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  1. Here's what T+A had to say about the topic while we were discussing the driver progress about 1-2 months ago: "It is even possible to do DSD512 but this does not work glitch-free in all cases. /... The Amanero DSD512 capable version is also not Windows compatible - an other reason why it can't be used for production devices” The words effective and efficient similarly exist because the first one means "achieved as required" and the second means "achieved to some degree, while consuming fewer resources". If you choose to check, you'll find that "possible" doesn't mean 100% functional or stable, like effective does. It is more aligned with efficient. That's not "manufacturer talk", that's English. Your own personal use of "possible" is your choice, so I won't debate what you've now clarified was your actual meaning. I apologize for quoting you and referencing the language that you misused. Let's hope the involved parties make progress and we get to enjoy the fruit of their efforts. I'm really wondering what progress has been made with applying any new USB firmware anyway. The above-mentioned approach installs a generic version of the Amanero driver and then the DAC loses its recognized name when paired. It also takes some fandangling to flash. I hope there's a more official and straightforward method by the time we're ready to rock and roll with all this.
  2. I don't want to split hairs, our intent is the same. If you read Craig's message, he doesn't say "properly" or "100%", it says "can only get DSD512". You can get DSD512 on Linux, it's just not 100% or -proper-. I didn't want to lack any clarification around that point, so I added some qualifiers to what you can get, according to Craig's original message and your reply. In the end, I want that new driver ASAP so that we can all finally move on and start posting feedback about our experiences with the DAC 8 DSD playing off a new Linux CAT @DSD512, without any issues or patch-jobs. I really look forward to comparing the 2 Linux based NAAs/Roon Endpoints I have here vs. my Fidelizer Nimitra, Windows based streamer/NAA/Roon Endpoint.
  3. Not exactly. There is also a beta firmware for the Amanero/DAC 8 DSD that supports DSD512 on Linux only. However, there are some issues with pops/cracks and dropouts. Some owners said it's infrequent enough that it's well worth it to enable Linux @DSD512 support. Whereas owners like myself don't want to go that route, yet. But like Craig already detailed, there are certain limits for these choices and you need to decide which one suits you. Or you need to wait until Dom/Amanero releases the unified and fully compatible firmware and then you can upgrade yourself via the recently mentioned method, or you can wait further for T+A to approve and release the firmware upgrade by whichever means they develop to do so.
  4. Can you clearly state what problem you are asking about? You want to connect a UR directly to your DAC, which may be a T+A DAC 8 DSD or a Hegel HD40. But what "incompatibility" are you -exactly- asking about or trying to avoid? --------------------- In my opinion so far, I think EduZ has said somethings and there have been some replies, but overall there is confusion about what's actually being asked/discussed. I think that Firedog, guiltyboxswapper(...), and Jesus have all given good answers, but I don't feel that EduZ either understands the "problem" or the responses.
  5. I have emailed T+A and Amanero/Dom here and there since the beginning of last year, trying to do what I could between the two companies to further the progress on a new Linux and Windows DSD512 capable firmware. Not that I think I make any big difference, but I hoped to do what I could because I felt the two companies weren't coordinating very well (only my suspicions, in talking to both of them directly, about the same set of problems). So, I picked back up again with both lately and have some news from yesterday from Dom: 1. He says that Lothar/T+A has just recently sent him some new "support", which gives him the capability of fast testing any new code to verify its performance. No more guessing. He is now developing directly on the DAC 8 DSD. - He didn't elaborate what that support was, but he said it has already helped him advance the firmware. 2. He says he is working on a new, unified firmware that will support both Windows and Linux at DSD512. No more singular versions. 3. He says that he has a new WIP/alpha version of the Windows driver that can "drive the Linux firmware", and that this is a very meaningful advancement in the progress towards the final version. - I'm not sure what that means, but again, he was positive about the importance of this progress and said he'd have some news some time soon. ---------------------------- I'm not sure how this will play out, it has been going on for +2 years. But it's good news that both sides are still talking with each other and that Dom is still committed to answering questions on the firmware progress. My fingers all remain crossed that we'll get a stable and reliable DSD512 capable firmware update in the near future, enabling our DAC 8 DSDs to work with all modern, high-end transports based on Windows and the new uber breeds based on Linux.
  6. I've never heard the AR DAC 8, but maybe you could Google around and make a list of current DACs that people say are in the same vein as the AR DAC 8? With that list, you could then ask people here for direct feedback. It isn't exactly what you're looking for, but it might be tough for many people to meet your triple threat requirements of (1) have heard the AR DAC 8, (2) Have heard something in the same vein, but better, (3) are AS/CA members and see your thread. Good luck with your new DAC.
  7. I don't know if austicpop is feeling the love right now, Chris... 😅 I just heard the HiFiMAN Shangri-la electrostatic headphone system last week and it was crystal, crystal clear. But the entire supporting front end chain was not up to snuff and I don't know if the let down is coming from there or that I prefer a sound with more meat on the bones. In the end, I was satisfied with its clarify and instrument definition, but would never spend the money on them because they didn't 'oil my gears' so to speak. So, it's interesting to hear such a rave teaser coming from you here, at half the price of the HiFiMAN system, and with an integrated frontend. I'm looking forward to Austinpop's in depth feedback.
  8. Now, I want you to apologize 1 more time so that you’ve met the minimum requirement for such an act... I knew what you meant, but I know with 8 people in the house here and multiple devices each, it wouldn’t fly. I’d say the was more than likely a faulty device and bad quality manufacturing. With Samsung’s Note 7 battery scandal a few years back, though, it’s not like anyone is safe with buying from a top tier manufacturer either... With a piece of kit like this, and in line with Sandyk, it’s meant to stay ready for use. If it’s not ready and in the right place, you’re either likely to forget it or it to not be ready when you need it. Which is sad, because you certainly can’t trust them...
  9. Thanks. I did post essentially the same thread over there, but I got pretty similar replies about the offer being way too low and no one really recommending much about how to do it. I'll follow through over there as well, but I'm more of an AS'er forumite faithful than anywhere else, so I posted my news here first. Thanks for the heads up, though. I agree and expect that as I get into the assembly part I'll be asking more questions over there. I think I maybe didn't get a warm reception because I'm a newb (like <10 posts) and the post itself was pretty green sounding. I think once I've got some materials on hand and I'm trying to do something, that'll count as paying cover and people will be more helpful.
  10. I will update the thread as I receive the parts and move through with the build. It's going to take some time because I'm going to try to push the quality level, but I hope the final results can be a good reference for anyone else interested in this kind of situation. Oh, and prices. The Bent Audio parts so far cost $2400 USD and I'll spend maybe another $1000 USD on the chassis. I expect the assembly wire and such to cost maybe another $100 USD as I already have the soldering equipment, silver solder, and nice wire, but there should be some incidentals. It is a semi-DIY effort, but coming in around $3500 USD and almost hitting all of my "NEEDS" and "NICE TO HAVES" sounds pretty awesome to me. I wasn't trying to avoid the DIY aspect initially, I just don't have the time for anything intense and in this case, I'd call this more assembly than DIY as everything is already done and all I'll be doing is fastening things to the future chassis and soldering some connections. Anyway, I'll update the thread as time goes. Hopefully it all turns out as nice as I can see it in my head.
  11. Hey guys, thanks a lot for all the discussion in here. I was juggling some crazy projects at work and then spending my spare time actually trying to sniff out the trail I caught wind of, so I didn't end up posting in here. Sorry about that, but I'm not MIA, so that's good. It took a lot of digging and asking around, I will have to do some assembling, but I've really lucked out and mostly covered all my needs. I found some NIB Bent Audio AVC-1 Slagleformer/autoformer modules and the associated internal PCBs for the front panel/volume, rear I/O, and power input. Then I contacted the Bent Audio owner, John Chapman, and we worked out how to reconfigure the I/O logic to work for me, including the front panel buttons and the remote. I will have to source a chassis and then assemble the parts, but that shouldn't be too hard where I live now and assembly is easier than "no solution". I know some guys who do CAD work, so I'm just focusing on finding the right chassis and brainstorming on the external looks and optimal internal layout. Preamp will have: 1. 2x XLR ins + 6x XLR outs. 2. Everything can remain connected at all times. 3. DAC output impedance is 22-ohms and collective input impedance is >5000-ohms, so damping remains well over the 10:1 ratio in the worst case scenario. 4. All inputs and outputs are isolated, so only 1 input and 1 output are "in circuit" at any time. 5. Uses the Bent Audio, 13 button remote. - This includes input switching, output switching, volume control, L/R balance control, mute, and power on/off. Nice stuff, but not 'needs': 1. Volume memory for each "input+output" combination: I'm not sure yet, I'll find out soon. 2. Use Tortuga Audio LDR preamp boards: Didn't happen, but uses my other leading candidate, Bent Audio Slagleformers. I feel I really lucked out here, I've had my eye on these 2 implementations for several years. 3. Use Tortuga Audio OLED display and Apple remote receiver: Uses Bent Audio displays and LEDS, and Bent Audio remote. 4. Use a tube buffer for the outputs: No buffer right now, but there is room in the chassis for balanced buffers. 5. Use output transformers after the solid-state/tubes to create a pure balanced XLR signal: The Slagleformers achieve this.
  12. When I was researching about the issue beforehand and later when I was discussing it with Domenico from Amanero, that was what I understood. I guess I was incorrect and I appreciate the courteous way that you have corrected me about it. If there is a time that I can afford the new SDV3100HV, I will enjoy giving it a shot. I am still happy with the DAC8DSD's sound quality, but it's lack of modern Linux compatibility is not a pleasant thing to deal with in my system. I think the approach that you've taken with the SDV3100HV's USB and ethernet implementations will serve you very well into the future. I'm very happy to see your company taking a different approach this time around and I hope the SDV3100HV meets a warm welcome in the market. Hopefully I can join those new buyers sometime later.
  13. I could pass on my own assumptions about a few things from what I believe Chris was getting at, where it was coming from, and also that I understand the victories of your post. But overall, +1, this deserves a reply.
  14. 10-4. Looking forward to further information and a release when available 😀
  15. 10-4. And what about any tentative release date? If it's any different than the standalone version.
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