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Elküldve: 2014 május 17 - 12:33

Rubidium atom óra a Zodiac Platinum DAC-hoz, vagy bármely más 10MHz-es órajelet fogadni képes DAC-hoz, egy kis kocsi áráért:

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Elküldve: 2013 október 24 - 19:56

Szia,

 

A sima Zodiac-ban nincs analóg bemenet, a Zodiac+ -tól felfele van, így előrősítőként is használható.

Távvezérlő csak a Gold és Platinum modellekhez van.

 

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Elküldve: 2013 október 24 - 16:07

Sziasztok,

 

 A Zodiac széria előerősítő is, nem csak fejhallgató erősítő?

 

Szia,

 

A sima Zodiac-ban nincs analóg bemenet, a Zodiac+ -tól felfele van, így előrősítőként is használható.

Távvezérlő csak a Gold és Platinum modellekhez van.

 

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Elküldve: 2013 október 24 - 12:49

Sziasztok,

 

 A Zodiac széria előerősítő is, nem csak fejhallgató erősítő?


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Elküldve: 2013 szeptember 23 - 11:00

Októbertől rendelhető az Antelope Audio új, már DSD képes új DAC-ja, a Platinum. Az ára 1.499.000 Ft, ami nem kevés, de ebben már alaptartozék a Voltikus tápegység. 

 

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Elküldve: 2013 május 30 - 19:25

Ez komoly holminak tűnik!  :rolleyes:

Az ára is az lesz. 


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Elküldve: 2013 május 30 - 19:13

Antelope Audio Unveils Zodiac Platinum – a 768 kHz DSD DAC That Raises the Gold Standard in D/A Conversion

Posted on  May 30, 2013 by Antelope Audio

Santa Monica, CA, May 30, 2013 – Leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio will introduce the newest member of its stellar Integrity line of D/A converters – Zodiac Platinum at the T.H.E Show Newport, Hilton hotel, room 402, between May 31 and June 2, 2013. The new Antelope DAC brings audio appreciation to a higher level, offering the audiophile community the widest DSD support, including the unique 256X mode and a sample rate of 768 kHz via a custom-built USB chip.
 
The extreme DSD256 greatly extends the accuracy and transparency of the audio reproduction as well as the overall system performance. The custom-designed Antelope USB chip compliments high fidelity by reducing clock jitter and pushing the envelope of the USB streaming with sample rates four times higher than those offered by similar devices.
 
Whereas many top of the line DACs offer PCM upsamplers, the Platinum is the first device to offer a DSD upsampler. This distinctive feature allows the upsampling of DSD64 to DSD256, pushing DSD noise into higher frequencies, vastly improving the quality of the D/A conversion. The Platinum bypasses internal digital filters built into the DAC chip by implementing a custom upsampler with carefully designed high-precision linear phase filters in the FPGA.
 
Zodiac_Platinum-700x587-with-border.jpg
 

Signature Antelope Clocking
 
In the heart of the new Platinum lie the renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking and the ultra-low jitter oven-controlled crystal oscillator, which are Antelope’s signature for unprecedented sound quality appreciated by the best recording, mastering and post production studios around the world. In addition, the Platinum is equipped with a 10 MHz input for the legendary Antelope 10M Rubidium atomic clock, providing the most accurate and stable clocking reference and therefore an uncompromised digital to analog conversion.
 
“The new Zodiac Platinum is not just a response to our customers’ requests for an Antelope DAC with DSD support, but a next level in home audio entertainment,” shared Igor Levin, CEO and founder of Antelope Audio. “The unique 256 X DSD mode, 768 kHz sample rate, quad DAC architecture, and the 64-bit upsampler, together with the atomic input propels Zodiac Platinum into a league of its own in terms of musicality, imaging and detail. This new device will take our customers’ listening experience to an entirely new level.” Levin added.
 
Zodiac Platinum has inherited the stepped relay volume control and the dual stage headphone drivers with impedance control from its very successful and highly appreciated predecessor Zodiac Gold. The Platinum also comes with an elegant remote control and has the option for external audiophile grade power supply Voltikus. In addition to the PC and Mac control panels available in the Zodiac Line, the Platinum also offers the comfort of the remote control from a mobile application, available for Android and iOS.
 
The new DAC is planned to hit the market by the end of July 2013 with an expected retail price of $4,895. The bundle with Voltikus PSU will be $5,495.
 
Zodiac Platinum features

  • Antelope 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology
  • 10MHz input for Antelope’s Rubidium atomic clock
  • Widest DSD support, including the unique 256X mode
  • Ultra-low jitter oven-controlled crystal oscillator
  • Up to 768 kHz sample rate via custom USB chip
  • Switchable 64-bit 8x linear phase upsampler
  • Quad DAC architecture for superb dynamic range
  • Stepped relay volume control accurate to 0.05 dB
  • External audiophile-grade power supply option
  • Dual stage headphone drivers with impedance control
  • Analog inputs for true preamplifier functionality
  • Re-clocked and de-jittered digital audio output
  • Aluminum unibody IR remote
  • Control application for PC, Mac and mobile devices
  • Automatic internet-based device upgradability

 
Analog Inputs
1x Balanced Analog Inputs on 1/4” TRS
1x Unbalanced Analog Inputs on RCA
 
Analog Outputs
2x Headphone outputs on 1/4” TRS
1x Trimmable balanced output on XLR
1x Unbalanced output on RCA
 
Digital Inputs
2x S/PDIF coaxial inputs
2x optical TOSLINK inputs
1x AES/EBU input
USB on standard B type connector
Atomic / Word Clock Input
 
Digital Outputs
1x De-jittered AES/EBU Output
2x De-jittered S/PDIF Outputs

 

Ez komoly holminak tűnik!  :rolleyes:


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Elküldve: 2013 május 30 - 19:10

Antelope Audio Unveils Zodiac Platinum – a 768 kHz DSD DAC That Raises the Gold Standard in D/A Conversion
Posted on  May 30, 2013 by Antelope Audio

Santa Monica, CA, May 30, 2013 – Leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio will introduce the newest member of its stellar Integrity line of D/A converters – Zodiac Platinum at the T.H.E Show Newport, Hilton hotel, room 402, between May 31 and June 2, 2013. The new Antelope DAC brings audio appreciation to a higher level, offering the audiophile community the widest DSD support, including the unique 256X mode and a sample rate of 768 kHz via a custom-built USB chip.
 
The extreme DSD256 greatly extends the accuracy and transparency of the audio reproduction as well as the overall system performance. The custom-designed Antelope USB chip compliments high fidelity by reducing clock jitter and pushing the envelope of the USB streaming with sample rates four times higher than those offered by similar devices.
 
Whereas many top of the line DACs offer PCM upsamplers, the Platinum is the first device to offer a DSD upsampler. This distinctive feature allows the upsampling of DSD64 to DSD256, pushing DSD noise into higher frequencies, vastly improving the quality of the D/A conversion. The Platinum bypasses internal digital filters built into the DAC chip by implementing a custom upsampler with carefully designed high-precision linear phase filters in the FPGA.
 
Zodiac_Platinum-700x587-with-border.jpg
 

Signature Antelope Clocking
 
In the heart of the new Platinum lie the renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking and the ultra-low jitter oven-controlled crystal oscillator, which are Antelope’s signature for unprecedented sound quality appreciated by the best recording, mastering and post production studios around the world. In addition, the Platinum is equipped with a 10 MHz input for the legendary Antelope 10M Rubidium atomic clock, providing the most accurate and stable clocking reference and therefore an uncompromised digital to analog conversion.
 
“The new Zodiac Platinum is not just a response to our customers’ requests for an Antelope DAC with DSD support, but a next level in home audio entertainment,” shared Igor Levin, CEO and founder of Antelope Audio. “The unique 256 X DSD mode, 768 kHz sample rate, quad DAC architecture, and the 64-bit upsampler, together with the atomic input propels Zodiac Platinum into a league of its own in terms of musicality, imaging and detail. This new device will take our customers’ listening experience to an entirely new level.” Levin added.
 
Zodiac Platinum has inherited the stepped relay volume control and the dual stage headphone drivers with impedance control from its very successful and highly appreciated predecessor Zodiac Gold. The Platinum also comes with an elegant remote control and has the option for external audiophile grade power supply Voltikus. In addition to the PC and Mac control panels available in the Zodiac Line, the Platinum also offers the comfort of the remote control from a mobile application, available for Android and iOS.
 
The new DAC is planned to hit the market by the end of July 2013 with an expected retail price of $4,895. The bundle with Voltikus PSU will be $5,495.
 
Zodiac Platinum features

  • Antelope 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology
  • 10MHz input for Antelope’s Rubidium atomic clock
  • Widest DSD support, including the unique 256X mode
  • Ultra-low jitter oven-controlled crystal oscillator
  • Up to 768 kHz sample rate via custom USB chip
  • Switchable 64-bit 8x linear phase upsampler
  • Quad DAC architecture for superb dynamic range
  • Stepped relay volume control accurate to 0.05 dB
  • External audiophile-grade power supply option
  • Dual stage headphone drivers with impedance control
  • Analog inputs for true preamplifier functionality
  • Re-clocked and de-jittered digital audio output
  • Aluminum unibody IR remote
  • Control application for PC, Mac and mobile devices
  • Automatic internet-based device upgradability

 
Analog Inputs
1x Balanced Analog Inputs on 1/4” TRS
1x Unbalanced Analog Inputs on RCA
 
Analog Outputs
2x Headphone outputs on 1/4” TRS
1x Trimmable balanced output on XLR
1x Unbalanced output on RCA
 
Digital Inputs
2x S/PDIF coaxial inputs
2x optical TOSLINK inputs
1x AES/EBU input
USB on standard B type connector
Atomic / Word Clock Input
 
Digital Outputs
1x De-jittered AES/EBU Output
2x De-jittered S/PDIF Outputs


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Elküldve: 2013 február 23 - 16:50


 

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REVIEWS Review: Antelope Audio Zodiac Gold DAC + Voltikus PSU
BY TONY  02/14/2013 
 

The Zodiac Gold is the top of the Antelope Audio dac line. The Gold is considered an improvement over its lesser siblings because of its high quality stepped attenuator, and because of the board modifications made to use such attenuator.
There is a motor which lets the attenuator move either when commanded from the computer (through a small front end, which mimics the looks of the zodiac gold, to let the listener regulate the analogue volume through the pc), or with the remote control.
The remotely controlled stepped attenuator is for the preamplifier only, while the integrated headphone amplifier uses a smaller knob, to be regulated manually.

The DAC employs a custom-built USB chip that allows streaming audio up to 384 kHz.
The Zodiac line uses a master clock that is encapsulated in a “thermally isolated region”, which Antelope calls ‘oven’, to keep it as precise as possible. Jitter management is handled by the proprietary Acoustically Focused Clocking technology (AFC), implemented in all Antelope’s professional master clocks.
At the time of this review, the latest firmware update brought the Asynchronous jitter rejection mode to the USB.
DSD support is scheduled for the first quarter of 2013, with a firmware upgrade.

The Zodiac Gold is a connectivity monster, given it can work as a usb transport for other dac’s (through the coax and bnc digital outputs), it can act as a balanced and single ended preamplifier, headphone amplifier, and dac only.

Design

I have purchased a black Zodiac Gold + Voltiks combo, as it’s by far my favourite colour for hifi gear. I think the Zodiac Gold, especially with black colour is very elegant, and I especially like the small footprint of both units.

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Sound

The Zodiac Gold implements Burr Brown PCM1792 chips in a different way than several other DAC’s based on the same family, by strongly integrating the chips with the temperature controlled oscillator and the proprietary AFC.
Unlike other DAC’s, based on the same chip family (like the Eximus DP1, the Neko, the Ayre QB9), which tend to share the same warmish, fluid tonality, the Zodiac Gold provides an extremely flat presentation. Unlike the Eximus DP1, which has prominent upper midrange, slightly accentuated midbass, and smooth treble, the Zodiac Gold has much more impactful, deeper, but more precise bass, very linear midrange, and slightly harder treble than the DP1.

These differences can do a lot when using specific headphones. My Audio-Technica AD2000, when listened with the Zodiac Gold dac/amp, have surprising bass impact, a dry presentation in the low midrange, and a certain exaggeration from upper midrange to treble.
These are headphones that enjoy particularly warm sources. When used with the DP1, bass was less impactful, highs were smoother, but midrange was too hot.
I obtained the same sonic results when using the Zodiac Gold as a preamp into my tiny Headamp AE2. Such tiny amp works very well in combination with the AD2000, it’s very neutral, transparent and powerful for the size, and the AD2000 are among the most efficient low impedance headphones.

I have been listening also to two different Stax SRS001 Mk2 setups, both modified, differently, from Audiocats; I have then used the Zodiac Gold with my Stax SRM-727A and Gamma Pro. In both cases, I believe that Stax have a special affinity with the Zodiac Gold, mostly because of their inherent smoothness (just like ribbon tweeters), combined with their resolving power.
While, for example, the Gamma Pro have a peak in the highs, there weren’t any tracks of plastickyness in the sound, which I instead detected with the AD2000. The two Babystax setups, based on the SR-001 Mk2 in-eaespeaker, are vouched differently in order to extract more treble (one amplifier), and a warmer midbass/lower midrange balance with more subdued highs (the other). In both cases, the music flow was still natural, despite the first setup was showing much treble energy and detail.
All these Stax headphones also have quite prominent midrange (just like the Lambda series would have), mating quite well with the linear midrange of the Antelope dac.

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I have also used the SRM727A in direct mode (as a power amp, bypassing its own volume knob), and the Zodiac Gold as a preamplifier with the stepped attenuator. I must admit I didn’t hear an appreciable difference in sound, but I could gain the ability to control the volume remotely (either from the dac’s own remote or computer).
While other manufacturers tend to voice dac’s trying to call them ‘analogue’, and falling short 90% of the time (they still sound like great dac’s, but analogue is a whole different thing), the Antelope is vouched to be a monitor dac; additional warmth, if necessary, needs to be provided at later stages: either amplification (tubes if using fast sounding dynamic headphones like Audio Technica AD2000 or Grado’s), or headphones, as shown with Stax using my solid state amplifiers. I’d be curious to listen to Sennheiser HD600 through the integrated amp.

I don’t think that using third party USB interfaces (such as Audiophilleo 2) makes a noticeable difference compared to the USB input of the Zodiac Gold + Voltikus. The sound signature stays the same and the level of details and imaging stays top notch.
I have used the Zodiac Gold as a USB transport for my Museatex Idat-44 Mobile with a Belkin Synapse digital interconnect; while the sound signature was slightly different compared to feeding the Idat44 with Audiophilleo 2, with a slightly bloomier upper bass response and texture and a bit more treble, it’s not easy to separate the contribution of the Antelope coax output from that of the Belkin Synapse inherent character, which itself has a bassier presentation and quite relaxed midrange compared to several digital cables.

Conclusion

With the possible exception of Eximus DP-1, I consider the Zodiac Gold the most detailed DAC I have owned. While the Eximus projects the music towards the listener and provides stronger midrange conveyal, the Zodiac Gold DAC is able to provide a more powerful and tighter bass foundation, and keeps the soundscape dense and involving.
Both the two dac’s offer preamplification capabilities, and both offer a headphone amp which is basically “more of the same”. I think in both cases, the headphone amp is an average addition to a great sounding dac.
In the case of the more expensive Zodiac Gold + Voltikus, a buyer is both looking for a monitor tonality and is also paying for the remotely controlled analogue amplification, which works very well and has something addicting.
In the case of the Eximus DP1, a person is looking for a very liquid tonality, which, while already very pleasing, will impact on the choice of the other components.
In both cases, I think Dac, Usb reception and preamplification are very good, while exploiting the headphone amp requires to find headphones that match well the solid state components used.

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Elküldve: 2012 október 03 - 20:11

egy kis összehasonlító teszt: Zodiac Gold, Audiolab M-dac, Hegel hd20
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Elküldve: 2012 augusztus 23 - 11:28

Jó reggelt! Szeretnék érdeklődni, hogy a Zodiac + mennyivel nyújt többet mint a sima Zodiac? Hangminőség tekintetében érzékelhető-e a különbség, és még egy árat is szeretnék kérdezni a két készülékre akár privátban is.


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Itt egy összehasonlító tábla:

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A lényegi különbség, amit csak a + tud: analóg bemenetek (előerősítő funkció), dejittered digitális kimenetek, órajel bemenet, XLR digitális bemenet, mono és mute gombok.

Az árak:
Zodiac: 559.900
Zodiac+: 799.900
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Elküldve: 2012 augusztus 23 - 06:54

Jó reggelt! Szeretnék érdeklődni, hogy a Zodiac + mennyivel nyújt többet mint a sima Zodiac? Hangminőség tekintetében érzékelhető-e a különbség, és még egy árat is szeretnék kérdezni a két készülékre akár privátban is.
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Elküldve: 2012 augusztus 16 - 06:40

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Elküldve: 2012 augusztus 01 - 13:15

Neked gratula, ha tőled vannak. :kiraly:
A kérdés csak az, hogy meddig. Ez persze téged már ne izgasson.
Jön majd az új Isten az új földi helytartójával és dől a régi bálvány, mint már ezerszer ebben a szobában. Az élet arrafelé már csak ilyen.


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