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When I got my Yamamoto DAC in JAN. 2010 I was so impressed with its sound I sent Shigeki Yamamoto an email expressing my gratitude. I received a reply within days in english(it was very gracious).Samuel Furon of Ocellia does carry this line in Canada.I`m not sure if he`s the North American distributor however.
I can understand your interest,superb redbook CD playback. It`s an 'exceptionally' pure and natural sounding DAC that goes pretty much unoticed in this country.
The YDA DAC lacks USB and has but a single RCA input i.e. it has little flexibility and frills.It seemingly was built for only one purpose, pure music reproduction and the emotional beauty it provides when things are kept natural and the emphasis is centered on realism.
Mr. Yamamoto avoids op-amps and any trace of NFB in his DAC.His power supply is very stout and regulated and the transformer he uses is significantly over specified for DAC duty. The output stage is ultra simple and direct.
The result is organic -holistic beauty and truth.Tone,timbre and harmonics are dead on accurate(tonality really matters to me). This DAC extracts the best from CDs(but it won`t make crap sound good). I`ve heard some very good and well regarded CD players/DACs but the Yamamoto is IMO one of the very best.I have the SS version, there is a tube YDA also.6 Moons reviewed both and in the tubed version review there are many comparisions between both(conclusion, he felt both are superb with subtle differences).Which one are you interested in?
Well, I’ve just acquired the Yamamoto YDA-01 DAC and... Wow. So natural sounding with beautiful tone. I’m floored.
I have no patience for current DACs with their hyper detailed sound. The Yamamoto is so easy to listen to and brings incredible joy every time I do.
Charles, may I ask who did the CAST Lundahl mod and how much more is it worth doing?
No Lundahl modification. I just had a local tech replace the stock
Absolutely agree with your listening impressions. Beautifully natural, instruments and voices just sound right. Yamamoto has not modified or changed anything with this DAC since its introduction more than 10 years ago. When the sound is pure and natural there's no need to tamper with the product.
I've had mind for probably 8 or 9 years (maybe even longer). I was very happy with the stock DAC and only changed the caps due to my success /happiness with the CAST caps placed in my speaker's crossover done about a year prior. I've heard quite a few very well regarded DACs through the years but not one of them has given me the urge to replace the simple Yamamoto YDA-01. It has stood the test of time. It just flies under the radar.
The capacitors are a pretty easy installation for someone handy with a soldering iron. The Duelund CAST are quite large but there's plenty of interior space (the YDA-01 is built with a very low parts count) . Most likely why it sounds so good, very simple circuit with minimal parts. I know that it sounds wonderful with your Raven Nighthawk. You have a really nice audio system.
Basically, yes. I was using the Hegel Rost as an all-in-one (DAC/PRE/AMP). Let me tell you... This thing is a killer piece. I’m really not comfortable with selling it.
The Raven Nighthawk has not arrived yet. I received two emails from FedEx. One days tomorrow, the other says Wednesday.
I’m REALLY looking forward to the the Yamamoto/Raven union.
I just can’t express how happy I am with this Yamamoto. Some people love hyper detailed zip and zap, digital to analog converters. They seem to be all the rage today... Not me. They sound too HiFi and not natural at all.
I sold the Spatial Audio M3 Turbo S speakers.
While they did some things very well, in the end they just weren’t for me.
I replaced them with a pair of Nola Contenders. Much more natural sounding.
I think they’ll be lovely with the Yamamoto and Raven.
I’ll post pictures in my Virtual Systems this week.