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  1. Just Add Speakers I am proud to announce the launch of Starkrimson™ Integrated. This integrated amplifier combines Orchard Audio’s existing BOSC™ amplification and PecanPi® DAC technologies into a single enclosure. The inputs are either USB or S/PDIF. Just add speakers. Starkrimson is the only integrated amplifier on the market which uses gallium nitride (GaN) technology. GaN transistors provide the following sonic/sound benefits over their traditional silicon counterparts: less harshness; cleaner highs; better transparency; and higher detail. This is because GaN transistors have increased slew rate, reduced ringing, faster switching, and faster overload recovery. What is unique about this integrated amplifier is that it provides access to both the DAC outputs and amplifier inputs; this enables the connection of devices like digital signal processors (DSPs) and preamps between the two. Starkrimson is currently available with introductory pricing at $1995. MSRP is set at $2495. A treasure trove of specifications, photos, and measurements awaits at www.orchardaudio.com/starkrimson
  2. Another great customer review: “The PecanPi DAC is a wonderful addition to the RaspberryPi. The soundstage and bass are outstanding with this DAC. I have used several Allo and HiFiberry hats this clearly beats all of them.” Full review text:
  3. With PecanPi you have two options: Streamer USB DAC The USB DAC is a good option if you have a dedicated computer or steamer (with USB output) already. For example if you have a Bluesound Node 2i you can bypass its internal DAC which is known to have poor performance. The Streamer is a networked device. It connects to your network and you control it from your phone/tablet/computer. It can play files from your NAS and USB storage deivces. It can also play internet radio, and work with streaming services like Tidal or Qobuz. The steamer can also act as a DLNA/UPnP and AirPlay rendered. Both devices have an integrated class AB headphone amplifier
  4. @rplace, @hallcon83 I got my avatar and profile all set up. Thank you. It looked like I had to reach a certain number of posts before it let me do it.
  5. I have had this question asked so many times. I wrote an article to address this. The article gets you an understanding of how amplifier power affects loudness (sound pressure level) at your listening position. This calculator is also a very good tool to use to figure it out: https://myhometheater.homestead.com/splcalculator.html ~~Leo~~
  6. The hope is for Orchard Audio to replace my day job, that is a long time away.
  7. They are 150Wrms (300Wpeak). There are no "chips", it is my own custom design no Hypex, Ncore, ICE, or any other off the shelf class d chips. The amps use Gallium Nitride (GaN) transistor. Other amps with this technology cost way more. I believe the price is very competitive for the level of performance and power that the amps offer.
  8. Hello, About seven years ago, I was looking for an audio system for my house. At that time, I was not able to find anything that delivered the performance I was looking for at the price that I wanted to pay. As an engineer, I thought: "Why can't I design my own?" Two years later, I had a DAC and two 25W amplifiers. Friends and family would comment about how great the music sounded. In 2017, I launched Orchard Audio (www.orchardaudio.com) with the hope of showing the world that excellent sound quality does not necessarily equate to spending many thousands of dollars. I am an electrical engineer and have a wide variety of experience in different industries. https://www.linkedin.com/in/leonid-ayzenshtat-9a988061/ Thank you @rplace for pointing out this forum to me. ~~Leo~~
  9. @rplace Thanks. I don't see those options on my account page. They are probably disabled for new members. Will check back later.
  10. Thank you. Is there a good place to do intro post? Also, how do I add an avatar image I don't see the option.
  11. This is one of my favorites, really determines how good your low end is.
  12. Thanks for the purchase and mentioning my product here. If anybody has questions feel fee to ask.
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