The 151 has not been release yet. End of the month.
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John Schaffer / President of Wadia demonstrated their new 151 at Rocky Mountain Audio Festival last October. Set up with a 170i (or maybe the newer 171i) and a pair of Dynaudio Excite x16's, the sound was quite incredible for such a simple and affordable system. I immediately contacted my local dealer and put one on order. Shipment has been delayed several times, but I was informed two weeks ago by a Wadia employee that shipment is expected before the end of April. I had planned on purchasing a Benchmark DAC to mate up with my 170i, but after hearing the 151 & Dynaudio combination, I decided to hold off. Once I receive and try out a couple of speaker combinations, I'll re-post. I expect it will be worth....the wait.
I had a chance to demo this DAC at the Audio Show in Emeryville. It was driving a pair of sonus faber monitors and it made my jaw dropped. It was sitting next to a Krell amp and it thought that was the amp driving the speakers. After the show, I was informed that this little DAC was powering the speakers...WOW
My 2c on this old tread.
I got a 151 this week. It has made my Zu Omens a bit more bearable.
I found that the Wadia 151 responds to switching power cords, but it does so in a different way than the Krell KAV-300i it displaced. On Krell I found that the BMI Whale Elite provides the best synergy (better than a Purist Proteus Rev A). On Wadia - the lowly Audio Magic XStream is better match than the above. I haven't tried the stock cable yet, I expect it be adequate as well.