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post #331 of 858
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Eddie:

1852 system - ~$110 + shipping (~$50)
4398 system - ~$165 + shipping (~$50)

Ifiaudio:

1852 system - ~$180 (includes shipping)
4398 system - ~$225 (includes shipping)
Thanks.
post #332 of 858
Great info... thanks guys!
post #333 of 858
Any feedback yet as to how the 2.0 sounds using its "variable out" to directly feed an amp in a 2 channel speaker system?
post #334 of 858
Do you guys know if iFi Audio is planning to offer the blackgates upgrade Eddie is offering?

Thanks.
post #335 of 858
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Originally Posted by hyamaiata
Do you guys know if iFi Audio is planning to offer the blackgates upgrade Eddie is offering?

Thanks.
I dought it.Eddie also builds amps --he has alot of knowledge in this area.


The only way to tell if a part change sounds better or not is to compare it to an unmodded piece.In the past most of the time higher quality part change does improve things.

And yes--i have compared his modded 1.3 dacs to the unmodded.I am expecting my modded 2.0 soon' i hope'--he is playing around with a more advanced mod on that unit.
post #336 of 858
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Originally Posted by hyamaiata
Do you guys know if iFi Audio is planning to offer the blackgates upgrade Eddie is offering?

Thanks.
I asked Wei @ iFi and the answer was no, and he suggested that I talk to Eddie since he offers and performs the upgrades himself. This is the main reason that I ordered my D2 direct from Eddie this morning.
post #337 of 858
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Originally Posted by device manager
I asked Wei @ iFi and the answer was no, and he suggested that I talk to Eddie since he offers and performs the upgrades himself. This is the main reason that I ordered my D2 direct from Eddie this morning.
How much did he charged you for shipping?
post #338 of 858
$71
post #339 of 858
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Originally Posted by RogerWilco
I dought it.Eddie also builds amps --he has alot of knowledge in this area.


The only way to tell if a part change sounds better or not is to compare it to an unmodded piece.In the past most of the time higher quality part change does improve things.

And yes--i have compared his modded 1.3 dacs to the unmodded.I am expecting my modded 2.0 soon' i hope'--he is playing around with a more advanced mod on that unit.
Are you saying that a Blackgates upgrade won't necessarily improve the sound?
post #340 of 858
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Originally Posted by hyamaiata
Are you saying that a Blackgates upgrade won't necessarily improve the sound?

I am saying the only way to truly know if it is an improvement --is to have 2 units--one unmodded and one modded.

But to answer your question sense i was able to compare the 2 --1.3 dacs i had is yes--the black gates sounded better.
post #341 of 858
blackgates are highly regarded caps and generally you won't go wrong with using them, but there are many different types, and each will be different in a specific implimentation. you can't just say "blackgates are better" without telling how exactly they're being used and what exact type is of blackgate is being used. but generally people like them.

imho: get yourself a soldering iron. replacing caps is DIY 101, and then you can have tons of fun changing stuff, replacing stuff, and tinkering to your heart's content. it's difficult to learn what you like and what you don't without an iron. i'd like to see how some sanyo oscons do in the zhaolu; i know eddie used some in zhaoulu1 for awhile. lots of fun tinkering possibilities. i know that when i get my hands on these i'll be upgrading and tinkering regularly. all part of the process of finding what you like, and the fun.
post #342 of 858
Maybe I missed it, but has anyone tried replacing the 2604 opamps in the DAC analog section? Trying maybe 627 or AD chips?
post #343 of 858
yes many have. good impressions with 627. also impressive impressions with the mystery dy2000.
post #344 of 858
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Originally Posted by uzziah
yes many have. good impressions with 627. also impressive impressions with the mystery dy2000.
What is the recommended 627 setup?
All of them?
Or a combination like in the D1.3?
With DY2000?
post #345 of 858
When I get my d2.0 imma try a combo,

Im also waiting to try a combo in my 1.3 (all three on dac board = dy2000, and all three on PS board = 627) Ill post impression in a week or so.
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