Lampizator announcement: launch of our all new TOTL HORIZON DAC

This 72 lb DAC looks pretty interesting.

Key highlights include:

• Proprietary, firmware driven conversion process with 760kHz PCM and DSD512.
• No silicon anywhere in the signal path.
• Silver wiring inside.
• Copper sheet, true metal capacitors in the signal path.
• CNC milled chassis.
• 6SN7 conversion tubes.
• EL34 output driver tubes.
• Volume control of the highest possible caliber in every unit, featuring a full bypass function.
• All units are true balanced and SE at the same time.
• Zero feedback, either local or global.
• Zero opamps.
• Tube rectified power supply.
• Thousands of tube rolling permutations.
• Unit weight 72lbs.


What are we afraid of people? Nobody wants to talk about this guy? I’d like to hear the TSS and this Horizon and compare them.

I would need to know what’s the design reason, benefit or philosophy of the tubes implemented. If it’s only tonality, I’m skeptic.

Pretty bold claims, I’d love to hear one, but (for me) more importantly I want to see the circuit diagram :slight_smile:

The lampizator announcement contains little actual information. They have a “proprietary” DAC that uses a lot of tubes, supports reasonably high PCM and DSD data rates and has a heavy focus on its analog output stage. I would like to hear more about their proprietary design, especially how it handles clocking and jitter rejection, what kind of data processing it uses and what kind of circuit performs the final translation from bits to voltages. Until then… it’s just another boutique hifi component.

Contrast this announcement to the initial series of detailed presentations from PS Audio when the Directstream DAC neared release. Paul and Ted came right out of the gate explaining how their technology was different and why that might bring improvements over competing products. That gave us something to talk about!

In comparison to below, there’s not a lot of meat on the bones. Either brag about your kit and stand behind it or move aside.

Mind you, I’m waiting for the MKII.


You have to admit bragging is kind of Kevin’s thing. I know a number of people that own Lampi DAC’s and they all praise the sound they get. The downside from what I have seen over the years is quality control in the early years and the constant changes in the lineup even with a current product. Lukaz is always tweaking things. This means that if you and a friend bought the same model six months apart the two DACs might not be exactly the same if he had a new idea during that time frame.

The PrimaLuna write-up makes me want to try one.
The Lampizator write-up makes me wonder why the world needs yet another DAC.

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