Download of the Week: Einstürzende Neubauten

So...I was putting my new DAC through its paces, OK that's potentially misleading as you could interpret that to mean playing various pieces of music to test my new DACs audiophileness when in fact I was playing some of my most loved music. One of which is Einstürzende Neubauten's Tabula Rasa (Thirsty Ear, 1993).

my new DAC; the totaldac d1-six

Even though Tabula Rasa is softer than the band's previous albums, which I love equally, it still fulfills my yearning for wrenching industry.

Einstürzende Neubauten - Blume (japanese) from on Vimeo.

the room in the video is a reproduction of Luigi Russolo's room filled with his Intonarumori. Russolo's futurist manifesto, "The Art Of Noise" from 1913 being an influence on Blixa & Co. and any others

One thing I cannot decide is if I prefer the Japanese, English, or French version of "Blume" and I've decided, I do. Something else I know for sure is the totaldac was worth the three-year wait.

You can download Tabula Rasa in all its lovely wrenching industry from Qobuz

DH's picture

Did you really buy one? How does it compare to the more expensive Totaldacs you've reviewed - does it have that "involving" magic?

Michael Lavorgna's picture
I have not reviewed the more expensive three box d1-twelve, that was Steve. I've reviewed the d1-dual DAC, d1-tube-mk2 DAC, and the d1-integral-headphone server/DAC. From Vincent, "The d1-six DAC is now the highest end one-box Totaldac DAC."

In my experience, as you move up the totaldac line, things get better. And they start out better ;-)

thijazi's picture

It took 3 years from time of order to delivery???

Michael Lavorgna's picture
....I first reviewed a totaldac (and wanted one).