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    Boulder 812 DAC/Preamp



    The 812 has a sophisticated built-in headphone amp with multiple connection options that would connect almost any headphone on the market. It has the DAC topology, DSP filter, and streaming options similar to the 866. It has two analog inputs and preamp outs for more traditional two-channel systems. It also features a software-enabled fixed DAC out for those who want to use it just as a DAC. All of this makes the 812 versatile for virtually any listener or system.


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    Re: Boulder 812 DAC/Preamp

    The styling is similar to the new 866 integrated. At first I wasn’t so sure I liked the new look but it’s growing on me.
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    Re: Boulder 812 DAC/Preamp

    Will we see a stand-alone 800 series amp soon?


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    Re: Boulder 812 DAC/Preamp

    It’s a Boulder so it should be good. Altho, the layout on front plate looks odd.
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    Re: Boulder 812 DAC/Preamp

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post


    The 812 has a sophisticated built-in headphone amp with multiple connection options that would connect almost any headphone on the market. It has the DAC topology, DSP filter, and streaming options similar to the 866. It has two analog inputs and preamp outs for more traditional two-channel systems. It also features a software-enabled fixed DAC out for those who want to use it just as a DAC. All of this makes the 812 versatile for virtually any listener or system.


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    I will have to check this Boulder unit and the T+A HA 200 before I buy a second Benchmark HPA4.

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    Re: Boulder 812 DAC/Preamp

    Sadly this product has been removed from the website. I’m wondering if they are rethinking the lower end of their offerings. I had hope for the 812 being the centerpiece for a smaller system.
    Amp : McIntosh MC60 mono block amps
    Digital : Bricasti M12, Oppo 203
    Analog : Technics SL1200G, Boulder 508
    Speakers : Daedalus Audio Muse Studio
    Headphone : BHSE + Voce

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    Re: Boulder 812 DAC/Preamp

    Quote Originally Posted by Bones13 View Post
    Sadly this product has been removed from the website. I’m wondering if they are rethinking the lower end of their offerings. I had hope for the 812 being the centerpiece for a smaller system.
    Not at all. They removed it because they continue to wait on Roon for certification. The product has been ready for months. Ready to go. Ready to ship. Just waiting on Roon.


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    Re: Boulder 812 DAC/Preamp

    This is disappointing, and absurd. Roon gets to add a premier equipment manufacture to their stable, and they reward them with months of lost sales. I believe this is why Aqua ultimately did a work around...
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    Re: Boulder 812 DAC/Preamp

    Roon has both the 866 and the 812 listed as Roon Ready on their web site.
    Amp : McIntosh MC60 mono block amps
    Digital : Bricasti M12, Oppo 203
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    Re: Boulder 812 DAC/Preamp

    Two new videos from Mike at Suncoast - worth watching.

    1) 812 unboxing
    2) 812 + 1161 playing music

    Definitely a pair to consider. Thanks for the videos!
    Amp : McIntosh MC60 mono block amps
    Digital : Bricasti M12, Oppo 203
    Analog : Technics SL1200G, Boulder 508
    Speakers : Daedalus Audio Muse Studio
    Headphone : BHSE + Voce

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    Re: Boulder 812 DAC/Preamp

    I would be interested in any comments from 812 owners, had a brief listen to one yesterday and was impressed.

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    Re: Boulder 812 DAC/Preamp

    I have one of these on the way, mainly for headphones but was thinking about getting some active speakers. Are there any decent ones with XLR inputs, no DAC, bookshelf size? A quick search did not disclose any that would be at the level of the 812.

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    Re: Boulder 812 DAC/Preamp

    Quote Originally Posted by FastEddy View Post
    I have one of these on the way, mainly for headphones but was thinking about getting some active speakers. Are there any decent ones with XLR inputs, no DAC, bookshelf size? A quick search did not disclose any that would be at the level of the 812.
    Couple of options that quickly come to mind are the ATC Professional active speakers (e.g. SCM20ASL Pro) and Genelec active 2-way monitors. Not sure if you'd consider them "at the level of the 812", but both brands are very highly regarded in the pro audio space.
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