Brinkmann Audio Nyquist D/A processor Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Analog Sources: Continuum Audio Labs Caliburn turntable & Castellon stand; Kuzma 4Point, SAT tonearms; Lyra Atlas & Atlas SL & Etna & Etna SL, Ortofon Anna & A95, Miyajima Labs Zero (mono) & Madake cartridges.
Digital Sources: Audio Alchemy DDS•Pro CD transport; Moon by Simaudio Evolution 780D DAC; Lynx Hilo A/D-D/A converter; Meridian Sooloos Digital Media System; MacBook Air running Roon, Pure Vinyl, & Vinyl Studio software.
Preamplification: Ypsilon MC-10L & MC-16L step-up transformers; CH Precision P1, TruLife Argo, Ypsilon VPS-100 phono preamplifiers.
Power Amplifiers: darTZeel NHB-458 monoblocks.
Loudspeakers: Wilson Audio Specialties Alexandria XLF & Alexx.
Cables: Interconnect: Snake River Audio Boomslang S/PDIF, Stealth Sakra & Indra, TARA Labs Zero Evolution & Zero & Air Evolution, Teresonic Clarison Gold, Wireworld Platinum Eclipse. Speaker: TARA Labs Omega EvolutionSP, Wireworld Platinum Eclipse 7. AC: AudioQuest high-current (unnamed), Shunyata Research Sigma Analog & Sigma Analog HC & Sigma Digital ZiTron.
Accessories: AudioQuest Niagara 7000, Shunyata Research Denali power conditioners; Oyaide AC wall box & receptacles; ASC Tube Traps; RPG BAD & Skyline & Abffusor panels; Stillpoints Aperture Room panels; Synergistic Research UEF products (various); Symposium Ultra platform; Finite Elemente Pagode, HRS Signature SXR, Stillpoints ESS stands; Audiodharma Cable Cooker; Furutech record demagnetizer; Furutech deStat; Audiodesksysteme Gläss Pro, Loricraft PRC4 Deluxe record-cleaning machines.—Michael Fremer

Brinkmann Audio GmbH
US distributor: Brinkmann USA

AJ's picture

So it turns out after a couple decades, the the missing ingredients that made unmusical digital so cold, harsh and sterile were:
Low frequency distortion and random noise added at playback and then a nice little dose of High frequency anharmonic aliasing distortion "fold"/embedded into the audio band during the encoding stage.
Cool ;-).

Ortofan's picture

... an Explorer2 DAC from Meridian can perform MQA decoding.
For that tube-y "analog" sound quality, run the output of the DAC through a iFi Micro iTube2 - which is available for under $400.
What, then, does one get for the extra $17K+.

rwwear's picture

With no HDMI input a high resolution DAC is pretty useless. How can you use it for Blu-ray audio or SACD/DVDA?

7ryder's picture

I think you answered your own question - you don't.

rwwear's picture

Never ask a question you don't already know the answer to.

It does seem like a lot of over engineering for little gain.

doak's picture

Why would one want to feed this with a disk player??

rwwear's picture

Why even build such a device if only to use with streaming or computer audio? The best audio is still from high resolution discs like Blu-ray audio or SACD/DVDA. DVDA and Blu-ray are on the rise for reissues of classic and modern music. There's lots of music being reissued on DVDA and Blu-ray.
Most of everything I purchase goes directly to the computer using JRiver and streamed throughout the house. Some are high res downloads. It sounds great but for high resolution audio, there's better.

navr's picture

Also, did you listen Mk2?

Heye's picture

Last week I had the Nyquist for 4 days at my home to see if I can get more out of my valued CD collection (I don't care for highrez cause I can't hear much difference - maybe my ears are too dull for this stuff...). Well, Miles horn was actually smoother compared to my Eera Integral CD-player but Jacquelines cello was much less full-bodied. And for most CDs the difference was very small and one couldn't really tell which one was actually better. So I invested my good money rather in a Kondo preamp - this was a real revelation!!!