ATLANTIC 3 TRP DAC

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Atlantic DAC was made 5 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 only one and 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 internet tube store offers 120 tube models compatible with Atlantic-3 TRP 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 that's 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 notch better than obtainable from small tube. 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 ELEVEN with DSD512x , 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 phase doubler at the end. You get also analog preamp inputs, newest USB firmware for Linux and Windows, and as standard you get the fine EL34 or KT88 tetrodes that we can obtain from current production.

The standard top cover on Atlantic 3 TRP DAC is CHARCOAL BLACK (not copper as on the pictures)

 

 

Some facts about Atlantic 3 TRP: 

  • No price increase despite the fact, that it is a better DAC than Atlantic-2 and also all costs increased tremendously in the last year

  • 4 digital input types instead of 3

    MAIN SPECS:
    4 main variants -

  • Single Ended RCA , no preamp/volume

  • Single Ended RCA , WITH preamp/volume

  • Fully Balanced & Single Ended RCA , no preamp/volume

  • Fully Balanced & Single Ended RCA , WITH  preamp/volume
     

  • New OLED display, no more LCD

  • Software driven signal routing, no more relays

  • Total muting to keep switching noises down

  • Plays every digital file known

  • no drivers needed for any computer operating system

  • Volume control models have one analog input for analog sources (active input with tubes and volume)

     

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REVIEWS

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.