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Firstly I would just like to say hello, and be gentle because I am an old chuffer, I am trying to play some hi-res downloads ( Reference recordings 176.4 24 bit on their HrX discs ) Chris C has alrady been a tremendous help ( thanks Chris ) , I am still investigating the PC Lynx16aes route, but a friend has a Mac Book Pro, and I would like to experiment with that, I believe I need a firewire /AES interface, Chris suggested either a Weiss Vesta ( due out soon ) or a Weiss Minerva DAC ( completely sold out at the moment ) are there any ther suitable products out there ? Thanks in advance, Keith.

 

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You could try the Weiss AFI1, this is the pro version of the Vesta. I have not tried it yet with High Res file though ...

 

Hieu

 

Digital Drive = Netgear NAS -> Mac Mini -> Kharma Firewire Cable -> Weiss AFI1 [br]Anti jitter = Stealth Varidig Sextet AES EBU -> Genesis Digital Lens [br]Dac = Audioquest Eagle eye -> Stax dac Talent [br]Pre/Amp = Transparent Ultra RCA -> Conrad Johnson CA200[br]Speakers = Stealth Jr -> Wilson Cub (Sound Anchor stands)[br]Power = Goldmund, Verastarr, Tara labs, Fadel Art, Shunyata Hydra/ PC, APC Smart UPS[br]Isolation = Clearaudio, Goldmund, Acoustic System, Gflex

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It may not have the expensive fit and finish of a "High End" product, but it does its job well.

 

I am new to Mac and this is the first Pro audio gear I buy.

However, setup was really easy ... Good luck.

 

Hieu

 

Digital Drive = Netgear NAS -> Mac Mini -> Kharma Firewire Cable -> Weiss AFI1 [br]Anti jitter = Stealth Varidig Sextet AES EBU -> Genesis Digital Lens [br]Dac = Audioquest Eagle eye -> Stax dac Talent [br]Pre/Amp = Transparent Ultra RCA -> Conrad Johnson CA200[br]Speakers = Stealth Jr -> Wilson Cub (Sound Anchor stands)[br]Power = Goldmund, Verastarr, Tara labs, Fadel Art, Shunyata Hydra/ PC, APC Smart UPS[br]Isolation = Clearaudio, Goldmund, Acoustic System, Gflex

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Hieu Hi ,may I ask do you use yours to play hi-res files from your MAC, this is my main goal, I have some 'reference recording' HrX discs, desperate to hear them, had a bit of a set back with a Lynx 16 based PC ( just couldn't get it to work ) hoping the Mac will ( work ) an be straightforward straight out of the box,

Regards Keith.

 

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Hi,

 

I am sorry, I can't help you.

I will try High Res files when I have a capable Dac.

I am looking for a nice High Res Dac to replace my old combo Genesis Digital lens / modded Stax Dac.

 

Sorry ...

 

Hieu

 

 

Digital Drive = Netgear NAS -> Mac Mini -> Kharma Firewire Cable -> Weiss AFI1 [br]Anti jitter = Stealth Varidig Sextet AES EBU -> Genesis Digital Lens [br]Dac = Audioquest Eagle eye -> Stax dac Talent [br]Pre/Amp = Transparent Ultra RCA -> Conrad Johnson CA200[br]Speakers = Stealth Jr -> Wilson Cub (Sound Anchor stands)[br]Power = Goldmund, Verastarr, Tara labs, Fadel Art, Shunyata Hydra/ PC, APC Smart UPS[br]Isolation = Clearaudio, Goldmund, Acoustic System, Gflex

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  • 9 months later...

I realise that this is an old post, but felt it might still be relevant to some people...

 

The Weiss AFI1 works perfectly at these sample rates and passes HDCD-encoded material through correctly (at all sample rates). It's very easy to use... and sounds superb!

 

But, it only inputs/ouputs AES and ADAT formats, i.e. no RCA or BNC connectors for the signal (it does have BNCs or word clock in/out, which I find invaluable).

 

Hope this helps,

 

Mani.

 

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