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  1. Selling my Auralic Vega DAC w remote control. Sure most folks here know what this is but if not - it's gotten universally rave reviews and served as the reference DAC for many reviewers including Michael Lavorgna at Audiostream (review here - https://www.audiostream.com/content/auralic-vega-digital-audio-processor-0). John Atkinson at Stereophile was similarly wowed (https://www.stereophile.com/content/auralic-vega-da-processor) and it remains Stereophile Class A+ in latest Recommended Components.Handles up to 192k PCM via AES/EBU, S/PDIF coaxial and TosLink; via USB it does up to 384k, DSD64 (2.8224MHz), DSD128 (5.6448MHz). Has a volume control so you can go directly into a power amp - I have never used it as such so I can't comment on the sound. Outputs both single-ended and XLR - I went balanced and agreed with the many who report that it sounds better as such. It's the best DAC I've ever owned, my introduction to high-end digital sound. I'm selling because I wanted to get my computer out of the chain so I bought a PS Audio Directstream JR to use the Bridge. I'm asking $1600 shipped CONUS, Paypal fees included. The unit is pristine - I would rate 9 out of 10 on the A'gon scale just for the fact that I am second owner. Comes with remote and original pc. Will double box for safe arrival.
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    Problem using Geek Out 450 with Audirvana

    So I reset Audirvana and I now can get it the Geek Out 450 to work so long as the "Native DSD Capability" is set to "Automatic Detection." In this mode I can't play DSD but can play all other files. When I set it to either of the "DSD over PCM" options, I have the same experience as before trying to play any file, DSD or not. The song seems to load, there is a pause, and then I get a message "Stopping Audio Device." After this happens, the Geek Out is no longer available in the output options in the System Preferences. What's strange is that the Geek Out still works without a hitch, plays DSD etc., with my Macbook Air, a 13-inch Mid-2011 model.
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    Problem using Geek Out 450 with Audirvana

    Thanks I will give that a shot
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    Problem using Geek Out 450 with Audirvana

    It's not working for me with PCM and DSD
  5. Hello everyone - writing to see if I can get some help solving my issue using a Geek Out 450 with Audirvana (3) on a Mac Mini. I recently got this Geek Out 450 and have been using it with Audirvana at my office on an old Macbook Air without issue. But with my Mac Mini on my home system it's not working. I can select the Geek Out as my audio output for the Mac Mini and play spotify or Tidal from the desktop apps. But if I open Audirvana and select the Geek Out as the DAC, when I try to play a song, the song appears to load, then there is a pause, and then I get a message saying "Audio Device Stopped." Once this has happened, when I go to the Mac Mini's system preferences, the Geek Out no longer appears in the drop down menu of output options. I can only get it to be recognized by unplugging and plugging it back into the USB port on the Mini. Any help with what might be going on here is appreciated. Previously I was using Audirvana without issue on that machine with a Marantz HD-Dac1. The Mac Mini is a late 2012 model running the latest version of Sierra.
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    Audirvana Plus 2.5.1 with PCM->DSD Conversion

    Very helpful copy of a - I suspected my mba was overmatched
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    Audirvana Plus 2.5.1 with PCM->DSD Conversion

    Hello all - longtime lurker and relative computer audiophile newbie (though an ancient analog audiophile...). I recently traded my SACD player for a HD Dac 1 and since then have been experimenting with converting PCM to DSD. I find the sq fantastic but my machine is struggling. I'm running a 2011 macbook Air, 1.7 ghz i5 with 4gb RAM. I'm just wondering if anyone could recommend to me some settings that might be least likely to strain my CPU because whatever filter I use at this point I run into problems - loud fan (vacillating between 190-240% CPU usage), or songs just freezing at midpoint. I've attached screen shots of my current settings - any advice is welcome. And I apologize if this advice has been given out earlier at some point - long thread. My other question is that I am definitely due for a new computer and have been thinking about getting a Mac Mini. If I step up to the 2.6ghz i7 with 8gb RAM am I likely to see considerable improved PCM-DSD performance? Or is more power necessary (or perhaps not the issue...) Thank you for any input - DL
  8. Hello all - recently traded my Marantz SA8004 for an HD Dac1 and decided that I wouldn't buy a new CD player in that I have all of 2 SACD's and can rip the rest of my CD's to my hard drive to play through Audirvana. I've just started doing that using XLD and while it's outputting what appear to be flawless folders - all tracks present and in the proper order - when I import them into Audirvana they are missing tracks or are mislabeled in a strange way. For instance, ripped the XRCD of Quiet Kenny the other day. All tracks were perfect in the folder but when imported the first track was missing. With Jaki Byard's Here's Jaki, the tracks were divided into a Disc zero and a Disc 1, once again with the first track missing entirely. Anyone had this experience or have any ideas for me? Thanks. I'm using XLD on a 2012 Mac Mini running El Capitan, ripping with the Mac external drive.
  9. Thanks WG... makes my decision pretty clear. Anyone have experience with the Sotm dx-USB?
  10. Optical out on the Mac Mini is limited to 96k no matter what? Even using Audirvana and going into a DAC that can handle 192k? Forgive me if that's a stupid question just trying to understand. Is the USB out similarly limited, such that even if I go USB to the Sotm DX-USB and come out coax into my Marantz I still won't be able to get 192k? Because if that's the case I'm not sure a USB/spdif converter is worth it to me.
  11. Hello all - I'm a newbie to this forum and a relative newbie to computer audio. I currently own a macbook air which I use as a music server (running Audirvana) connected to my Marantz SA8004 SACD/DAC via USB. But USB on the Marantz is capped at 96k, whereas if I can get 192k if I go in via optical or coax. Unfortunately, my MBA has no digital output. SO... assuming that I want to get 192k (don't tell me it's not worth it, I understand it might not be but I'm curious) am I better off investing in a (post-2009) Mac Mini that will give me a digital output from the headphone port allowing me to go directly into the optical in on the Marantz, or in buying a USB/Spdif converter and going coax into the Marantz. I ask because there's a Sotm dx-USB available near me right now for $180 and I've read good things about it. But I can't decide if I'd be better off just putting that money towards a Mac that has digital output capability. Any thoughts are welcome, thanks
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