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  1. Happy to. If you want to send me an email (use the contact button on our website), I can do a write up for you. It's pretty dependent on the OS/software you're using for playback, so if you could include that for me, that will help. Cheers, Ryan
  2. Hi EicoMan, I'm glad you got it working, and apologize for being late to the thread. The QB-9's fully capable of handling both DSD via DoP as well as "Native" DSD, but the latter format tends to be problematic with IoS from what I've experienced and heard. The only real loss between DoP and "Native" is the maximum sample rate supported. We've listened to both and could never hear any appreciable sound quality differences at the same sample rates, which makes sense considering what the data is doing. I personally believe in not oversampling on the software end and have found tha
  3. Ah, I see. Well, if we were to equate the KX-R to simply a volume control, then can see your point. However, the unit does much for for the system than simply throwing in a gain and offering input selection, which I think is something you have to live with to appreciate. Were I able to just use the digital volume control in my QX-5 and be happy, for example, I certainly would and free up the rack space. But once I pull the KX-R out, everything is considerably less for the loss of the piece. For what it's worth, the difference between putting 2 inputs and 6 inputs on a preamp is only a ma
  4. Hi Manuel, The VGT is a variable gain amplifier stage, so closest to the third option. No, a voltage controlled resistor is effectively what is happening in a JFET, like those we use in our products, but they are not part of the volume control for us. The VGT uses a mechanical switch and motor to select different resistors for each volume level, which changes the gain stage's output level. It's tricky to work with as it has quite a few moving parts that need to work perfectly together to behave properly...one of the reasons other companies tend to avoid a switch like this.
  5. Hey Rhmmmm, appreciate the response. In all reality, we're still waiting for someone to catch up to our 6 year old design. :) But seriously, when we last upgraded the KX-R, back in 2014, we weren't sure if there was a way to make it any better. The KX-R has a special story as Ariel mentioned in a PWA video...when Charley and he finally nailed down the design of the original KX-R, we were left with a preamplifier with 0.00X distortion with zero feedback in the circuit. Charley was so excited, he called up John Curl to tell him what he was able to do and John couldn't believe him!
  6. There really shouldn't be a noticeable difference between the two as the DSD portion of the data's the same. Of course, without the DoP information, the maximum speed can be doubled, but "native" (I prefer to think of it more as "raw") DSD 64 vs. DSD via DoP 64 should really about be the same. I think your ears are spot-on. Cheers, Ryan
  7. Hi Csaba, Hard to say until we're done, really. USB is easy. The rest is more complicated. As far as timeline, the more time we get to spend on it, the better we get to make it. Give us some time and we'll have something good in the end. Ayre has a long history of making changes in units available to existing owners of our products. It's simply not right to add something and then have no path for someone who already owns the unit to be able to have the same cool features, so it will be available to all once we're happy with it. Cheers, Ryan
  8. Hey Ari, that's great news! Thanks for such a quick update. If there's anything you ever need from us, just give me a call and we'll be happy to provide it. I really appreciate the kind words. Cheers, Ryan
  9. With the QB-9 being asynchronous, you're likely getting little benefit from external reclocking solutions. However, I think people are seeing an improvement with devices like these as they add an extra level of isolation on the incoming power. Your QB-9 uses the PC's power and ground to power the USB PHY chip prior to isolation from the rest of the digital circuit. We then send it over to the DAC after separating the ground and adding our own power supply for the rest of the digital circuit. Having a separate power supply from the PC going into that PHY chip would very likely have varying
  10. Thanks for the report. We'll be in touch and see what needs to be done. Cheers, Ryan
  11. In some ways we agree. Many of the processes you're talking about is not done in the DAC chip in our units. Allowing the DAC to handle everything is easy to do, and I'm sure it's really tempting for some to slap a chip on a board, feed it power, clock, and signal and call it a day, but we've found that it doesn't sound particularly good. In other ways we're probably not going to see eye to eye (or perhaps ear to ear) here. I think one of the tricky things is that it can be difficult to understand what is actually happening inside of a unit without knowing the designer's implementation. We
  12. And impedes manufacturers from doing what we know makes a large positive change in the units. I fail to see the advantages of attempting to drive the DSD standard on listeners. All it's really doing in the end is bypassing filters, which means people are often comparing apples to oranges and not realizing it. Add in times when things are getting "dressed up" in DSP on the software end, that even tricks people into thinking the DSD is somehow better.
  13. Unfortunately, yes. In a way, it's worse than before as people continue to redefine DSD to give it new life with standards never defined by Sony.
  14. I can at least give you an old one! http://www.the-ear.net/features/dsd-under-fire
  15. The more I read, the more questions I end up with. Are the files being tested conversions of a PCM file or rerecorded with a DSD ADC? What if the ADC being used for PCM had a filter like the QA-9 instead of a brick wall filter? How is the DSD vs. PCM data handled inside the DAC? The list goes on and on and every test is likely flawed in some way.
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