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Elso Kwak 12th March 2002 04:59 PM

AD1865N-K availability.
Hi All,
Anyone knows a source where I can buy the AD1865N<B>-K</B >; not the N or N-J version?.
Thanks in advance.:)

mlloyd1 12th March 2002 09:06 PM

What's the N-K? My datasheets don't list this version. Are you sure AD (still) makes it?

capslock 12th March 2002 10:25 PM

Hi Elso,

Analog Devices has the device still listed as available off stock (buy online). No price is given. Usually, this means that standard distributors such as Spoerle, AVNET, Rutronik, .... will carry the part.



Elso Kwak 12th March 2002 10:31 PM

AD1865N-K availability.
Hi Michael,
The K-version is the highest selection grade. It is a omission of AD that it is not listed in there latest datasheet. But all versions of the AD1865 are listed on the AD-website and the N-K version is the most expensive. It is in current production. And I just found out the N-K is also the best sounding, oooof!.:)

Elso Kwak 12th March 2002 10:41 PM

AD1865N-K availability.
Hi Eric,
I can not buy on line from AD as I don't have a <B>VAT number</B> being a individual, not a business.
Do you have experience buying on line from AD? The price for the online buy for the AD1865N-K is about US$ 43...........
I don't have connections with Spoerle or Rutronics.
I checked Avnet, {will never buy again from Newark; ridiculously high shipping costs not mentioned on the site} and others.

Flemming J P 12th March 2002 11:34 PM


Have you tried the TDA1541?

If yes how did it compare to the AD1865N-K?


JoeBob 13th March 2002 12:14 AM

Well, if you can't find it anywhere, only need one or two and are feeling immoral you could probably get *gasp* samples of it (AD only gives out 2 at a time), since the AD1865N-K is listed in it's DIP form as one which they give samples of.

I know some people don't like it when non-businesses order free samples, but hey, sometimes there's no other way.

Elso Kwak 14th March 2002 11:24 PM

Sound of TDA1541AS1 vs. AD1865N
Hi Flemming.
Please see also my old post(s) on the Audio Asylum
The Philips DAC has the least digital sound but is too polite for me. I missed the sparkle and bass power of the AD1865.
The K-version I obtained from Troels, <I>thanks again Troels!</I>, was just the the tweak I needed as the K has much better definition in the high's and the last trace of harshness is also gone.
I realise it <B>IS</B> a mattter of taste and how you like your music. I like it as realistic as possible, including dynamics, kick in the stomac, <B>POWER</B> as if the musicians are in the room, not in the room with the nabors.
But if you like the music euphonically coloured go for the Philips TDA1541AS1. One plus for the Philips is I have the impression it is less sensitive to jitter than the AD1865.
I will try the TDA1545 shortly.
Will I ever find the Holy Audio Grail?:)

Jocko Homo 15th March 2002 10:57 PM

Gag! Those are horrible parts. The use the I2S format, not right-justified as the ADs do. They sounded Ok 15 years ago, but are very poor performers by today's standards.

Anyone who needs those old dogs, send me an e-mail.

Anyone who needs help buying parts, e-mail me. Where there is a will, there is always a way. And a capitalist [joke].


rfbrw 15th March 2002 11:40 PM

Beware Jocko Homo, the cult of the 1541 zealously guard the status of their icon. If you find yourself in a dungeon, strapped down and forced to listen to Autobahn or O Superman on infinite repeat through a Linn Intek, don't say you weren't warned.


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