SOLD - FOR SALE: EMM Labs XDS1V3... YES, the "V3" upgrade just released
Item #649386410Info: EMM Labs XDS1V3... YES, the "V3" upgrade just released
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ONLY 20 "V3" MADE. Will quickly become a rare item. It has an Esoteric Drive and can read SACDs. The V3 version is Ed's latest design for the Analog PCB.
THIS IS AN XDS1V2 UPGRADED TO A "V3"
THE XDSV2 IS $25,000 PLUS THE "V3" UPGRADE WHICH IS $4500
This is a mint scratch free flagship product of Ed Meitner of EMM Labs in Calgary, Canada. It has been upgraded to the "V3" status which is the newly designed analog PCB from the DA2 DAC.
As you can see there are G Drives sitting on top of it but there is a sheet of clear plexiglass protecting the XDS!.
https://www.emmlabs.com/xds1v2.php this is the V2 literature...
AES/EBU, TOS, COAX, USB Audio
AES/EBU, EMM Optilink
Stereo analog outputs:
XLR and RCA
300 ohms balanced (XLR)
150 ohms unbalanced (RCA)
XLR outputs: 5V
RCA outputs: 2.5V
USB Port for software upgrades
Power consumption: max. 45W
Too much to put here so go to the review of the V3. READ REVIEW BELOW.
The upgrade involves replacing the entire analog board that contains the DAC converter circuitry. Both the analog and convertor circuitry are quite different than they were before, which is why it made sense to simply replace the entire board. A key component to the redeveloped board involves power distribution to both the analog and conversion circuitry — power distribution being an area in which there have been new learnings and developments in recent years in such sensitive areas. The changes in circuitry and power distribution represent nearly a decade of learning, and would be complex to describe specifically. As Ed Meitner said to me in a call, “It’s not just one tweak that gets us where we want to be…it’s a global thing. Everything has to play together. It is important to understand that the new board represents an overall process of continuing improvements, not just one thing.”
The end goal of the process is clarity, transparency, and musicality, the latter of which in this reviewer’s experience, sometimes seems to get left on the cutting room floor. After a month or so of very happy listening, I can sum up this upgrade simply: The upgrade is a terrific success and worth every penny for those who already have an XDS1.
Let me begin the listening descriptions with comments about a series of SACDs, from which one would expect excellence from EMM Labs.
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