ATLANTIC TRP DAC
Atlantic DAC was made 3 years ago, to the memory of Lukasz Fikus' sailing trip across the Atlantic ocean. It was meant to put in one attractive package as many features of the most desirable audiophile wish list - as possible. From early 2019 we redesigned the Atlantic, mainly to enable the last missing feature from that wish list - ability to roll (change) tubes. The use of Octal base pinout, compatible with power tetrodes and pentodes, plus common 6,3 V heater voltage, enabled us to offer tens of different tube types to be used alternatively. Hence the new name - TRP = Tube Rollers Paradise. Just one tube store on line offers 120 tube models compatible with Atlantic DAC. Add to it the multiplication of NOS brands etc. We tested TRP with circa 20 tube types, and frankly we haven't found one that plays bad.
Moving upwards from Amber and Baltic, you get the first DAC that doesn't use so called Small Signal tubes but instead - we use the overkill power tubes, acting like small signal. They are way off the typical operating points used in amplifiers, and thats why these tubes in our DAC are not stressed, not running out of steam, but instead acting with unheard-of authority, ease, grace and dynamics. The resulting sound character of this DAC is a whole level better than obtainable from any noval or octal tube, forget Ecc88, ECC82, 6SN7 or the like. You owe it to yourself to hear what such pentode system can do. It would be like the first ride in a V8 car. There is simply speaking no going back.
The main features of this DAC are:
Tube based power supply, choke CLC filtering, copper output caps, engine 53 derived from the Pacific engine design, 512DSD, Balanced or Single ended - by order, possibility to add full preamp feature with remote control, display, and resistor ladders. Balanced configuration is truly balanced, not merely an SE circuit with plase doubler at the end. You get also analog preamp inputs, newest USB firmware for 512DSD on Linux and Windows, and as standard you get the finest EL34 that we can obtain from series production.
The “clarity” in this DAC — and by that I mean a combination of immediacy and “openness”, a description that almost defies words if the actual experience of the unveiling isn’t also in the offing — is excellent. If I was a reviewer of the “the arbitrary number assigner” stripe, I’d be giving the Atlantic a clear 10 out of 10, so that tells you how freakin’ impressive I think it is. Chances are, you’ve never heard a DAC like this.
THE HI-END MUSIC SYSTEM
Our proposal for the high-end music system consists of the Komputer as a source, connected to the Atlantic DAC SE , which drives a pair GM70 monoblocks. This system can play with speakers of over 89 dB, which means with most good speakers. Of course we can supply also all accessories: power conditioner SILK, power cables, USB, XLR and SPEAKER cables as well.