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    Early Explorations

    Hey Sharks, I am interested in your experience with the Lampizator or Aeries Cerat line of DACS? I have read some here but it seems limited to the top models. I am interested in all models across the range. How far up each chain donI need to shoot to exceed my K-03x/Cybershaft OP 17 combo?
    Main system - Sonus Faber Stradivari, McIntosh C1100 with Stillpoint minis, MC2301s with Stillpont Ultra SS footers, Esoteric K-03X on Stillpoint Ultra SS, Cybershaft Limited OP17 Master Clock on Stillpoint Minis, Shunyata Alpha Clock 75 & Alpha USB Cables, Silenzio by E - Silent PC Media Server, GigaFoil v4, Keces P3, Supra Cat 8+ and Revelation Audio Ethernet cables, Synology NAS. JL Audio CR-1 crossover, JL audio F-113v2 subwoofer, PS Audio P10, Dectet, Power Ports and Noise Harvesters - Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 Speaker cables, Silver Eclipse 7 ICs and Silver Elektra 7 PCs, Vicoustics, GIK & Stillpoint Room treatments. Three dedicated 20 Amp lines

    TV Room - Revel F52, C32, B&W LM1, McIntosh MX121, McIntosh MC7106, OPPO 103, Sonos Connect / W4S Remedy

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    Re: Early Explorations

    I am in a similar spot with my K-03X. After having a Luxman D-08u on loan in my system, I'm interested to see what they replace it with.

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    Re: Early Explorations

    I’m patiently waiting for the D-08u replacement too. I have not decided on what my long term dac should be. I bought a bunch of cds from a friend now I want to make sure I have a great player going forward.
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    Re: Early Explorations

    I have only heard the a couple of versions of the Lampi a few times. Not enough to form an option other than nothing jumped out and grabbed me.
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    Re: Early Explorations

    Have a look at Aqua La Scala


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    Re: Early Explorations

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Have a look at Aqua La Scala


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    Hey Mike, Do you carry the Aqua line? Craig
    Main system - Sonus Faber Stradivari, McIntosh C1100 with Stillpoint minis, MC2301s with Stillpont Ultra SS footers, Esoteric K-03X on Stillpoint Ultra SS, Cybershaft Limited OP17 Master Clock on Stillpoint Minis, Shunyata Alpha Clock 75 & Alpha USB Cables, Silenzio by E - Silent PC Media Server, GigaFoil v4, Keces P3, Supra Cat 8+ and Revelation Audio Ethernet cables, Synology NAS. JL Audio CR-1 crossover, JL audio F-113v2 subwoofer, PS Audio P10, Dectet, Power Ports and Noise Harvesters - Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 Speaker cables, Silver Eclipse 7 ICs and Silver Elektra 7 PCs, Vicoustics, GIK & Stillpoint Room treatments. Three dedicated 20 Amp lines

    TV Room - Revel F52, C32, B&W LM1, McIntosh MX121, McIntosh MC7106, OPPO 103, Sonos Connect / W4S Remedy

    Resting - Infinity RS IIa

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    Re: Early Explorations

    Quote Originally Posted by crwilli View Post
    Hey Mike, Do you carry the Aqua line? Craig
    Yes. The La Scala is $7700 MSRP. Let me know if you want me to send you it to demo.


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    Re: Early Explorations

    Can’t wait to listen to the Aqua La Scala MKII Optologic in my system. Awesome opportunity Mike! Thank you.

    Craig
    Main system - Sonus Faber Stradivari, McIntosh C1100 with Stillpoint minis, MC2301s with Stillpont Ultra SS footers, Esoteric K-03X on Stillpoint Ultra SS, Cybershaft Limited OP17 Master Clock on Stillpoint Minis, Shunyata Alpha Clock 75 & Alpha USB Cables, Silenzio by E - Silent PC Media Server, GigaFoil v4, Keces P3, Supra Cat 8+ and Revelation Audio Ethernet cables, Synology NAS. JL Audio CR-1 crossover, JL audio F-113v2 subwoofer, PS Audio P10, Dectet, Power Ports and Noise Harvesters - Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 Speaker cables, Silver Eclipse 7 ICs and Silver Elektra 7 PCs, Vicoustics, GIK & Stillpoint Room treatments. Three dedicated 20 Amp lines

    TV Room - Revel F52, C32, B&W LM1, McIntosh MX121, McIntosh MC7106, OPPO 103, Sonos Connect / W4S Remedy

    Resting - Infinity RS IIa

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    Re: Early Explorations

    The opportunity to break in and then audition a new piece of equipment in your room is a rare treat. That is what I just completed with the Aqua La Scala MKII Optologic DAC. While it won’t be staying in my system, I want to thank Mike for the opportunity. I won’t go into all I did in this audition but suffice it to say I had the La Scala connected exactly as my existing DAC is. Same cables same volumes so I could switch inputs on my pre and get on the fly listening comparisons.

    After 100+ hours of ROON streaming, Three different multi-hour listening sessions over two days, the La Scala only showed a clear improvement during complex passages playing Mahler #7,4 & 2. It made the strings sweeter, more lifelike. On all other highly varied music and different resolutions, I struggled to hear any differences. At least any that swayed me to give up my disc player and go to a ‘spinner less’ system. I am willing to do so but it is going to have to be a bigger improvement.

    Thanks again Mike!!
    Main system - Sonus Faber Stradivari, McIntosh C1100 with Stillpoint minis, MC2301s with Stillpont Ultra SS footers, Esoteric K-03X on Stillpoint Ultra SS, Cybershaft Limited OP17 Master Clock on Stillpoint Minis, Shunyata Alpha Clock 75 & Alpha USB Cables, Silenzio by E - Silent PC Media Server, GigaFoil v4, Keces P3, Supra Cat 8+ and Revelation Audio Ethernet cables, Synology NAS. JL Audio CR-1 crossover, JL audio F-113v2 subwoofer, PS Audio P10, Dectet, Power Ports and Noise Harvesters - Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 Speaker cables, Silver Eclipse 7 ICs and Silver Elektra 7 PCs, Vicoustics, GIK & Stillpoint Room treatments. Three dedicated 20 Amp lines

    TV Room - Revel F52, C32, B&W LM1, McIntosh MX121, McIntosh MC7106, OPPO 103, Sonos Connect / W4S Remedy

    Resting - Infinity RS IIa

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