Amber 4 DAC
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The LampizatOr Amber MK4 DAC is the best value for money tube DAC for your PCM and DSD music files. The ultimate entry level tube DAC money can buy.
The LampizatOr Amber 4 DAC started shipping in August 2019 as a successor to Amber 2. We put a one year effort to squeeze as much of a good sound from Amber 2 as possible. It took a total redesign of the digital section, which in new form is derived directly from the Pacific program. It is by all means not as sophisticated and costly to make, but it retains surprisingly a lot of the Pacific good qualities – pure, natural, effortless, spacious and super dynamic presentation worthy of at least twice as expensive product.
We also redesigned power supply, and chose completely new tube compliment – consisting of a ECC99 super tube as input amplifier, in a zero feedback, single ended triode mode, as well as ECC82 as low impedance output buffer. This DAC, thanks to having output buffer – can drive particularly well the transistor amps.
Some other highlights are: copper output caps, CLC power filter with tube rectifier 6X5, true balanced option, volume control option, full analog preamp of very high quality, USB operation of the highest calibre, newly designed muting to avoid pops and clicks in computer operation, and many many more.
“My wife, Belle, walks in from shopping, sits down and listens blindly to both DACs. 30 seconds into the Lampi’s turn, she effuses, “I like this one better!” Ayllon Media review
What’s in the Amber 4 model:
• Completely new, better digital engine by Lampizator (versus Sabre kit previously)
• Better, Auto detect DSD and PCM on Amanero, not XMOS
• USB input plus RCA S/PDIF (versos Toslink previously) .
• Up to 128 x DSD, up to 385 kHz PCM with perfect muting of artefacts
• Better output – Pure Copper Lampizator branded caps (versus Tin foil previously)
• Better Ecc802, Ecc99 and Ecc82 tubes
• Better improved Amber tube output stage (taken from our famous Level 4 DAC)
• Fully Integrated, better digital section PSU
• New dedicated Toroid transformer designed especially for this model (bigger and better regulated)
• 115 or 230 V or dual voltage versus fixed mains.
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My listening room now includes a new Lampizator DAC Amber MK 2. Equally important are some less glamorous additions that have been equally important to improving sound quality. In just one evening Ramsey identified some room acoustic issues, alleviated them with some temporary home remedies and improved my speaker positioning. The results have been significant!
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... I heard the lampi in my system 3 weeks ago and was blown away. I am comparing it to the Mark Levinson 30.6 I had and the Vivere, listened to at Mike and Jandre (who then bought the ML from me). I recently changed my whole system completely. From source to speakers as I wanted to try something different. I am also now playing with Roon and Mac with breeze audio DSD DAC. I have been amazed by the advancements in digital playback other than just CD. I have also had the privilege of listening to everything JJ has ever had and most of the time in my own system. I also just heard the dCS Puccini next to the lampi Level 4 and felt that it was slightly better than dCS.
I have listened to the Vivere and lampi. There is absolutely no contest as the LampizatOr is on another planet completely. They should not be mentioned in the same sentence. Donovan (SA AV Forum)
The LampizatOr converted this previously 'unremarkable' song into a rich sonic
presentation - a tight deep bass drum thumped alongside a gentle tabla, highlighted by distinct keyboards ,occasionally accompanied by a horn section. This unnoticed song turned out to be a
well recorded sonic experience! Yes , and for the first time I heard many more subtle sounds (songs that I knew well ) that I had
not heard before!
The LampizatOr has presented music in a vibrant , textured manner that I had not imagined or
experienced before. It has opened a whole new audio world for me and I can't wait to sample
Source is the most important part of the audio chain!
For the first time my speakers disappeared in the room. I had always read in the audio press about
speakers disappearing in the room, and I have had experience of this with the extreme stereo effects on
some recordings, but the LampizatOr DAC makes my speakers disappear, period. The 3D spatial effects
are amazing, disconcerting to a point as I need to re-adjust my experience of well known recordings...
This LampizatOr DAC is what 'digital' has been waiting 30 years for. The LampizatOr DAC has managed to turn all my CD recordings into LP's, without the crackles and pops most analogue loving audiophiles have had to learn to like for the sake of that magical sound they knew only LP could serve up... - Rui review - LampizatOr Level 4 DAC
... With the LampizatOr L4, the whole picture changed.
All instruments sound very natural tonally and are accurate, which remind me the older vinyl days.
What impresses me the most is the ability of L4 to resolve complicated passages of music when
many instrument are layered with incredible dynamics, with 3D and authority which apparently
Theta Gen 8 lack. Zaro review - LampizatOr Level 4 DAC
• Auto detect DSD and PCM
• USB input plus RCA S/PDIF .
• Up to 128 x DSD, up to 385 kHz PCM
• PureCopper Lampizator branded caps.
• Ecc81, Ecc88 and Ecc82 tubes
• 6X5 rectifier diode
• Dimensions 430 mm W, 130 mm H, 330 mm D
• Black or silver aluminum front panel
• SE analog outputs . No XLR balanced even as option (see Level 4 DAC)
• 115 or 230 V or dual voltage.
• Warranty 5 years excluding the tubes.