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Meet Echo's End: our new discrete precision resistor R-2R DAC with multiple integrated Firewall technology
Echo's End is our new high performance DAC with discrete precision resistor topology. This ladder DAC is not based on any off-the-shelf DAC chip and is turbocharged with integrated Firewall technology. These condition both the AC power as well as all DC supplies separately throughout the unit. The results speak for themselves.
The idea behind the name
Echo's End is where hearing transforms into listening.
With most any DAC, you can hear everything. With Echo's End, you can listen to everything. Echo's End goes well beyond hearing sensation and affords best conditions for listening.
With other DACs, you can hear good things in a technical sense. With Echo's End, you can listen to the best humanity has to offer.
During testing, listening sessions became difficult because we kept losing track of time. After all, we are supposed to be at work here... Never has it been so difficult to peel ourselves from the desire to continue to listen for pleasure alone. It seems all critical faculties melt away and fail. Something else seems to take over, completely. One cannot help but marvel, and continue to marvel. (And no, we will not be held responsible for loss of sleep!)
Echo's End represents a new performance proposition, completely unique in this world. We are way beyond hearing new notes in chords, new subtly revealed accents and minute gestures of expression. We are now listening to and easily comprehending intent, ambient reality, a clear record of past events, to the actual meaning conveyed to the audience. A single historical performance can be described by a thousand critics' reviews, but now we can actually experience what they meant.
USB-ready; a new USB raised to audiophile standards
We can now say, for the first time in history, that USB is acceptable as a digital source suitable for audiophile playback purposes. No amount of digital smudginess or smearing remains in the sound. We now have a purity and clarity of tone previously only ever achieved by interfacing with well-shielded S/PDIF, AES/EBU, or even I2S. This opens the door to affordable audio well within, if not defining, the highest performance class. A cold-sounding, unmodified(!) computer can now convey authentic human emotion. There is nothing smudgy, fuzzy, or harsh remaining in the sound. Time passes smoothly as if from a reel-to-reel tape machine, less the noise. One is transported into a feeling of decades past, even before the rise of digital audio.
This is a masterpiece of high performance. All connectors and circuit boards are mated directly to wood. No Fuses. No frills. No lights. Not even any switches (automatic detection of whatever digital input is used.) Almost no plastic throughout. No brass pins on any internal busses. Directly soldered copper throughout. Very organic, smooth sound. Very pleasing and most hypnotic. The longest reverb tails and the most truthful ambient information you've ever encountered from digital.
LessLoss Echo's End DAC
The unit supports USB, S/PDIF, and AES/EBU digital inputs.
- 2 Channels Unbalanced (RCA), straight off of the Ladder DAC resistor network at 1.4V RMS. You can even drive many headphones directly.
- 2 Channels Balanced (XLR), at ~2V RMS. You can drive most any headphone through this output.
Digital formats converted to analogue
- PCM up to 24/192 kHz
- DSD 1x and 2x on USB input
- Width 375 mm
- Depth 230 mm (add a few mm for the connectors at the back)
- Height 55 mm (add 38 mm to the height if you use the Bindbreaker equipment feet)