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Denafrips Terminator

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Posted on October 21, 2020 at 13:28:49
Tuckers
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So I recently got my feet wet with an R2R dac for the first time. I got the Musician Pegasus. I really love what it does with the bits! Now I am thinking of jumping in the deep end of the pool. I am considering the Denfrips Terminator.

Seeing that I am an old analog guy, every indication I've seen is that the Terminator is frequently compared favorably to analog tape.

Who has experience with the Terminator?

 

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No Experience with it ..................., posted on October 21, 2020 at 14:19:43
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But you might as well go with the Terminator Plus... After All it is $2,700 more at $8,700 --- And as you said, might as well go to the Deepest end of the Pool...

The more you spend, the happier you'll be.






 

I believe Ivan303 has one ...., posted on October 21, 2020 at 15:37:32
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Have a look at the Stereophile archives as Herb Reichart reviewed it recently and the current edition has JA's measurements, which has some problems (see link). Incidentally, Herb Reichart recently reviewed the Holo May R-2R DAC and that has exemplary measurements.

Regards,
13DoW

 

indeed he does and he is happy with it..., posted on October 21, 2020 at 16:56:12
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Did it stomp all over his previous DAC, the $2000 Audio-GD Master 7 which is based on the now extinct Burr Brown PCM1704 ladder DAC chip and which had eight of them?

No, it did not. Maybe a bit of improvement but just a bit. Much like when I remove the speaker grills on Joseph Audio 'Pulsars', but that's about it.

If you want to make changes on the front panel rather than popping the cover and making filter and sampling rate changes via jumpers or want and need DSD, then the expense might be justified. Also there was no way I could ever figure out how to do firmware upgrades from Audio-GD in Chinese.

BUT, firmware upgrades will not be easy even with the DENAFRIPS but at lease support from Alvin in Singapore (in English) has so far been good.

At $4500 it should be.







 

RE: Denafrips Terminator, posted on October 24, 2020 at 15:52:43
Tuckers
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So, I've now added the Holo May to my list of DACs to consider. I have heard some positive things in comparison to the Terminator.

 

Stereophile recently reviewed both..., posted on October 27, 2020 at 11:01:59
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If you get the Halo May get it with all of the options so there can be no regrets.




 

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