Light Harmonic makes three pieces, the Da Vinci DAC and Da Vinci Dual DAC ($20,000 and $31,000, respectively) and the LightSpeed USB cable ($999-$1999). The DACs are benchmarks in the market; precision instruments, handmade for each individual order. I heard the ‘cheap’ one at last year’s Denver show, and even under show conditions, the fantastic performance of the Da Vinci was easy to hear. Truly magnificent sounds. I would love to hear the DAC hooked up to speakers such as Focal Stellas, Raidho D-1s or Magicos. That would be something!
Light Harmonic has begun a promotion for crowd sourcing on Kickstarter to produce an entry level product, the superbly named ‘Geek USB Awesomifier for Headphones’. Yup, another headphone product. This small USB DAC (digital-to-analog converter)/headphone amplifier with state-of-the art performance is designed to up the sound from your headphones/computers significantly, and for $299.
The Kickstarter goal of $28K was funded in eleven hours ($137,069 pledged to date)! Gavin Fish, VP of Sales for Light Harmonic says: ‘We wanted to bring good sound to a non-audiophile market, so that travelers, gamers, and music-lovers can better enjoy the stuff they love. We want folks to have fun, like we do. That’s why we use terms like “awesomifier” and “shareulator”. We don’t think you have to “speak geek” to enjoy “GEEK”.’