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    ANK DAC 4.1 Build

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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by cci1492 on Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:55 pm

    For the first Peter (in Sweden)



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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by Peter W. on Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:12 pm

    I do like the Shrink-Wrap.

    Belt, suspenders and Velcro!
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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by audiobill on Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:48 pm

    As for me, I said precisely what I meant. And, with a BA in Speech Communications, an MBA, a CPA and CFA I can assure you that English is my first language.

    Peter W, you really do need to examine your motivations and online social skills, and others here would agree, I'm very sure.
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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by Peter W. on Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:09 pm

    audiobill wrote:As for me, I said precisely what I meant.  And, with a BA in Speech Communications, an MBA, a CPA and CFA I can assure you that English is my first language.

    Peter W, you really do need to examine your motivations and online social skills, and others here would agree, I'm very sure.

    Again, with respect - I would value accuracy over social niceties 100% of the time when in the realm of the technical. Generally, my motivation in this venue is to convey information as clearly and as accurately as I am able. Neither my 'feelings' nor those of others are at issue. We have all seen the consequences of poor information in other discussions. William of Occam pretty much summed up this sort of discussion back in the 1300s. Either something is, or it is not. And, if something is not, it need not be the opposite. Something is black or not black. Not black or white.

    None of us, least of all me, are perfect. But not being perfect does not invite deliberate sloppiness.
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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by peterh on Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:23 pm

    cci1492 wrote:For the first Peter (in Sweden)



    Nice solders !
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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by cci1492 on Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:27 pm

    Thanks, I was just waiting for any excuse to pull out the macro lens!
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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by Bennyhaha812 on Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:20 pm

    Just send it to me and I will build it!!! Lucky dog. Enjoy the journey. Hey is that some sort of helping hand setup your using with what looks like CNC machining tubing used for lubricating cuts? I need something like that for fine detail electronics soldering and would love a link to what it is or am I right about what it is and you made it yourself?
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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by cci1492 on Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:44 pm

    Yes as I posted further up: made that one out of a piece of thick aluminum I got on eBay. Drilled the holes, tapped the holes and then screwed those cnc coolant nozzles.

    https://www.amazon.com/Uxcell-a15091400ux0601-Nozzle-Flexible-Coolant/dp/B018RT31R4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1544617733&sr=8-3&keywords=cnc+coolant+nozzle
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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by cci1492 on Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:39 pm

    Reason for showing the USB at all is that the chassis had to be drilled. Got lucky, with it turning out pretty centered.











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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by sKiZo on Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:31 pm

    Aha!

    Was wondering if you went with the optional USB connection. I use that here, and it's all about the chipset. The USB tops out at 96/24 (like yours in that mode, I assUme?) and sonically runs rings around what I hear at the max higher 192/24 available via coaxial and optical. Be fascinating to hear your report on how the modes compare. I'd love to compare it to what I hear from my Maverick TubeMagic D1+, which is quite nice and performs well above it's price point.
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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by cci1492 on Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:55 pm

    This one only does 96/24.

    "The latest version of the DAC 4.1 boasts numerous features and supports up to 24/96khz sampling and data widths."

    http://ankaudiokits.com/Non-Oversampling-Valve-Rectified-Tube-DAC.html

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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by cci1492 on Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:19 pm

    Line board



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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by audiobill on Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:03 am

    Beautiful soldering!
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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by pedrocols on Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:06 pm

    I am sure this DAC is Phenomenal but 3k for just a kit is alot of mula considering you have to do all the hard work yourself.
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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by audiobill on Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:56 am

    If you consider that the Schiit Yggdrasil, also a well regarded multibit dac is $2,400, not so much considering all the good stuff in the ANK. Look at the interior pics of these two dacs and you'll see the value here.
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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by cci1492 on Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:31 am

    Getting closer to done, more pics later.
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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by pedrocols on Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:08 pm

    pedrocols wrote:I am sure this DAC is Phenomenal but 3k for just a kit is alot of mula considering you have to do all the hard work yourself.
    Yes Bill I do get it from the value stand point. I am just hopeful that this kit would be around the 2k mark so I could get one Wink
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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by pedrocols on Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:10 pm

    audiobill wrote:If you consider that the Schiit Yggdrasil, also a well regarded multibit dac is $2,400, not so much considering all the good stuff in the ANK.  Look at the interior pics of these two dacs and you'll see the value here.
    Yes Bill I do get it from the value stand point. I am just hopeful that this kit would be around the 2k mark so I could get one Wink
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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by cci1492 on Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:50 pm

    You can email them and ask if a sale is in their near future. That's what I did.
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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by bbqjoe on Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:40 pm

    Holy banoonies!
    That's a whole lotta kit!

    Looks like fun.

    That much fun though, is out of my price range.
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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by cci1492 on Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:22 pm

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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by cci1492 on Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:29 pm

    Testing on a cheap pair of PC speakers, tracking down a little noise on one of the channels...



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    Re: ANK DAC 4.1 Build

    Post by Bennyhaha812 on Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:18 am

    Have you done a sound test yet???? I can't wait to hear your impression of the sound quality. Please share what you used previously and corresponding equipment if possible. Beautiful work!! It looks lovely and the journey looks like it was so much fun it makes me want to save up for one. Been considering upgrading my thoroughly self modded music hall dac some day and was looking at Metrum, Schiit, or maybe Border Patrol SE but someone mentioned using this with an SP14 which I too use and it being a good match. ST-120 and Joseph Audio speakers. I've not had a chance to hear any of them unfortunately so have to go on others impressions.

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