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Thread: Anyone heard a Denafrips ARES II DAC?

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    Default Anyone heard a Denafrips ARES II DAC?

    This DAC has caught my eye and I wondered if anyone had heard one and if so what they thought of it...
    VPI Scout 1.1, Hana ML, Vanderveen MC10 SUT, WAD Phono3, Rpi3B+/Digione Signature, Xiang Sheng DAC-01, WAD KiT6550 and Reiver Edingdale SR

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    I have had mine about 2 weeks now, only used the coax input so far, a natural sounding DAC, not too clinical. Much better than my 1543 battery DAC.
    Steve.

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    I have a Denafrips Terminator. It's a tour de force and does everything very well. Great build too. A real premium product.

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    The Pontus looks interesting. Might just be what I'm looking for as the next step up from my Bryston BDA-1.
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    All their DACs look solid.

    Are there any dealers in the UK?
    VPI Scout 1.1, Hana ML, Vanderveen MC10 SUT, WAD Phono3, Rpi3B+/Digione Signature, Xiang Sheng DAC-01, WAD KiT6550 and Reiver Edingdale SR

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    Quote Originally Posted by clap View Post
    I have a Denafrips Terminator. It's a tour de force and does everything very well. Great build too. A real premium product.
    Bring it round here Trist. Be good to hear it and see how you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Intenso View Post
    Are there any dealers in the UK?
    Willow Tree Audio sell them. They responded very promptly to an email query of mine into their price for a Ponus. Their response included:

    Three year warranty is covered by Willow Tree Audio.

    Delivery time approx two weeks from placement of order.

    Please note than prices quoted on Vinshine website do not include Vat and import duty. You will also have to return the unit to china yourself should you buy from them. (If needed)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReggieB View Post
    Willow Tree Audio sell them. They responded very promptly to an email query of mine into their price for a Ponus. Their response included:
    Prompted by this thread I read around the various Dacs and also contacted Willow Tree. Super friendly guy there. All very tempting. Would love to have an audition of the Terminator. A killer dac?
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    Quote Originally Posted by User211 View Post
    Bring it round here Trist. Be good to hear it and see how you are.
    I would if I could lift it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward View Post
    Prompted by this thread I read around the various Dacs and also contacted Willow Tree. Super friendly guy there.
    Yes, that was my impression too. Seems a nice guy.
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