Bakoon DAC-21 SATRI D/A Converter

Bakoon Products have been quietly doing their own thing in Japan for the past 30 years. Their simple system at RMAF 2015 was comprised on the DAC-21 SATRI D/A Converter ($3,500) and AMP-51 SATRI current-mode Amplifier ($12,495) driving a pair of Wilson Audio Sasha 2 speakers ($29,500). The Bakoon DAC and Amp were connected via SATRI-LINK, i.e. current-mode signal transfer, about which the company states:
The conventional voltage transfer method (by RCA interconnect cables) has a major weakness that it is very sensitive to outside noises such as RFI or EMI, because its output impedance is low and input impedance is high. However, the SATRI-LINK works vice-versa that its input impedance is close to 0 that it is strong against outside noises and it is not affected by the cables’ inductance.

It is now possible to transfer signals more than 100 meters long with the SATRI-LINK, and still the signal quality remains the same. Thus, Bakoon Products strongly recommends the usage of the SATRI-LINK under all circumstances.

There are so many boogey men in there I don't know where the outrage will begin.

The Li-ion battery powered DAC-21 includes USB and coax S/PDIF inputs, the aforementioned SATRI-LINK BNC output plus your run-of-the-mill RCAs to connect outside the SATRI world. PCM resolutions up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD256 are supported and Bakoon states you can expect 12 hours of playing time between charges.

I'd love to tell you that this system sounded unlike anything I've ever heard but I can't. The hard facts are I only have a limited amount of time to spend in each room if I want to cover most rooms at RMAF and much of my time in the Bakoon room was spent out in the hall talking about SATRI. The little music I did hear sounded smooth and intriguing (a good thing).

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