Thursday, January 20, 2022

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e38 8-channel DAC



Shifting from analog to digital for me is like switching guitars (or switching between acoustic and electric). I have my favorites and every neck is different, but five minutes after picking it up, I'm at ease with it.

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Playing to the e38 via USB or via the Sigma Streamer was fine, the sounds of the two approaches identical—just as they should be. The Sigma Streamer is easy to use and completely functional as a network link for the exaSound DACs

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Lynn Olson, inventor of the Shadow Vector, a 3D Vario-Matrix quadraphonic decoder, brings a retrospective of the development of multichannel audio and the excitement it can bring with modern technologies.

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Another "no gainsaying" moment here: DSD in surround via this system was exceptional, and demonstrated why a fine surround sound system is attainable, with music being supplied by companies like NativeDSD.com in increasing numbers.

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The upgraded version of the exaSound’s award-winning e38 DAC brings refinements and new features.

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Stereophile, one of the most prestigious printed magazines for audiophiles has published the 2018 Fall Edition Recommended Components List. The exaSound e38 DAC is listed as an A+ product and the PlayPoint is listed as Class A Media Player


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Occasionally, one makes an improvement in their audio system that is monumental....The sound field has become immense, and detailed. You can pinpoint individual instruments and their positions in the orchestra. The sound field has also expanded off to the sides beyond the speakers themselves...This is the most “musical” reproduction that I’ve ever heard.

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My LH Labs Pulse Xfi stereo DAC died last year so I started leaning heavily on my OPPO 105 as a stereo Asynchronous USB DAC with my PC as the source. All Stereo had been going through the Pulse. I love multichannel, and had been sending it over HDMI to my AV pre-processor. This worked well because I had Audyssey XT32 dialed in nicely. The Marantz didn’t support all bitrates, ISO, or DSD, so there were workarounds needed. For Stereo and DSD I preferred the OPPO 105 via analog out, but had to use HDMI for multichannel DSD.

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