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Old 8th January 2019, 04:02 AM   #1
vkung is offline vkung  Canada
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Dear Victor,

I wanted to write to let you know how pleased I am with my new Sparkler DAC (S504 Unison). I love the sound! It really makes my jazz and classical music collection come alive. Everything has a much fuller, richer sound versus the previous DAC I had been using. Some other reviewers have called it a “musical” sound and I agree – everything sounds much more lively with this DAC. I attended a live classical music concert yesterday and enjoyed the immediacy of the sound. This was what I had been missing with my previous DAC.

Besides the sound, the Sparkler S504 Unison DAC just looks cool. The handmade gold colored Japanese paper is quite distinctive. This DAC is very much a unique, handmade object, so rare in this age of mass production. I could have spent a lot more money on a so-called “prestige” brand DAC, but honestly this is much better – how many people have a Sparkler DAC?

I also ordered a full set of Sparkler interconnects, plus speaker wiring and a USB to SPDIF converter. All seem very well made and reasonably priced, and work great. Despite being custom made, the Sparkler products are priced well below other supposedly affordable brands.

I love that Mr. Tsukahara is basically running a one man shop, doing all the design and production by hand. He should be commended for his efforts.

And thank you for supporting him!

Best regards,

Jaylat



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Old 11th November 2019, 01:07 AM   #2
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What is the price of the sparkler unison dac (USB version)?
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Old 11th November 2019, 07:44 AM   #3
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New model S512 "perceive" ― 16-bit D/A Processor $725
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Old 16th November 2019, 11:31 AM   #4
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New model S512 "perceive" ― 16-bit D/A Processor $725
Hi,

What’s the difference between S512 and S504u, other than the ability to accept different inputs via adapters?
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Old 16th November 2019, 06:34 PM   #5
vkung is offline vkung  Canada
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504u no longer available
512 is the replacement
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Old 27th November 2019, 10:23 PM   #6
matthiasw is offline matthiasw  Germany
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504u no longer available
512 is the replacement
Ate you sure?
Both are listed on the Sparkler Audio HP.
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Old 27th November 2019, 11:52 PM   #7
vkung is offline vkung  Canada
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512 is the latest version to upgrade 504U..
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Old 28th November 2019, 06:17 PM   #8
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512 is the latest version to upgrade 504U..
Did you listen to S512?

How is sound quality in comparison to S504?

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Old 29th November 2019, 01:56 PM   #9
chipzahoy is offline chipzahoy  New Zealand
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Did you listen to S512?

How is sound quality in comparison to S504?

Thanks

Matt
Also curious, in what aspects are the S512 improved over S504u?
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