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post #46 of 66
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mine arrived! definitely used, all scratched and stuff.

tested it out through optical out of my x-fi and daammnn it sounds good!
post #47 of 66
Hi everyone. I'm new, but saw this thread searching the web for reviews on the 205.2

My two cents-

Just got an 205.2 from Ebay today. No instructions, a little dirty but it powered right up and worked instantly. A bit bright, but I am using Sony MDR-V600 with with my Little Dot II++ till my AKG-701's come in. The Entech definitely outputs hotter than my Chaintech sound card, but no clipping.

JB
post #48 of 66
how do you use the switches on it?
It is pretty hard to figure out how to use the switch without breaking it.
post #49 of 66
eh mine was working but i think it broke or I don't know how to use it.

EDIT: Somehow I fixed it, the buttons weren't working properly until now...
post #50 of 66
My 205.2 arrived yesterday from the same eBay seller. The unit is scratched up a little on the bottom but the faceplate and the top of it are pretty clean. Functions perfectly. A great value, for sure!
post #51 of 66
How many of these things does the seller have, i thought they were hard to come by these days. He just relisted (original auction ended) and now apparenlty has 25 more. LINK
post #52 of 66
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So far this DAC is absolutely stunning. Great build and great sound. The only thing I dislike is the ridiculously loud line-out.
post #53 of 66
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Originally Posted by Advil View Post
So far this DAC is absolutely stunning. Great build and great sound. The only thing I dislike is the ridiculously loud line-out.
Attenuators can help a bit they did with my Graham Slee Amp which also was absurdly hot
post #54 of 66
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Yeah I'll be getting some line attenuators for it soon, it's insanely hot output kills my little dot 2++, i can barely adjust the volume.
post #55 of 66
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Originally Posted by hciman77 View Post
The Entech outputs 2.2V which is a little hotter than the average line out
The line-out from the Entechs are actually 2.5 vrms. Clipping was never an issue with my LDII+ fed by the Entech albeit it makes it a little harder to use the pot at 10~2 o'clock (where it tracks most linearly). I am really very happy with the DAC.
post #56 of 66
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Originally Posted by Dept_of_Alchemy View Post
The line-out from the Entechs are actually 2.5 vrms. Clipping was never an issue with my LDII+ fed by the Entech albeit it makes it a little harder to use the pot at 10~2 o'clock (where it tracks most linearly). I am really very happy with the DAC.
Yes, I got it wrong, it was my NAD that had the 2.2V output - mea culpa.

This 2.5V isnt an issue with my M^3 even on high gain but it would have made life impossible with the Graham Slee Amp which I had to attenuate by 10db anyway otherwise it ran at 7 o'clock
post #57 of 66
How will this compare to the Beresford TC-7510?
post #58 of 66
mine will be here tomorrow. With the two inputs I will be able to have my pc and dvd player hooked up without changing wires
post #59 of 66
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Originally Posted by werdwerdus View Post
haha I got mine for $30. I win

In that thread there are also some nice pictures of the inside and some discussion about modding it (kramer5150 and some other people were talking about that)
Thought I'd bump this thread with a happy note

All is well in Entech-land. My 205.2 is back from repair and at the USPS. I'll pick it up tomorrow with a socketed OPA2107 in place of the 2134. The stock 205.2 is a noticeable step up from my panasonic DVD player lineout by itself. I'm curious how much further the entech will scale up with the 2107.

Its not as straightforward as adding a socket and OP amp rolling. Its a sensitive circuit, (to put it in lamens terms) that runs on the brink of instability. I encountered some oscillation problems with using the 2107, that were beyond my meager troubleshooting skills. So, off it went

I'll post PCB pics tomorrow night, and muchos-thanks to the super-helpful member who fixed it for me.
post #60 of 66
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Well Garrett?

Anyyyy thoughts?
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