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  1. @Kal Rubinson and any others — has anyone tried out this new multichannel DAC? https://www.oktoresearch.com/dac8pro.htm At €989, it seems like a bargain. JCR
  2. Hi, Could anyone help me with or give me pointer where to find info to connect the Amanero module (https://amanero.com) to the DAC board of my AN DAC 2.1x over I2S. I want to exploit the 18/bit192Khz capabilities of the AD1865, connecting my DAC 2.1x (Signature) via USB, bypassing the CS8412 receiver as this only goes to 96Khz. Thanks.
  3. Reposted from the Hi-res Digital Audio Discovery group on Facebook for those who do not have access: My LH Labs Pulse Xfi stereo DAC died last year so I started leaning heavily on my OPPO 105 as a stereo Asynchronous USB DAC with my PC as the source. All Stereo had been going through the Pulse. I love multichannel, and had been sending it over HDMI to my AV pre-processor. This worked well because I had Audyssey XT32 dialed in nicely. The Marantz didn’t support all bitrates, ISO, or DSD, so there were workarounds needed. For Stereo and DSD I preferred the OPPO 105 via analog out, but had to use HDMI for multichannel DSD. I did try the OPPO’s the 7.1 channel analog outputs to my Marantz, but was never able to make OPPO’s built-in room equalization come close to Marantz’s Audyssey XT32 Room EQ. Pure Direct is and remains a dull and traumatizingly bad non-starter in my room. The OPPO 105 does support multichannel over Ethernet from Jriver and the OPPOs DAC was slightly preferable to the Marantz’s DAC. But then the process began to break down, where the Pulse played everything I threw at it, the OPPO only accepts Stereo over USB from my PC USB, DSD64 only via USB thumb-drive, and other weird limitations. This elaborate setup almost required a flow-chart to decide how to handle varying file types for critical listening. Plus, Roon doesn't support multichannel over Ethernet to the OPPO 105 as an endpoint/zone like Jriver does,. Gotchas galore. My SimpleControl remote control app's macros helped a lot, but it was far from simple. I wanted to play everything through Roon over USB if possible. I also experimented with HDMI from my PC to the OPPO HDMI-In but ran into video synching and resolution issues and eventually gave up. The underlying problem was that the OPPO 105 lacked the same sweet sound of the LH Labs Pulse, and I had taken a step backwards. Had the OPPO supported multichannel over USB I might have sufficed, but instead got acute upgradeitis. This led to the crazy idea of evaluating a multichannel DAC that would support ALL my PC playback efforts. One DAC to rule them all! Well, there are only a handful of multichannel DACs on the market – this tiny niche is due to lack of demand, lack of multichannel downloads, setup complexity, and OPPOs lack of USB multichannel input flexibility doesn’t help, unless an aftermarket solution exists. The fact remains that many PC audio users like me have already ripped multichannel recordings from their own Blu-ray Audio, DVD-Audio, and SACD collection. They would appreciate a DAC that can handle whatever channel configuration is needed without switching between outputs, settings, and even devices. I found only 3 viable multichannel DACs (not counting the creative triple stereo Mytek-192 hack); MiniDSP U-DAC8 - $255 ExaSound E38 - $3.8K (incl. Teddy Pardo Linear Power Supply). Merging+Nadac - $15k I had been considering several 2ch DACs, but multichannel was my main objective, so I avoided the temptation – plus, a great multichannel DAC should also do stereo well, right? Given this price spread, I decided with some trepidation to give the Exasound E38 a chance, fully expecting to return it after the 30 day trial and settling for the MiniDSP. The fact that the E38 supports all 8 channels over USB was what made me the most intrigued. It also allowed Coax and Optical inputs for fun stuff like messing with CD Transports and other devices like Squeezeboxes, etc. The wait was shorter than I expected, and the E38 arrived together with the Teddy Pardo LPS and the ExaSound PlayPoint network streamer (that’s a topic for a different post). The packaging is clean and protected the merchandise well, plus the beautiful aluminum casework inspired confidence. I wasted no time connecting the E38, and it was simple; install the ASIO driver on my PC, move the PC’s USB cable from the OPPO to the E38, and move all 6 RCA unbalanced interconnects from the OPPO output to the E38’s output. PC -> USB Cable -> 5.1 Analog Out RCA Interconnects -> Processor. For reference, the 8ch outputs on the back of the ExaSound map to: Front Left Front Right Center Subwoofer Left Surround Right Surround Left Side Surround Right Side Surround. Once I fired everything up the E38 ASIO driver was immediately available to both Roon and Jriver. The last step was to change the audio-input on my Marantz Processor from HDMI to 7.1ch In. This got me PC audio from the analog 7.1ch inputs and video over HDMI AUX 2 input I was already using. That was the only tricky setting. Before I knew it, I was listening to the E38 for the first time. Compared to the Pure Direct from the OPPO or Marantz it was a noticeable improvement in terms of detail and clarity. However it was not as good as my dearly departed LH Labs Pulse Xfi in stereo mode. Why? There is some room correction processing on the stereo analog input, but only bass management on the 7.1ch input. Moving the L+R RCAs to the stereo CD input verified this - that sweet returned until I clicked on Pure Direct to ruin everything. This was why HDMI in on my Processor sounded better than 7.1ch-In. My multipurpose media room has basic room treatment such a carpet and a curtain at the right first order inflection points, but digital room correction is necessary. On most AVR/Pre-pros, 7.1 Ch-In bypasses all room correction rather than converting analog back into the digital domain, applying DSP and converting it to analog a second time. I let the equipment settle for a week just to give me time to fiddle around with HQPlayer, upsampling, etc, There were no Audyssey-like improvements and my heart kept sinking because the Pure Direct sound is not an option unless I get a dedicated treated room, and with multichannel surround this is even more critical. In short - I needed to room correction to correct the 7.1ch-in analog input beforeit left my PC. I had read about REW and Acourate room correction software on the PC, Googled multichannel room correction, and Dirac Live popped up. It looked relatively simple yet with a robust feature set, and had a 14 day trial. I installed it, got the room measurement microphone from my Marantz, plugged it into the microphone input on my PC and started the familiar 9-point sweep tone measurement process. Surprisingly this was a as or even little more intuitive than the Audyssey XT32 or MCACC processes. Dirac Live installs its own WASAPI driver an control panel which sits before the ExaSound E38 driver in the audio chain. Roon and Jriver both detect the Dirac Live driver, so no drama. Dirac Live’s room correction was far better than I expected, and it effortlessly bested the bar set by Audyssey's XT32. Once engaged, The Dirac WASAPI sound driver enhances the sound with a silky balanced poise and soundstage that must be heard to be believed. This is not like some cheesy DSP mode, it's something very different. It's the real deal. Even at low levels it's obvious something very special is happening. Especially compared to Audyssey the sound is less less bombastic and saturated. Dirac Live enhances the sound with a silky balanced poise that must be heard to be believed. Even at low levels it's obvious something very special is happening. Dirac Live applies room correction before the audio is fed to the DAC. Dirac works surprisingly well for stereo, but it's utterly indispensable for the tricky room dynamics encountered with a multichannel setup. Dirac makes good DACs sound great, and great DACs like the Exasound E38 sound spectacular. There’s a handy Dirac Live Filter ON/OFF switch that allows you A/B the sound, and it’s the most obvious instant night and day comparison. Yet I was still leery that this Dirac Live wonderswitch was somehow rigged to hurt the unfiltered, so I compared the native E38 driver and Dirac Live with the Filter Off, and yup – identical. I am not prone to hyperbole, but if you depend on DSP Room correction in your current system them chances are that this will persist when you travel the 7.1ch in route. I even suspect that those people who have room treatments could stand to benefit from Dirac Live, it’s that good. Naturally I went back and applied Dirac Live to the Marantz and OPPO DACs - each improved as well, but the E38 stood alone. The ExaSound WAS the one DAC to rule them all - my quest was over. As hoped, the ExaSound is not only a great 2 channel DAC, but its 8 channel capability makes it a unicorn and nearly 5x less expensive than the 8 channel Merging-NADAC. I have been living with this ExaSound E38 DAC and Dirac Live for over 3 months now, and it has completely reinvigorated my music enjoyment. I can’t wait to fire the rig up because my system has never sounded this good. I can throw everything at it, without silly setting changes. Acute upgradeitis? Cured! Bouts of Vinyl-confusion? Cured! My biggest lesson was that room correction is critical for my setup, both in stereo and multichannel. Your mileage may vary, but the 14-day trial of Dirac Live is like taking in a sweet little puppy into your house for a few days. You inevitably fall in love with the puppy, and it never goes back. Only attempt this if you can handle the fact that multichannel Dirac Live costs $750. Remember the doe-eyed impossibly cute puppy. You have been warned - this bell cannot be unrung.
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    Up for sale a Like New condition SMSL VMV D1se DAC. It's only two weeks slightly used. I ordered it from Shenzhen Audio and received it from DHL on July 28. Top Spec'd DAC playing all kind of music. It is just broken-in and the DAC starts to sound even better day after day. Expert review just came out today: I paid brand new @ total 740 with import duty Now selling it for $575 plus shipping. Prefer payment by EMT/Interact. Paypal please add 2.5%. Includes original SMSL Packaging box, Manual, Power Cord, USB Cable, Remote Control and Spike Feets. Thanks Larry

    575.00 USD

  6. I have been unsuccessfully searching for a list of high-performance* commercial DACs that allow user to bypass digital filtering (NOS), leaving that task to a software music player such as HQ Player. It would be interesting if we could compile such a list in this thread. * - no TDA1543-based DACs please, only equipment that can take 24bit and sampling rates above 176.4/192kHz.
  7. Dear experts: Many DACs have volume control function so they could serve as a DAC or as a DAC + Pre-amplifier. Could you please report on the differences in the sound of your systems in both cases? The latter configuration provides shorter signal path, but how does it effect the sound? What variables are in play here? I am planning my setup and would appreciate your expert advice very much indeed. Please chime in!
  8. Hello, I have purchased a FX Audio DAC-X6 and when playing audio with my dt 770s, the audio always has a crackling static like sounds. It does not do it when not using the amp such as listening to music through my phone. I have heard people tell me to raise the buffer size but refuse to give me instruction on how to do so. I just want to know what is making this issue happen. It constantly is crackling as long as audio plays and only stops when not playing anything. Any advice helps!
  9. Denafrips Terminator DAC Goes Plus. Some previews and news over on 6moon and Mono & Stereo. Still no volume control as far as I can tell, but the Plus version sounds even more tempting than the original with a price tag of around 6,000 USD. I will certainly be following this one closely. Hope to see/read a review here soon.
  10. View Classified Network Acoustics USB III For sale, Network Acoustics USB III cables in pristine condition. They were purchased new in March 2021& June 2021 respectively. Both cables has Type A to Type B connectors. A recent change in my system prompted the sale of these amazing cable. The NA USB III takes a bespoke approach, each of the Data, Ground and Power lines dielectrics are physically separated and isolated from each other, hence the acronym III. I have two cables available in 1.0M and 2.0M lengths. 1.0M - $659.00 - SOLD 2.0M - $995.00 If you think USB and Ethernet cables won’t make a difference, think again. The ENO USB Cable III delivers exceptional levels of detail and realism, in a natural, effortless presentation, completely devoid from digital artefacts and harshness. This USB cable capable of bringing the best out of any high quality Streaming device and DAC it connects and will transform the musical experience. Lots of glowing praises for USB and Network Acoustics ENO Filter / LAN cable, https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/streaming-sound-quality-want-the-very-best-sound-quality-network-aco PayPal, add 3% fee. I will pay for shipping within 48 states. No lowball offers please. Description: With ENO USB Cable III we have taken the USB protocol originally designed for computing and extensively optimised every element of its design and construction exclusively for the reproduction of audio. We rigorously researched and tested the best materials and construction techniques for the conductors and developed bespoke dielectrics and shielding structures for each of the Data, Ground and Power lines, which we then physically separated and isolated from each other. The resulting ENO USB Cable III represents the very best sounding USB audio cable currently available. Key Features ■ Unique 3-Core segregated cable architecture. ■ Each core has a specifically designed dielectric and shielding structure. ■ High purity UPOCC conductors ■ Gold plated pure copper connectors. ■ 2 Years warranty. Seller zebo67 Date 07/06/21 Price 995.00 USD Category Cables  
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    For sale, Network Acoustics USB III cables in pristine condition. They were purchased new in March 2021& June 2021 respectively. Both cables has Type A to Type B connectors. A recent change in my system prompted the sale of these amazing cable. The NA USB III takes a bespoke approach, each of the Data, Ground and Power lines dielectrics are physically separated and isolated from each other, hence the acronym III. I have two cables available in 1.0M and 2.0M lengths. 1.0M - $659.00 - SOLD 2.0M - $995.00 If you think USB and Ethernet cables won’t make a difference, think again. The ENO USB Cable III delivers exceptional levels of detail and realism, in a natural, effortless presentation, completely devoid from digital artefacts and harshness. This USB cable capable of bringing the best out of any high quality Streaming device and DAC it connects and will transform the musical experience. Lots of glowing praises for USB and Network Acoustics ENO Filter / LAN cable, https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/streaming-sound-quality-want-the-very-best-sound-quality-network-aco PayPal, add 3% fee. I will pay for shipping within 48 states. No lowball offers please. Description: With ENO USB Cable III we have taken the USB protocol originally designed for computing and extensively optimised every element of its design and construction exclusively for the reproduction of audio. We rigorously researched and tested the best materials and construction techniques for the conductors and developed bespoke dielectrics and shielding structures for each of the Data, Ground and Power lines, which we then physically separated and isolated from each other. The resulting ENO USB Cable III represents the very best sounding USB audio cable currently available. Key Features ■ Unique 3-Core segregated cable architecture. ■ Each core has a specifically designed dielectric and shielding structure. ■ High purity UPOCC conductors ■ Gold plated pure copper connectors. ■ 2 Years warranty.

    995.00 USD

  12. View Classified Cambridge Audio 851N (New) For sale is a new and unopened media streamer from Cambridge Audio, the 851N Azur, in black. This is a unit sent to me as a replacement under warranty for another 851N that developed problems with its right DAC channel. However, I no longer need the 851N because I have a Roon NUC acting as a server to an RME ADI-2 FS DAC I recently purchased. In my opinion, this is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to purchase an all-in-one streamer/DAC/preamp at a very good price. Shipping will be the responsibility of the buyer. Payment with PayPal only. (Photos are—obviously—not of the unit for sale but of the 851N product provided by the manufacturer.) Specs are available from Cambridge Audio here :https://www.cambridgeaudio.com/usa/en/products/hi-fi/851/851n Seller NWDave Date 05/27/21 Price 999.00 USD Category Music Servers / Streamers  
  13. Mytek Stereo192 DSD DAC View Classified Excellent converter. Good condition. Non smoking environment. £550 including shipping Important note below for Mac users (Basically use coax AES/EBU or Optical) FireWire connection in Stereo192-DSD DAC and 8x192 FireWire DIO card does not work with newest Apple computers (from 2018 and higher). Stereo192-DSD DAC v1.8.3 USB2 [v1.35.22] FireWire [v4.3.1.47542] USB2* [v2.8.0] FireWire/Thunderbolt [v4.3.1.47542] English v2.1 Chinese v2.0 8x192ADDA DIO USB - USB2 [v1.35.20] USB2* [v2.8.0] - 8x192ADDA DIO FW v3.001 FireWire [v4.3.1.47542] FireWire/Thunderbolt [v4.3.1.47542] English v1.4 *This old USB driver doesn't support El Capitan/Sierra OS/High Sierra/Mojave. Please use FireWire/Thunderbolt driver instead. Will ship by courier only (not post office) Seller Pro Jules Date 12/21/20 Price 740.00 USD Category Digital to Analog Converters
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    For sale is a new and unopened media streamer from Cambridge Audio, the 851N Azur, in black. This is a unit sent to me as a replacement under warranty for another 851N that developed problems with its right DAC channel. However, I no longer need the 851N because I have a Roon NUC acting as a server to an RME ADI-2 FS DAC I recently purchased. In my opinion, this is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to purchase an all-in-one streamer/DAC/preamp at a very good price. Shipping will be the responsibility of the buyer. Payment with PayPal only. (Photos are—obviously—not of the unit for sale but of the 851N product provided by the manufacturer.) Specs are available from Cambridge Audio here :https://www.cambridgeaudio.com/usa/en/products/hi-fi/851/851n

    999.00 USD

  15. View Classified SMSL SU-9 BALANCED MQA DAC w/remote + bluetooth Took delivery of SMSL SU-9 Balanced MQA, Bluetooth, DAC w/Remote, on May 14, 2021 (10 Days ago w/delivery receipt), to audition. Paid $469.53 with shipping delivered to my door from APOS Audio. The DAC has performed flawlessly and has about 25 hours of use on it so it's still breaking in. There are so many features in the menus that still need to be explored by the new owner!. The unit will be packed up EXACTLY as it was shipped with plastic and twisty ties on everything for an authentic unboxing experience to the new owner. Apos Audio guarantees the 2nd new owner the remaining 2yr Warranty as transferable with receipt number and original email address which will be provided. Check out Apos Warranty info on their website here: http://help.apos.audio/en/articles/3197291-apos-audio-2nd-year-transferable-warranty Reason for selling on Audiophile Style: While it sounded very, very, excellent and smooth (read reviews), it was a lateral upgrade to my current equipment. I can see that I'm going to have to spend a pile of cash to beat my current set-up ($1000+) or even this SMSL SU-9 which is already an amazing value. So, it's ready for it's new home. You can save $49.53 instantly on a Brand New In-Box amazing SMSL SU-9 DAC right here. I will pick up the cost of all shipping and paypal fees however the price is firm. Anyone looking to buy this DAC would be foolish to buy new from Apos because then you'll have to wait for your unit to clear customs (all of 10 days)--even if you pay for expedited shipping, (I thought Apos carried items in stock at TX). There is no downside to buying this particular SU-9 right here, right now, on Audiophile Lifestyle Classifieds. Check out my selling history on head-fi.org for my selling reputation--it's flawless and I'm proud of it. Seller Condocondor Date 05/25/21 Price 420.00 USD Category Digital to Analog Converters  
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    • FOR SALE
    • NEW

    Took delivery of SMSL SU-9 Balanced MQA, Bluetooth, DAC w/Remote, on May 14, 2021 (10 Days ago w/delivery receipt), to audition. Paid $469.53 with shipping delivered to my door from APOS Audio. The DAC has performed flawlessly and has about 25 hours of use on it so it's still breaking in. There are so many features in the menus that still need to be explored by the new owner!. The unit will be packed up EXACTLY as it was shipped with plastic and twisty ties on everything for an authentic unboxing experience to the new owner. Apos Audio guarantees the 2nd new owner the remaining 2yr Warranty as transferable with receipt number and original email address which will be provided. Check out Apos Warranty info on their website here: http://help.apos.audio/en/articles/3197291-apos-audio-2nd-year-transferable-warranty Reason for selling on Audiophile Style: While it sounded very, very, excellent and smooth (read reviews), it was a lateral upgrade to my current equipment. I can see that I'm going to have to spend a pile of cash to beat my current set-up ($1000+) or even this SMSL SU-9 which is already an amazing value. So, it's ready for it's new home. You can save $49.53 instantly on a Brand New In-Box amazing SMSL SU-9 DAC right here. I will pick up the cost of all shipping and paypal fees however the price is firm. Anyone looking to buy this DAC would be foolish to buy new from Apos because then you'll have to wait for your unit to clear customs (all of 10 days)--even if you pay for expedited shipping, (I thought Apos carried items in stock at TX). There is no downside to buying this particular SU-9 right here, right now, on Audiophile Lifestyle Classifieds. Check out my selling history on head-fi.org for my selling reputation--it's flawless and I'm proud of it.

    420.00 USD

  17. Hello I want to sell a GD R8 audio DAC model 2021 which was bought in February 2021 at a price of 1892 dollars, it is less than 1 year old and has been fully upgraded compared to the last model it is guaranteed for 2 years at what price can i sell it ? thank you for your comeback cpasmoi
  18. I'm shopping for a DAC (second hand T+A DSD8 and Holo XXX??? on the short list ; feedbacks welcome) and wonder if different routes for PCM and DSD makes sense. I understand the logic behind upsampling everything to SDM with sigma delta DACs and that defeats the argument that most SACD have been PCM processed at one stage or another, that native pure DSD is a rare beast. But how about native PCM ? I have been looking for ADC as well and seems to me that all are Sigma Delta as well, at least nowadays. So, is there any logic in shying away from SD at DAC stage (that is using the R2R PCM route of a Holo or Denafrips) if most probably the PCM is of SD origin, having had its Analog to Digital Conversion made by SDM?
  19. I have been on the look out for a new DAC for sometime, but so far the new COS engineering D10 DAC seems a potential candidate. I only listen to digital sources and prefer all-in-one DACs with proper volume control. I don't have a preamp and prefer to go DAC direct to my active speakers. This DAC also has streaming and phone boards as additional options. I hope to read some reviews and user experiences before making a commitment. Any contributions will be welcomed.
  20. Hello. I'm selling my XEO 3s (white, up on eBay now!) and getting the XEO 20s. I think! I started down the path of exploring a direct USB connection to the XEOs, but not necessarily wanting or needing the Dynaudio Connect box. Then I came across a review of the KEF LS50 wireless, where an external DAC was used, I think via the analog outs. It sounded like using an analog out would be odd with the XEOs, as a digital signal stays digital until the driver, and an analog signal is converted to digital by the XEOs. So with analog DAC out, the digital signal would be converted 2x, if I understand correctly. Any thoughts on the following setups— With DAC 1. iPhone + ALAC files > Apple CCK > USB cable > External DAC > Toslink from DAC to XEO 20 master. 2. iPhone + ALAC files > Apple CCK > USB cable > External DAC > Analog out from DAC to XEO 20 master. No DAC 3. iPhone + ALAC files > Apple Lightning Dock > Toslink to XEO 20s (I think Apple's Lightning Dock bypasses the iPhone DAC when using Toslink and sends a pure signal.) On my setup, I'm thinking of using my iPhone 7 (gasp!) for the source. Don't really want to deal with a headless Mac mini (+ controlling Apple Music would be a pain). I was looking at the Aries Mini, as you can add storage, but it's sold out. Bluesound Node 2 doesn't work with Apple Music. Sources are ALAC and Apple Music for the mist part. Maybe Tidal at some point. So as much as it may offend, I like the idea of a iPhone or iPad as source. Thoughts?
  21. View Classified MSB Analog DAC If you know about MSB, you probably heard of how awesome these DACs sound. I am the second owner of this DAC. I've decided to keep my Von Gaylord DAC as my entire system is Von Gaylord and hence letting this go.It has the upgraded power supply base, Quad Rate USB input which has MQA decoding as well, Toslink (Optical) and RCA inputs. Best bang for the buck. The previous owner sent it to MSB to have it checked out and it came back with a clean bill of health. You can buy this unit with complete confidence.Please ask if you have any more questions. Please add 3% for paypal. Price includes shipping. Seller audiofool1982 Date 07/15/20 Price 5,150.00 USD Category Digital to Analog Converters
  22. TL;DR: iFi Micro iDSD produces more sound in left ear than right, to the point where at a sufficiently low volume there is no sound at all, and at higher volumes the vocals are produced on the left side. What should I do? After months of thinking I might be going deaf in one ear, I've just found out that my Micro iDSD has a weird fault. I don't really know how to explain it in technical terms, since I regretfully admit that I don't know much about audio, so bear with me. I have a SACD file (Wish You Were Here) that I've been enjoying very much since I bought the DAC, but one thing always bothered me: it felt like the vocals were not fully centered and it was always on the left side of my headphones. Since I've been happy about the quality of this combo (SACD + Micro iDSD + ATH-M50), I've pretty much accepted that my right ear has started giving up. After all, it seemed natural that after six months of rifle shooting in the army without protection, and going to nightclubs and standing in front of the speakers, and the worsening tinnitus, that this would happen. Recently I've purchased Shure SE846 and ten minutes ago, enthusiastically plugged it in the DAC and started playing the same music. The vocals still seemed left-centric. Of course I didn't expect it to change, because it's my ear that's not functioning as it should be... ...or so I thought. I just plugged my headphones directly into my mac, and vocals seemed...centered. Then I played some music on YouTube, before I played some left-right testing videos, and it all seemed centered. This prompted me to try lowering the volume to see if anything changes and it didn't; even at the lowest volume, it seemed centered. At this point, I plugged the earphones back into the DAC, and lowered the volume slowly. Oh my god. In Audirvana (volume control set to DAC only), while listening to the same music, when my DAC volume knob is at 9 o'clock, the right side is completely silent, and ALL of the sound comes from the left ear. While listening to the same song at higher levels (10-11 o'clock), the vocals seem to be at around 11:15 (you know what I mean...) in my head. While I'm happy that I'm not really going to be deaf in the right ear as soon as I thought, this means the DAC is bad. Now, don't ask me why I never tried to wear my headphones the wrong way, to test if it was the headphones; I just didn't think of it, it's that simple. But the DAC is really favoring left. Can anyone who has the same DAC try if it's the same case for them? And if not, what do you think I should do?
  23. View Classified dCS Bartok with Headphone Amplifier - 220VAC For sale is my "almost" brand new dCS Bartok DAC with Headphone Amp. selling because I had the opportunity to upgrade to a Rossini DAC recently. The Bartok was purchased new from the official DCS distributor in Hong Kong at the end of May 2020. Barely burned-in for approx.1 month before my upgrade. As to be expected from dCS, this is an excellent streaming DAC with outstanding musicality, resolution, and imaging. The headphone amplifier is also a top performer, absolutely on par with my Cavalli Liquid Gold headphone amp. The unit is in flawless condition. You will notice from the photos that the plastic protective sheet on the front panel display has yet to be removed. All the original cartons, manual, cables etc. will be included. Please note this unit is for 220V AC power supply. No user selectable switch for 110VAC voltage. So targeting those in Europe, UK, Asia (exJapan/Taiwan) & Australia/NZ. Price is USD10,500 + shipping/insurance(S/I) from Hong Kong. (I will cover paypal fees) If interested, let me know your location and I can get a quote for the S/I cost. (estimated S/I will range from $150 to $280 for destinations in UK, Western Europe, Australia, & Asia). Yes, shipping cost is higher during these COVID19 periods, but my asking price has been adjusted down to compensate and to keep the total cost attractive. Please check Head-Fi forum for my seller/buyer feedback. Seller heyyeh Date 08/03/20 Price 10,500.00 USD Category Digital to Analog Converters
  24. I have just read a positive review in July number of Italian magazine AudioReview about this new little DAC from Project http://www.box-designs.com/main.php?prod=preboxs2digital&cat=s2-line&lang=en A very reasonable entry level price for experimenting with MQA, but apparently not at all entry level performance. Main specs from Pro-Ject infosheet: • Dual mono construction • High end ESS Sabre ESS9038 dual DAC • Proprietary clock circuity design • Organic polymer capacitors and thin film miniMELF resistors • MQA hardware decoding • DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 & DSD512 (DSD over PCM) • Up to 24bit/192kHz for optical & coax inputs • 7 selectable digital filter characteristics • 1 proprietary optimum transient digital filter • Headphone output on the front (6.3mm) • Synchronization of all internal oscillators • Jitter as low as 100 Femtoseconds! • Gold plated four layer PCB • Full alu/metal sandwich casing in silver or black SRP: € 349,00
  25. Hi , the reason I started this topic was because of the question I had in my mind and couldn't find an answer elsewhere . I have a ifi nano idsd dac and because of firmware limitation (5.2 vs 5.3) I have to choose between MQA decoder or DSD256 in DoP mode . since I have a roon hqplayer setup , I wanted to ask if it is worth to stick with mqa and DSD128 DoP or it is better to use no-mqa and DSD256 DoP and upsample everything (mqa and non-mqa songs) with this setting in hqplayer ? p.s : Sorry for my rusty English 😬🙏
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