Introducing : The LampizatOr DAC Generation 5


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This is not merely an electronic product. It is not another high end DAC built like a cheaply made PCB plus two tubes and a box. This is in my opinion a masterpiece, my lifetime achievement.

Beginning with Generation 2 announced in late June 2010 - then the Generation 3 during all 2011 and spring 2012 I am now more than ready to challenge any existing known levels of quality.

On August 2012 I announce the introduction of Generation 4 across all levels of products.

From December 2014 we finalized the total change of mounting technique from point to point to the PCB. We created our own PCB’s which incorporate all our knowledge about analog circuitry and this way we can produce DACS in a more repeatable and reliable way. The PCB itself is made here in Warsaw and populated with parts by us.

What I offer you is my time, talent, experience and passion to build the most exciting DAC today known to me !  We are an established company, with two facilities for manufacturing and a team of 6 people.

I have arrived at the  Lampizator  5th generation DAC though a lengthy process. 8 years of everyday testing different DAC chips - over 100 conversion chips tested with the same lampizator circuit to hold the analog part as constant, practically all available chips have been tested. I have narrowed down the choice of DAC chips to just 5 and then I used 4 different types of digital receiver chips and tested them with DACS in all kinds of permutations. In the end, the selected “couple” was subjected to tests of various operating modes, clock frequencies, sampling rates, oversampling, upsampling, and other options.

This stage was the longest and most challenging because the circuit of the digital part is extremely sensitive to even the smallest variations, and there are countless traps and problems.

Putting  my reputation on the table, I do believe that the generation 5 DAC is a very musical, transparent and analog- like product. I sell it in the worlds’ most competitive market and so far the reviews are enthusiastic.
The sound quality of my DAC  is already on another level, compared with my earlier DIY projects like Lampucera,Behringer and Buffalo.

Customers across the globe are very satisfied.


DAC Generations and levels:

The generation number means a significant step in improving the DAC technology and sound. Generation 1 was a prototype, Generation 2 was a more mature and stable design. Since its introduction in July 2010 I made some progress, qualifying for the title of Generation 2,5.  All the improvements combined - starting from October 1 2010 result in a major step forward and a title of Generation 3.

GENERATION 4

We started shipping out Generation 4 DACs starting from march 2012.

Serial numbers 205 and higher are Generation 4 already.

Currently, starting from circa December 01 2014 and from DAC serial number 620  we ship Generation 5 DAC on 5 quality levels.

The levels simply reflect the technological sophistication versus the retail price.


read about GENERATIONS elsewhere on this website.

What is different about the our DAC ?

We do it like the good old days - by hand, all in one factory, all built to last.

It is timeless.

As explained elsewhere, you can posses this piece of engineering without any risk involved. Why ?

  1. - You can return the DAC for a full refund up to seven days after purchase. No strings attached.
    At any time in the future you can upgrade to the latest newest specs at a reasonable cost

  2. -Any feature you initially forgot can be added later at the reasonable cost. (inputs, outputs, options, etc).
    -There will be no better audio technology in the future than good old tube engineering like LampizatOr. Future progress of corporations will be “iPhone” “Pony”, MP3, etc.
    -There will be no better music data storage in mass distribution than the digital audio as we know it - whether it is 44/16 or 192/24 or even DSD. The future will only bring better compression and faster downloads of the music files.
    -The DAC has its “obsolescence” already built in, in the form of the tube circuits from the 1940‘s, and nothing can make it obsolete in the foreseeable future.


Some technical overview:

Digital:

We  use the best D/A chip known to us and selected from all the World’s DACs by endless tests. The generation 5 digital PCB is a fixed project. It took 6 years of everyday testing to arrive at this PCB design so it is very unlikely to change by much anytime soon. The design is NOT based on any known product; it is not even loosely inspired by any kit or DAC. It is a genuine original design, based on chips previously not used together and in a configuration un- tried before . The chips are current production, latest models and not nostalgic 16 bit units. It is a multi bit top model with fully differential balanced outputs and 384 kHz capability.

Analog:

We pay fanatical attention to the analog stage, using tubes and no silicon. No op-amps. Purity and simplicity of single ended triode amplifier between the DAC and the output is one of the key ingredients. 

Box:

We designed and engineered the box from the ground up to be a unique and  quite handsome  housing: your choice of silver or black faceplate. What is common is the LampizatOr’s ring LED button.  Levels 6 and 7 have tubes standing exposed on the top.)

Options:

You can order from options like multiple digital inputs, XLR balanced outputs, Tos-Link, volume control with remote, Preamp functionality with inputs,  one of the best if not THE best  USB  solution on the market.  (32 bit, asynchronous and up to 380 kHz)

Power supply:

From Level 3 and  up - we build a tubed power supply which is at least 400% oversized to provide the unheard of purity, authority and grunt. Every supply has built in both  230 V and 115 V windings. All GND is star topology. Everything, except the tubes is stone cold. In Level 4 and 5 the power supply is electrolyte-less. In Level 5,6 and 7 the power supply is also fully dual mono.

The use of approx. 10 times oversized capacitor bank effectively means that the DAC board as well as tube anodes are supplied by caps for 1 minute of operation without need to recharge. This is a quasi battery operation but without the hassle of real batteries charging. The LampizatOr DAC does not “see” at all the AC influence, its quality, fluctuations etc. The custom made  massive chokes separate the electronics from any AC residual history and the Fikus Power Supply is as pure as it gets. You can hear that, let me tell you.

Production:

Everything is made by hand by myself or my 6 employees. The process takes 8 full days of preparations, assembly, testing, burn-in and music listening in my Nirvana system. Every unit is numbered and documented. Nothing is outsourced except metal work. 

Parts:

We use parts of OUR CHOICE and we make absolutely no apologies for it.  We don’t like any pressure to change the parts to any other than our own. All parts are over-specified, usually old stock, mostly military, preferably Soviet made  or Warsaw Pact. (Disarmament is a part of our mission).  Remember - every lampizatOr DAC or kit - means that ONE MORE missile or MIG is grounded. “Make Mozart, not Nukes !”

V-Cap Copper, Jupiter Copper, Duelund Copper  and Jensen Copper caps are available at extra price.

Warranty and Test Period:

We offer you 7 days comfort of a full money refund for testing the DAC or amp you receive (excl. shipping cost) counting from the day you receive it.

We offer 5 years warranty for parts and labour excl. tubes.

Sometimes we sell ex-demo or refurbished or end of series or cosmetically imperfect DACs from the eShop - please mail us for hot deals.

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