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Monarchy Audio is well-known and respected for over-delivering on price and performance in a world of elite, extravagant, expensive and slickly packaging audio bling.
The Monarchy DIP (Digital Interface Processor) inserts between your digital source (transport or computer) and legacy DAC. The results are wonderful with a large, deep soundstage with great detail and a very smooth analogue-like sound.
On-line review example;
“This DIP made a HUGE difference in my entry level system but I suspect (although I can't say from experience) that the differences in a high-end (i.e. Wadia, Levinson, etc.) system would be much more subtle. But, here lies the paradox. The DIP in an entry level system would occupy a significant portion of the total budget and one would be put in the position to gauge it's value based on performance per dollar spent. In my particular case my DVD player's cost was about $500 so the DIP (at full retail) would represent about a 60% increase in cost of my digital front end. Was it worth it for me? Cost aside, the DIP has greatly increased the 'enjoyment' factor for me by taking away one thing. The treble in my system was harsh enough to make me grit my teeth and since the DIP has been installed that harshness has gone. Also, I've noticed a fascinating increase in the 'tightness' of the bass. Overall I am very happy and I would find it very difficult to go back to a non-DIP system now.”
Stereophile: What does the DIP do, dippity-doo? It reduces jitter—that form of distortion created when a CD player or transport reads the disc and transmits the data. Jitter, the great bugaboo of digital, can give you the heebie-jeebies—the more you do to banish it, the better your digital playback system will sound.
To do just that, the DIP uses a Phase-Locked Loop to recover the master clock, suppresses as much of the jitter (yes, Lars calls it "yitter") as possible, then encodes the new data and clock into a fresh datastream. (There's isolation so the incoming datastream doesn't foul the outgoing datastream.)
This Mk.II DIP 24/96 handles 24/96 signals and passes all digital surround formats, including AC-3 and DTS. And it includes a new AC input filter that Monarchy claims blocks "all" external noises from the AC line.
As C.C. Poon explained, the standard signal coming out of a CD transport is a feeble 0.5V. When the DIP reclocks the datastream, it boosts the signal to 5V. "The stronger output ameliorates some of the deficiency of the digital cable, which has to carry a very complicated signal," said C.C.
The DIP done did it, all right.
For starters, it allowed me to use a coaxial cable going into the DIP and an AES/EBU cable coming out, which in turn allowed me to use the AES/EBU input of the Link DAC III and engage the MSB Network. Whew!
But even with two coaxial cables, the DIP substantially improved the sound of my Link DAC III, especially when upsampling was engaged. The sound became cleaner, clearer, smoother. Transient definition improved. The harmonic presentation—already superb—went up yet another notch in quality. No edginess whatsoever!
And the music sounded louder, more dynamic—almost startlingly so, as if I'd cranked up my preamp's volume control. Could boosting the digital signal to 5V have such an effect?
I tried TosLink into the DIP and an AES/EBU cable out of the DIP. I preferred coaxial in, but only marginally so. This is very good news for those whose CD players—like several CD changers I've seen—are equipped with only a TosLink optical digital output.
I suspect that the results in my system were particularly gratifying because jitter suppression becomes critical with upsampling. (The Link DAC's upsampling board has a quartz-crystal oscillator to reclock the signal and suppress jitter, so it's not as if MSB has ignored the issue. The more jitter reduction the better, it seems.)
I highly recommend the Monarchy Audio DIP 24/96 for owners of the Link DAC III with upsampling To prioritize, I'd put the DIP even before the P1000 Power Base, because cleaner sound is more important than more dynamic sound.
Remember, the DIP will let you use the Full Nelson Link DAC III's AES/EBU input and, thus, the MSB Network. (Most CD players lack an AES/EBU balanced digital output.) The DIP could be very useful if your data source is a computer. Use an optical TosLink cable into the DIP (to electrically isolate the DIP from the computer), then use an AES/EBU cable into the Link DAC III.
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