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post #526 of 771
It's sad to see hotaudio forced to not be as present as before.
post #527 of 771
Had my Bit Perfect delivered on Tuesday (with no customs charges either!) and I am amazed how small this unit is, the photos made me think it was far bigger.

Have been running it in with my Acer One since it came through the door and already the soundstage is bigger and wider. So looking forward to putting this through its paces over the weekend.

Note: this DAC has a blue LED, but thankfully it puts out the lowest glow possible, the one on my Little Dot Mk1 lights up a room it's so bright.

Absolute billy bargain!
post #528 of 771
DAC Straight has been burning in for about 5 days. Sound quality is continuing to improve. Loving this DAC. Smooth, relaxed, detailed and dynamic in my system, i.e. no headphones yet.

PC> Quuxplayer> supplied USB cable & HotAudio DAC Straight> MAC AgQ IC> Glow Amp 1 (JAN GE Triple plate 5670's/NOS Mullard EL84's)(MAC power cord)> WLM DIY Cables (braided) captive on Hornshoppe Horns.
post #529 of 771
First time posting here on Head-Fi and I don't even sign up for many forums outside my trade generally but thought I should in this case.

I've been researching for months to enter into the world of DACs but, due to my location, am unable to physically (audibly) test much. I was all set to order a Keces DA-151 when I stumbled across Dave's offerings, based on the reviews here, elsewhere and email with Dave I decided to go with HotAudio.

So I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of one of the fleaBay only listings Dave has - DAC Straight Gold Edition. Seems like the perfect fit for my current needs. I might be on the wrong forum posting this but I don't even own any headphones worth mentioning. Just continuing on the path searching for the perfect sound (and on a budget).

I'll report back here with results after it's arrived and burn in.

BTW, I didn't find Dave's stuff on eBay until after I'd read so many good things about it searching the net. Word of mouth is the BEST and most effective advertising anyone could ever hope for.
post #530 of 771
Ok, so I've been running this thing through it's paces now for over a week and overall I've got to say it's a magical little box. I've nothing else to compare it to as far as external DACs go but it gives so much more clarity to the music than the onboard chips on my Macbook, Mini or my HTPC running the Mac OS. The HTPC is what is directly connected to the rest of my kit 90% of the time so most all testing and listening was done with this combo.

What do I hear? Well, much greater definition to the mids and highs in their soundstage. Cymbals, snare and upper octave piano lays have all improved. Dave mentioned that this is a "warm" sounding DAC and this was noticeable from the first time I plugged it in. I wasn't sure for awhile if I liked it - if it was coloring the sound in some way. It's got a good 200+ hours on it now, (I leave music streaming 24/7 sometimes) well into burn in and I've either fooled myself into thinking it's the best upgrade I've done to my system in years or it really is. The overt warmth was trimmed with some tube rolling on my pre unit and I'm happy with the results. The warmth isn't boomy in any way but a definite "thickening" of the lower frequencies, at the same time the detail in the base is very much more pronounced. Acoustic base is especially noticeable and even with difficult classical compositions where instruments can get lost there is noted improvement. Much better than my AMC or NAD players.

From the Butthole Surfers to Mingus I'm enjoying my music library anew. Before this purchase another upgrade had made files ripped in a lossy compression painfully obvious on my system. Since this purchase I've had to dig out the cases of CD's in the closet and re-rip them all as AIFF. Be warned. Gotta say, I'm really enjoying my jazz collection again with the new sound. Just picked up Joe Cool's Blues (Wynton Marsalis) and "Little Birdie" is especially fun.

I'm no audio pro by any means but I have been striving for better sound seriously for over 20 years now. I do have a weakness for older NAD but have owned plenty of "better" labeled equipment over this time. I don't go in for gimmicks often, consider myself a critical listener and had been trying to justify the convenience of a digital music server vrs the sound I was getting from it. No longer a problem.

I'll probably get another DAC within the year as the budget allows just for a basis of comparison. If it's better, the HotAudio will get used with the house Mini but I'll make damn sure I can return it if it's not up to par.
post #531 of 771
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Originally Posted by DWP1 View Post
Ok, so I've been running this thing through it's paces now for over a week and overall I've got to say it's a magical little box. I've nothing else to compare it to as far as external DACs go but it gives so much more clarity to the music than the onboard chips on my Macbook, Mini or my HTPC running the Mac OS. The HTPC is what is directly connected to the rest of my kit 90% of the time so most all testing and listening was done with this combo.

What do I hear? Well, much greater definition to the mids and highs in their soundstage. Cymbals, snare and upper octave piano lays have all improved. Dave mentioned that this is a "warm" sounding DAC and this was noticeable from the first time I plugged it in. I wasn't sure for awhile if I liked it - if it was coloring the sound in some way. It's got a good 200+ hours on it now, (I leave music streaming 24/7 sometimes) well into burn in and I've either fooled myself into thinking it's the best upgrade I've done to my system in years or it really is. The overt warmth was trimmed with some tube rolling on my pre unit and I'm happy with the results. The warmth isn't boomy in any way but a definite "thickening" of the lower frequencies, at the same time the detail in the base is very much more pronounced. Acoustic base is especially noticeable and even with difficult classical compositions where instruments can get lost there is noted improvement. Much better than my AMC or NAD players.
Nice review. I feel the same way about this hotaudio stuff. it's really got good clarity, warmth, and presence. Without the DAC, the output from my laptop is really smeared and all squashed together, especially at high volumes. With the HOTUSB1 there's none of that degredation. There is great separation and crystal clarity, everything is very distinct and yet still very organic sounding.

The Raging Moose amp is the same way - excellent separation and clarity, with a "sparkliness" that has just the slightest touch of warmth. It's like SS on steroids, but in all the right ways. If I didn't know better, I'd say it was an SS/tube hybrid. Really great products - my HD600s should be here today and I can't wait to test them on the moose. I have a feeling it's going to sound great, as long as it has enough juice.
post #532 of 771
I had been running my Bit Perfect from my Acer One for about a week, though not for the last few days as it's so small I had forgotten where it was. It's now reconnected and powering my HD-580s. Going to give it a good listen next week I also have an older yet more expensive DAC to compare it to.
post #533 of 771
So, this is likely going to be a stupid newbie question, but can the usb DAC's (Destroyer) be used straight from an iPod through the usb port? Is there a special iPod to "square end" usb cable, and would the Destroyer function as an external sound card for the iPod?

I'm sorry if this is a stupid question, but I've seen several posts mentioning connection to an iPod through a LOD. I just use my iPod in my car, so I'm completely new to portable audio.
post #534 of 771
Oh, and has anyone managed to order a lower model DAC or amp (again, the Destroyer) in the metal case that the DAC Straight comes in? I think that just looks a lot nicer, although I'm sure that adds to the cost.
post #535 of 771
The IPOD LOD goes to an amp, not a dac so you would need to buy one of dave's amps.
post #536 of 771
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Originally Posted by powerslave View Post
The IPOD LOD goes to an amp, not a dac so you would need to buy one of dave's amps.
That's what I figured. Thanks!
post #537 of 771
hello,

i just ordered a hotusb1 and an ad700..

but i just saw that hotaudio.com is offering the bit perfect usb dac for only about $25 more.

i'm wondering first of all if i should consider cancelling my purchase of the hotusb1 to invest in the bit perfect usb dac.

but also some secondary questions..

-do both products serve the same function or are they two totally different beasts?
-would the main purpose of upgrading to the bit perfect usb dac be to benefit any potential headphone upgrades from the ad700? would i only be justified in buying the bitperfect usb dac in that case?

the feedback is really appreciated. i'm trying to figure things out on the fly here.

and feel free to add anything.. i'm sure i haven't covered all the bases here.
post #538 of 771
Essentially yes, they perform similar functions. The amp in the bitperfect dac has more power to drive phones then the hotusb1. The dac is also considered to be better as well.
post #539 of 771
Did anyone manage to get ASIO or Kernel Streaming to work with their DAC Straight? If you have, would you mind sharing your settings? I just can't seem to get it working with it. Thanks

EDIT: Nevermind, I got it to work. Had to do some updating of Foobar and some plugins.
post #540 of 771
These Hotaudio products lead me to read and read all day at work yesterday. I'm quite the newbie at sound in general. I game more than listen to music but when i do listen to music I do like to enjoy .

My current system is almost useless but I have plans for a big leap.

Current:
Computer ASUS Xonar D1 -> PLatronics Switch -> Audioengine A2's & Sennheiser PC151's
Computer Onboard -> Platronics Switch -> Microphone (pc151).

My Upgrade will consist of:
USB Dac , Headphone Amp and Sennheiser HD555's with clip mic.

I basically need: USB -> DAC+AMP which will result in an headphone AMP output to HD555's and an output to my 2.0 Audioengine speakers without switching. The Mark IV looks somewhat suitable but still lacks volume control which I prefer to use by hand for my headphones output. An headphone amp with an RCA output (fixed volume) would be very nice but I cant find that feature on Hotaudio's amps . I suppose I'll get a DAC from there at least.

The Dac Destroyer hook up with an Icehead or Thunderbolt looks good though, how would I expect these to sound with HD555's? Both sides are known to be warm.
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