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    Esoteric migrating off of AKM Dac chips for flagship D1X?

    I read or heard a rumor that Esoteric is going away from AKM as supplier for their upcoming two chassis flagship D1X DAC.

    Now, not sure if its another Delta Sigma brand eg an ESS or they are using a custom FPGA.

    Anyone hear similar?

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    Re: Esoteric migrating off of AKM Dac chips for flagship D1X?

    Quote Originally Posted by mdp632 View Post
    I read or heard a rumor that Esoteric is going away from AKM as supplier for their upcoming two chassis flagship D1X DAC.

    Now, not sure if its another Delta Sigma brand eg an ESS or they are using a custom FPGA.

    Anyone hear similar?
    My opinion is that you are going to see all of the very top manufacturers using their own custom FPGA devices going forward. It differentiates them from the pack.
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    Re: Esoteric migrating off of AKM Dac chips for flagship D1X?

    Read Google translation of a Japanese article on Esoteric's forthcoming Grandioso D1X/P1X DAC/Transport. They are apparently going with an in-house developed DAC.

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    Re: Esoteric migrating off of AKM Dac chips for flagship D1X?

    Quote Originally Posted by GSOphile View Post
    Read Google translation of a Japanese article on Esoteric's forthcoming Grandioso D1X/P1X DAC/Transport. They are apparently going with an in-house developed DAC.
    That is the direction they needed to head. Best of the best develop DAC chips from the ground up


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    Re: Esoteric migrating off of AKM Dac chips for flagship D1X?

    I'm looking forward to the new Grandioso products....tough decision whether to buy D1X or P1X (I can't do both).

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    Re: Esoteric migrating off of AKM Dac chips for flagship D1X?

    I've got price and availability information now on P1X and D1X (late February).

    P1X will be $11K more expensive than what I can buy a new P1 for. That's a big difference, I'm inclined to buy the P1. Any thoughts?

    D1X is also significantly more expensive, but I've got a hunch that it will be worth paying the extra for. With the P1X, I'm not so sure.

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    Re: Esoteric migrating off of AKM Dac chips for flagship D1X?

    Quote Originally Posted by GSOphile View Post
    Read Google translation of a Japanese article on Esoteric's forthcoming Grandioso D1X/P1X DAC/Transport. They are apparently going with an in-house developed DAC.
    Iím guessing an in-house designed R2R ladder DAC. IMO, the AKM 4497 is the best sounding of the Delta Sigma DAC chips. My Grandioso K1 sounded amazing when I had it.

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    Re: Esoteric migrating off of AKM Dac chips for flagship D1X?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinist View Post
    Iím guessing an in-house designed R2R ladder DAC. IMO, the AKM 4497 is the best sounding of the Delta Sigma DAC chips. My Grandioso K1 sounded amazing when I had it.

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    Re: Esoteric migrating off of AKM Dac chips for flagship D1X?

    Others being?

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    Re: Esoteric migrating off of AKM Dac chips for flagship D1X?

    Quote Originally Posted by brodricj View Post
    Others being?
    EMM, MSB...

    I owned a K1. I currently have a EMM DA2 & MSB Reference. Both are significant improvements. I like the EMM the best.


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