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post #301 of 771
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Originally Posted by hotaudio40 View Post
Yes, and they were built by a guy who was a professional trouble shooter for three of the top electronic manufacturers in the USA and Canada, and has seen 10s' of thousands of failures and fixed them all

He was also a quality engineer and process engineer for several years as well...

So his stuff is built pretty good.
BUT does he speak Chinese?

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Originally Posted by mudhole View Post
T...Now I am narrow down to DAC straight and Ibasso D10 which also can benifit my protable rig. But I don't know which is better on the DAC part?
I know ibasso D10 use a WM8740 chip.
Personally I would rather order form someone that I knew I could communicate with properly.

I ordered a Darkvoice 336se the other day, directly from Darkvoice (well the whole process of ordering took actually 8 days!) I had problem already during the ordering process, so I am crossing my fingers that the amp will not fail. Because it is probably gonna be a huge hassle if I need to send in back for repair.

My DAC supreme on the other hand, I almost wish it will fail, because it is such a joy to experience Dave's costumer service

But seriously, you should always considered the possibility for a failure, and I know that I would not be worried about Dave's support.

,Stian
post #302 of 771
lol, the DAC SUPREME will n***r fail...

I won't even say that word, I know better then that
post #303 of 771
Dave: Have you thought about doing a "fullsize" DAC. Using the pcm1704 or 1794/6 chips? maybe even throw in more then one? To be used in a high end setup? I love my supreme, but wish you had full sized DAC for an amp I am looking at.
post #304 of 771
Yes, I have but I want to use the BEST dac possible.

I have heard so much about a few DACs that I'm not really sure what DAC to choose....

What DAC is the Best DAC of all DACs ???

And by best I mean best sounding of course, specs aside.
post #305 of 771
Did you check out AKM chips? Like the ones used in Echo and RME sound cards: AKM Semiconductor, Inc.: Digital Audio - CODEC - AK4620A

My AudioFire is certainly the best DAC I heard to date (besides RME). No "audiophile" nonsense, but straight to the point professional quality.
post #306 of 771
It looks like a very nice DAC but unfortunately, it would be hard for me to get as I don't see it listed on any of my suppliers inventories....

It also has the ADC on-board, which is NOT a bad thing, but it seems nobody is interested in the ADC part....

Actually I like the PCM chips...

I've been looking at them allot over the last year...

I like the looks of the PCM1796...
post #307 of 771
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Originally Posted by hotaudio40 View Post
It also has the ADC on-board, which is NOT a bad thing, but it seems nobody is interested in the ADC part.....
An ADC is nice for people that do recordings, but most people buy or download music. So the need is limited. But it is a nice product to offer.


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I like the looks of the PCM1796...
At least it has some insane specs
post #308 of 771
Oh yes, but I have a DAC with ADC.
A very nice one too

Based around another fine BURR BROWN chip.

And funny enough... I've only sold a couple.

I even have one with a mono MIKE input with a 20dB gain, again very nice, and based around another fine BURR BROWN product...

And again can't sell any...

And yet, these both have DACs in them and sound amazing...

And when I give them away, nobody buys them....

I find that very interesting as they both sound amazing and one is even buffered.

Smooth, warm and accurate, but yet no interest....

Very strange to me, but it is the DAC that everyone wants...

Just the DAC.

Nothing but the DAC....

hotaudio40
post #309 of 771
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Originally Posted by paara View Post
At least it has some insane specs
Yes... The specs are quite insane...

Insane enough for me to drool over
post #310 of 771
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Originally Posted by hotaudio40 View Post
It looks like a very nice DAC but unfortunately, it would be hard for me to get as I don't see it listed on any of my suppliers inventories....

It also has the ADC on-board, which is NOT a bad thing, but it seems nobody is interested in the ADC part....
Well, they do have DACs as well, without ADCs, but of course that doesn't help when your suppliers don't stock them.

AKM Semiconductor, Inc.: Digital Audio - DAC

I also heard nothing but good things about the Cirrus CS4398: CS4398
post #311 of 771
This is my first look into a DAC... I've heard good things about hotaudio...

I recently ordered a Fiio E5, and am now looking into a DAC... b/c my laptop one is not so hot.

Anyways, I'm intrigued in the hotaudio option but don't know what is best for me. I'd like to ideally spend less than $50... the only thing that crossed my radar thus far on slickdeals was the Creative Xmod for $25... but from reading the hotaudio seems like a much better option.

So, recommendations?

Thanks.

nG
post #312 of 771
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Originally Posted by ngsm13 View Post
This is my first look into a DAC... I've heard good things about hotaudio...

I recently ordered a Fiio E5, and am now looking into a DAC... b/c my laptop one is not so hot.

Anyways, I'm intrigued in the hotaudio option but don't know what is best for me. I'd like to ideally spend less than $50... the only thing that crossed my radar thus far on slickdeals was the Creative Xmod for $25... but from reading the hotaudio seems like a much better option.

So, recommendations?

Thanks.

nG
Hi,

What phones are you using?

Sounds like the HOTUSB1 is right up your alley. It wil definetly perform better then your laptop.
post #313 of 771
I'm currently using Phonak Audeo PFE's...

Is it correct that the HOTUSB1 is also an amplifier as well? Or just a DAC...?

Thanks.

nG
post #314 of 771
If these are the headphones your talking about:

Phonak Audéo PFE
Driver: single balanced armature
Sensitivity: 107 dB @ 1 mW
Impedance: 32 Ohm @ 1 kHz
Frequency range: 5 Hz – 17 kHz

The key spec here is the 107dB @ 1 mW and the 32 Ohms.

The HOTUSB1 has plenty of power as it can drive 12mW into 32 Ohms.

I for sure WOULD NOT go with anything with more power then 12mW in fact I would almost look for something with less power, like around 3 to 10 mW if anything like that exists...

I know it will soon...
As soon as I get my headphones

I ordered them two weeks ago, and they were supposed to be here today, but we had an ice storm, so everything is slow now

The earbud curse!
post #315 of 771
Enjoy your Phonaks, I know I do.

By the way, they are really quiet compared to most other IEMs, no matter what the (already low) specs suggest.
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