– NOW AVAILABLE ALL IN BLACK (Silver model is discontinued) – photos coming in a few weeks after our photograph shooting – All black units ready to ship.
A 100% tube CD player with a unique design. Direct « DAC-to-tube » technology – Full tube differential stage.
The reason we use the term “100% tube” is because most of CD players on the market using tubes in the analog stage are doing it just for marketing as they are just a buffer stage after a solid state stage.
On the contrary, our Doge 6 has zero solid state components after the DAC conversion chip. The only manufacturers that we know using this technique are the respectable U.K “AUDIO NOTE” but at 10 times DOGE 6 price and the U.S “JOLIDA”. (There might be others as of course we don’t know all CD players worldwide, there are several hundred of them).
The polish company LAMPIZATOR started to manufacture since 2010 some famous DACs and introduced this direct DAC-to-tube technology as a must, “the nirvana of audiophiles” but also unfortunately as something they have invented. Even we consider their DAC are really great products (not cheap… but great!) it would be great that Mr Fikus (their designer) realised that AUDIA NOTE launched their first “lampizated” DAC in 1995 and JOLIDA his first “Lampizated” CD player in 2000. (By the way, we take the opportunity to inform our customers that Doge will release in the fall of this year his own “Lampizated” DAC and we are eager to do comparisons. To be informed of this release, just subscribe to our new products newsletter. Click here.).
While our general manager Mr Liu was Jolida chief engineer during 1995 to 2003, he designed the hit product « Jolida JD100A » who did 30% of Jolida sales during many years. Despite this product remains a great CD player, instead of doing a clone with Doge logo he wanted to improve it and to do a schematics that match with the new generation of DAC chips having balanced output.
Beside the power section which has been significantly improved compared to Jolida JD100A, the analog design of Doge 6 use a very unique technology. On contrary of most CD player on the market who use single ended tube stage, including AUDIO NOTE, the Doge 6 uses a fully tubes differential stage with one tube for + and – for each channel of the DAC analog output (could be called as a kind of « push-pull stage »). These 4 tubes who act as fully balanced differential stage and gain stage are in SRPP mode.
This first stage is followed by a buffer stage, himself driven by another triode as current generator to lower output impedance.
You may wonder as we speak of balanced stage, why we don’t have XLR output on Doge 6. Well, that would be a bit technical to explain in a few words, but for the buffer stage to lower the impedance we thought it was better for the sound performance to come back in single-end mode. The advantage of our first stage in balanced mode is that it acts as a differential stage as well for those who knows this meaning.
Well, let’s stop the technique, that’s just a unique and great CD player.
The most important to remind is that there is no single solid state component between the DAC chip and the RCA plugs, a 100% pure tube analog stage !
That’s what gives this marvelous transparency and details.
All components are either imported brand or Chinese high end brands. The electrolytic capacitors are Japanese Nippon-Chemicon, while coupling capacitors are German WIMA.
The chassis is particularly stiff due to the use of 6mm thick aluminum for all panels. This avoids the CD transport to be affected by any vibration.
The final result makes an exquisite CD player who will fight with any famous western brand at $3,000 and above. You will still find that typical sound that made the JD100A popular, this pure 100% tube sound, but with a sound performance more precise, more balanced and more neutral. Some faithful customers asked us if using so many tubes (6 in total) didn’t make the sound too warm ? So the reason we use 6 tubes is because each channel of the DAC chip has two output because of its balanced configuration.
On contrary the sound stay warm but very neutral and transparent at the same time. It offer plenty of details and a nice sound stage. Many of our customers told us that they were surprised that our Doge 6 offers a sound so close to the analog sound of their turntables.
> Estimated retail price in shops : $2,090 (excluding VAT)
> Factory-direct price : from $1,449 including delivery to your front door, Paypal or CC fees and one year warranty served in your country.
From december 2017, we do the same prices worldwide except for Asia, Russia, Brazil, and South-Africa and small islands.
VACUUM TUBES OPTIONAL UPGRADES
Our Doge 6 are supplied with tubes printed with a Doge logo. They are first grade Shuguang origin with Doge additional QC.
However since many customer asked some upgrade choices, we now offer these upgrades as an option :
- Optional Psvane 12AX7-TII and 12AT7-TII : $178
> These prices are for an upgrade, they do not include the stock tubes.
Please note that for safety reason according the international air freight regulations, remote controllers are supplied without batteries. They use traditional AA type.