This is the preliminary information about our up-coming DAC
Horizon is the pinnacle of our DAC design, that re defines the market of reference DACs in the world.
The full information website is under construction.
Here is what we can say:
First closed presentations begin in Orange County, California on February 10, 2022
First open public presentation - premiere - will be in Tampa, Florida on Feb 18th 2022 at the Florida Audio Show.
First pre-ordered units will begin shipping on Feb 25th
Pre-orders are a mere "queue reservations" and guarantee the prospective buyer timely delivery.
Due to an overwhelming demand, our pre-order list will close on Christmas day. We can not accept pre-orders at the current pace.
The HORIZON DAC will be a LIMITED product, we will produce 400 units only and no more.
We will honor the trade-in program for the Golden Atlantic, Golden Gate and Pacific DACs for their full current list price versus a new Horizon but only till end of August 2022 or first 100 orders, whichever comes first.
The retail price is 44 000 Euro plus VAT (no VAT for export outside of EU)
The DAC of the future
just when we thought, that our current flagship DAC, the Pacific would be the end of the road for us, we decided to change the tactics concerning the improvements. Instead of making small incremental improvements of the Pacific, we decided to freeze it and instead - start a new project.
Little did we know about the coming future - about the covid, lockdowns and AKM factoiry fire. Starting from a blank sheet we tried to reinvent everything about the DAC that we know, while learning what we don’t. In 2019 we heard for the first time the prototype and frankly - we were shocked how much superior it is from what we are used to. Thanks to a revolutionary chip technology, like nothing we ever saw before - it was possible to create a real monster. It took almost one year to write a software that controls the DAC process, especially for DSD512. By using our own custom firmware we made a DAC that nobody else has and nobody else will.
Summarising, the DAC turned out to be incredibly good. Hence the name THE HORIZON. It is something we look into while on the ocean. It is where we are aiming. From the competitor's perspective - the Horizon is where they see us. It is also something endless, undefined, and desired. That's where we wanna be.
This DAC has a very unique digital board, with power supplies so advanced that it is probably 10x more advanced and sophisticated compared to what the industry standard is. From custom transformers , custom 4 layer PCB, 12 separate power circuits, completely insane music conversion topology, customized muting solutions, home made firmware and software, the chip that nobody else is using in the industry at the time of writing, new tube scheme, new tube selection, TRP (tube rolling paradise setup), new chassis, new heating scheme, new superb volume control with bypass feature, new uber cool nixie display, elimination of knobs, elimination of LCD and OLED displays (noisy), new USB solution, new superclock circuit with optoisolation and ultra high precision cryslals, antivibration CNC milled support for PCBs, - everything about this DAC is new, rethought and redesigned. In all 12 years of Lampizator we never took a leap that big, design so expensive and labour intense.
The resulting DAC is a true flagship. It has everything it can have, and we know for a fact that nobody else can use solutions that we use. I can say with full confidence that you are getting a unique masterpiece of craftsmanship that will deliver top of the game sound for many years to come. Who knows, chances are it will never be surpassed.
Proprietary, firmware driven conversion process with 760kHz PCM and DSD512
No silicon anywhere in signal path past the conversion stage
Silver wiring inside
Copper sheet, true metal capacitors in the signal path
CNC milled chassis
6SN7 conversion tubes
EL34 output driver tubes
Volume control of the highest possible caliber in every unit, featuring a full bypass function
All units are trully ballanced and SE at the same time
Zero feedback, neither local nor global
Tube rectified power supply
Thousands of tube rolling permutations.
Weight: 30 kg / 70 lbs netto, 40 kg / 90 lbs brutto
Dimensions without tubes: 440 mm W x 500 mm D x 160 mm H
Digital inputs: 1 x USB, 1 x S/PDIF RCA, 1 x AES/EBU, 1 x TOSLINK, 1 x i2s
1 x analog input RCA, 1 x analog input XLR fully balanced
Volume control in every unit
Balanced and SE in every unit
Volume bypass function
Colors: (sorry: no gold, no anodizing, no car paint (like Mazda Red)
Matt Black Hole
Satin Iceberg White
Teflon Sahara Night
Duracell (Black body and copper top)
British Car Racing Green
Packing in custom hand made flight case
1 x 5U4G rectifier or equivalent, 274B, 5Y3, 5C3S, GZ34, GZ37, GZ480, 5AR4WGB
2 x 6SN7GT or adaptor fitted 6N1P, ECC99, ECC40, VT99, 6F8G, ECC88, 6922, 6DJ9 E88CC
4 x EL34 or 6V6, 6L6, KT66, KT88, KT90, KT120, 6550, 5881
Remote Control - as before - CNC milled metal "slab" remote
Footers: non exchangable but with M5 provision of threaded footer mounting holes
Display: 2-digit Nixie display - shows volume and input number
Volume level: standardized 3V pp @00dB with every dac / every tube