Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11
Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11
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Product Description
(5) sets of selectable inputs to allow you plenty of choices - including 2 sets RCA, 1 coaxial, 1 optical and 1 USB (2) sets of RCA Outputs tailored to your taste - one with transistor and one with a single 6N11 vacuum tube (can be replaced with 6922, E88CC, 6DJ8, 6H23n and CCa tubes) with passive volume control DAC direct output - by pass tube buffer stage and volume control for you to match the DAC with other high end amplification (amp must have its own volume control as DAC direct output pass signal at full volume) Built-in transistor headphone amp to allow you enjoy music in privacy (standard 6.5mm jack). Alternatively, you can use a RCA to 6.5mm jack adapter to connect headphones directly to the rear tube output Read More

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TheHonourableMrPenguin
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Nov 17, 2013
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Because of tax (CA resident), it needs to at least reach the second drop level to make any sense for me to purchase, but I'm quite interested.
Nov 17, 2013
Northshore
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Nov 14, 2013
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Good to see Grant Fidelity weigh in – but full disclosure would be that while the Dac-11 never sold for $200 it never sold for $400 plus either. For the last couple years until about a month ago it’s always been $350 including US shipping. Dacs that are a few years old go down in price, not up. Seems like the 50 level buy at $316.11 (with US shipping) should have been the starting point to attract interest.
Nov 14, 2013
fishfly
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Nov 14, 2013
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Nov 14, 2013
devhen
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Nov 13, 2013
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Will there be an option for the black faceplate?
Nov 13, 2013
highstream
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Nov 12, 2013
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Grant Fidelity has a Calgary showroom, which is where I imagine Darmock got that price. Otherwise, it's only sold through Yulong in Hong Kong, according to Ian Grant's blog - "All products listed at Grant Fidelity website are sold through our Calgary showroom or our webstore only. We do not sell our products through retail outlets." http://grantfidelity.com/site/where_to_buy. Also see the front page top and under Helpful Tips (side) about Ian's health, which has been in bad shape for some time: http://grantfidelity.com/site/blog/14. Hopefully, he's now finally coming through ok.
Forums: -Head-fi forums has a GF TubeDac thread that is of some use, especially in the first half, with Ian participating early on. http://www.head-fi.org/t/603086/review-grant-fidelity-tubedac-11. - http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=385504
Tube Rolling thread w/ Ian's recommended tub spreadsheet linked**** http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=439184 (highly recommend "Russian Rocket" - made a big difference in already good tube sound. Maybe one or two are better, depending on system needs, but others have become high priced)
Reviews: Affordable Audio: http://www.affordableaudio.org/aa2012-08.pdf Positive Feedback: http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue58/tubedac11.htm StereoMojo: http://stereomojo.com/Grant%20Audio%20Tube%20DAC11.htm/GrantAudioTubeDAC11.htm
Note: I use the TubeDac-11 in a 2.0 TV system, running Audioengine A5+, and it's worked very well there, and there have been no switching problems between components. Any system with the TubeDac deserves good power cords and ICs, at minimum.
Nov 12, 2013
grantfidelity
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Nov 13, 2013
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No one ever got DAC-11 for $200 price - we cannot even buy from factory at that price in wholesale of hundreds of units at a time. Some people might mixed it up with DAC-09 which was an older model with less than satisfactory quality so we switched to Yulong to produce the new model DAC-11 with much higher quality parts and design.
Nov 13, 2013
lusername
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Nov 12, 2013
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Nov 12, 2013
DARMOK
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Nov 12, 2013
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FYI people. this DAC was (and probably still is) available in Canada for something like $200. I should know, I bought one brand new for that price.
Nov 12, 2013
ryzz
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Nov 12, 2013
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Where?
Nov 12, 2013
grantfidelity
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Nov 13, 2013
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it has never been sold for $200. The 2009 model was sold around $200 but quality level is quite different.
Nov 13, 2013
fishfly
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Nov 11, 2013
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Hi there, can you tell me how to choose the sliver plate one? I don't see any that kind of options. thank you.
Nov 11, 2013
highstream
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Nov 12, 2013
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You should probably email MassDrop staff directly so they can arrange the order, if possible.
Nov 12, 2013
highstream
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Nov 11, 2013
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As an owner of a Tube Dac-11 for several months, this is one of the best dacs that's been offered here, and certainly at the price. Very good sound. Even better by swapping out the (single) tube for one of the suggested ones (there's a spreadsheet on a Grant Fidelity forum thread). The inexpensive "Russian Rocket" is very good.
P.S. See my post below for forum and review and tube links.
Nov 11, 2013