The XLR outputs can be configured for balanced or unbalanced connection using the internal jumper settings for "pin 2" and "pin 3;" which refer to the pin numbers of the XLR output connectors. Headphone output The front panel headphone output is driven by a discrete high-powered headphone amplifier that is capable of driving even low impedance HiFi headphones with ease. High efficiency headphones or "earbuds" designed for use with portable audio gear are not recommended for use with the DA11 as the headphone drivers could easily be damaged by the high power of the headphone amplifier. Please exercise care when to reduce the Volume of the DA11 prior to connection of headphones. The status of the digital input is displayed by the DA1o front panel "Lock" indicator.
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Coming from musical families and frequenting live performances of all kinds of music, the husband and wife team of Daniel Lavry, electronics engineer cum designer, and Priscilla Lavry, CEO, has run the company since Despite an impressive family background of musical sophistication and technical expertise, Dan relates with considerable enthusiasm that his favorite instrument is the accordion.
Well, how else can one play real Russian folk music? Note the emphasis on real and having fun. His primary design goals are utter transparency to the source , musicality and no voicing or other coloration of the sound.
Keep it simple and clean. After listening to the DA for several months over a wide range of music and electronics, I found the experience both encouraging and tantalizing.
What I heard certainly illustrates the positive game-changing potential of hard-drive-driven audio but also highlighted some of the pitfalls - for which there are solutions. For sure getting digital correctly can be complicated yet when its peculiarities are tamed, the superior sound quality and convenience make it harder than ever to contemplate going back to spinning plastic discs.
Of course it has a few foibles as well. To me this level of integration is the entire point of this product category although there are probably situations in which a conventional preamplifier in the loop may be needed for optimal results.
But in principle and often in practice, eliminating an entire layer of inputs and outputs, cabling and electronics will be beneficial to say nothing of reducing the overall system cost: Fundamentally better quality, simpler architecture and lower outlay add up to a greatly improved experience. The analog output levels from the DA nominally 2. Reflecting the recording engineering heritage of the firm, the Lavry DA handles just about any sample rate from 30kHz to kHz. Standard frequencies such as The current sample rate—but not its bit width—shows up on a pair of seven-segment LED displays while the input selected, absolute phase and other settings are displayed by a linear array of a dozen colored LEDs.
If you like retro styling, this is the DAC for you! The switches do seem a bit prehistoric and require considerable force to operate. And the front panel can be dimmed for late-night listening sessions. Clearly the overall build quality is very good to top-notch. What one saves with a plain-Jane black crinkle case can go towards premium parts and construction techniques. The layout and fabrication of the multi layer PC board suggests a much higher price point, to say nothing of the surface-mounting of most components.
This critical part needs to be machined, gold-plated and panel-mounted as on the Benchmark DAC Set-up and basic operations: Configuring the Lavry DA Despite the somewhat unusual user interface, it is in fact possible to control every aspect of the DA from the front panel. For example, one can set up unbalanced or balanced operation of the XLR outputs as well as change pin assignments. If your amplifier reverses the signals on pins 2 and 3 compared to typical settings—and some do—this is a handy feature.
A useful improvement would be parallel single-ended audio outputs. Even high-quality adapters introduce a layer of transient-damping obscuration. The Lavry front panel does support my favorite creature feature, an absolute polarity setting normal or reversed.
Roughly one-third of the time from my experience, absolute phase is inverted somewhere in the recording and mastering work flow. It sometimes even changes from track to track within an album. In a digital world, the DAC is the obvious place to control polarity and the results of setting it correctly can be highly beneficial.
However, doing just about anything with the front panel requires some exertion. Typically, two different switches are required to change a particular setting. First, one enters the set-up mode click ; moves a logical "cursor" to the desired LED click, click, click, click… which then starts flashing; presses a second switch to toggle the setting click ; and finally presses it again to leave the set-up mode clack.
Try doing this in dim lighting or without looking directly at the front panel. Being able to step up and down in precisely calibrated 1dB steps is great. So one has to snap, snap and then snap some more. The absolute polarity setting may—and definitely should—see a lot of use but one first has to enter the set-up mode sequence. Finally when in playback mode, changing the volume or other settings introduces brief lacunae into the music, which is a bit of a nuisance.
Ditto for testing the device on an inexpensive but highly capable Acer Aspire running Windows 7. No software drivers need to be downloaded. Windows recognizes the Lavry and configures the USB port accordingly.
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The input provision is one each of phono, Toslink and XLR, while the power input at the rear is a mains connector: this unit does include its own power supply, a universal voltage switch-mode type. That occupies a little over a quarter of the internal area, the rest being pretty well-filled with the latest and greatest in receiver, convertor and op-amp chips. Build quality is very good throughout. Excessive treble It seems that our listeners respected this DAC a little more than they loved it: in other words, they had plenty of praise for its detailed performance, but ended up suprisingly unmoved by the music it made. Perhaps most striking is the number of comments on the treble. This clearly gave superb extension and clarity and was a little ruthless in the way it revealed the chosen test recordings, which are not all entirely without their own quirks in this area.
Lavry Engineering DA-10 review
Yot This page was last dda on 3 Augustat There is a very good sense of space around the sound and images are rock-steady, irrespective of how loud the music is or how many instruments are playing. For Sensational build quality Pure and precise performance. That occupies a little over a quarter of the internal area, the rest being pretty well-filled with the latest and greatest in receiver, convertor and op-amp chips. Apart from the comment noted above of light bass, there was praise for its extension and precision.
Coming from musical families and frequenting live performances of all kinds of music, the husband and wife team of Daniel Lavry, electronics engineer cum designer, and Priscilla Lavry, CEO, has run the company since Despite an impressive family background of musical sophistication and technical expertise, Dan relates with considerable enthusiasm that his favorite instrument is the accordion. Well, how else can one play real Russian folk music? Note the emphasis on real and having fun. His primary design goals are utter transparency to the source , musicality and no voicing or other coloration of the sound.