I think this is a pretty natural move for Gary, and one that I’ve been babbling about since hitting CanJam last year — serious hi-fi guys are looking around at the head-fi space and saying, “What if we did it like this, instead?” I think this is gonna be a crazy convergence.
Anyway, Gary had a couple of prototypes he knocked together and Brian and I got a chance to fiddle about with them. Gary was running them off a new tube-rectified NOS DAC that he’d crafted in another bamboo enclosure, and the result was pretty sweet. 1 watt was crushing those LCD-X headphones! As a bonus round, he brought out his Frankenstein DAC. Bass was crazy-big. He’s estimating a price of about $2,000 to $2,500 or so, but that’s a guess at this point. All I can say is I’m pretty psyched. Might have to bring in one of these when Gary’s ready to let one them out of his sight.
I’ll have more details sooner or later, but no need to wait — check it out, below.