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Kubelik NOS DAC kits

Dorati in action
 

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Chri12

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2021-08-12 6:45 am
Sorry for the delay and thanks to Abraxalito for his patience. Finally settled down from some life and work matters and have some free time to write. As a background, I have Kubelik with opamp in the IV/output stage. Abraxalito, please correct me if i am wrong -- Kubelik has discrete transistors biased in class A at the outputs, in combination of Op amp stages. Recently, i received a new version with full discrete IV/output stage, which is now called Dorati. Kubelik works on 20Vdc and Dorati works on 15Vdc max, which prompted me to get a new transformer.

Upon firing up Dorati, the immediate impression is a more quieter and dark background. This is a very obvious difference from the Kubelik. This could be due to a less demanding power supply? I am using the same psu regulation on both dac. The Dorati presented a more solid imaging when i played Chinese orchestra music. More pin-point positions of the various instruments. I can feel that there is more depth in the soundstaging presented by Dorati as compared to Kubelik. To be more specific, there is more depth and space.

I played female vocals and listened. Again, the above observations. However, i feel that the singer actually took a couple steps back as compared to Kubelik. Instruments are more widely spaced apart, more resolution for Dorati - which sometimes i feel the Kubelik may slightly lack in when i compare it to my Soekris r2r dac. The Dorati does sound more extended in the frequencies when strings are played, better decay than Kubelik.

At this point of time, one may think the Dorati is a clear cut above the Kubelik. I will say no. The Kubelik has a quality that i like very much. It has more ambience to the music. It adds warmth and bloom especially in the mid and low regions. When complex passages like the Chinese Orchestra is playing, the Kubelik may not produce the bigger soundstage and separation of Dorati but let me say that the Kubelik has a very good control of the music - unfazed, there is no nervousness. The Dorati has a certain small degree of strain whenever i really push up the volume playing the orchestra, while the Kubelik has no sweat at all. This is something that the Kubelik impressed me since day one.

In general, the Kubelik has a more upfront and forward presentation versus the more backward and bigger presentation of the Dorati. the Dorati plays with more finesse, finer resolution , more hi-fi style. Kubelik is about warmth and control, good grip and bite on complex passages. I do believe the different output stages work done by Abraxalito attribute to a strong influence on the sonic outcome on the same dac implementation. I do believe both designs can work well on different systems and the individual's taste.

I hope this helps.
@commstech, Out of curiosity, do you use exactly same output caps on both DACs in comparison? I tried some pio-caps on my kubelik and when putting back electrolytics I felt that the sound became more "flat", less "3D". On some records its like the singer has taken a step back.
 
@commstech, Out of curiosity, do you use exactly same output caps on both DACs in comparison? I tried some pio-caps on my kubelik and when putting back electrolytics I felt that the sound became more "flat", less "3D". On some records its like the singer has taken a step back.
Hello yes, basically only the transformers are changed. All else remain the same. Output caps are black gate non polarized. Variables need to be kept constant for a proper comparison.
 
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@Chri12 what value of pio cap are u using? It is going to be a fat ***.
I had only a low value pio to try and indeed bass was compromised, therefore I returned the electrolytic but I preferred much the sound of the pio. I have ordered 10uF pio caps and will see if it will be sufficient for acceptable bass. If not, then i will test with one pio and one electrolytic in parallel.
 
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I had only a low value pio to try and indeed bass was compromised, therefore I returned the electrolytic but I preferred much the sound of the pio. I have ordered 10uF pio caps and will see if it will be sufficient for acceptable bass. If not, then i will test with one pio and one electrolytic in parallel.
From my experiment, using a pio cap alone with appropriate value is going to be challenging in terms of practicality. I have tried big fat mkp 10uf and huge *** 20uf Siemens oil cap on Kubelik and I am not satisfied with the bass. With a minimum of 47uf non polarized electrolytic caps, I get the bass I am satisfied with. I wish I can get a 47uf mkp cap that can fit into my chassis but in my case, is not possible now . Perhaps I should have taken this Dac more seriously right from the start and plan for huge film caps.
 

Chri12

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2021-08-12 6:45 am
From my experiment, using a pio cap alone with appropriate value is going to be challenging in terms of practicality. I have tried big fat mkp 10uf and huge *** 20uf Siemens oil cap on Kubelik and I am not satisfied with the bass. With a minimum of 47uf non polarized electrolytic caps, I get the bass I am satisfied with. I wish I can get a 47uf mkp cap that can fit into my chassis but in my case, is not possible now . Perhaps I should have taken this Dac more seriously right from the start and plan for huge film caps.
Is the bass response from the Dorati similar to Kubelik or would the Dorati allow for a smaller capacitor without loosing bass? I think I read somewhere that the Kubelik is a bit more modest in the low end compared to the Deca dac.
 
Is the bass response from the Dorati similar to Kubelik or would the Dorati allow for a smaller capacitor without loosing bass? I think I read somewhere that the Kubelik is a bit more modest in the low end compared to the Deca dac.
Unlike the Kubelik, I have not done any adventure with different output caps value with Dorati yet. But i think it is worth trying it out some day.