Saturday, December 5, 2015

LessLoss Echo's End R2R Dac


Long in the making, long held secret, now LessLoss reveal the first announcement about their latest high performance product, a new analogue-to-digital signal converter of superlative performance and value!

Meet Echo's End: LessLoss new discrete precision resistor R2R DAC with multiple integrated Firewall technology!

LessLoss will soon release our new world-class DAC with discrete precision resistor topology. No off-the-shelf mass produced DAC chip is used. This ladder DAC will be turbocharged with no less than 11 directly integrated new generation Firewall modules. These will condition both the AC power as well as all DC supplies throughout the unit. The results are no less than phenomenal in terms of clarity and relaxation, without the tube-y type "softened" sound of transformers or tubes to achieve it.

Digital inputs and analogue outputs

The unit supports USB, S/PDIF, and AES/EBU digital inputs. Which ever one you connect, the unit locks to without any switches. Both unbalanced and balanced outputs are included.

The idea behind the name Echo's End

Think about this: every 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. There's something there beyond the mere signal, and we want to go there.

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 more 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!)

Let me just say it this way: you need this new piece of equipment in your collection! It 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 listener. 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

Along with the Echo's End DAC, we are also developing the USB Firewall Key. It will be about $300. 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 desktop audio well within, if not defining, the highest performance class. An uninteresting, even 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.

Featuring Analogue signal outputs as follows:

- 2 Channels Unbalanced (RCA), straight off of the Ladder DAC resistor network at 1.4V RMS. You can even drive many headphones directly, because this is a very powerful output. Or connect with a preamp volume control.

- 2 Channels Balanced (XLR), at ~2V RMS. You can drive most any headphone through this output. Or connect with a preamp volume control.

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.) Very little plastic throughout. Very rich, organic sound. Very pleasing and most hypnotic. No metal-on-metal junctions; everything is hand-soldered using solid core wiring, including all 11 Firewall modules.