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Update:

 

- Aqua DACs

- Armature Asterion (same as Holo Spring)

- Audio-GD (some models)

- Border Patrol

- Denafrips

- Esoteric (some models?)

- Holo Audio (some models)

- iFi micro (some models)

- Lampizator

- Metrum Acoustics

- MHDT (some models)

- Phasure NOS1 DAC

- RME ADI-2 DAC

- T+A DAC 8 DSD

- Teac UD-50x family

- TotalDAC (some models?)

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3 hours ago, semente said:

- Armature Asterion (same as Holo Spring)

 

Please, can you shed some light on this?

Under this name I have seen so far only a model with the old Spring1 technique but not with the new Spring2 one.

Are both built up to the same standards by the same manufacturer or is Armature somewhat inferior to Holo?

 

Thanks

 

Matt

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15 minutes ago, matthias said:

 

Please, can you shed some light on this.

Under this name I have seen so far only a model with the old Spring1 technique but not with the new Spring2 one.

Are both built by the same manufacturer or is Armature a copy of Holo?

 

Thanks

 

Matt

 

Hi Matt,

 

The Asterion is a slightly tweaked version of the "old" Spring 1:

 

L’Armature Asterion est une version customisée du Holo Audio spring (en level 1 chez les distributeurs qui vendent des versions gonflées, avec notamment un transfo en argent au level3, ajout jugé discutable par le staff audiophonics, qui est resté avec la version standard, très homogène). Armature a fait quelques modifs, avec une entrée USB XMOS plus musclée et un afficheur différent. Il semblerait également que les connecteurs soient différents.

https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/blog-diy-audio/22-armature-asterion-dac-complete-review-by-kyosato.html

 

Translation here - > https://tinyurl.com/y2mlnlh7

 

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Ricardo

 

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2 minutes ago, semente said:

 

Hi Matt,

 

The Asterion is a slightly tweaked version of the "old" Spring 1:

 

L’Armature Asterion est une version customisée du Holo Audio spring (en level 1 chez les distributeurs qui vendent des versions gonflées, avec notamment un transfo en argent au level3, ajout jugé discutable par le staff audiophonics, qui est resté avec la version standard, très homogène). Armature a fait quelques modifs, avec une entrée USB XMOS plus musclée et un afficheur différent. Il semblerait également que les connecteurs soient différents.

https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/blog-diy-audio/22-armature-asterion-dac-complete-review-by-kyosato.html

 

Translation here - > https://tinyurl.com/y2mlnlh7

 

Best,

Ricardo

 

 

Thanks Ricardo,

do you know if they will launch a tweaked version of Spring2 as well and if yes, when?

 

Matt

"I want to know why the musicians are on stage, not where". (John Farlowe)

 

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On 3/10/2019 at 3:26 PM, semente said:

 

Sorry, I have no idea if they intend to update the current version.

Maybe you can send them an email: http://armature.audio/contactez-nous/

 

I asked if they have plans to launch a tweaked version of the new Holo Spring2.

 

The reply:

"To be honest no, since for us the gap is at best minimal."

 

Matt

 

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On 3/10/2019 at 11:17 AM, semente said:

Update:

 

- Aqua DACs

- Armature Asterion (same as Holo Spring)

- Audio-GD (some models)

- Border Patrol

- Denafrips

- Esoteric (some models?)

- Holo Audio (some models)

- iFi micro (some models)

- Lampizator

- Metrum Acoustics

- MHDT (some models)

- Phasure NOS1 DAC

- RME ADI-2 DAC

- T+A DAC 8 DSD

- Teac UD-50x family

- TotalDAC (some models?)

 

Apparently the RME ADI-2 is not really NOS. They only called it so,

 

it is the 'Super Slow' AKM FIR filter which shows a stepped response like NOS. Many AKM chip devices can select this filter, are they all NSO DACs? I think not.

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10 hours ago, Veri said:

 

Apparently the RME ADI-2 is not really NOS. They only called it so,

 

it is the 'Super Slow' AKM FIR filter which shows a stepped response like NOS. Many AKM chip devices can select this filter, are they all NSO DACs? I think not.

If I'm not mistaken if you feed it a stream at the highest possible sample rate it will not oversample so it is NOS, but fron what you say it is not filterless.

My TEAC also has a FIR filter for DSD but I think that it's an analogue filter. And crossing quite high.

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On 5/29/2017 at 11:49 PM, mansr said:

DSD handling is quite different from the TI chip. In the default mode of operation, DSD input is low-pass filtered before going through the same digital volume control and sigma-delta modulator as PCM. As far as I can tell, the modulator is operated at the same rate as the DSD input, i.e. no resampling is performed.

 

Quoting an old post here but with the AKM chips, would DSD256 input (for example) be converted to PCM for digital volume control?

 

For example, the AK4493EQ.pdf

 

I'm trying to understand, if I upsample my PCM music to DSD256 (1 bit 11.2896 MHz) and use digital volume control, is my DSD256 being converted to PCM705kHz (or something else) or does it remain at 11.2896 MHz with some extra bits for the digital volume control?

 

Or something else?

 

 

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2 hours ago, Em2016 said:

Quoting an old post here but with the AKM chips, would DSD256 input (for example) be converted to PCM for digital volume control?

 

For example, the AK4493EQ.pdf

 

I'm trying to understand, if I upsample my PCM music to DSD256 (1 bit 11.2896 MHz) and use digital volume control, is my DSD256 being converted to PCM705kHz (or something else) or does it remain at 11.2896 MHz with some extra bits for the digital volume control?

 

Or something else?

My guess is that it uses a multi-bit format at the same rate as the DSD input. Only AKM themselves know for sure how it works.

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2 hours ago, Em2016 said:

I'm trying to understand, if I upsample my PCM music to DSD256 (1 bit 11.2896 MHz) and use digital volume control, is my DSD256 being converted to PCM705kHz (or something else) or does it remain at 11.2896 MHz with some extra bits for the digital volume control?

You don't have to convert it to PCM to do the volume control. Roon performs all sorts of DSP on DSD files without conversion to PCM. Multibit, but not PCM. They have an explanation in either the forum or the wiki of how they manipulate DSD without conversion to PCM.
A chip can be setup to do the same. How it actually works in that chip - don't have a clue. 

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1 minute ago, firedog said:

You don't have to convert it to PCM to do the volume control. Roon performs all sorts of DSP on DSD files without conversion to PCM. Multibit, but not PCM. They have an explanation in either the forum or the wiki of how they manipulate DSD without conversion to PCM.

PCM at a high rate is still PCM.

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20 minutes ago, mansr said:

PCM at a high rate is still PCM.

Roon can do some DSD processing, including Parametric EQ,  by converting it to DSD wide (64 bit multibit) and then back to one bit DSD in the Delta Sigma Modulator after the 64 bit DSD is processed. 

 

I'm not going to have the argument about whether that is still DSD or not. Roon and others consider that it is. 

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45 minutes ago, firedog said:

Roon can do some DSD processing, including Parametric EQ,  by converting it to DSD wide (64 bit multibit) and then back to one bit DSD in the Delta Sigma Modulator after the 64 bit DSD is processed. 

 

I'm not going to have the argument about whether that is still DSD or not. Roon and others consider that it is. 

It doesn't matter what anyone calls it, only what it actually is. The important thing here is that if DSP is performed on DSD, there is necessarily a sigma-delta modulator at the end of it. Otherwise you wouldn't have 1-bit output.

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1 hour ago, mansr said:

It doesn't matter what anyone calls it, only what it actually is. ...

 

No no no - you are thinking like  a Modernist.

 

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5 hours ago, firedog said:

You don't have to convert it to PCM to do the volume control. 

 

I know, that’s the reason I asked “or does it remain at 11.2896 MHz with some extra bits for the digital volume control?

 

I was asking about this chip specifically...but it still appears to be a black box of sorts, like ESS Sabre chips.

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9 hours ago, Em2016 said:

I'm trying to understand, if I upsample my PCM music to DSD256 (1 bit 11.2896 MHz) and use digital volume control, is my DSD256 being converted to PCM705kHz (or something else) or does it remain at 11.2896 MHz with some extra bits for the digital volume control?

 

Don't do it, do the digital volume control in PCM before it ends up being DSD256. And keep the AKM chip in DSD Direct mode. What comes out with/without DSD Direct is vastly different.

 

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2 hours ago, Miska said:

 

Don't do it, do the digital volume control in PCM before it ends up being DSD256. And keep the AKM chip in DSD Direct mode. What comes out with/without DSD Direct is vastly different.

 

 

The Topping AKM DACs don’t have “DSD Direct” mode though, like RME and Teac do.

 

And I need to use the built in digital volume control for built in headphone output. 

 

So should I upsample my PCM content to highest PCM rate instead , with AK4493EQ? Avoid PCM to SDM (DSD) upsampling?

 

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