening at Totaldac headquarter

You can come and listen to the DACs, in two auditoriums in Totaldac lab in France between Rennes and Mont-Saint-Michel.

Totaldac d150 speakers and Magico M6, driven by a Totaldac Amp-1 amplifier:
Totaldac d150 and Magico M6 speakers

Also available: Camerton bookshelf speakers, Focal Utopia headphone, Stax SR-L500 headphone.

And in the wooden room, a quasi-coaxial 3 way full horn system + subwoofers, about 105dB/1W/1m efficiency, driven by Totaldac Amp-1 or Absolare PP845 triode amplifiers:
coax bass horn


Some past hifi shows

Totaldac was at the Munich HifiDeluxe show 2019 :
The system was composed of:
Totaldac d1-player server/NAS
Totaldac RoonReady d1-streamer and reclocker
Totaldac d1-twelve-mk2 DAC
Totaldac one-box "live-power" power supply
Totaldac d1-driver, a volume-free preamp
Totaldac/Bibacord AES-EBU cables
Totaldac USB GIGAFILTER and ethernet cable/filters
new Totaldac Amp-1 power amplifier
Magico M6 speakers
Echole Limited Edition interconnect cables and speaker cables
Totaldac/Esprit power cord for the amplifier
Shunyata Hydra Triton V3 power distributor and Sigma NR power cords for digital components

Video recording by AVshowrooms.com on Youtube

Totaldac Munich Hifideluxe 2019

A Totaldac source was also used in 2 other rooms at Hifideluxe: Camerton / Holton using d1-streamer + d1-direct + d1-driver and Askja audio.
A d1-seven DAC and a USB GIGAFILER was also used by Focal JMLAB on their highest end headphone system.

"The R-2R totaldac is the least DAC-sounding of any DAC I’ve heard. When it plays recordings is does not sound digital or analogue.
Instead, it conveys this slightly dark, deep, super-quiet transparent spaciousness that I find riveting – and very natural.
Tone was the most life-like I have heard from Magico."
Herb Reichert, Audiostream and Stereophile
"Totaldac and Magico were producing holographic images and musical realism.
Love the M6 Magicos!"
Peter Breuninger, AVShowroom
"The Holton TotalDac room featuring the Camerton-audio Binom 1 loudspeaker had stunning detail and clarity
with outstanding impact from such a small loudspeaker."
Peter Breuninger, AVShowroom
"Askia Audio (embedding a Totaldac DAC) from France had very unique looking loudspeakers and electronics.
The sound was fast and detailed with lots of space and pace."
Peter Breuninger, AVShowroom
"it sounded very good indeed." Linette Smith, HifiPig
"it sounded really great as well! Transparent and uncolored, airy and unfatiguing this was a sound that you could listen to for hours." CHRISTIAAN PUNTER, Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
"It's really not exactly easy to drive the Magico M6 speakers, but the Amp-1 amplifier was designed from the ground up with the M6's and it shows on the very first note strike. Certainly a system you don't want to miss." monoandstereo.com
"Camerton Audio Binom-1 somehow reflect an aura of acoustical instruments. Very stylish and captivating!" monoandstereo.com
"Sur un passage d'orgue, la puissance est impressionnante dans l'extrême grave, sans aucune confusion, d'une netteté alliée à un délié rare, en plus d'une capacité dynamique à l'énergie sans limite, comme sur le French Cancan endiablé. Surtout l'Amp-1 alliée au sources Totaldac sait mettre en valeur la finesse et la définition des Magico M6, en apportant plus de matière sans rajouter de surbrillance dans l'aigu qui reste d'une variété incroyable, sans raideur comme parfois avec certaines électroniques à transistor puissantes." Haute Fidélité

Totaldac was in RMAF 2018:
"The ones and zeroes were being calculated with both precision and emotion by a totaldac d1 tube MKII. Overall, one of the best, most enjoyable rooms at RMAF and a standout memory for me from the show." Rafe Arnott, Audiostreams

Totaldac was in Munich hifi shows 2018 in several rooms:
-One 45sqm room in the HIGH END show at the MOC, in Hall 4, room W04, composed of:
Totaldac RoonReady d1-server and reclocker
new Totaldac d1-player server/NAS for Roon or for UPNP/DLNA
Totaldac d1-twelve DAC
new Totaldac d1-driver, a volume-free preamp
Totaldac/Bibacord AES-EBU cables
Totaldac USB GIGAFILTER and ethernet cable/filters
Totaldac d150 speakers and their subwoofers
Absolare 845 push pull monoblocs with Elrog tubes
Echole Limited Edition interconnect cables, speaker cables and power cords
Shunyata Hydra Triton V3 power distributor and Sigma NR power cords
Totaldac Munich High End 2018
"I was impressed by both of them. The d150's sound was relaxed very wide open and delightfully coherent.
I was immediately impressed by how smooth, vivid, and 3-dimensional the sound was.
Think big, full, open, and exceptionally coherent. I would have nominated Brient's system for best sound at show, but is was only the morning of my first day, so I moved on."
Herb Reichert, Stereophile
"TotalDAC had secured one of the few ground-floor super cabins to make very good sound with Absolare monos.
On flavour, the Analog Domain designer's private system had been very visceral and gripping.
Vincent Brient's transplanted from France for the occasion was ultra spacious and elegant.
Anyone who declares an absolute sound hasn't yet lived long enough. There are many lenses of perspectives or moods to experience playback through.
Premium executions of these are all equally valid. This was one of those."
Srajan Ebaen, 6moons
"The outcome was impressive to say the least" Dawid Grzyb, HifiKnights
"This was a great sounding system. We will be visiting Vincent shortly for a full and proper demonstration of this system." HifiPig
"I've had limited time at the show, but enjoyed very involving combo. Way to go and present system." Matej Isak, Mono&Stereo
"His DAC remains the most melodic." AUDIOHUB.GR

-Absolare room, on Rockport speakers.
Totaldac Absolare Munich 2018
"Best Sound (cost no object). There was a complete lack of grain and glare;
the presentation had utterly natural timbre and tremendous ability to pull me into the music rather than to think about the sound.
A terrific system expertly set up."
Robert Harley, the absolute sound
"listed in "MY FAVORITE SYSTEMS"" Ron Resnick, MONO&STEREO
"Possibly best in show." hifiwigwam

-A room with Totaldac USB GIGAFILTER + reclocker + d1-seven, Holton Audio amplifier, TelluriumQ cables and Soulsonic HOLOGRAMM-X speakers.
Totaldac Munich HifiDeluxe 2018
"it played phenomenally, that is, full of concert swinging sound." Soundrebels.com
"The sound in this room was something else displaying effortless power and a concert hall-like experience." Hifipig

-Focal room, using a d1-seven + GIGAFILTER as source for a Utopia headphone.


Totaldac was at the Munich show 2017:
-Totaldac d1-server + d1-twelve-SE digital source
-Absolare Integrated amplifier
-Totaldac, Echole and Bibacord cables
-Totaldac d150 speakers + subwoofers
-a d1-integral headphone + a Focal Utopia headphone.

A totaldac source was also in these 4 other rooms:
-Absolare amplifiers and Echole cables, demoing Totaldac d1-server + d1-twelve-SE
-Engstrom&Engstrom amplifiers and Bibacord cables, demoing Totaldac d1-server + d1-twelve-SE
-VinylSavor amplifiers from Thomas Mayer, demoing Totaldac d1-server + d1-core
-Voxativ

"The totaldac sound, in my experience, is one of delivering the musical event as it was originally recorded, and here in Munich it seemed that musical event was taking place in the room with me – no small feat in any sense – and considering it was a ballroom-sized space it made the accomplishment all the more impressive. Brient has a loudspeaker design that when paired with his bespoke DAC/streamer/Server sources, and an uncoloured amplifier is capable of utterly transporting the listener to the moment the track was recorded." Rafe Arnott, part-time audiophile.com
Amongs the best rooms according to Absolute sound, 3 used a Totaldac DAC as digital source: Absolare/Rockport, Voxativ and Engstroem/Marten. the absolute sound

Totaldac was in THE show in the USA 2016 in 2 rooms:
-"Best Sound" the absolute sound


Totaldac was in Munich High End 2015 in 4 large rooms:
-"Best Sound" AVShowrooms about Voxativ room
-"BEST IN SHOW" perfect sense
-"was for sure one of the highlights at the show for both the sound experience and what they represent" Mono&Stereo
-"My second-favourite sound of the show (after the ultra expensive Living Voice Vox Olympian room).
It sounded terrific to combine "analog" warmth with "digital" detail in a very rare balance whilst remaining domestically acceptable" Srajan Ebaen, 6moons
-"Belonged to the best that the show had to offer." Hifistatement (about Kaiser speakers room)
-"The system sounded lovely at low volume" Stereophile
-"So wonderful and truly relaxing Chopin Nocturnes on the big Fazioli grand piano." Hifistatement (about Goebel speakers room)
-"Last year Göbel had the best sound of the show, and sure enough this year the sound was even better!" MoizAudio
-"A highlight of course the installation of high-end Goebel, as always sounded for no apparent, clean, natural and refined aesthetics that exudes quality effort. Without doubt the best ..." hifilive.es
-"a sound that was very delicate and detailed at lower levels" the absolute sound
-"4 boxes of source gear is winning right" inearspace
-"uncanny sense of realism, ultra-natural" Stereotimes
-"Was sitting a while, it was lovely relaxant to get dabbing his ears with some great sounding here." nomono

room E115
drive: Totaldac d1-server or Jadis Calliope CD
DAC: Totaldac d1-twelve
amplifier: Analog Domain
speakers: Göbel High End
room E226
drive: Totaldac d1-server or CEC TL3N CD transport
DAC: Totaldac d1-dual
amplifier: Analog Domain
cables: Absolue Créations
speakers: Silberstatic
room F219
drive: Totaldac d1-server
DAC: Totaldac d1-twelve
pre + amplifier: Engstrom&Engstrom
cables: Bibacord
speakers: Kaiser Accoustics
room E222
drive: Totaldac d1-server
DAC: Totaldac d1-tube-mk2


Totaldac was at the High End show of Munich 2014, on a system composed of:
Totaldac d1-server + d1-twelve DAC, Kaiser speakers, Engstrom&Engstrom amplifiers, Bibacord cables
-"The DAC has a resolution that is unparalleled" Hifistatement
-"Once again, I was as impressed with the sound of the TotalDAC room as I was this same time last year.
The system produced a beautiful soundstage with an analog-like sound from a digital source." Stereotimes
-"The most analogue sounding digital? The TotalDAC! It sounds amazing." Parttimeaudiophile
-"The latter had my vote." "A super monitor I got to hear and very much enjoy was the Kaiser Acoustics Kawero! Chiara." Srajan Ebaen, 6moons
-"Best sound" highfidelity.pl


Totaldac at the High End show of Munich 2013:
-"Best of Show" listed. "The system sounded fantastic on concert grand—very natural with superb timbre and scale.
It was also sensational on trumpet, choir, and organ." The absolute sound
-"I got to hear the d1-tube DAC as well as the d1-dual DAC on separate occasions and they both made delicate, relaxed, and authoritative music in this system.",
"from the bit I heard, I'd certainly like to hear more" Audiostream (Stereophile)
-"I was very impressed with the sound... open, dynamic and uncompressed sound that was naturally presented much like live music" StereoTimes
-"Ein höchst interessantes Produkt ist der totaldac" Hifistatement
-"One of the standout rooms for me. My notes say beautiful! Definitally a sound I could live with" HifiPig
-"Definitely one of the best sets of the High End 2013" Audioreview.nl


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