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The John Westlake/Lakewest MDAC/FDAC, VFET and Detox

Discussion in 'audio' started by Tony L, Oct 14, 2019.

  1. Stuart Frazer

    Stuart Frazer pfm Member

    Just the MDAC Chassis, thanks.
  2. Spike

    Spike pfm Member

    Ah. I would have sold my complete position.
  3. ti33er

    ti33er pfm Member

    The salvaged MDAC was £370, I think you’re better off getting the custom chassis tbh...
  4. Stuart Frazer

    Stuart Frazer pfm Member

    Ideally, I’m looking for a non-working mainboard MDAC. I know a few have power supply capacitor issues, mine included ;-(
  5. ti33er

    ti33er pfm Member

    Hi, to anyone here not on the LakeWest Facebook Group, John was asking whomever is not already on the most recent FB MDAC2 list and still wanting the MDAC2 to let him know.

    I’m just a messenger relaying what I’ve read on that Group... assume you could email him if reluctant to get on FB...
    EIffel, simonom, jansen and 2 others like this.
  6. MajorMajor

    MajorMajor Member

    LOL, how about he emails me directly or posts on this forum to tell me what he's done with my GBP450?
    Darren, Lowand, Timcat and 5 others like this.
  7. Coll

    Coll pfm Member

    At the time I made my payments totalling £500 the idea was that I could have a dac with cd drawer I.e. a CD player. I did not want anything else after waiting a couple of years I had to buy a new CD player as my old one packed up. So I no longer require anything from John and in any case want I signed up for is no longer being made.
    I feel cheated as no refund will be forthcoming and what is being built now is not what I require.
    Pedro83, Mission75, lapkwan and 6 others like this.
  8. Ian M

    Ian M pfm Member

    Update yesterday from Lakewest Audio:

    MDAC 2 Options :-
    Custom Chassis with internal HQ PSU
    Detox (if you sponsored the Detox you have the option for internal Detox)
    Balanced AV bypass (XLR to RCA converters can be supplied for single-ened AV- bypass input)
    Fusion resistor upgrade (Vishey Bulk foil resistors used in key circuit positions)
    Advanced clock option 1 - adds Advanced clock-locking features for Slave / Master DAC operation + Double compensated Ovenised Reference clock. Advanced Jitter reduction for SPDIF input etc.
    Advanced clock option 2 - addeds to advanced clock option 1 with Self calibrating Reference clock - for lab / studio applications. Can be used as a programmable Reference frequency standard.
    ADC and Streamer option available after VFET / FDAC for Custom chassis units only.
    No prices yet for the options.... but whats important is that by adding to the MDAC2 list I secure the IC's used in the DAC array for your unit.

    And then a reply to a poster about comparisons:

    MDAC2 is a totally different class product to the MDAC+.
    The MDAC+ is a "Commercial grade" design - it has nothing to be ashamed off (well I hate its physical proportions / ID design)...
    The MDAC2 is the product of many years of R&D, it can never be mass produced (for starters, the IC used in the design are no longer manufactured - its also too complex to test / adjust for MP, I'll be hand selecting components / hand tuning each unit).
    As a designer, its not correct for me to compare my designs with others...

    I seem to remember that when John did the original Fusion upgrades and was hand tuning/building each one it was taking a at least a week for every unit.
    Rosewind and nostromo like this.
  9. lapkwan

    lapkwan pfm Member

    I haven't been here for a long long time and there seems to be some nagging about the coming out if any of an "upgrade" by JW, I'm also one who paid several hundred US dollars to get a position "on the list" and is wondering about what's going on with JW lately.
  10. Jason_PFM

    Jason_PFM pfm Member

    Seems there's another fund raiser round and Facebook "friends" are falling for it yet another time :eek:
    For the victims here, nothing has been communicated for a very long time, nor by personal emails from JohnW.
    Best is to accept we've been conned by this guy and write it of...:cool:
  11. paulski

    paulski pfm Member

    For the sake of clarity no money has been asked for in relation to the latest developments on Facebook.
    Rosewind, TimR, Rune and 1 other person like this.
  12. jumbo

    jumbo pfm Member

    Does anybody have an email for JW as I don't have a facebook account?

    I've not have any luck getting a reply with Renata's email that was used to correspond eons ago.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2021
  13. HifiPicco

    HifiPicco Member

    For me counts the same. I do not have an e-mail of JW and would like to contact him about my choice regarding MDAC2 and perhaps some questions. Thx.
  14. Stuart Frazer

    Stuart Frazer pfm Member

  15. sq225917

    sq225917 Bit of this, bit of that

  16. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

    While you wait for a response, buy a DAC to tide you over in the mean time. Make sure it's a reliable one because it'll probably need to last a long time.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2021
  17. sq225917

    sq225917 Bit of this, bit of that

    I've had three since the mdac.
  18. lapkwan

    lapkwan pfm Member


    btw, will any media have interest in this saga?
  19. steve-g

    steve-g Well-Known Member

    Likewise - he's got everybodys email address for those of us that "sponsored" this project so why isn't he talking to us directly?
    fred sonnen likes this.
  20. fred sonnen

    fred sonnen pfm Member

    I don't understand that either. Especially since he has offered it several times of his own initiative....

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