We have one of these Bakoon DAC-21 units (in Black) available at this price. This one was used for about a year in the Jaguar Reference System and still looks and works like new. The Bakoon house sound is very lit up in the outer regions and has a flowing nature. The nuance coming out of this compact, battery-powered package is remarkable and shows what novel Japanese engineering is capable of. Read the 6Moons review below for more details.
After nearly 4 years in development, the perfectionists at Bakoon Products have released the battery-powered DAC-21. This unit combines high-tech digital advances and traditional analogue mastery into one advanced piece. Battery power allows you to skip the $1,500 high performance power cable and even more expensive power conditioner, yet with perfect, noiseless power, which is critical in a source component.
Employing the up-to-date digital features, yet thoughtfully executed by the finesse of their SATRI Circuit, the DAC-21 brings out true emotion and soul of music from otherwise veiled digital bits stored in computers.
The DAC-21 is equipped with all discrete power, zero negative feedback and operated by three separate Li-ion rechargeable battery packs inside which last about 12 hours on one single charge. It is capable of handling the latest digital tech with ultra low phase noise clocks and can be connected to other Bakoon electronics via SATRI-Link, which allows zero loss signal transmission over longer distances.
The DAC-21 contains true essence of knowledge, accumulated over the years, into one compact package for a new digital era.
Note: Watch in Full-Screen, 1080HD mode, for the best viewing experience.
Note: Contact Jaguar about Silver and Gun Metal Grey colored units. Jaguar delivers Bakoon Products throughout North America; for delivery elsewhere, please contact us.
Here's what 6Moons says about the Bakoon DAC-21 in their review:
“We're not yet at the end but already a line is due to Bakoon's finish. It's superlative.”
“No matter the photography, its quality won't telegraph. It must suffice to write that the DAC-21 is put together with extraordinary metal work precision.”
“What does elegance sound like? Likely due to its battery supply which renders the circuitry 100% isolated from the power grid and as such, immune from its variable noise caused by fluctuating loading, the DAC-21 has sounds appear out of silence without any metallic grit or sharpness on the leading edge. Instead of 'zipping' into existence, sounds simply bloom, then vanish with seemingly endless fades for fabulous elasticity.”
“...music stood not on its front but back foot; not on the attack but decay; not a stance of male aggression but relaxed female calm. Not forward but laid back. As a result, music seemed to take up more time. It lingered, leisurely. If it were a brook, it'd meander lazily, not rush madly forward. Time felt just a bit suspended. The attentive listener can't fail to notice and settle into the same state…If you need one more word to take away, it's purity.”
“This unusual duality of soft and hard, of mellowness and brightness, factored in all of my earlier Bakoon encounters. To me it's the Satri circuit's business card. It's what distinguishes it from the harder Swiss school of ultra-wide bandwidth DC coupled circuits. With their ultra resolution, it manages a more organic feel. That's the special sauce.”
“Those who love guitar, piano or any other instrument will have their own maestros with whom such call-it-by-timbre games are secret fun. Hearing such extreme resolution from wide bandwidth and completely absentee noise without even a hint of sharpness... that was an unusual constellation of attributes.”
“...it securely held its own against costlier in-house references from Aqua Hifi and Fore Audio. I had no indications of sonic setbacks, just a different climate. That moved different facets into the foreground, others into the back. What came to the fore was lucidness as that lit-up-all-over acuity. It had glass-like purity and steep rises with fiery upper-harmonic brilliance. What in that crystalline clarity turned away were warmth, moodiness and weightiness.”
“...emphasis was resolutely and resolvedly on utmost intelligibility. This meant a total reveal of the soundstage as though white overhead lights had banished all shadows. A certain moodiness which we associate with candle light because of its rich penumbra and limited exposure had lifted. The type heaviness which results from a tighter musical weave—without the virtual crochet gaps that let in air and space between sounds—was likewise gone. This wasn't a tonal balance effect. Bass had fabulous pitch definition without any softening or lessened reach. This lightness was simply the other side of luminosity. It could be played at seriously faint levels due to its extreme visibility.”
“Punters surveying the $20,000 leagues under the sea would do well then not to overlook the $3'500 battery-powered DAC-21 in this context. You could spend four times as much on a converter, use conventional voltage mode over very fancy cabling and not get ahead."
A quote, from the owner of Bakoon Products:
“I’m quite picky. Some of our quality control criteria are more than twice as stringent as their second most demanding customer, another popular big name. Thanks to these processes, we achieve finish quality far surpassing those of conventional hifi manufacturers. This is something we're very proud of.”
|Digital Formats||PCM 32-Bit/384 kHz, DSD256|
|Oscillators||3 Ultra-Low Phase Noise Oscillators|
|Output||1 SATRI-LINK (BNC), 1 Voltage (RCA)|
|Output Level||2 V (RCA), 2 mA (BNC)|
|Battery Type||3 Separate Li-ion Batteries|
|Battery Power Supply Circuit||5 Separate Circuits for Audio & 2 Separate Circuits for Control|
|Battery Operate Time||Up to 12 hours|
|Dimensions||195 mm (W) x 237.5 mm (D) x 55 mm (H)|
|Shipping Weight||4.5 kg|