Loaner: Soekris DAC2541

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    Soekris 2541 has been sent, reluctantly and with great chagrin, to @dasman66!
     
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    @ChaChaRealSmooth - if there's still room, queue me up behind @jexby; we can arrange a handoff, then I can ship it on.
     
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    As is probably obvious by now, I also acquired a dac2541. However, IIRC there was some concern about the loaner unbalanced RCA outputs possibly not performing as expected. If this is still the case, I would be willing to measure the loaner and compare with the one in my lab. Otherwise I can also be removed from the loaner tour.
     
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    DAC2541 just showed up on my desk, but delivery took quite a toll on the box/packaging. I will double box before sending off to @Vtory the middle of next week.
     
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    Did I forget to throw my name in? I can go last in CO if we can fit me in.
     
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    Let me know how much to reimburse for box.
     
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    uhh...no. not necesary. I probably have a right sized box sitting around already.
     
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    this sounds like a great idea. If you have time and others agree. A loaner that is defective is a huge waste of everyone’s time and money. If the unbalanced output is broken there could be a problem with the DAC altogether affecting the balanced outs as well.
     
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    Ok, keep me on the tour and I will run some comparisons.
    I can say emphatically that I am glad to have added the dac2541 to my lab inventory. Very happy; small size, big sound.
     
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    Out of curiosity, @atomicbob, do you hear any large difference between the SE and Balanced out on your unit? Several people (Chachasmooth I recall said that not using a Balanced to SE convertor felt like "leaving things on the table") remarked that there was a pretty large difference on the loaner unit.
     
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    can @ChaChaRealSmooth bump you up to be next so we can see if there is a problem before all these people spend time and energy evaluating it?
     
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    First, I don't feel I have the level of sensitivity for auditory discrimination of the senior members here. Measurements are my strong suit.

    Currently I have balanced output connected to dsha-3f and SE output connected to SW51+. Two different presentations, both are satisfying. At this very moment I'm listening to the SE + SW51+ into HD800-Jmod. Playing calming background new age music to avoid too much distraction while de-stressing from an unpleasant reaction to cardiac meds this morning. Don't worry, it happens occasionally.

    Sure, I'll expedite the comparison. So this implies I should quit listening to music through the damn DAC and get busy finishing measurements. Kind of hard to do when something this good hits the bench.
     
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    Tease alert!

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    2541 went off to @Vtory this morning, UPS says it arrives on Sat.
     
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    I'm glad to be considered an honorary member of Colorado, given my desire for precision in measurements and Fort Collins being home to WWV etc. But I am actually in the PNW between Seattle and Everett WA.
     
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    Finally got every component from @dasman66

    A little surprised the package did not include any usb cable as I remember 1421 had one.. if I recall correctly.
    The unit weirdly suffered from a few errors when win10 initially detected the device, but rebooting troubleshooted it anyhow. Will give it a few hours before I investigate it.

    By the way I see @atomicbob is the next to me in the list.. but I feel like he is already evaluating another 2541 unit. What am I missing?

     
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    People just would like verification the SE out on the loaner is not somehow busted.
     
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    @Vtory - there is some concern about the loaner unit having a deficiency in the SE output. Measuring the loaner unit and comparing with my lab unit would verify the loaner unit performance status.
     
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    Perfectly make sense. I'll not touch se out at all (both my primary amps are balanced) so hopefully see no problem though. Please pm me your shipping info when you're convenient. Will ship out later this week.
     

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