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Starkrimson® Stereo Ultra 2.0

Version 2.0 of the Starkrimson Stereo Ultra is all about power. Orchard Audio had a custom power supply developed to specifically work with our Starkrimson Ultra gallium nitride (GaN) amplifier modules. These new SMPS1K2 -SKU power supplies are developed and manufactured by Micro-Audio. Upsides Pictures are Worth 1000 Words… Here is what the power supplies …

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PecanPi vs PecanPi+

Both DACs use Orchard Audio’s proprietary filtering topology and class AB headphone output buffers. Both DACs also have S/PDIF inputs and utilize an ultra-low jitter clock to effectively eliminate jitter. The major difference between the two boards is the DAC chip that is utilized (see more on this below). What are Customer Saying? Based on …

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Starkrimson Stereo Ultra Goes On US Tour

A Rev 1.0 Starkrimson Stereo Ultra ($2900 configuration) amplifier is currently touring the US. Everybody is welcome to join in.Update:As of 04/01/2023, the tour amplifier is Rev 1.0 Starkrimson Stereo Ultra dual mono with capacitor upgrade ($3500 configuration). How does it work? You are responsible only for the costs of properly packaging and shipping the …

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Amplifier Placement

Many people talk about speaker placement, and I agree this is very important. However, amplifier placement is also important. Why? It affects the damping factor at the speaker’s terminals. Why is damping factor important? The damping factor of an amplifier tells you how well it can control the load. In this case, the load is …

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PecanPi DAC/Streamer FAQ

Streamer Questions: 1. Can an external DAC be used with the PecanPi Streamer?Yes. An external DAC can be connected to any USB port on the streamer. This will disable the streamer’s internal DAC. 2. What XLR to RCA adapters or cables can I use?The adapter must have pin 3 floating on the XLR side. This is a …

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What is a DAC and why do I need/want one?

Want better sound quality from your phone/laptop/tablet/MP3 player? You need a dedicated DAC.  What is a DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter)? All data/media on your phone/computer/tablet is stored in a digital format (comprised of 0s and 1s). This includes all of your audio files (FLAC, mp3, AIFF, etc), and streaming audio (TIDAL, Qobuz, Spotify, etc). A DAC …

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