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For a long time, I thought my leema antilla cd player was the best cd player in the world under $10k until I got a bit curious about all the hoohaa I have reading over the forums about the lampizator and how it eats anything else for breakfast even a $30k dcs Debussy and scarlatti etc.

So I invited Richard tan from audio salon over for him to bring the lampizator over so that I could show him how good my leema and ps audio p10 is. I was expecting Richard to go back to his pals so that he could tell them how astute I was in choosing such a brilliant system.

To cut a long story short, the lampizator sounded very much better especially bass weight, sound staging depth, height and width. The lampizator will truly shock you in the scale in can bring to the musical presentation especially if you listen to a lot of orchestral pieces. Percussions and layers of musical information become so much more palpable and take more form and shape.

Needless to say, I am $5k poorer for getting Richard to come over as I purchased the lampizator on my second audition. I didn't purchase it on my first audition as I thought that Richard tampered with my system whilst I got him a drink so that the lampizator would sound far superior.

I have now just received the lampizator and I can truly say that it sounded better than Richards demo model for whatever reason.

All I can say is I am very grateful to have fabulous resources like Richard, jadyn, jkenny and Carlton audio guys around when you really need specialized insight and experience to avoid you from making costly mistakes on this obsessive hobby. Please note that I have no business association with Richard tan other than the fact that we are both from Malaysia and don't have much of a life outside of hifi.

Life is short guys, you have to get Richard to bring his Lampi over to your house for some illumination. $5k does sound like a lot of money but remember that you are buying best in the world breed...most probably....now back to optimizing my pc audio and jkenny spdif converter so I can get the best out of the lampizator.

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Oh yes. I forgot to mention that I've always thought and experience that many dacs and cd player sounded very similar and when there were differences it was quite subtle....slightly more detail...slightly bigger. And I guess I have always felt that way because it was probably true that there little to differentiate cd offerings because the technological approach had always been quite similar. I believe Lukas lampizator has approached his offering from a different angle and implemented his dac quite differently from the power supply, to circuitry and point to point wiring approach.

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For a long time, I thought my leema antilla cd player was the best cd player in the world under $10k until I got a bit curious about all the hoohaa I have reading over the forums about the lampizator and how it eats anything else for breakfast even a $30k dcs Debussy and scarlatti etc.

So I invited Richard tan from audio salon over for him to bring the lampizator over so that I could show him how good my leema and ps audio p10 is. I was expecting Richard to go back to his pals so that he could tell them how astute I was in choosing such a brilliant system.

To cut a long story short, the lampizator sounded very much better especially bass weight, sound staging depth, height and width. The lampizator will truly shock you in the scale in can bring to the musical presentation especially if you listen to a lot of orchestral pieces. Percussions and layers of musical information become so much more palpable and take more form and shape.

Needless to say, I am $5k poorer for getting Richard to come over as I purchased the lampizator on my second audition. I didn't purchase it on my first audition as I thought that Richard tampered with my system whilst I got him a drink so that the lampizator would sound far superior.

I have now just received the lampizator and I can truly say that it sounded better than Richards demo model for whatever reason.

All I can say is I am very grateful to have fabulous resources like Richard, jadyn, jkenny and Carlton audio guys around when you really need specialized insight and experience to avoid you from making costly mistakes on this obsessive hobby. Please note that I have no business association with Richard tan other than the fact that we are both from Malaysia and don't have much of a life outside of hifi.

Life is short guys, you have to get Richard to bring his Lampi over to your house for some illumination. $5k does sound like a lot of money but remember that you are buying best in the world breed...most probably....now back to optimizing my pc audio and jkenny spdif converter so I can get the best out of the lampizator.

I have been waiting a long time in perth to audition one but no luck so far :(

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i was lucky enough to hear one at Mcleans HiFi at east Gosford and was also lucky enough to compare my MiniMax Plus (with dexa discrete op amps + upraded tube + fuse) With it, and all i can say is that i loved the sound of lampi but was even more surprised by how well my modded MiniMax Plus compared. If i was building another system funded by a lotto win then the lampi would be a definite purchase but as it stands now i have no desire to change dac's.

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Still not chump change!

Aus $6000 for the Lampi Level 4 (with I2S USB module) isn't chump change either.

Regardless, I don't regret one single dollar of it's purchase price. Before it arrived (eventually!) I had my share of doubts about whether I'd maybe taken 'a step too far' in my search for an analogue-sounding digital system.

As soon as I plugged in the Lampi my doubts disappeared, and as it has settled in to my system I am increasingly satisfied with my decision to buy it, sight-and-sound unseen!

It's in a whole different class from my NAD M51, which is a GREAT DAC for the price. Until I heard the Lampi I wouldn't have believed I would hear such an improvement in SQ with my system.

Crazy thing to do eh? ;)

"Gidday, my name is Graeme, I'm crazy, and I'm glad I am!!" :P

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In the last 6 months I've tried out a number of DACs, beginning with the Antelope Zodiac, Metrum Octave, Lamplizator L4 and JKDAC 32.

I had the Lampizator L4 for a couple of weeks on demo. My word I thought it was insane! The heft and weight of soundstage images was just amazing and I'd never heard digital sound quite like it. At the same time I was demoing the Octave - I bought the Octave.

Both were great at presenting an 'analogue-like' reproduction of music, very smooth and grainless. Plenty of detail in abundance without the impression that it was being thrown at you. The Metrum gave away loads in terms of bass (better then most NOS but still relatively light). However I found (along with a few other hifi listeners) that the Metrum's midrange was just that bit clearer and unmuddled, especially on complex tracks.

If they were the same price I would have bought the L4, but they weren't - the L4 was modded and would have cost £4500, and the Octave was £725.

(I have subsequently replaced the Octave with a JKDAC which to my ears is better than both of them).

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Both Graeme and I are listening to the latest Generation 4 L4 Lampi using the multibit chip.

These have only been made since the Summer from serial number 299 or so. Quite different to the Generation 3 which was delta sigma....which I love as well.

Tube Dacs rule. LoL

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