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  1. Not that I've read this in so many words anywhere ("balanced drive"), but I suspect that this is a version that has TWO stators, one on each side of the diaphragm, just like most other electrostatic headphones. The model One is asymmetric with a stator only on one side. The model One requires heavy DSP to sound reasonably neutral, and quickly went into overload/saturation. With double stators on the new model, perhaps the DSP doesn't need to be that extensive, and it may help with the maximum volume too.
  2. I also think you’re not precise enough when using the command line method; remember that case and spaces are extremely important! Your command should look like the one listed under step 7 in the text file: .\sacd_extract -i {BDP_IP_ADDRESS}:2002 -P -I Note that the first i is lower case, and there’s no space between the - and the i; also there’s no space between the IP address and the :2002.
  3. It STILL requires you to download and use the Spotify app as a control point; the Auralic just shows up as an output device. This is a totally different model as opposed to what Audirvana+ offers.
  4. My Aries G2 has been rock solid... The real successor to the Aries Femto is now the Aries G1; the G2 adds Lightning Link, Unity chassis and internal storage capability - but at a price.
  5. Why not use the same tools as for Windows and Mac - they do exist? (sacd_extract and iso2dsd)
  6. Only with a suitable ASIO driver; as far as I know only exaSound provides that for Mac for their DACs. For all other DACs you need to use DOP.
  7. I wrote “for this DAC” there is no advantage in using USB, as this is a PCM-only DAC.
  8. Same here - no problems whatsoever with my G2, using AES to my Metrum Pavane. (Simplest interface to use for this DAC, no advantage in using USB.)
  9. Good thing too; the conversion from DSD64 to PCM is lossy, so audio information gets lost. And what is lost is not regained in a subsequent upsampling/conversion to DSD128...
  10. Judging by the pics I've seen of the Onyx/Jade it's even easier than that: it's an internal switch, marked with the appropriate voltage. In Pavane/Adagio, it's indeed still a (soldered) jumper. One note of caution though: I suspect that when going to a substantially different voltage fuses might need changing. Lower amperage in case of higher voltage, and vice-versa. 1 fuse in Onyx/Jade, 3 in Pavane/Adagio.
  11. Since you have been using an Octave for so long, I assume you are used to the Metrum NOS house sound. You will be very happy with an Onyx (same house sound, but considerably more detail without it becoming sharp/analytical). As for a used Pavane: unless you can get hold of one that has the level2/level3 DAC2 modules (quite unlikely), then I wouldn't bother and go for an Onyx instead. If you only have digital sources, you could consider cutting out the preamplifier and drive your monoblocks directly, with a Jade instead of an Onyx. Saves 1 component and 1 set of interlinks...
  12. Hmm, tried it again and now it works (after an album via the LDS app). Good for now, will report if I run into trouble again.
  13. Yeah, tried it on my Aries G2. The Aries’ window seemingly indicates that a stream is playing; however, my Metrum DAC connected via AES doesn’t see a stream it wants to play. What is the format that the Aries presents on its digital outputs when it is playing a Spotify Connect stream?
  14. Possibly - but I rather think it's the conversion program/routine that is to blame here. I have RIPs from CDs (at a much lower rate, 44.1k/16) that do possess those qualities that I miss in my 88k DSD conversions. Whereas my 176k conversions sound fine.
  15. Precisely. In principle, a 24/88.2k envelope should be big enough to contain all that is in a DSD64 signal, but I was missing something when I tried this. It sounded a bit flat and lifeless - which I regained by using 24/176k.
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