Aqua Formula - new upgrade, retrofittable!

spiritofmusic

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Plenty for me to take in when I visit soon.
 
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Installed the new analogue board into the Formula yesterday and initial impressions are that it’s changed the character completely from Italian romance to German teutonicness. I’m hoping a few days/weeks burn in (not the 600hrs please) will bring back some sweetness though I could also play with HQP settings at a later date.

Highlights include; much larger soundstage particularly front to back, increase in dynamics, another drop in noisefloor, and more resolved bass.
Downsides, hopefully temporary; in your face vocals, less organic presentation, not quite as ‘musical’ (more head than heart).

It could also be reacting to the temporary rollerball feet supporting it.

Anyone care to comment on how the first week progresses?

Cheers
Blue58
Just to share my experience.

I have been running in brand new Formula xHD with 2019 update 24x7 for 2 weeks. As expected, it was getting better for that 2 weeks of running in.

Then I went for traveling for 10 days and continued the run in when I was away.
When I was back from Japan (should be around 800 hours of total run in), what I listened was something really special and drastic difference.
It was not just about soundstage getting bigger, more opened sounding, more defined bass. The vocal was brought forward, separation was excellent, the presence was much better and it was like live music playing in front of you.

I believe you will get the ‘organic’ presentation with continuous playing. Not sure how long the analog board needs to run in for the best performance though.

Let’s us know your experience!
 

spiritofmusic

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Barry, it looks like the upgrade will take yr sound nearly to my level LOL.
 
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Sablon Audio

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The aqua Formula xHD receives the Digital / DAC award at RMAF 2019 - International HiFi Press Awards

https://www.audiofest.net/awards/
A number of friends and customer have this dac and are very happy with it. Great sounds for the modest price point, especially when driven by a Taiko server, and is well designed and constructed. The modular build enables easy updates in the future, some by the owner without the cost and downtime of factory shipping, and it is completely reliable. Is a product which I feel comfortable recommending to my customers.
 

sbo6

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I got the scoop on the LinQ from my friends at Aqua...
First, it's still a ways off from shipping, which should be end of this year. This will give them time to create the modules people want. Yes, modules! This is a modular architecture, like their DACs.
So, right now, it can't accept external storage directly, but it might, if they come up with a module for it!
Same for a Roon Core module.
So if you have a specific need that could be addressed within the LinQ, send them your request, and let's see what they can come up with!

cheers,
alex
I see the LinQ was being shown at one of the shows recently. Any feedback and any pricing?
 

sbo6

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Finally got the analog modular upgrade, will see how it sounds after burn - in. :)
 

joaovieira

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Great! I would like to hear about it.
I couldn’t make the xHD upgrade because of Customs issues, but I got the analog board and it made a nice upgrade for me.
 
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