New possibility to turbocharge the Echo's End R-2R DAC with multiple stacked Firewall modules (with pictures!)
Monday 28 November, 2016
Dear esteemed customers,
This just in: we received some professional pictures from the recent audio show in Vilnius.
Mr. Motek, forced to sit off to the side by the photographer, anguishes over having temporarily lost his reign of the sweet spot. Who knows when he'll get a second chance?
Sweet spot luckily uninhabited but spectators come up for a closer look at what in the world can be making all that sweet sound:
Sculpture park raised to new heights, as this ensemble is also so highly functional:
Aha! Every fine experience must have its own source:
Closer inspection reveals intricate details hiding among the looms:
Thinking nobody was looking, somebody snuck up to re-claim the sweet spot. Once locked in, the cameraman had no chance to get him to sway:
There are plenty more pictures available on our website from the show, so please, after you have finished reading this email, do come take a look.
Echo's End Turbocharged: a custom service offered by LessLoss
Part of what made this show system so special was that the Echo's End R-2R DAC had additional stacked Firewalls onboard. Whereas the stock unit ($5342) has three sets of four sub-modules onboard (four sub-modules making up one full Firewall module), for the show we prepared a special Echo's End which included three stacks of 9 Firewall modules each, for a total of 27 Firewall modules onboard.
This is how a Firewall Stack looks:
This represents a new approach to conditioning power for high end audio applications, and provides never before heard performance levels. LessLoss has already made a few custom DACs such as the one pictured below, which include three Stacks of 11 Firewalls for a total of 30 more modules than stock (Firewall modules are reduced from 198 to 178 USD each with quantity discount, so the surcharge comes to $5340 which includes build and installation).
The absolute maximum number of Firewall modules we can fit into the Echo's End enclosure is 17 modules per stack. With three stacks, the total number of Firewall modules thus comes to 51 units. Absolutely no coloration is perceived and there is no known limit to the benefits gained through use of multiple Firewall modules! The performance achieved is simply purest tone quality without any edge or artificiality.
Below is a picture of the maximum number of Firewall modules physically possible to employ within the Echo's End DAC (51 units total):
Topologically, these are are inserted after the transformer and before the power stabilizing schematics, also after the power stabilizing schematics, and between the USB receiving and DAC circuits. Echo's End has never sounded better. But for those wondering, even this extreme sort of upgrading still does not make external 1X or 5X Firewalls obsolete. They still do their undeniable magic, as do great power cords and power distributors.
Check out the Echo's End DAC and see if we can offer you a customization to include multiple Firewall Stacks. Don't "dis" this opportunity. The R-2R process has never sounded this good, and leaves all notions of the artificial sounding Sigma-Delta process (a.k.a. "DSD") far, far behind.
Louis Motek | LessLoss.com