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post #3331 of 3344

Yup saw that BenBau, was good information. Was seeing there is any formal review on that :D

post #3332 of 3344

Anyone compare these to the new Master 5 or 6? Lots of scattered reviews. I'm thinking about picking up a Phoenix myself....

post #3333 of 3344

My system is experiencing some harsh crackling while listening.  I'm unsure if it's the amp of the reference 5 dac.  I've tried different headphones, different channels, coaxial and balanced cables, usb, toslink, and coaxial.  What could be the problem?  This has never happened before, and doesn't go away after it's been warmed up.

post #3334 of 3344

I still use one of the first Phoenix's released almost daily. I haven't ever had that issue. The only way I see to figure this out would be to swap components and cables until the problem can be isolated. Kingwa is also pretty responsive to issues IME. Good luck

post #3335 of 3344

Thanks.

post #3336 of 3344

Guys, I'm ordering a balanced cable for my LCD-2's to go together with my Phoenix. I was wondering if there is any difference at all between the 4-pin and double 3-pin xlr inputs on the front of the unit, if there isn't I'm definitely be getting a 4-pin as I think It's more practical. If there is then I'll be getting the dual 3-pins. 

post #3337 of 3344
No difference. Go for 4-pin; as you already noticed - it is more practical/elegant.
post #3338 of 3344
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Originally Posted by FauDrei View Post

No difference. Go for 4-pin; as you already noticed - it is more practical/elegant.

Thanks mate, appreciate it alot.

post #3339 of 3344

I'm very late to the party but just picked up a phoenix from a headfier and really enjoying it. Performs much better than my Lehmann BCL.

Cant believe how substantial it is - the pics just dont do it justice.

 

Anyway - im running it balanced via the W4S DAC2 connected with RCA's. I heard that ACSS sounds the best so am considering getting a Audio-GD dac to connect it up to.

 

If theres anyone out there still subscribed to this thread would appreciate some feedback on just how much of an SQ advantage ACSS offers over other inputs. 

post #3340 of 3344

Hi heaphonz,

 

first try XLR connection if possible. I can comment on the XLR x ACSS difference: I have stock ACSS cables and several great XLR cables. I like the XLR connection of the Phoenix more than the ACSS but I have never tried different ACSS cables than the stock ones.

post #3341 of 3344

thanks for that- im getting a pair of XLR's made up - not super expensive ones but good enough to get an idea of how they compare to my current RCA interconnects.

post #3342 of 3344
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Originally Posted by hedphonz View Post

I'm very late to the party but just picked up a phoenix from a headfier and really enjoying it. Performs much better than my Lehmann BCL.

Cant believe how substantial it is - the pics just dont do it justice.

 

Anyway - im running it balanced via the W4S DAC2 connected with RCA's. I heard that ACSS sounds the best so am considering getting a Audio-GD dac to connect it up to.

 

If theres anyone out there still subscribed to this thread would appreciate some feedback on just how much of an SQ advantage ACSS offers over other inputs. 

 

I prefer my DIY ACSS cable made from Homegrown Audio pure silver wire to my very good IMO, Artisan Ultimate Silver XLR cables.

 

Differences are not major but considering the Artisan costs just over £200 and the DIY one cost me around £50 for parts I'm happy.

 

I use the cables bewteen my Audio-gd NFB-7 and Master-6 amp.

post #3343 of 3344
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Originally Posted by nigeljames View Post

 

I prefer my DIY ACSS cable made from Homegrown Audio pure silver wire to my very good IMO, Artisan Ultimate Silver XLR cables.

 

Differences are not major but considering the Artisan costs just over £200 and the DIY one cost me around £50 for parts I'm happy.

 

I use the cables bewteen my Audio-gd NFB-7 and Master-6 amp.

i've been spending a lot of time on audio-gd's website eyeing up their dacs - their gear seems fantastic bang for buck  - if money was no object i would order the master 7 dac and master 8 amp right away.

 

what im really trying to establish i guess is whether its worth investing in a audio-gd dac to be able to go acss and benefit from superior SQ - i suppose theirs only one way to find out !

 

and thanks for the homegrown audio pointer - good site for future diy cable projects

post #3344 of 3344
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Originally Posted by hedphonz View Post

i've been spending a lot of time on audio-gd's website eyeing up their dacs - their gear seems fantastic bang for buck  - if money was no object i would order the master 7 dac and master 8 amp right away.

 

what im really trying to establish i guess is whether its worth investing in a audio-gd dac to be able to go acss and benefit from superior SQ - i suppose theirs only one way to find out !

 

and thanks for the homegrown audio pointer - good site for future diy cable projects

 

Still do remember that cables is the last bit, the least important one IMO. They may give little improvements, much like power conditioning for instance.

So I wouldn't expect superior SQ :]

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