Upgrade Kit retail prices: €4,000/$4,000 and the kit consists of:
New digital processing board
New PSU board
New rear panel interface board
New handy IR Remote Control
New, composite Aluminum/Polymer grounding spikes (and anti-seize compound)
New rear panel section carrying C1.2 designation and serial number
C1 and C1 Mono units manufactured before July 2020, will also require an upgrade to the latest 800 x 480 AMOLED display, at a cost of €1,100 or $1,200.
So the total cost of C1.2 upgrade for me would be $4,000 plus $1,200. While this total doesn't seem excessive, but the upgrade kept the existing dual DAC/output boards, so either CH believes the exisiting DAC architecture is still (quite) SOTA and thus FPGA firmware updates are enough to bring up its perfomance, or the DAC portion will be addressed with perhaps C10 or C1.5?
FWIW, the HD board upgrade (to bring a C1 to C1.1) was DEFINITELY money well spent. Therefore the C1.2 upgrade could still be quite interesting to me.
Upgrading the C1 to full C1.2 status involves changing three internal boards. This makes the task unsuitable for end-users and it should be carried out by a qualified technician. However, we envisage these upgrades being carried out ‘in-country’ and they should not require the unit’s return to Switzerland.
In Munich, we will be demonstrating both the C1/C1.2 upgrade and the digital upgrade path as far as four boxes, starting with the D1.5 and culminating in the D1.5, C1.2, T1, X1 combination. We will also be playing the 10 Series amps (with Rockport Lyra speakers) and demonstrating the difference between the L1/X1 and the L10.
In addition, we will be hosting a series of 'visiting presenters’ including Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz who will be talking about producing, mixing and mastering the Impex/Patricia Barber Album Clique! and Roy Gregory and Dennis Davis of TheAudioBeat.com who will be comparing and contrasting the latest digital and vinyl formats. Both presentations promise to be entertaining and informative. Of course, they will both also be making use of the D1.5/C1.2’s multi-format capability and should give further, detailed insights into its performance.
Head of International Sales
CH Precision Sàrl
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It appears the C1.2 update addressed one complaint I had with C1/C1.1. Before C1.2 we were only able to either mono left channel or mono right channel, not summing two channels into one.
However my question is whether this "mono" option can be chosen under DAC mode (connecting to a preamp) or must be under DAC Controller (connecting to a poweramp)?