Jolida FX tube DAC review

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The Glass Tube DAC has the same footprint as the FX-10 amp, measuring 8″ W x 3″ H x 7” D and weighing only 6½ pounds. It too comes in silver or black and has a safety-glass top silk-screened with the JoLida logo. Like the FX-10, build-quality is impressive. And no assembly is required. While its inner workings are shielded from view by a black metal casing, its two side-mounted Tung Sol 12AX7 buffer tubes are on display, seen either from above or through a neatly done rectangular cutout on the far right of the DAC’s front panel. The rest of the front panel, from left to right, consists of a largish power button and a smaller control button that switches the DAC from its USB, coaxial, or TosLink input connections, signified by a trio of labeled blue LED function lights. In back are a pair of RCA output jacks and the TosLink, coax, and USB inputs along with a ground pin and the IEC. Its components are decidedly high-end—ESA Clarity capacitor filters, gold-plated RCA jacks, and a PCM 1793 TI Burr-Brown DAC. Via USB, the Tube DAC accepts signals at 16 bits at rates from 44–96kHz. Via its coaxial and TosLink connections, it supports 192kHz/24-bit.

“Aside from the size, we basically worked on parts quality, sound, and producing a good soundstage,” Allen said.

Hooking everything up is entirely intuitive. The only hitch might be working with the amp’s speaker taps, as the posts are necessarily very close together and can’t be tightened with a tool. I had to carefully position the spades of the speaker wires so they never touched, and then finger-tighten the knurls by twisting the spades at the same time to ensure a tight fit. I used three different sets of interconnects and two different speaker wires, all with great results. I also used three different USB cables, two different coax cables, a Wadia 170iTransport dock, my iMac (OS X 10.6.8) and both an iPod and an iPhone, each running Apple iTunes (10.5.2) and loaded mainly with iTunes Lossless files (44.1/16). As for speakers, I first used a review pair of Sonist Recital 3s (93dB/8-ohm), then a pair of Sonist Concerto 3s (95dB/8-ohm), and finally, my reference Von Schweikert VR5 HSE (91dB/6-ohm). Things could not have been easier. And, I tell you, the results just knocked me out.

From the start, the pair of JoLida units sounded great. One of the things I like to do late at night is listen to small jazz combos, particularly the great Miles Davis sextet from the late 50s. I turned to an old favorite—“So What” from Kind of Blue (Columbia/Legacy CK64935) ripped to iTunes Lossless from CD to my iMac’s hard drive. From the first few notes, I heard great presence in the recording. Paul Chambers’ plucked bass seemed to inspirit my listening room. I heard deep, pliant notes thump and resonate in the chamber of its chthonic body. Bill Evans’ piano sent out a rich bounty of harmonics, sometimes in counterpoint to the bass, sometimes doubling it, and other times trailing in light trills of thematic echo. The horns blended in precise, pulsating choruses. And, on the first solo, Miles’ trumpet sounded clean, lightly propulsive, on occasion just shy of piercing, and had a touch of warmth. There was Coltrane’s characteristic swagger in his solo, his tenor sounding burnished and muscular throughout. Finally, Adderly’s swinging alto reached deftly back into Charlie Parker’s bag of speedy bebop and robbed it, not for virtuosity, but for a concise vein of pure sweetness. This was music one could taste and savor.    Review of the FX amp and Jolida FX tube DAC review.    – forum type review with user comments.

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