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Ye Olde Editor, in medias res… (photograph by John Robinson)
No, this is not a major review. It is more of a retrospective and reflection on what I’ve heard in the upgrade of our LampizatOr Golden Gate DSD DAC from its original design to its new Golden Gate 2 version. As it turns out, that upgrade wasn’t merely cosmetic; it was a complete and significant rethinking and redesign of the GG DAC.
This is a summary of the improvements as I’ve heard them here.… Read the full article
by Rafe Arnott
The archeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun buried deep in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. The tomb was, for all intents, and purposes, intact, and became legend for the quantity of golden treasure that was buried within.
Casting my eyes upon the LampizatOr Pacific DAC ($29,995 USD) in all its splendour at AXPONA I was reminded of Carter’s story of discovery (and subsequent curse) as I gazed upon my reflection in its glossy, golden-brass casework, and marvelled at the compliment of 300B, 5U4G, and 6H6P tubes sprouting from its top like a crown.… Read the full article
I like monitors. I fancy listening music with monitors and I got this tip, Sveda Audio makes proper recording studio monitors, they measure their creations and get some trully great results. But monitors do need a touch of warmth to get slightly more audiophile friendly and this is were Lampizator kicks in, they had a fantastic synergy during the show.
The D’Appo monitors with, you guessed it, a midrange – tweeter – midrange configuration with 150W of class AB amplification was paired to the Sveda triple driver woofer section with class D amplification while on tha back of the room a pair of big sub-woofers took care of the bottom octave.… Read the full article
Glorious! That’s one word to describe the sound spilling from the Warsaw AV showroom fronted by LampizatOr’s latest uber high-end D/A converter, the Pacific. The brass beast made its debut at RMAF in Denver last month before journeying to a brick-n-mortar store demo in Florida, then London and now Poland.
But careful now: here be troubled waters. I cannot with any ounce of confidence attribute this post’s introductory G word to only the Pacific DAC. After all, show attendees like you and I must listen through an unfamiliar room, unfamiliar loudspeakers, unfamiliar amplification, the unfamiliar Pacific DAC and (for this commentator) unfamiliar music.… Read the full article
Mike Bovaird, the owner of Suncoast Audio in Sarasota Florida, held an event at his store on October 14, 2017 to provide a premier demo of the new Pacific flagship DAC from LampizatOr for his Sarasota customers. I flew in on ‘lucky’ Friday the 13th to Sarasota in order to cover the event.
Suncoast Audio is a “destination” type of stereo store according to Mike because it is located in a nondescript business district that you are not going to stumble onto unexpectedly.… Read the full article
I walked past the room at RMAF without noticing the sign, stopped dead in my tracks, and did a 180-degree turn. I peered through the partially-opened door into the darkness beyond, and noticed all the people jammed inside with their eyes closed swaying to music like strange priests involved in some taboo ritual. I stepped in, and looked over some shoulders to better understand what dark arts were being worshipped. Then I saw it: the idol these former Ascetics had become entranced by.… Read the full article
Fans of Part-Time Audiophile will recall my (on going) love affair with the Polish DAC wonder called LampizatOr.
Just to recall some of my highlights — once upon a time, I met up with the PCM-only Gen 3/Level 4 Lampi, and swooned. I ended up ordering a Gen 4/Level 4. I later tested out the DSD-only Lampi DAC, and was blown away. There have been many other versions of the LampizatOr that have come out since then, including the top-of-the-line Golden Gate DAC, pretty much the mega-pizza with all the trimmings one could ever want on a DAC.… Read the full article
I did my best to make the Newport Beach show a hi-fi destination where I sought out systems and manufacturers that I hadn’t spent time with previously, and whose set-ups were comprised of digital sources instead of analog. I still couldn’t help myself from stopping by some favourite rooms featuring familiar analog set-ups, or with new gear in the mix, but I feel I made real inroads on some digital kit that continued to open my eyes to the possibilities of high-end digital sources.… Read the full article