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  1. LG v30/v40 will resample all third party apps like youtube (except a few special ones) to 48k variant. So, if you want to avoid SRC, get a DAP that can change the ALSA state for all apps you install. DX160 is a solid choice and I own one - it avoids SRC. It's sound is deceptively better than move expensive DAPs I've owned, but not quite TOTL. Plus, you said you'd be driving planars? The DX160 in balanced mode has tremendous power and a low noise floor (as well as low output impedance).
  2. Yes! Good point. I'd of expected more of an "audiophile" outcry here. Is it possible we're just in the minority of users who digitally attenuate? I'm convinced my system sounds better using digital attenuation vs accepting the non-linearities of a traditional potentiometer (like that on my headphone amps). Full tilt just sounds so clean and pristine when the 'pot' is essentially bypassed (resistance removed from the circuit). I'm with you on this. It's just generally accepted DSP principle. Even my $7 USD android player software (Neutron Music Player) does this. I really doubt it. the probability equation is an easy calculation for a computer processor. It's nowhere near the calculation power needed for 4 or 8x upsampling. At least anecdotally this seems to be the case with my battery observations on my DAP (digital audio player). I'm not 100% certain however. To your point, @Piano Man , how audible it is (especially if you're only attenuating by a few bits) isn't the concern. Just knowing that that there is empirically more distortion without dither, is. That doesn't really sit well with an audiophile's mind.
  3. So your software 'algorithm' is not using dither at all? Not even standard 1-bit TPDF? I typically run my amps full tilt and use software to control volume at around -30dB (ish). I'm probably just being paranoid, but have always assumed dither would preserve the justification of the bitstream so that quantization noise was eliminated. Having 6dbs of white noise (unshaped) always made me 'feel better' but can't say I heard a difference TBH. Probably because I have a 32 bit DAC and -30dBs is far above the noise floor. So, I kind of see your point with the 'usefulness'. But those who use a 24 bit DAC and attenuate heavily by software may still find dither useful. I gather in this case we'll have to use a dither AU plugin?
  4. While legal matters aren't allowed, general sentiments about LHL abound and it's well understood that 'buyer beware'. It's sort of a shame, because I feel headfi should be in support of the community of enthusiasts (consumers) above all other stakeholders. They have a banned list of manufacturers, and we're not even allowed to discuss those products, let alone link to them. Why they haven't placed LH on this list is baffling.
  5. I've said it before, and I'll say it again and again, the Eitr was revelatory and a game changer for me on my metrum Amethyst. First off, the fact that you can get one used on head-fi relatively risk free for $120 and B stock brand new for now much more direct from Schiit is mind boggling. The ONLY limitation is the transient AC spike interruptions. Despite that, I rec this product weekly to folks I chat with. It's almost consternating to see it being discontinued Certainly a bit sad.
  6. clicking back (using browser back button) to see my custom activity stream now refreshes faster. And as @Superdad mentioned, overall experience is snappier indeed. It's cool to see this site progress professionally AND functionally. Good work Chris.
  7. Agreed. I consider this the climax of the entire movie. Will he do the right thing here? Or will he double down and seal his fate? I really believe that if he does not take action now, any ventures related to (even peripherally) Larry Ho will fail because of consumer sentiment. It will reach overseas and cross language barriers - oh yes it will. The only way to save his career as a public audio hardware designer is to do this IMO: apologize - first and foremost - and do it with humility explain what went wrong - without lofting the blame onto someone else explain where the money went - even if the funds were used inconsistently with the IGG contractual terms explain what he will do to fix it - even if he can't do anything, then he should say that and not make any promises he can't keep Honesty is his only way out of it. If he does this, I believe the rest of the market (who didn't get screwed already) would still purchase his future products. But, they'd stay away from crowdfunding . The forums would slowly stop talking about it and he'd have a chance....a good chance at making it in this biz. And he may even pick up a few proponents if his character and integrity come out intact. He can't run and he can't hide if he wants to stay in the industry. He may be a great engineer, but his inability/unwillingness to confront this is difficult for me to understand. I simply don't get this guy's lack of self-preservation. It's almost like he's nailing his coffin shut from the inside. If that makes sense?
  8. @John Fitzpatrick, reviews of the unit abound. Here's one of my favorite sites for personal audio: https://headfonics.com/2018/08/ifi-audio-xdsd-review/ I think you'll find your answer there. Technical or more specific questions about the unit that aren't publicly available is what @AMR/iFi audio can help with. But I don't think they'd be dissuaded from a sales pitch if you PM them.
  9. Geek Wave Chassis Design Geek Wave has the future proof SOM digital structure, with optional dual mono DAC engine and Femto clocks. It's definitely one of the kind. It took us a lot of reversions to find a sleep and nice chassis to fit its internal guts. ^^^^ taken from the IGG page - that's miraculously still hosted. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/geek-wave-a-no-compromise-portable-music-player#/ You can really tell that 20 new employees were hard at work with the ad copy. Just check out that rich wording and awesome spelling. One thing's for sure, you can't accuse them of lying. Turns out this Geek Wave really was 'one of a kind'. 🤭
  10. here's a good one.... LH is developing another IEM. This time the allure is its 21 balanced armature transducers - and it's 6K price tag https://www.head-fi.org/threads/the-discovery-thread-new-bgvp-dmg-initial-impressions-pg2507.586909/page-2758#post-14731766 https://www.head-fi.org/threads/flinkenicks-17-flagship-iem-shootout-thread-and-general-high-end-portable-audio-discussion.826876/page-918#post-14721521 "The Oscar XXI" - as if "Stella" wasn't a big enough slap in the face to all the folks who got ripped in the previous LH crowdfunding Ponzi. You can't perform this racket nowadays. Maybe in the 90s before the internet was commonplace. I really can't wrap my brain around this. Does not compute. The sheer will and determination of Larry Ho is puzzling.
  11. check this out. Here, @copy_of_a outlines his most recent "set and forget". I wasn't sure if you saw this recent post of his. Could be helpful for you. Personally, I've bookmarked it: And just because... if you want to try my most recent settings here they are, with some help from 'the upsampling master' himself. Here's where he helped me out, and attached are my tweaked configs. Note that I only have 2x only selected. I find it doesn't sound so 'oversampled' and keeps the transients a bit thicker, more organic. I only use this with my metrum NOS Dac, for my Chord, I'm rather enjoying its WTA filters for now. The max filter length is arbitrary, no need to go beyond 500K - at least I can't discern any difference.
  12. hey @AMR/iFi audio - I'm surprised you haven't posted about the crossfeed capabilities of your guys' PRO amps and how that can sorta bridge the gap between 2ch and head-fi. Maybe this is a way for a 2ch person to 'dip his toe' so to speak. But I have been curious about the ican pro and how the 3D setting works. Personally, I use Canopener Studio AU plugin every now and then for spectral delay modeling. it's one of the only crossfeed methods I can tolerate because all processing is done in 32 bit float (minimum). All the quality seems to be preserved. It reduces fatigue by centering the bass more, yet because of the slight delay in the HFs actually pulls the instruments further out at the same time! When you post are you the same person, or do you guys at iFi take turns on this login? It would be great to get to know the person behind the trade account and inquire about preferences. IE, how do you listen? tell us about your personal chain if you're so inclined?
  13. yes he does. often times you have to tag him because there are several threads now for A+ and it's hard to for any one person to keep up with them all. Or you can PM him. "@damien78" is his handle.
  14. okay... well that's a stretch @LHCommSquad and a far cry from a retraction. Is this a common PR tactic? Assert, then point to 'proof' and hope people won't actually look at it? I mean nothing personal against you, but it just seems like you're making an overly rigorous attempt to fix something that can't be fixed without anything other than sheer honesty and humility.
  15. Nothing in this document even comes close to suggesting Ken Ball retracted his statement(s). It appears that at some point the google doc may have had other screen shots in it; and perhaps they contain the proof you're espousing. But there are none in this document link besides this sole screen shot from Ken. It refers more to his latest IEM, the solaris, and only briefly mentions 'letting go of the past'. That is supposed to be Ken Ball essentially retracting a statement?
  16. I've been playing around for settings with my 2qute. Honestly, I like the WTA filters in the Chord DACs as they are, without oversampling done on the computer. Not sure that you can add more highs, though you can certainly reduce them with a filter that rolls off sooner. But, if you tell me the type of transient sounds you're looking for, I can help. IE, do you want more attack on the leading edge of the notes? Do you want better instrument separation, more ethereal 3d sound? You may want to read this to get a better understanding - then feel free to ask away! Welcome to AS my friend!
  17. not sure if this has been covered, so apologies if so. If not, it's good info to know: They've been accused of IP infringement by one of the most prolific IEM manufacturers in our hobby, Campfire Audio. https://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/the-one-where-campfire-and-lh-labs-clear-the-air-a-bit.5566/#post-181495 Then, after all of this went down with the 'asteria' IEM in 2017, they release the 'stella' in 2018. It too appears to be a blatant rip off of the campfire audio design. This company really is as low as they come. I follow the high end IEM market and have watched prices climb into the $3k range over the past few years. So it's clear people are willing to part ways with pretty large sums of money for personal audio nowadays and it seems LH have latched onto that exploit as well. I believe they're also listed poorly on the BBB - if that still means anything these days.
  18. okay @Ralf11 - early results with the 2Qute suggest that the USB with iFi iUSB3.0 between the computer and DAC work the best. More holographic and weighty without any blur or lack of imaging focus. USB without the toy in line is very good too - I don't know if I'm hearing a difference, or it's placebo. I keep the toy in there, because why not? It certainly isn't doing any harm that I can hear. Coax BNC (via SU-1) was good too - it had a harder, more percussive sound with very good imaging, but not as enveloping (3D) and didn't layer depth as well. Soundstage wasn't quite as grand. The sound was more 'familiar' to me having lived with this converter for about a year - So I think I'm hearing a bit of its sonic character. Honestly, I could live with either input. Sadly, I was wrong about my converter... it doesn't output optical, so couldn't test that. So far this DAC is very good. It's warmer and richer than I thought it would be. I think Qutest is in my crosshairs over the next few months.
  19. @TomLee, welcome to AS! I'm still getting used to the name change.
  20. I'm getting some interesting results using one round in software (44.1 > 88.2), then allowing the 2Qute (not the Qutest YET!) to continue using the Watts filters to oversample. I say 'interesting' because I haven't really critically evaluated it yet. But there's no law prohibiting a hybrid approach. Ultimately, you're right. When you buy a chord DAC, the filtering is one of their differentiators. What really got my attention was that a straight hookup to my mac using USB didn't sound bad, like other DACs I've owned. Dare I say it sounds even a little more full and 3D than the BNC. Anyway, the plan is to use 2Qute as a proving grounds, then I'll drop some coin on the Qutest if I still like this presentation after a month or so.
  21. well there goes that thought. I guess the lesson here is to avoid as many format conversions in the chain as you can - feed the DAC what it processes natively. If a conversion must take place, do it with the best tools you can. IE HQP, etc.
  22. Thanks @Miska. A very helpful response. I now know more than I did yesterday! When I had an SD Dac, I did rather enjoy PCM>DSD conversion prior to sending to the DAC. I was was floored by a DSD128 original file I got from Blue Coast sampler/test download. So, I may have to revisit conversion to DSD once again. I really should've kept that iFi iDAC2 🤦‍♂️ I realize your position on AUs and how it doesn't quite fit with your value prop for HQP. I am still intrigued by your player and may get it to use with my upcoming 2ch setup. It'll be modest hardware to start (some passive KEFs and an amp yet to be decided). Is anyone here using their Qutest with DSD? Any thoughts on how it handles DSD vs PCM?
  23. Absolutely PHENOMENAL! Thank you so much! I guess I'm really missing out by not having REW and RX
  24. yes, much better than setting a LPF in fab filter, I too agree. Actually, I only lived with fab filter LPF for about a week, then fell back to iZotope only. my current settings are 16, 1.0 cutoff, 0.6 phase. I don't care about super HF aliasing. More concerned about preserving phase up to 16K. I'm pretty sure these settings don't cause phase shift until the top-most octave. That's based on my interpretation of graphs over at http://src.infinitewave.ca, but I could be wrong. So.... I need to change my avatar 'rank' it seems - I've re-embraced filters! Hey, on another note, I've also asked miska, but does anyone know what interpolation math iZotope uses? Is it cubic, sinc function, etc?
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