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post #46 of 496
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Hm. I am going to have to test this, but it might be due to unconditioned power? My house has very bad power and alot of things can easily generate static. I have a power conditioner running for all my equipment, which results in things being quiet.

Also, there can be an issue with a ground-loop as a result of something interesting with the cables, or even a fault power supply cable you received with the da100. If you have an alternate power supply cable you could try, I highly suggest that.
Lastly..nothing stops you from grounding the chassis of the Stello or your other equipment to a chassis of something you know has it working well. Just need a piece of wire =]
Check for external interference also, objects such as screens can occasionally have such influences.
I'll have to bring a power conditioner back from my other flat to see if that works. So far the power in this flat is a lot more cleaner than in my other one. I get horrendous EMI/RFI noise from a radio tower that's just next to the other flat. I've tried reverting to my old setup (without the new DAC) and it's really quiet.
post #47 of 496
Sorry that I won't be of help in regards to the DAC itself, but have you tried the DAC plugged into a filtering surge protector or another place (say in your office)? My house is new, so I never expected my house to have dirty power until I got my new DAC. After a minute or two, I would notice loud ambient buzz in my rig. I figured it out was my DAC and after plugging it into a filtering surge protector, the buzz disappeared. I never had this problem with any of past or present my CD players or amplifiers. It was surprising.

Anyways, that probably wasn't much of help. Best of luck though!

Edit: Posted a minute late. Cool, a power conditioner. That might do the trick.
post #48 of 496
Has anyone compared SQ between TOSLINK and USB? I use TOSLINK out from my AV710 with ASIO4ALL!
post #49 of 496
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Originally Posted by kaushama View Post
Has anyone compared SQ between TOSLINK and USB? I use TOSLINK out from my AV710 with ASIO4ALL!
I tried to compare
USB->Transit->DA100
USB->DA100
To me they sounded the same, with direct USB to Stello delivering a little smoother sound.
post #50 of 496
From my short (but sweet) listening session: I found that Squeezebox>DA100 sounded better than USB (non-ASIO foobar)>DA100. It wasn't a big difference though.
post #51 of 496
Damn. I plugged in the DA100 into my surge protector and still got the annoying buzz. I'm using this Belkin surgemaster:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belkin-Surge...770747-4009240

Can someone please look at those specs and let me know if I'm better off with something like the Monster HTS 800? I live in the UK so Tripp Lite products are hard to come by in UK voltage/sockets.

http://www.monstercable.com/power/pr...heater%20Power
post #52 of 496
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Originally Posted by jules650 View Post
Damn. I plugged in the DA100 into my surge protector and still got the annoying buzz. I'm using this Belkin surgemaster:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belkin-Surge...770747-4009240
Those things only protect your equipment from power spikes (like lightnings and stuff). I don't think it even should help in your problem. Some power filter might help though.

Have you e-mailed hifi500? If you have then what did they tell you to do?
post #53 of 496
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Have you e-mailed hifi500? If you have then what did they tell you to do?
I've emailed them. No reply yet. I think I'll bug them with another email.
post #54 of 496
ํYou should try to email them here.
joy@audio.co.kr

I emailed them several times , I got one response yesterday from this email.

The clerk who usually takes care of customer has gone for her wedding trip.
post #55 of 496
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I've emailed them. No reply yet. I think I'll bug them with another email.
I have also e-mailed to their e-mail address found on their website with a few questions some time ago. I never got an answer.

I just now remembered that they answered me from that other e-mail address after I made the order. It had that audio.co.kr ending.
post #56 of 496
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From my short (but sweet) listening session: I found that Squeezebox>DA100 sounded better than USB (non-ASIO foobar)>DA100. It wasn't a big difference though.
I used ASIO4ALL, guess that makes some difference.
For contact try to use e-mail you received tracking number from (mine was altjs@audio.co.kr), or if all fails try contacting April Design directly at info@aprilmusic.com.
post #57 of 496
Christine of April Music will return to work on 27th May, 2007 as she has had her wedding on Saturday. Best wishes! Till such time one should mail,

General issues&orders: Joy Park(joy@audio.co.kr)

Technical issues: Thomas Uhm(thomas@audio.co.kr)

These mail addresses was given by Christine before in response to one of my mails. I think you should mail Thomas regarding power problem.
post #58 of 496
They're going to hate me now. I've sent about 4 emails about the same thing to 4 different addresses. Hopefully someone will reply soon.

Do any of you stack other audio equipment on top of the DA100? I find the front bit cool enough to put my Squeezebox 3, but the back is too hot to touch for longer than a few seconds. Stacking my amp on top is best for space, but I don't want to damage anything by overheating it. Bear in mind that the Canamp runs pretty hot by itself.
post #59 of 496
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Originally Posted by jules650 View Post
Do any of you stack other audio equipment on top of the DA100? I find the front bit cool enough to put my Squeezebox 3, but the back is too hot to touch for longer than a few seconds. Stacking my amp on top is best for space, but I don't want to damage anything by overheating it. Bear in mind that the Canamp runs pretty hot by itself.
I had them like this first and now I have a custom made rack for them.

I wouldn't stack them without those vibration elimination pads I had between there (just to give them some space to breath). DA100 should be on top if there's other 100-series components because DA100 gets MUCH hotter than HP100. HP100 actually stays quite cool.
post #60 of 496
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I am stacking Millet Hybrid + PSU on top of the DA-100. Frankly both are fairly small so there ie slots of ventilated space. All 3 have similar heat during operation when separate or stacked, so it does not appear to be a problem.
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