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lampizatOr info and news
« on: May 03, 2016, 08:10:30 PM »
This page will be dedicated to LampizatOr news and clients, as well as for those interested in this new amazing brand which is taking the world by storm! LampizatOr was founded by Lukasz Fikus and the guy is known as a genius and digital maverick (by digital I mean DACs and digital playback technology-based)! 

Lukasz in person who visited us in Cape Town in April 2016, shot taken in Camps Bay!



About Lukasz: http://lampizator.eu/Fikus/ABOUT_US.html
You may visit his page regarding the DACs here: http://lampizator.eu/Fikus/DACs.html

Starting with their DACs! ...

This is our personal Golden Gate DAC currently on demo here in Cape Town!



The LampizatOr DACs are all tube based:

Entry-Level models
The EUFORIA (DSD only) http://lampizator.eu/Fikus/DSD-Euforia_DAC.html

Mid/High-End Models
The LEVEL 4 (best seller) http://lampizator.eu/Fikus/DAC_LEVEL_4.html
The BIG 5 (the Level 4 on steroid) http://lampizator.eu/Fikus/DAC_Big_5.html
The Lite 7 (touching the ankles of the Golden Gate DAC) http://lampizator.eu/Fikus/DAC_Lite_7.html

Flagship models
The BIG 7 http://lampizator.eu/Fikus/DAC_BIG_7.html
The Golden Gate http://lampizator.eu/Fikus/DAC_GOLDEN_GATE.html
Der Siebener (a cross between the Lite7 and Golden Gate with German exotic parts, caps, etc...) http://lampizator.eu/Fikus/DAC_Der_Siebener.html
The Head DAC (for headphones enthusiasts) http://lampizator.eu/Fikus/HEAD_DAC.html

http://www.audiotweak.co.za/by-type/dac-converters/

SOME REVIEWS:

Level 4
•   http://stereomojo.com/Lampizator%20Level%204%20DAC%20Review.htm/LampizatorLevel4DAC.htm
•   http://www.stereomojo.com/Stereomojo%20Six%20DAC%20Shootout.htm/Stereomojo6DacShootoutRound2.htm
•   http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/611-living-lampis/
•   http://www.monoandstereo.com/2012/05/lampizator-level-4-dac-test-review.html
•   http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/1214/LampizatOr_Generation_5_Level_4_DAC_Review.htm


Lite 7:
•   http://www.ayllonmedia.com/1/post/2015/06/the-lampizator-lite-7-dac-a-high-performance-machine-or-a-bloated-beetle.html
•   http://www.audioshark.org/lampizator-186/lite-7-review-7685.html
•   http://inearspace.com/2015/09/10/lampizator-lite-7-the-big-dac/
•   http://www.audiostream.com/content/lampizator-lite-7-dsd-dac#rVtFj20GGW6wR5oc.97

BIG 7 (Flagship):
•   http://hifipig.com/lampizator-big-7-dac/
•   http://www.audioshark.org/lampizator-186/lampizator-big-7-review-7213.html


Golden Gate (Flagship/Signature-statement):
•   http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews2/lampizator/1.html
•   http://positive-feedback.com/audio-discourse/lampizator-golden-gate-dac/
•   http://www.audiostream.com/content/lampizator-golden-gate#Q2fIHjoB7FrIHsFl.97
•   http://highfidelity.pl/@main-605&lang=en
•   http://www.monoandstereo.com/2015/05/lampizator-bespoke-golden-gate-dsd-dac.html


More info soon...
 



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Re: lampizatOr info and news
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2016, 08:41:40 PM »
The LampizatOr Euforia DSD DAC (Entry Level)





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Re: lampizatOr info and news
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2016, 08:47:25 PM »
The LampizatOr Level 4 DAC (Entry-Level upper-class)





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Re: lampizatOr info and news
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2016, 08:55:16 PM »
The LampizatOr BIG 5 DAC (The Level 4 on steroid, flagship of the entry level range)




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Re: lampizatOr info and news
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2016, 08:59:00 PM »
The LampizatOr Lite 7 DAC (Entry-Level of the flagship models, the baby brother of the BIG 7 DAC)



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Re: lampizatOr info and news
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2016, 09:04:27 PM »
The LampizatOr BIG 7 DAC (The flagship LampizatOr DAC just before the Golden Gate DAC which is the Signature Model of this one)



The BIG 7 (with volume/remote and line-stage inputs/preamp)








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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2016, 09:23:35 PM »
The LampizatOr Golden Gate DAC (The flagship Signature model)
















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Re: lampizatOr info and news
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2016, 02:41:05 PM »
Some cool shots with our dear LampizatOr friend Lukasz Fikus on the 12th of April 2016.

https://www.facebook.com/AudiotweakZA/photos/pcb.1748416128705115/1748415412038520/?type=3&theater








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Re: lampizatOr info and news
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2016, 12:46:37 PM »
LampizatOr Gen 4 (show/demo units) available in limited quantities.

Level 4
Amber
Euforia



info here:
http://www.avforums.co.za/index.php/topic,55241.0.html

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Re: lampizatOr info and news
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2016, 05:04:08 PM »
A shootout at Francois's place gave the following results regarding our LampizatOr Level 4 DAC, the 2nd model from the entry-level range pitched against some heavy weight:

Prices:
dCS Puccini Singe-box, upsampling CD/SACD player = $19,995
dCS Scarlatti DAC = $23,999
dCS Vivaldi DAC = $34,999
Meitner =  $7.000
Wadia 860SE = $7950
LampizatOr Level 4 DAC = €2900

Francois/AVForum quote shootout results:
The dCS Vivaldi ($34,999) came tops.
The LampizatOr Level 4 was on par or closer to the dCS Scarlatti ($23,999).
The LampizatOr Level 4 bettered the Meitner ($7.000).
The LampizatOr Level 4 bettered the Wadia 860SE ($7950).
The LampizatOr Level 4 beat the dCS Puccini ($19,995).

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Re: lampizatOr info and news
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2016, 07:53:25 PM »
LampizatOr Level 4 vs Vinyl (Wayne Donnelly/Enjoythemusic.com)


The Bottom Line
As much as I love my analog setup, especially after adding the Stein cartridge last year, my physical disabilities make it a lot more work to play an LP. Although I enjoyed my ModWright/Denon player more than any previous digital sources in my system, I still went to LPs when I wanted to hear the best sound my system could produce. Now I can just relax and enjoy CDs, without feeling that I am compromising. The LampizatOr Level 4 Generation 5 DAC essentially frees me from worrying about the sound and lets me relax and enjoy the music.

At a retail price of $5195, the Generation 5 is a substantial purchase. But to me it gives great value for the degree of listening pleasure it delivers. I expect that when I have mastered DSD computer audio it will prove to be even more of a bargain. I may also check out whether a newer and better disc transport will get even better results from my CD library. As I'm sure you’ve already figured out, this wonderful DAC, as Dylan would sing, "ain't goin' nowhere."

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/1214/LampizatOr_Generation_5_Level_4_DAC_Review.htm






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Re: lampizatOr info and news
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2016, 07:56:18 PM »

From another forum, the LampizatOr Golden Gate DAC which is our LampizatOr flagship vs. top notch vinyl.

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"I have been comparing the Lampi GG with my vinyl set up and have been pleasantly surprised how close the Lampi is on some material."
Analog setup: Kuzma XL4, Kuzma 4p, with Lyra and Shelter Harmony, Ypsilon phono.

http://www.whatsbestforum.com/showthread.php?20765-Analog-vs-Lampizator&p=398169&viewfull=1#post398169



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Here's another interesting "shootout of sort" between 2 well reviewed DACs and the entry-level LampizatOr Amber DAC (currently on special)!

Abbingdon Music Research AMR DP77 DAC vs. Hegel HD12 DAC vs. LampizatOr Amber DAC.

http://ayllonmedia.com/news/the-lampizator-amber-dac-plus-is-it-a-dac-lite-or-a-real-contender-in-home-audio

Conclusion

Going into the side by side comparisons, I was pretty confident that the Amber Plus would fare well against the Hegel HD12, which is priced almost $1,000 less at $1,400, but had no idea how well it would perform against the AMR DP-777, which is more than double its price at $5,495. 

As the trials passed, I began to see some patterns.  The Hegel was generally a little sharper focused in the treble area, highly detailed, and had an overall pleasing, balanced presentation.  It communicated delicate nuance very well – for the most part.  I was surprised that it did not pick up that sense of air, space and effects used on vocals like the Amber.  Furthermore, compared with the Amber, it had a lighter bass response and generally didn’t have the same sense of presence.  It reminded me of David Bruce Pinot Noir which when paired with fish seemed the best tasting and balanced wine at a restaurant I waited tables at in the 90s.  However, when put up against a cabernet, its lightness in body became readily apparent.

With the AMR, I found a beautiful organic, warm and musical sensibility.  It sounded very analog, which no doubt the tubes helped.  Its presentation was pretty and detailed enough to make it quite compelling.  However, when compared with the Amber, it not only lacked the weightiness, but also the degree of detail that created that “in the room” feeling that Amber often evoked with quality recordings.  Instead, it called to mind some of the Thomas Kinkade paintings, which present glowing, idealized paintings of life.

In contrast, the Amber wielded a versatile, but heavier footprintFast and detailed enough, it was pretty upfront in its presentation, yet very adept at rendering timbres naturallyIn essence, it was very balanced, presented superb imaging and was very true to life.   For me, the Lampizator Amber Plus DAC was overall more impactful and a tad more engaging.

What’s more, it garnered the “Wife Approval Factor”, which cannot be underestimated.  She loved the sound and the price – we both did – so much so that we bought our review sample.

At $2,300, the Amber is a very good value – especially when compared to price of the AMR.  And, regardless of cost, like those gladiators we viewed at ringside, it’s a worthy contender. 


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Just released, the LampizatOr Atlantic R2R DAC!



[Lukasz Fikus - quote]
This DAC has been “in the making “ for the most part of 2016 but it took the final shape and form during my May 2016 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean under the sails. This month on the empty ocean gave me time to think creatively and tap to my gut feelings about the possibility of finding customers for this amazing new product. Hence the name commemorates my sailing event.

The Atlantic DAC - the best performance per dollar ever offered from our company. It sets the bar very high, and does it in a big style.

The key design factors:

-Using DHP - Directly Heated Pentode tubes (our cheapest Directly Heated product !)
-Running in Single Ended Triode (SET) mode - very puristic and elegant schematics
-Conversion by means of Discrete Resistor Ladder DAC (R2R) - probably the best implementation in the known Universe
-DSD seamlessly playing from mixed PCM playlists (up to 256xDSD) via USB
-Pure Copper Lampizator-brand output capacitors
-Level 4 type of chassis with Lite 7 power supply and other circuits (with exposed tubes on top)
-Fabulously musical and easily available 4P1L tubes from the best Soviet military era

The combination of the above factors is impossible to find in any DAC in this price range, maybe even in any DAC period. The most exotic and highest in audiophile hierarchy factors like R2R and DHP make it extremely rare and desired breed of highest performance music players available at any price.

What it does not have:  DSD512 is not available for this price point, also fully balanced topology is not in the Atlantic program. And no, it can’t have headphone output or concealed tubes. Tube rolling is also not possible (and totally unnecessary).




Specification:

Size: [W x H x D ]  :  43 x 13 (plus tubes 10 cm) x 33 (plus 10 cm for cables at the back)
Weight: 11 kg net, 14 kg shipping gross
PCM conversion R2R discrete ladder - up to 26 bit, up to 192 kHz via SPDIF, up to 384 kHz via USB
DSD conversion via USB only, auto-sensing, auto switching, 64x, 128x, 256x
Output voltage signal: 3 V pp
Optional inputs:  BNC, second SPDIF-RCA, AES/EBU, Toslink

Optional colours: front panel silver or anodised black
Tube compliment: 4P1L pentode pair, loctal base.
Output capacitors: Lampizator brand, PureCopper, PP insulated.
Warranty: 5 years excluding tubes.

Estimated retail = EURO 4900 (inc VAT)

Available for demo in JHB soon...