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    Join Date: Apr 2017

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    Default Latest addition to the setup..

    Freshly delivered from Belgium today, a Xiang Sheng DAC 01a (no, I donít know which flavour) :-)

    For the princely sum of just over £100, I thought it might be interesting to try a bit of noodling:-

    Using the Audio Analogue Paganini as a transport first, then..

    Swapping out the Allo Boss DAC on the RPi for an Allo DigiOne into the Xiang Sheng.

    Cant do anything until the cables arrive though

    Also have a NOS Reflektor 6N3P-DR en route to try out (canít spring for a WE right now).

    To be continued...




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    I'm using one of these in my system just now and it's excellent IMO . The Reflektor valve is a marked improvement over the stock Chinese valve , however the WE is well worth fitting into this DAC .
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    Brian

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    Coincidentally, I'm working on a couple of my walpurgis 'Del-Boy' CD to Dac digital interconnect cables. Wanna trial one Tony? It'll match or better anything else you'll come across at a sane price!

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    Sounds good to me! :-) Will DM you.
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    Join Date: May 2013

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    I tried the Reflektor valve in my XS Dac 01 and it did improve on the stock 6n3 chinese valve but I found the General Electric JAN5670w to be even better.


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    I've just procured a lightly used one of these. On its side due to space issues

    For the price, it really is very good. I have a Telefunken ECC88 thanks to Firebottle doing some mods. It's worth every penny I paid for it, plus it works with Windows 10 lol.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Firebottle modded Xiang Sheng DAC (Telefunken Valve)
    Amplification: Slagle AVC Passive Preamp & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves)
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables Throughout
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    It is a glorious DAC for the money. No two ways about it. Not flawless, but hey.

    Jerry then I have been trying to tell you all.

    I have a couple of these really high quality Sylvanias for sale if anyone wants one, but the killer valve is WE 396A. Repeat killer.
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    Join Date: Apr 2017

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    Thanks for all the feedback gang, itís all appreciated.

    Sounds like Iím going to have to get hold of a WE once I know the DAC is basically ok.

    Anyone have any experience or feedback on comparison of the Allo Boss vs The Allo DigiOne/XS Dac 01a?


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    Join Date: Aug 2017

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    Hi Tony

    I'm interested in getting one of these myself and was wondering from which seller you acquired the XS as I see there are several on the bay that ship from Belgium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowbox81 View Post
    Hi Tony

    I'm interested in getting one of these myself and was wondering from which seller you acquired the XS as I see there are several on the bay that ship from Belgium?
    This was the seller I bought from




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