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  1. Chord seems to have redesigned the Hugo TT with: A new chassis A more powerful Xilinx Artix 7 FPGA Ability to play 768kHz PCM and DSD 512 playback A WTA filter with 98,304-taps (double that Hugo 2 has) Upgrade from a 4-element design to a 10-element design Six super capacitors capable of peak output of 5A, 9.3V RMS A new discreet output stage A four-stage filter controls, like in Hugo2 AVAILABLE: AUTUMN 2018 Dynamic range: 127dB ‘A’ weighted Noise: 4 uV ‘A’ weighted (high gain), 1.7 uV ‘A’ weighted (low gain) with no measurable noise floor modulation Distortion: 0.00008% @ 2.5 V 300Ω; 0.00016% @ 6 W 8Ω Output power (unbalanced): (@1% THD) 288 mW RMS 300Ω; 7.3 W RMS 8Ω Output power (balanced): (@1% THD) 1.15 W RMS 300Ω; 18W RMS 8Ω Output impedance: 0.042Ω Stereo separation: 9 V RMS 300Ω -138dB Dimensions: 130mm (L) x 100mm (W) x 21mm (H) Boxed Dimensions: 220mm (L) x 122mm (W) x 85mm (H) *My observation: The output power, if the spec is correct, is much higher than for DAVE which is good for us with hard to drive headphones and for those that drive their speakers direct* http://chordelectronics.co.uk/product/hugott2/
  2. Ayre will be presenting prototypes of the new 8 series at the High End show, which will start thursday in Munich. I presume a new dac/streamer/headphone-amp will be part of the 8 series, as a successor of the QB-9DSD. I also would expect to see a new integrated amp as a successor of the AX-7e. But I'm just guessing. I'm curious what will trickle down from the 5 series, and what new techniques Ayre will be implementing. Who knows more?
  3. Sound Liaison has released a handy sampler to test your DAC's preference. http://www.soundliaison.com/all-categories/6-compare-formats Test your DAC! Format Comparison sampler Which format is best for your DAC? Every DAC has it's own character, some sounds better using PCM files and some sounds better using DSD files...... Some people find the convenience of FLAC files more important. Here on this page is a list containing 2 minutes of a song in 11 different formats. The song is called 'A Fool For You' and is performed by Carmen Gomes Inc. It’s taken from the album 'Carmen Sings The Blues'. http://www.soundliaison.com/studio-showcase-series/276-carmen-gomes-sings-the-blues All the different formats have the same source file, DXD 352kHz (Studio Master). We used the AUL ConverteR 48x44 for the conversion to DSD and Wavelab for the conversion to the other PCM formats and FLAC. When you compare different sample rates always start with the lowest resolution. During listening don't focus too much, hearing is as individual as taste but hearing is also something which can be acquired, like the taste of good wine. You can choose from the following formats: 1. DXD 352kHz 2. PCM 192kHz 3. PCM 176kHz 4. PCM 96kHz 5. PCM 44kHz 6. DSD 256 7. DSD 128 8. DSD 64 9 . FLAC 352kHz 10. FLAC 192kHz 11. FLAC 96kHz
  4. BDugardin

    Fx Audio DAC X7 Only 24 bits

    Dear All, I've just received my new FX Audio DAC X7. He's connect in USB on my Mac mini running under Sierra. The problem I have is regarding the Bits depth ... As you can see in the print screen below, the Mac don't recognize the DAC as 32 bits product. Do I use an XMOS specific driver or an FX Audio Specific driver to help the Mac ? I've sent a request to FX Audio in China. I'm waiting for the reply ... if it comes ! If you encounter the same problem and have an issue ... welcome !! Kind regards,
  5. Bricasti M1 > M5 > M12: Network Player - Member REVIEW w/OEM Response from Brian Zolner President/Owner Bricasti below s Hey Guys - I have been going back and forth between what to go with for a Ethernet Network Media Player - either Innuos, SOtM, Sonore, Uptone, Bricasti M1 Network Player or M5, etc. I have a thread dedicated to working toward this decision and got some fantastic help from many CA members. I learned so much and in such a short time. This forum is Fantastic - so many people are so helpful and I appreciate it very much. I am including the link below to anyone interested in that very educational journey. Great stuff if you are interested in Innuos, SOtM, Sonore, Uptone, Bricasti Network Player or M5 I purchased a bunch of these product to try and learn for myself to be sure. I did not want to question my decision with any what if's and wanted the best sounding option for me and my system. I ended up going with the Network Player Option installed in my Bricasti M1SE DAC and I wrote this feedback to one of the best people in all of Hi-End Audio, Brian Zolner President/Owner/Designer Bricasti Design. His digital and analogue products sound absolutely fantastic and the build quality is second to none and the support is as good as it is anywhere. All made by hand right here in good old Massachusetts, USA. I asked Brian if it would be OK if I share my thoughts with the super helpful crew - the CA members that were so important in helping me get to this decision. He said no problem I also asked if he wanted to respond and comment and he provided some great insight below my feedback on his thoughts on the M1, M12, M5 network players and USB audio. I am glad to be able to share this with you guys. I will send Brian this link and I am sure if any of you have any questions or feedback or thought that would be fantastic. We will get you all the info you need. This is some seriously good sounding gear and its a lot less money than the Aurender and Lumin and it blows their doors off! Also, I would love some idea's and feedback and any idea's really now that I am all in with Ethernet audio what is my next step? One member told me to buy The Linear Solution OCXO Audiophile Switch. (link at bottom of the page). This is supposed to provide a great bump in SQ and it is $679 and comes with a dedicated purpose built Linear Power Supply. Please share you thoughts on this or any other upgrade that can help me get the most out of my Bricasti M1SE Ethernet Network Media Player. Subject: Re: Feedback Send to Brian Zolner and Joe at Bricasti Hey Brian and Joe, I wanted to reach out and thank you both for the very kind and outstanding service installing the Bricasti M1SE Ethernet Network Player option in my M1SE DAC. Guys, it is absolutely fantastic! It needed about 40 to 60 hours of burn-in to get to where it was going and honestly the upgrade over that time was substantial. I get that some people don't believe in burn-in and others like me clearly hear it but I am just telling you guys this Bricasti M1SE Ethernet Network Player option is absolutely fantastic. At first I was strongly considering the M5 just because I already own all of the premium - supporting USB Gear and thought it might be great and I am sure it is but honestly guys in all fairness I didn't think the Bricasti M1SE Ethernet Network Player option would end up being this good? Man is it good! I thought it would be good and/or even great but it surpassed even those expectations and that's not an easy thing to do. I am looking for an awful lot out of my gar and I had some premium gear it needed to stand up against. I can speak from first hand experience about this Network Player option and how it compared to all the similar other gear listed below. All my thoughts are in comparison to the gear listed below. I was able to do a/b verse some really good Ethernet / USB options that are some of the hottest, best selling products going and I assumed from an a/b it would be close and/or maybe I couldn't even tell the difference but this is where my non-audiophile wifey serves as a sort of blind test. Yes her ear has evolved but she is not an audiophile. What the Bricasti Network Player option does that is so much better than everything else is actually something you never even knew was missing until you hear it and then remove it. It jumps off the page during A/B's. Sometimes A/B's can be tough but here it stands out as clear as day it was simple. To test myself I asked my wifey for her help and what she thinks. I set up the Sonore/Uptone Combo and then the SOtM/Uptone power supply combo and the Bricasti Network Player and mixed them up and she picked it out each time. She actually picked out the SOtM over Sonore also so maybe her ear is getting better than I think but she heard it and picked it out clearly and simply so that reinforced what I already knew but wanted to check it. Bricasti Network Player is so much more direct and decisive. It's immediacy and directness just can't be missed. I was like "yes, yes, oh man yes"! "Thats what I am talking about" and you know what - those are far and few between these days so when it happens you REALLY appreciate it. Thank you It not like it is a little warmer and a little clearer or it widens or deepens the stage or something like that which by the way it does all these things but that's not my point. It is immediate, decisive and startlingly quick. Its got jump and you are just much closer to the event. It was a combo of heightened transparency with just layers removed and more information magnified and exposed in all its greatness. Also, I want to make sure to note that I am not talking about being more upfront either because it offered a deeper stage and the voices are actually pushed further back which normally I don't prefer. I actually like that dynamic and sort of upfront sound as a rule but that is not what this is. This does it totally different! It does it the only fashioned way. It earns it. This is no designers voicing choice, this is simply a much more robust and substantial component. It performs at a much higher level and it is shows on so many levels. Vastly better separation and delineation in that more direct package. The stage opens and the walls expand and out comes a richer and more layered and more natural presentation. Man that separation is just fantastic! I just can't get over that open space it puts around everything and the air and the extension go on and on. It's just that every item is so sharp and precise and magnified in 3D space. Everything is tighter and wider and deeper and it all just holds together so well and is so confident and that heightened image precision is such an enjoyable effect. I don't want to touch anything - this the best sound I've ever had and I'm ecstatic! Better than analogue IMO. I am sure there are some uber turntables that will out do it but pound for pound I doubt it IMO. I was impressed at this much closer to the event effect. It's kind of hard to articulate but I think this might shed a little more light. Sort of that same effect you get when you have a great DAC or CD player and then you remove the preamp. The only thing with removing a great preamp is you gain that great immediate directness but then lose all that greatness that a great preamps provides but that increased directness is such a desirable effect so many people do it. I did it but then you get a great preamp and you say man I love the directness but I am giving up so much to get it. Some big time trade off's and many go back and forth. I know I did for a while. So this new Network Player upgrade was like keeping your amazing preamp and all the great benefits the pre provides while still getting that great directness a preless set up gives you. Best of both worlds! How often do you get to have your cake and eat it too? Well that is what happened here IMO with this so I think you can see why I am so happy about it and hope this does a little better job of explaining the main effect of this Ethernet Network Player option I added to my system. This preless type directness while keeping all the greatness of a preamp is worth the price of admission all by itself but there is more. All that directness has a great effect on the bass which is tighter, cleaner and more nuanced with much better separation. There isn't any more slam or power. It is not rounder or warmer which some may prefer but it is different. It is more nimble and lighter on its toes with more precision and definition. I don't think its any less powerful but it's different sort of like my Magico speakers are. People think or feel with Magico's sealed Aluminum cabinets there is less bass when in actuality there isn't any less but it is faster and more defined but some interrupt this as less bass but I don't agree but also each to their own. I find it to be a nice improvement and upgrade but I can see someone that likes to listen to a lot pop or rap music they may refer a thicker or rounder sound but everyone else will love this IMO. I will take quality and precision over quantity every time but that's just me and everyone is different. I want take a moment to thank you and your company again for your approach to supporting the folks that purchase your gear. Premium Hi-End Audiophile gear is quite expensive and so many of the top Hi-Fi companies come out with a new model every few years and that kills us. We need to sell our old one to get the new one and that makes expensive gear insanely expensive to own. Many people like me want the most recent and best gear they can afford. You guys make this possible and care more about your customers than any of the other OEM's and we appreciate it very much! You guys are totally different from the Vast Majority of high ends OEM's. Also, this feedback was not made in a vacuum. Here are the items I had in my system that I did an A/B with that allowed me great insight into how your Ethernet Network Player option worked verse the others. Some of these I only owned a for a short while because I knew there was no contest. Most have either been sold or are in process of being sold on Audiogon because your Network Player made them obsolete. I am keeping the JS-2 and P10 for my new system set up. Tellurium Q Black Diamond USB Cable Curious Regenlink USB Cables (2) Uptone Audio USPCB Connectors Uptown Audio ISO Regen USB Uptown Audio LPS-1 UltraCap Power Supply Uptown Audio LPS-1 UltraCap Power Supply Breeze Audio 12v Linear Power Supplies Breeze Audio 12v Linear Power Supplies Uptown Audio Amber Regen USB Uptown Audio JS-2 Linear Power Supply Sonore mircoRendu 2.5 Ethernet / USB Player Ghent customer DC power Cables PS Audio P10 Regenerator SOtM tX-USBultra w/50 ohm connector SOtM sms-200 Ultra w/50 ohm connector I honestly thought in my heart of hearts USB might be the way to go just because it has come so far in not that long of a time. Sonore, SOtM and Uptone Audio in my opinion changed the world in regards to the USB landscape and in a huge way. There are a few others as well. They brought, real world price upgrades to USB that made semi-inexpensive gear better than super expensive legacy products from just a few years back (CD and SACD Players) and this changed the game. Now it appears you have changed the game on the Ethernet side. I call tell anyone out there that doesn't own a Bricasti M1 is to buy the M5. I am not sure how the M5 sounds because I have not heard it but if it sounds anything like the M1 Ethernet Network Player then there is nothing that can touch it. Great job and thank you guys. With your permission I would like to share this personal email on my forum post and if you are ok with it any of your responses as well. People are waiting to hear my thoughts so I thought I could email you and inform them at the same time. Thanks Frank Fsmithjack Subject: Re: Response / Feedback from Brian Zolner Bricasti President/Owner/Designer to Frank Smith / Fsmithjack Frank, Thanks for all that commentary, and well guess only thing I can say or add is once we got the LAN working in the M12, and then the M1 ( it’s the same streamer used in all products) I never went back to USB, clearly better even just connecting with 50’ cat5 from my server to the M1. We do all shows with the LAN and try to convince users this is the way. I feel that regardless of the cables and power supplies and clockers etc for USB that seem to make some differences, one might say they create differences and subjective to if its better or not, but I feel USB is fundamentally flawed and when the player or renderer is installed directly in the M1 it eliminates all the issues of USB, it removes it from the computer, and places it in the M1. We made our own player, running on a linux core on an ARM processor, runs off the linear supply in the M1 too. so no extra processors running as with a PC where the computer is doing all kinds of other co processing, switch mode power regulation on the PC mother board etc. But in the end of all that stuff, this approach eliminates it. For the sound of USB, People are fooled by things and as you point out someone might like the effect of the USB, but I think what we get with the streamer is true sound reproduction with no jitter and noise added to make the sound dance a bit, I hear it clearly on my Tidals, and our M28s, no loss of bass at all for me, but tight clear and excellent extension, no bloating. The M5 was made so that a user could run off the network or PC without using USB, I feel the AES is the best as removes these issues. But installed in the M1 or M12 is the best, direct I2S to the DSP and then to the DAC. The M5 with AES is darn close to what you have, I have done a lot of listening and that was the idea of that product to offer great playback and no USB for anyone and any DAC. Enjoy it, I know it changed my life, my server PC is in another part of the house and I run it all from Jremote, there is just no other way to play, besides the sound there is the convenience factor and I play tracks from my phone or stream from it to the M1, or the server, or the NAS or any PC in my home, all the computer stuff goes in another room away from the listening room. It’s a network and that is what starts becoming interesting and you don’t get that with USB or any other point to point interface. Go ahead and share the story, its what we hope others will find out too. Brian Subject: Re: Response / Feedback from Joe at Bricasti to Frank Smith / Fsmithjack Hi Frank, thank you for great write-up! Enjoy your M1, if you ever need anything just let me know. Thank you again, joe http://www.bricasti.com/en/consumer/m1se.php http://thelinearsolution.com/ocxo_switch.html
  6. Holo Cyan - DAC+Headamp impressions With the new Holo combined DAC/headamp now formally announced and pre-orders being taken, first deliveries are expected in a few weeks. So time to start a separate impressions thread just for this product. This is for impressions not for discussing the benefits of DSD ! This is essentially a new version of the Holo Spring designed for headphone users - something I have been waiting for. I don't own a Holo or have any association with them but have been aware of them through very positive user reviews. The Spring contains 2 ladder DACS - one for PCM input and one for DSD. With theCyan, the first model being released contains 1 ladder DAC and 1 headphone amp instead. Essentials This first model contains only the PCM R2R ladder DAC - this will play your normal redbook and much higher resolution files and it will convert DSD files (up to DSD 256) to PCM files for playback - as many (most?) DACS claiming to be DSD capable do. The Spring and a minority of other DACs do native DSD (better for the purists and I do have one of those other non-holo ones) and there is a later version of the Cyan coming out for this. • Inputs are : -USB (isolated from ground) -Coaxial (RCA) -Coaxial (BNC) -AES -Optical I2S the HDMI interface (DSD256) USA and IS2 support DSD DOP mode DSD256 andall other digital inputs support DSD DOP mode to DSD64) • Outputs are: Fully balanced XLR and RCA output, and balanced headphone output using 4 pin xlr Full size 1/4 inch single ended headphone output Other points of note: • The clock is a still a femto one but not quite the same as in the Spring, whilst the USB input has apparently been upgraded compared to the USB input on the Spring. • Offers oversampling and non oversampling modes • The case is smaller than the Spring being 281 * 260 * 55mm or 11* 10 * 2 inches • The new fully balanced headphone circuit • Ability to select either low impedance or high impedance for the headphones and to change this easlily • The remote control functions include volume as well as switching between low & high gain to satisfy users of IEM's through to tougher to drive full size audiophile headphones. • Jeff the lead designer has commented that unlike other integrated units where the headamp has been poorly regarded he wanted to build a decent headamp inside. • Price - ~20% cheaper than the Spring but to be confirmed on a country by country basis . Kitsune will no doubt update for the USA and others for Europe and elsewhere
  7. https://www.speakershack.co.uk/articleResult.php?subject=2&record=2439
  8. At Munich 2018, Rohm demoed a prototype DAC chip which they boast of: DSD512 S/N 130db THD -115db How it sounds? Who was there to listen and report? This is a salient point, power line impedance and how the DAC interacts. This means even more concentration on the quality of power supplies! Current conversion is not a new technique, but it does have a few plusses! Usually a downside to demos that look good, the reality of delivery
  9. Check it out here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1844799967/applepi-dac-highest-performance-raspberry-pi-dac Reviews: The Audio Beatnik "Ok, specs are great and all, but how did it really sound? Frankly, very good, surprisingly good." and "The mid-range and truthiness of the music rivaled that of the other DACs I have on hand that cost significantly more." Read the full review at this link: http://theaudiobeatnik.com/applepi-dac-review-theres-art-in-this-dac-and-it-shows/ Volumio's Founder -- Michelangelo "Sound-stage and spatial resolution are just excellent." and "This DAC is producing the most detailed sound to ever come out of my Raspberry PI, all the subtle nuances of my test tracks were there and clearly distinguished from everything else." Read the full review at this link: https://volumio.org/forum/orchard-audio-applepi-dac-review-t9633.html
  10. I have just read a positive review in July number of Italian magazine AudioReview about this new little DAC from Project http://www.box-designs.com/main.php?prod=preboxs2digital&cat=s2-line&lang=en A very reasonable entry level price for experimenting with MQA, but apparently not at all entry level performance. Main specs from Pro-Ject infosheet: • Dual mono construction • High end ESS Sabre ESS9038 dual DAC • Proprietary clock circuity design • Organic polymer capacitors and thin film miniMELF resistors • MQA hardware decoding • DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 & DSD512 (DSD over PCM) • Up to 24bit/192kHz for optical & coax inputs • 7 selectable digital filter characteristics • 1 proprietary optimum transient digital filter • Headphone output on the front (6.3mm) • Synchronization of all internal oscillators • Jitter as low as 100 Femtoseconds! • Gold plated four layer PCB • Full alu/metal sandwich casing in silver or black SRP: € 349,00
  11. Dear All, I've just received my new FX Audio DAC X7. He's connect in USB on my Mac mini running under Sierra. The problem I have is regarding the Bits depth ... As you can see in the print screen below, the Mac don't recognize the DAC as 32 bits product. Do I use an XMOS specific driver or an FX Audio Specific driver to help the Mac ? I've sent a request to FX Audio in China. I'm waiting for the reply ... if it comes ! If you encounter the same problem and have a solution ... welcome !! Kind regards,
  12. If you don't know Audio Note, they make some of the most engaging (and mlst expensive) audio equipment in the world. Their entry level DAC, the 0.1x is no exception. This no frills NOS DAC has USB and coax SPDIF inputs. It does does away with modern trends and keeps it simple with a Philips TDA1543 chipset, keeping it to 16/44 processing. No oversampling, no filtering, and is the most musical piece of digital equipment I have ever owned. Audio Note's approach allows you to forget everything you've ever known about digital and get lost in your collection. The body, timbre, soundstage, and simply musical nature of this DAC is not only unheard of at this price, but a very rare occurrence in digital. This DAC is £1400 new, asking £850. Perfect Condition in original box, will ship free within UK or collection available from West London. Audio Note's own description below: The first and only digital to analogue converter in the Audio Note (UK) range to offer both coaxial 75 Ohm SPDif and also USB input, selectable via a fascia mounted button. Internally, it is pure Audio Note, featuring a Philips TDA1543 DAC chip, our 1x oversampling Direct from Disc technology and no digital filters. The analogue valve output stage utilizes a 6111WA miniature dual triode, Beyschlag precision resistors and our own Audio Note (UK) Tin Foil capacitors. Available with brushed aluminium or classic black acrylic facia."
  13. Well, I’ve just moved my gear around for the 4th time in as many months, always a PITA with squat lift grunts picking up and moving tube amp, getting speakers positioned for correct bass response and the inevitable, oh - I forgot and put the interconnects on with arrows the wrong way between components. But what I really, really have come to hate is reconnecting the streaming solution. Network renderer.. check… USB cable.. check… USB clock regenerator.. check… asynch USB converter.. check… coax cable.. check… DAC.. check… oh and cant forget LPS, battery and AC wallwart devices/connections and power strip, oh my, oh my. It’s a spaghetti way of doing things, and I’m ready to move on, just wish someone like Sonore and Schiit would collaborate on a one box Roon ready endpoint solution.
  14. Hello. I'm selling my XEO 3s (white, up on eBay now!) and getting the XEO 20s. I think! I started down the path of exploring a direct USB connection to the XEOs, but not necessarily wanting or needing the Dynaudio Connect box. Then I came across a review of the KEF LS50 wireless, where an external DAC was used, I think via the analog outs. It sounded like using an analog out would be odd with the XEOs, as a digital signal stays digital until the driver, and an analog signal is converted to digital by the XEOs. So with analog DAC out, the digital signal would be converted 2x, if I understand correctly. Any thoughts on the following setups— With DAC 1. iPhone + ALAC files > Apple CCK > USB cable > External DAC > Toslink from DAC to XEO 20 master. 2. iPhone + ALAC files > Apple CCK > USB cable > External DAC > Analog out from DAC to XEO 20 master. No DAC 3. iPhone + ALAC files > Apple Lightning Dock > Toslink to XEO 20s (I think Apple's Lightning Dock bypasses the iPhone DAC when using Toslink and sends a pure signal.) On my setup, I'm thinking of using my iPhone 7 (gasp!) for the source. Don't really want to deal with a headless Mac mini (+ controlling Apple Music would be a pain). I was looking at the Aries Mini, as you can add storage, but it's sold out. Bluesound Node 2 doesn't work with Apple Music. Sources are ALAC and Apple Music for the mist part. Maybe Tidal at some point. So as much as it may offend, I like the idea of a iPhone or iPad as source. Thoughts?
  15. I am considering the purchase of a DAP that can function as a DAC/AMP as well. In other words, I would like to use this as a portable source to drive my Etymotics ER4XR iems *AND* as a DAC/AMP source to connect to my NAD C370 amplifier (connected to my B&W 602 S3 speakers). So far I have found this one, the TEAC HA-P90SD. Its price tag is around 470$. Ideally, my budget would be 400-500$, more towards 400$ than to 500$. So what other DAPs that are DAC/AMP at the same time are regarded as the best in terms of sound quality here in 2018?
  16. Hello, I would like a discussion for my setup if possible. I bought a set of Genelec 8040B's on sale last November off of Amazon. They have been great to listening to for the purpose of "vibing" off to and enjoying music for listening to and not for the purpose of mixing or mastering. So far I have been borrowing my friend's Focusrite 2i4i audio interface, and with the latest driver for Windows 10 I have not spotted any cutting off or crackling which I am pleased of thus far. These monitors are really satisfying and have a lot of detail to show. I use 25' XLR to XLR cable with the addition of 2 XLR to TRS connectors to plug into the Focusrite audio interface. Having to return the interface to my friend, am I better off to repurchase this product? Or is there a substantially more worth it setup for my Genelec's? This is of course assuming I have a good room to start with. I'm talking about an upgrade to revealing audible detail and first hand comparisons that would make something more of a jem to listen to compared to the Focusrite 2i4i. I'm not using music to listen to equipment, but rather equipment to listen to music. Any discussion would be helpful, especially from first hand experience of working with Genelec's. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01E6T50LY/ref=s9u_simh_gw_i1?ie=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01E6T50LY&pd_rd_r=17a26602-4355-11e8-b4af-bb8759a2f7d7&pd_rd_w=SgdFF&pd_rd_wg=95DNU&pf_rd_m=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB&pf_rd_s=&pf_rd_r=Z5RB9RANYAGHJ1P0R55Y&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=07871b8e-d32a-4963-b98f-ba712077f7f5&pf_rd_i=desktop https://www.amazon.ca/Genelec-Bi-Amplified-Monitor-System-Woofer/dp/B00K2TP4TQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1524089363&sr=1-1&keywords=genelec+8040 Thanks, Reggy
  17. The iDAC2 – spilling the secret sauce (part 1) The iDAC2’s musicality has wooed – most recently the iDAC2 + iPurifier2 + Pro iCAN at the Fujiya AVIC Headphone Festival in Tokyo where the market is probably the most demanding on the planet. Source: iFi Retro Stereo 50 + iPurifier2 at Fujiya Avic 2015 | DAR__KO The Pro iCAN was one of the show ‘best sound winners’ so the small but mighty iDAC2 + iPurifier 2 combo deserve some credit for producing the digital-to-analogue conversion to feed the Pro iCAN. At the show, the quite technically proficient Japanese press asked us on more than one occasion why the recently-launched iDAC2 sounded so nice. And this is a press pack that has turntables in heavy rotation so they know their onions. This gave us the idea to put finger to keyboard. Source: 【候補多すぎ】ヘッドフォンç¥*アワード2015秋は週末までに公開致します! | 目福耳福 Fujiya Avic BLOG Bake-Off: the iFi recipe behind a really good DAC The following are our thoughts only. The application of the parts budget as common industry practice is similar to what we did in the iFi iDSD nano which is more indicative of <US$1,000 DACs. Often a very large part of the budget is needed for the digital platform (after all, we need a DAC Chip that headlines and a good USB processor). Power supplies and analogue stages receive the remaining budget. Hence, the three key cost areas in the electronics of a digital-to-analogue converter: Digital section cost - is much the same across the board, chipsets/clocks vary but slightly and software is usually ‘off the shelf’ like the XMOS firmware and off the shelf DAC Chips of usually comparable cost. In a USB DAC the USB Processor is usually the biggest ticket item before the DAC. Clocks and their power supplies often cost as much as a DAC Chip. Analogue section cost – from a simple double Op-Amp for 20 cent to things done much more extensively cost varies. The iDAC2 has BB Soundplus integrated amplifier and a discrete JFet and BJT Class A output stage. Further it employs C0G Capacitors and MELF Resistors for all signal positions, all this adds cost. Power supply section cost – Often USB DACs have minimal power supply arrangements with generic 3-pin regulators. If done more extensively, then the cost is higher eg iDAC2 uses ELNA Silmic Capacitors and Active Noise Cancellation® to eliminate the USB power noise. iDAC2 is no piece of cake Things are different in the iDAC 2: we started with a larger budget, we could have spent it in a number of ways, like more DAC Chips or different ‘fashionable’ DAC Chips or fancy clocks. Instead we chose to put the extra budget where it impacts most, namely analogue stages and power supplies. The iDAC2 has a similar cost digital section as with other DACs out there (and to our iDSD nano) but its analogue and power sections are more extensive hence its overall cost is greater so its pie chart area is larger. The proof is in the listening. Next time: Part 2. The Digital section
  18. I have been unsuccessfully searching for a list of high-performance* commercial DACs that allow user to bypass digital filtering (NOS), leaving that task to a software music player such as HQ Player. It would be interesting if we could compile such a list in this thread. * - no TDA1543-based DACs please, only equipment that can take 24bit and sampling rates above 176.4/192kHz.
  19. Oppo has announced a few more details on their upcoming UDP-205 disc player.... Lossless High-resolution Audio Audio format support has been expanded to multi-channel DSD64/128, as well as 192kHz/24-bit PCM used in high-resolution lossless formats such AIFF, ALAC, APE, FLAC and WAV. (DSD64 is played back in native mode or converted to PCM, DSD128 converted to PCM.) http://oppodigital.com/blu-ray-udp-205/
  20. Hi Guys. First of all, I'm brand new to this forum. And joined it because I just can't figure out to manage my audio properly through an interface. And hoping some of you are willing to help me. Today I use the Astro Mixamp for my setup through TOSLINK, and I have been very happy with it. BUT, it doesn't sound to good. I'm mostly doing videos for Youtube and gaming. But I'm getting in to mixing my audio, and have the need to drive some near field monitors, some higher end headphones and do so with better sound and with less noise/interference. What I LOVE aboute the MixAmp is the Game/Voice mixer on the interface. Which with the turn of a knob blends/mixes 2 channles seamlessly. So I can listen to my music, do my editing, play my games and voice chat with my friends by just fading out one or the other. When I upgrade to a better DAC, Audio interface and/or headphone amp. I must have this function. I can accomplish this with my system sound, Viritual audio or DAW's. But I must have the analog knob/dial to do so on the fly, with out launching apps keybinds or switching windows. So what I need is: A medium to good DAC with a optical input (preferably 2, one for PC and one for console, but this is not a must.) With a ok headphone amp, balanced output for my monitors. And a DAW which alows me to blend 2 channles with a tactile interface. if this setup is compiled of 1 or 4 compnents, I don't care. as long as it does what I want it to do. I have been thinking of getting a DAC, and a mixer and using vb voicemeeter to separate the channles with VB audicables. But that sounds messy and I don't have enough outputs on my PC and don't want to use the onboard soundcard because of noise. Can someone please help me. My head is boiling trying to figure this out. I reckon that there is a all-in-one audio interface that does all of this. But I can't finde one. I think the Audiend iD14 is capable of doing this, but no one (I have heard aboute) have used it in this configuration. I have also looked in to Tascam us-366 and Marantz HD-dac1. But I have heard that the Tascam have some issues with overheating and I don't know if the Marantz can do what I want, and it would be a big loss (for me) spending that kind of money if it doesn't work.
  21. The ApplePi DAC will be launching very soon via Kickstarter, for $175 Check out the first review here: http://theaudiobeatnik.com/applepi-dac-review-theres-art-in-this-dac-and-it-shows/ Specs: SNR: 128dB THD+N: 0.0005% Dynamic Range: >135dB
  22. Hi Guys, Up for sale is my Syrah Server from Playback Design, Optimised for Audio through Hardware and software. Built upon the Jriver Platform and remote control is free to download from Apple or Android App Store. Sounds Excellent, Universal Voltage. Purchased from an Authorised Distributor. Retails: 6500.00 US. My Original Receipt Price is: $5970.00 Us dollars. Purchased in June 2017 Asking Price is 3500.00 US dollars. + Shipping.. Price is negotiable for serious buyers with reasonable offers. Can Ship World Wide via Fedex. Paypal Is accepted or Bank Wire to a US Account. If your using paypal a 4% Charge is required for fees, Otherwise a friends and family method is fine by me. Can be shipped in its Original Wood Crate Package or to save cost i can get a customised Cardboard box one made (of course strong enough for international shipping) Comes with 2 TB hard drive. I can load this up with DSD and PCM before shipping out. Buy with confidence, my proven track sales on computer audiophile speaks for it self.
  23. I just bought a black Chord DAVE, $12, 800, that I learned needed to sell while awaiting delivery. Dealer not being very nice. Considered one of the best, if not the best, DAC on the market. Stereophile A+. Read the reviews. Box opened, not used. Not yet registered. $9000 or best offer.
  24. Reposted from the Hi-res Digital Audio Discovery group on Facebook for those who do not have access: My LH Labs Pulse Xfi stereo DAC died last year so I started leaning heavily on my OPPO 105 as a stereo Asynchronous USB DAC with my PC as the source. All Stereo had been going through the Pulse. I love multichannel, and had been sending it over HDMI to my AV pre-processor. This worked well because I had Audyssey XT32 dialed in nicely. The Marantz didn’t support all bitrates, ISO, or DSD, so there were workarounds needed. For Stereo and DSD I preferred the OPPO 105 via analog out, but had to use HDMI for multichannel DSD. I did try the OPPO’s the 7.1 channel analog outputs to my Marantz, but was never able to make OPPO’s built-in room equalization come close to Marantz’s Audyssey XT32 Room EQ. Pure Direct is and remains a dull and traumatizingly bad non-starter in my room. The OPPO 105 does support multichannel over Ethernet from Jriver and the OPPOs DAC was slightly preferable to the Marantz’s DAC. But then the process began to break down, where the Pulse played everything I threw at it, the OPPO only accepts Stereo over USB from my PC USB, DSD64 only via USB thumb-drive, and other weird limitations. This elaborate setup almost required a flow-chart to decide how to handle varying file types for critical listening. Plus, Roon doesn't support multichannel over Ethernet to the OPPO 105 as an endpoint/zone like Jriver does,. Gotchas galore. My SimpleControl remote control app's macros helped a lot, but it was far from simple. I wanted to play everything through Roon over USB if possible. I also experimented with HDMI from my PC to the OPPO HDMI-In but ran into video synching and resolution issues and eventually gave up. The underlying problem was that the OPPO 105 lacked the same sweet sound of the LH Labs Pulse, and I had taken a step backwards. Had the OPPO supported multichannel over USB I might have sufficed, but instead got acute upgradeitis. This led to the crazy idea of evaluating a multichannel DAC that would support ALL my PC playback efforts. One DAC to rule them all! Well, there are only a handful of multichannel DACs on the market – this tiny niche is due to lack of demand, lack of multichannel downloads, setup complexity, and OPPOs lack of USB multichannel input flexibility doesn’t help, unless an aftermarket solution exists. The fact remains that many PC audio users like me have already ripped multichannel recordings from their own Blu-ray Audio, DVD-Audio, and SACD collection. They would appreciate a DAC that can handle whatever channel configuration is needed without switching between outputs, settings, and even devices. I found only 3 viable multichannel DACs (not counting the creative triple stereo Mytek-192 hack); MiniDSP U-DAC8 - $255 ExaSound E38 - $3.8K (incl. Teddy Pardo Linear Power Supply). Merging+Nadac - $15k I had been considering several 2ch DACs, but multichannel was my main objective, so I avoided the temptation – plus, a great multichannel DAC should also do stereo well, right? Given this price spread, I decided with some trepidation to give the Exasound E38 a chance, fully expecting to return it after the 30 day trial and settling for the MiniDSP. The fact that the E38 supports all 8 channels over USB was what made me the most intrigued. It also allowed Coax and Optical inputs for fun stuff like messing with CD Transports and other devices like Squeezeboxes, etc. The wait was shorter than I expected, and the E38 arrived together with the Teddy Pardo LPS and the ExaSound PlayPoint network streamer (that’s a topic for a different post). The packaging is clean and protected the merchandise well, plus the beautiful aluminum casework inspired confidence. I wasted no time connecting the E38, and it was simple; install the ASIO driver on my PC, move the PC’s USB cable from the OPPO to the E38, and move all 6 RCA unbalanced interconnects from the OPPO output to the E38’s output. PC -> USB Cable -> 5.1 Analog Out RCA Interconnects -> Processor. For reference, the 8ch outputs on the back of the ExaSound map to: Front Left Front Right Center Subwoofer Left Surround Right Surround Left Side Surround Right Side Surround. Once I fired everything up the E38 ASIO driver was immediately available to both Roon and Jriver. The last step was to change the audio-input on my Marantz Processor from HDMI to 7.1ch In. This got me PC audio from the analog 7.1ch inputs and video over HDMI AUX 2 input I was already using. That was the only tricky setting. Before I knew it, I was listening to the E38 for the first time. Compared to the Pure Direct from the OPPO or Marantz it was a noticeable improvement in terms of detail and clarity. However it was not as good as my dearly departed LH Labs Pulse Xfi in stereo mode. Why? There is some room correction processing on the stereo analog input, but only bass management on the 7.1ch input. Moving the L+R RCAs to the stereo CD input verified this - that sweet returned until I clicked on Pure Direct to ruin everything. This was why HDMI in on my Processor sounded better than 7.1ch-In. My multipurpose media room has basic room treatment such a carpet and a curtain at the right first order inflection points, but digital room correction is necessary. On most AVR/Pre-pros, 7.1 Ch-In bypasses all room correction rather than converting analog back into the digital domain, applying DSP and converting it to analog a second time. I let the equipment settle for a week just to give me time to fiddle around with HQPlayer, upsampling, etc, There were no Audyssey-like improvements and my heart kept sinking because the Pure Direct sound is not an option unless I get a dedicated treated room, and with multichannel surround this is even more critical. In short - I needed to room correction to correct the 7.1ch-in analog input beforeit left my PC. I had read about REW and Acourate room correction software on the PC, Googled multichannel room correction, and Dirac Live popped up. It looked relatively simple yet with a robust feature set, and had a 14 day trial. I installed it, got the room measurement microphone from my Marantz, plugged it into the microphone input on my PC and started the familiar 9-point sweep tone measurement process. Surprisingly this was a as or even little more intuitive than the Audyssey XT32 or MCACC processes. Dirac Live installs its own WASAPI driver an control panel which sits before the ExaSound E38 driver in the audio chain. Roon and Jriver both detect the Dirac Live driver, so no drama. Dirac Live’s room correction was far better than I expected, and it effortlessly bested the bar set by Audyssey's XT32. Once engaged, The Dirac WASAPI sound driver enhances the sound with a silky balanced poise and soundstage that must be heard to be believed. This is not like some cheesy DSP mode, it's something very different. It's the real deal. Even at low levels it's obvious something very special is happening. Especially compared to Audyssey the sound is less less bombastic and saturated. Dirac Live enhances the sound with a silky balanced poise that must be heard to be believed. Even at low levels it's obvious something very special is happening. Dirac Live applies room correction before the audio is fed to the DAC. Dirac works surprisingly well for stereo, but it's utterly indispensable for the tricky room dynamics encountered with a multichannel setup. Dirac makes good DACs sound great, and great DACs like the Exasound E38 sound spectacular. There’s a handy Dirac Live Filter ON/OFF switch that allows you A/B the sound, and it’s the most obvious instant night and day comparison. Yet I was still leery that this Dirac Live wonderswitch was somehow rigged to hurt the unfiltered, so I compared the native E38 driver and Dirac Live with the Filter Off, and yup – identical. I am not prone to hyperbole, but if you depend on DSP Room correction in your current system them chances are that this will persist when you travel the 7.1ch in route. I even suspect that those people who have room treatments could stand to benefit from Dirac Live, it’s that good. Naturally I went back and applied Dirac Live to the Marantz and OPPO DACs - each improved as well, but the E38 stood alone. The ExaSound WAS the one DAC to rule them all - my quest was over. As hoped, the ExaSound is not only a great 2 channel DAC, but its 8 channel capability makes it a unicorn and nearly 5x less expensive than the 8 channel Merging-NADAC. I have been living with this ExaSound E38 DAC and Dirac Live for over 3 months now, and it has completely reinvigorated my music enjoyment. I can’t wait to fire the rig up because my system has never sounded this good. I can throw everything at it, without silly setting changes. Acute upgradeitis? Cured! Bouts of Vinyl-confusion? Cured! My biggest lesson was that room correction is critical for my setup, both in stereo and multichannel. Your mileage may vary, but the 14-day trial of Dirac Live is like taking in a sweet little puppy into your house for a few days. You inevitably fall in love with the puppy, and it never goes back. Only attempt this if you can handle the fact that multichannel Dirac Live costs $750. Remember the doe-eyed impossibly cute puppy. You have been warned - this bell cannot be unrung.
  25. I was wondering about DACs that are especially good with DSD. Does anyone happen to use a separate DAC just for DSD files for performance reasons? Thanks.
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