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  1. Sharing my experience for those considering one of these Geek products: my Geek Pulse Xfi + LPS bricked after working fine only for 1 day. No sound from either USB and headphone. Opened a support ticket *6 months* ago and in short after a couple of initial back and forth testing (took a lot of time as instructions were provided piecemeal), the last reply promised to submit RMA to his production manager. 2 weeks since I posted on various forums, the only actions they had taken were to take down my comments from their FB home page and block my access. Since then I picked up an alternative email contact. I got a quick response and the support staff jumped back into action, so presumably I must have reached someone more senior. Anyway, I finally received instructions to send the unit to their repair center located in Shenzhen, China. Believe it or not, 3 weeks later, the package was bounced back because no one at the repair center was available to receive the delivery! This was after emailing them with the tracking number which they had promised to pass it onto the repair center. And once again, no response after repeated attempt to ask for confirmation of delivery. They really need to clean up its operations. The incompetence is simply incredulous at so many levels. This reflects a) poor quality control, and b) poor customer service. Unfortunately I cannot recommend the Geek series except perhaps for those who has got a lot of spare time to deal with testing and returns.
  2. I plan to install my Dell Venue 8 pro (8" Intel Windows8.1 tablet) and run foobar 2000, in my fair weather occasional use car ( carPC style) and run this DAC off a USB hub also hosting a 256GB USB thumb drive with flac and DSD. I will save post 2 for detailed car related install information(for those interested). In this post I'll stick to the on topic DAC specific details. I'm open to feedback on these DAC choices as well as suggestions for other DACs that may meet the required criteria. My 5 required criteria for this DAC: 1) Small roughly able to fit into a DIN sized opening but I have some wiggle room here, especially on the height side 2) Display with volume and sampling rate info at a glance (even in the dark) I'd like to be able to see my volume level and if I'm playing the HD version of the track or not 3) Volume knob for quick and easy sound level adjustment while driving 4) DC input power I don't want a kludgy and inefficient DC->AC power inverter in my car. A simple 6-15v DC input to regulated 5, 12 or 15v DC output circuit is all I want to use. A USB powered DAC solution would have obvious advantages in a car, but I have yet to find one with the required display. In addition it seems most USB powered DAC are on the weak side in analog signal voltage output. 5) Async USB2 and High bitrate HD format source compatible at least 24/192 PCM and DSD. I'd like to try many of the albums on superhirez.com in DSD format. -optional- 6) 4v+ unbalanced RCA variable output most DACs RCA level output is around 2v RMS, I will be running the DAC output directly to a quad mono amp in the trunk and can adjust the gain on the amp to match, but a 4v+ output would be nice to leave the gain turned down on the amp. Disclaimer: Yes, I know many people have many reasons to say this is a stupid project. I know when the engine is running and worse when the car is moving most of the additional sonic details will be lost to my ears. In addition, many will site the need for additional DSP, time correction, etc for the car environment. I usually travel in this car with a companion and prefer the sound to be as pure and correct sounding to BOTH occupants as possible. Yes, I know the noise in the car's power from the alternator with the engine running will be a far from an ideal power source. However, I often take this car to car shows and will likely audition the sound system without the engine running in parking lots and driveways. Finally, I've had a pair of HD600 for about 12 years and never had a proper source for them. In the winter months, I plan to pull the DAC out of the car and plug it in at my desk at home with my HD600 plugged in (basically what these DACs were built for). So, this DAC won't be a complete waste in the eyes of the naysayers. Here are the DACs I've found, so far, that meet my requirements: Option A) Geek Pulse https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/geek-pulse-ultra-high-def-audio-for-your-desktop#home 1)Pulse measures: Depth: 8.25 inches (20,96cm) Width: 7.375inches (18,73cm) Height: 3inches (7,62 cm) Higher than the ideal 2" but not bad 2)Display with volume and sampling rate info:YES 3)Volume Knob:YES (volume control is in digital domain) 4)DC input power:12v .85amp 5)PCM and DSD support:up to PCM 32/384 and DSD128 6)RCA output: 2v RMS Price: ~$400 before Jan 2015 Sound quality from published reviews: Should sound like the well received USB powered Geek Out, but slightly better? Pros: Good sound, low price before Jan 2015, should have excellent software/driver support Cons: Size kind of high, digital domain volume Option B) Essense HDACC HDACC by Essence For Hi Res Upsampling 1)Essense measures: Depth: 8.8 inches (22.3cm) Width: 5.4 inches (13.8cm) Height: 2 inches (5 cm) Ideal 2)Display with volume and sampling rate info:YES 3)Volume Knob:YES (volume control is in digital domain) 4)DC input power:5v 3amp 5)PCM and DSD support:up to PCM 24/192 and *NO DSD* 6)RCA output: 2v RMS Price: ~$700 Sound quality from published reviews: Decent sound from USB, but outperformed by many USB powered DACs, focus is HDMI audio Pros: Awesome size and display, 5v input is most common stepdown circuit for car applications Cons: No DSD support, relatively poor sound quality, more expensive than Geek Pulse, digital domain volume Option C) M2Tech Young DSD http://www.m2tech.biz/it/youngdsd.html 1)Young DSD measures: Depth: 7.9 inches (20cm) Width: 7.9 inches (20cm) a hair wide Height: 2 inches (5 cm) Ideal 2)Display with volume and sampling rate info:YES 3)Volume Knob:YES (volume control is in ANALOG domain) 4)DC input power:15v .3amp 5)PCM and DSD support:up to PCM 32/384 and DSD128 6)RCA output: 5.4v RMS selectable Price: ~$1400 Sound quality from published reviews: Very good sound, analog resistor ladder chip volume control a plus Pros: Great sound, High voltage RCA output, good height, analog domain volume Cons: Size kind of wide, relatively expensive I will be happy to edit this list as other suggestions are made and will follow up in the post below with the non DAC specific car installation details. Thanks for reading and for your constructive input.
  3. Source: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/geek-wave-it-s-not-a-next-gen-ipod-it-s-a-no-compromise-portable-music-player/ This Beauty is Also a Beast Geek Wave's soulmate: Geek Source. Coming soon. We've developed a bit of a notoriety (or maybe we're just notorious) in the industry for pushing the envelope on product design and product features. Well, we're at it again. We'd like you to meet Geek Source, the "soul mate" your Geek Wave & Geek Pulse are destined to be paired with. As its name suggests, Geek Source is THE BEST music source in your home stereo. Geek Source is the most powerful and high-end music server available for under $1000 (for now... MSRP is anticipated to be $1299). Not only does it pair perfectly with Geek Wave, but it was also specifically designed with Geek Pulse in mind. Talk about a two-fer! We've utilized technology from Light Harmonic's Da Vinci Source, a project that we began working on in 2012 and unveiled at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, pairing it with our world-renowned Da Vinci DAC. The results were stellar. Just like Geek Pulse's relationship with Da Vinci DAC, Geek Source's core design is directly derived from our soon to be released ultra high end music server: Da Vinci Source (MSRP $12,999). Same concept, same core technology, same development team, dramatically different price. After wrapping up the Geek Pulse campaign, we realized the vast majority of audio enthusiasts were looking for a replacement for their computer-based music servers, usually a multi-media PC or Mac Mini. From this often overlooked necessity, Geek Source has been intelligently designed to be the last music server you'll ever need. Geek Source Is A Feature Freak Geek Source features a whopping 2TB (4TB optional) of internal hard drive storage space. That's enough space to store 5000+ Hi-Rez tracks or 50,000+ CD quality tracks! Built in Double Phase Re-Clock Jitter Elimination circuit for all output digital circuits. Every digital output is precisely timed making it the perfect fit for any system that has a dedicated DAC. Many of us have trouble playing FLAC or DSD files with iTunes. Fret no more. Geek Source is a high resolution music playing specialist. Looking to play FLAC, DSD, DSD2, DXD and 384K? Geek Source handles it all. Dedicated USB audio class 2.0 output with a noise free power supply. This isn't your Grandpa's PC or MAC music server. Geek Source is a super high speed playback machine. Less noise, more music. Geek Source has an external power supply, keeping the bad noise at bay while letting the good noise (your tasty tunes) in. How Geek Source Works With Geek Pulse Connect the USB cable from Geek Source to Geek Pulse and you're ready to rock. Best sounding combination under $3,000, no question about it. How Geek Source Works With Geek Wave Geek Source syncs with Geek Wave as a music storage source, backing up your music files onto Geek Source's hard drive. This is where it gets interesting, Geek Source features the ability to have analog playback while Geek Wave is synced to it, through your home stereo. Mind. Blown. Due to cost restraints, there is a minimum order quantity of 200 required for Geek Source to be produced. If we don't meet this MOQ, we'll refund your contribution.
  4. Bigger brother of the Geek Out is now LIVE! The Pulse is moving really quickly (no pun intended). Can't wait for this to be released, looks very promising based on what we already know about the Geek Out Geek Pulse: A Digital Audio Awesomifier for Your Desktop | Indiegogo