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  1. I like new shit. The DA1 module got better reviews than I expected, and if they've moved on to a DA2, that's awesome. The more varieties and configurations that're out there, the happier I am.
  2. Looks like the new DAC might be an ESS Sabre 9038 Pro. I couldn't find it written anywhere yet, but looking at the DAC performance specs listed around, they look like top-end Sabre ones. Not that that means a whole lot, but it's something to mention. I'm always on the fence about the MHA150, which I feel is pretty similar to the their low range pres. This C53 has a headphone amp onboard too.
  3. That's interesting to hear. I hope to get around to some comparisons myself in a year or 2. Work just can't get out of the way long enough to let me bring another DAC in for a listen. So far I'm completely in love with the T+A and I'm counting on getting the Linux+Windows DSD512 firmware update any time now.
  4. Thanks a lot, that was a great review and a good read. I must also compliment you on actually picking a winner for each comparison. That really kills me when reviewers don't do that and call it a draw or say something like "you'll just have to listen for yourself and decide"... I really wonder how an optimized DSD512 chain feeding a T+A DAC 8 DSD compares. The people who own them (like me) all praise its performance, but there aren't too many out there with matching chains that ever make it into a shootout.
  5. Just to understand more clearly, is this coming with 1x JS-2 1.5m custom DC cable? One of the 2 that came with the previous JS-2 you bought? And is this for sale because you got the other JS-2 for $525 or is there any issue with this unit?
  6. So what you're saying is, w'all need to hide our kids, hide our wives, and hide our husbands cause A03 is wrapping everything up around here?
  7. That's great news. I hope T+A can also release a solution to this soon.
  8. SFPs are not fun to play with. They're all supposed to meet a standard spec, but unfortunately they all only work under certain circumstances and you can never be certain what those are. Usually a switch maker will brand their own SFP modules and guarantee their functionality, but once you start mixing brands there's no telling what might work. So, your Cisco switch might have a bad SFP cage, but more than likely you've just stumbled upon an incompatible configuration. Not to make things sound gloomy, but I can't say what might be a working one. I'd Google the model number and something like "compatible SFP module" and see what other people have said online.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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