Fidelice by Rupert Neve Designs

Recording industry legend Rupert Neve is launching a consumer oriented line for audio playback.

Lineup includes;

-RNDAC

-RNHP

-7566

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Really looking forward to this product lineup, as a very happy owner of two Rupert Neve RNHP headphone amplifiers(which I believe the Fidelice branded unit is the same, but in a different case).

The specs on the dac unit look very promising, plus the addition of A balanced headphone output. My only concern is the price point they’ll target.

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looks cool - could sell this DAC to my wife for the living room
Rupert Neve what could be nicer in heritage

wonder how the dimensions are - looks like the DAC could fit nice on the THX AAA 789
the hf amp is 6.5” wide x 4.6” deep and 1.9” tall - will the DAC be the same? it looks a bit wider on the pictures

how is the DAC Chip implemantation? which AKM DAC Chips could be used…
the price will be premium over 500 or even 1000? -if so I would prefer the RME Adi 2 as known Benchmark with remote, the crossover functions, eq and display- while not very living room friendly in my wifes (strange) opinion :slight_smile:

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It looks like the dac is quite a bit larger than the headphone amp, or phono pre amp.

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According to this:


AKM 4497

My guess as for as price would be in the $3-5k range. It basically has all the functionality of a pre amp, and with Rupert Neve’s pedigree, they wouldn’t charge less than that. Really looking forward to reviews on this unit.
The Fidelice version of the RNHP (I own the original “pro” version), has bumped up the power a bit, which was the only negative that I can recall some people stating (and $500 for only being SE). I think it may have not been able to fully drive 300+ ohm headphones. I’ve never had any problems, but all of my headphones are lower impedance.

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