Interview with the Lampizator
I just enjoyed reading this interview with the legendary "Robin Hood" of high-end audio Mr. Lukasz Fikus, better known as the Lampizator...
Anyone can make a circuit equally good just after 2-3 years of every day testing and trying.
I realized that chips for DAC are not digital devices (like in computers) but they are analog devices, responding really strongly to strange manipulations like power supply filtering, capacitor quality, connection topology, clock frequencies, materials used for wiring and soldering, vibrations, magnetic fields, grounding schemes and so on. Making a chip sound in a specific way is like building violins.
I consider the DAC to be a relatively timeless product because there is no more progress there - DACS will be the same for many years to come so there is no race that I must take with Samsung, Sony or Apple.
I don’t believe that the electronic component price is the measurement of expected sound quality.
I believe that digital recordings and reproduction is equally good or bad as analog one. There are only good recordings and bad recordings.
I strongly believe that 44,1 and 16 bits is all we need.