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post #1651 of 2586

Yup, I'm planning a revision. I'm just being a little lazy lol. I don't know if I want to remove it or just set a warning stating that none of it is bit-perfect. The methods just allow 24/96.

post #1652 of 2586

Probably would be best to nix the driver totally as it enables setting that could possibly degrade SQ if improperly set.  Don't know whats going on really~ Might be possible to create a custom inf one day just to name the maverick but keep the default USB driver in tact which blocks modes not supported by the controller chip.

 

 

Woot, apparently this new screen I got is better shielded than I assumed it might be.  I don't get any distortion running with the case off. Anyone wanna quote me on a plexiglass covering with a a nice spot for an OPA?


Edited by ninjikiran - 7/17/10 at 2:12am
post #1653 of 2586

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Originally Posted by ninjikiran View Post
Woot, apparently this new screen I got is better shielded than I assumed it might be.  I don't get any distortion running with the case off. Anyone wanna quote me on a plexiglass covering with a a nice spot for an OPA?

Entire covering with the sides as well? If so, 7$, with two Sun's roughly  67$ excl. shipping.

 

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Originally Posted by thearrow View Post

My case mod:
 
It's simple - I just dremelled a hole in the top of the case and attached some mesh I found around the house.
 
Lets me see the tube and lets all the heat easily escape.
 
 
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That's exactly what I want to do with it, now just find someone with the tools to do so...
 

post #1655 of 2586

How would you guys rate the 396A CBS black plate D-getter tubes and the 396A RCA black plate tubes with trip mica in comparison to the 5670 from WE?


Edited by Ultrainferno - 7/17/10 at 8:14am
post #1656 of 2586

Installation

 

You need two DIP8 sockets for this ( one for each Sun HDAM ) and a custom case or tools to make space on the stock one. The installation of the HDAM itself is one of the easiest thing, you basically stack a socket onto the stock one on the board and insert your HDAM into it. Be sure to look for the half moon marking on the sockets and set them the right way.

 

This is how mine turned out so far and is not available for order right now:

 

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Note: This is a comparison with the Sun(DAC) and LT1364(AMP) to the LD I+. This will be updated once I receive my second Sun.

 

Sound

 

Alright, I've been telling you guys for a while now that I'd share my impressions with the mentioned combo, so here we go. Some of you might or might not know some of the artists I'm talking about, but I'll try to mention a few points about them as well. Additionally, this is my first time writing a sound impression, so keep that in mind. Burn-in is at 45 hours.

 

Cans: K701 - directly driven by the headphone amp

Input: Optical out via Auzen Bravura 7.1

Source: Fb2k TTA/APE/FLAC/TAK WASAPI

 

LIA - My Soul, Your Beats!

LIA, a Japanese female vocal artist, known for doing famous opening and endings for visual novels. My Soul, Your Beats! heavily uses various instruments, among them a piano that goes with the song until the end. This is where the combo starts to shine, compared to the LD I+, I was immediately absorbed into the large soundstage it offers. Pinpointing and seperating the instruments, tight detailed bass and a decay that I could never have dreamed of, this combo sure is fun and makes my K701 entirely a different set of cans.

 

Tainaka Sachi - disillusion -2010-

Tainaka Sachi, best known for lending her voice in the Fate/Stay Night Opening. She reaches up to 3 Octaves. This song is a fast and at times slow one that offers a huge soundstage once properly amped, and the D1 just does exactly that. Everything I throw at it gets reproduced so nicely that I'm still in progress to listen through my entire music collection once again, and it's not small with near over 40k files. When you can hear the strings of the guitars in a 3D like soundstage, you know that your cans are happy.

 

FictionJunction YUUKA - nowhere

I've had many problems with this song in the past with the LD I+, no matter which tube or OPA I rolled in, the song itself was so complex that it just couldn't keep up. The D1 once again manages to surprise me here, reproducing like it was a piece of cake. It's amazing to see what a 199$ unit can transform to when modded to hell and back. You'll love this mod so much that you'd take it with you into your deathbed without even hesitating.

 

Yuki Kajiura - inca rose

A legendary female composer and music producer. I've always felt that the LD I+ just didn't do Yuki Kajura enough justice, this changed with the aforementioned combo . Lean yourself back, close your eyes and be amazed how intimating and detailed this mod sounds. I did, and once noticed, I was already through 3 of her albums and 2 hours had passed.

 

I could go on with more than 20 songs, but I believe you'll see my impressions by now. This little baby just transformed into a, I dare to say, 600$ unit.

 

TL;DR: Get a D1 used or new, mod the hell out of it and you won't have to change your rig setup for a while. Heck, you even save money on the amp.

 

 

Orders

 

I'm now taking orders for this mod if you're too lazy to do it yourself or don't have the tools, keep in mind that I'm offering my free time for you so I'll have to charge additonal 20$.

 

Skyline Rev.2 - Plexiglass

3 x sheets of Plexiglass - 7$

4 x screws - 1$

2 x DIP8 sockets - 1$

2 x Sun HDAM - $77.5 incl. shipping from Audio-gd

Installation Manual: 0$

Payment for me - 20$

 

Options: Grounding the HDAM? Gives smoothness. Yes/No - Free

              Burning in the HDAM - Yes/No - Free

             LT1364CN8 in amp section - Yes/No - 10$

             Let your D1 get modded by my very self- Yes/No/ - You need to ship your unit to me or include the total price for a new stock one.

 

Shipping: Please send me a PM so that I can check shipping cost to your country. Free shipping within Germany.

 

Total - 106$ excl. shipping

 

Loaner

 

Would you guys be interested in a loaner unit?

 

Edit1: Added various things for convenience reasons.


Edited by reiserFS - 7/18/10 at 6:06pm
post #1657 of 2586

 

I was looking at the Audio-GD HDAM's and it looks like the SUN uses the least amount of amps, maybe that's why it doesn't clip?
 
Nice post reiserFS, I'm sure you'll have some orders soon :P
post #1658 of 2586
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Originally Posted by _Spanky_ View Post

 

I was looking at the Audio-GD HDAM's and it looks like the SUN uses the least amount of amps, maybe that's why it doesn't clip?
 
Nice post reiserFS, I'm sure you'll have some orders soon :P

Did you compare it to the LT1364CN8 yet? It also clips near max volume.

 

post #1659 of 2586

As for Earth not working properly it supposedly needs a crazy power supply, if you guys really wanna go super mod crazy ;) You could try finding a new PSU that could work into the mav.

post #1660 of 2586

I believe the LT1364 uses a little more power than the SUN. I don't think another power supply would help make a difference when we're talking less than 10mA. I what needs to be changed is the power going to the chip like from the voltage regulators or something.

post #1661 of 2586

That much I understand, but it is supposedly a power issue so somethings going on.  I know the supply itself can handle that kind of load.

post #1662 of 2586

Yea, I don't know. To be honest I've never experienced clipping with the LT1364. I've used the direct button both on and off with the volume at high (without headphones plugged in :P) out to my speakers and never had an issue.

post #1663 of 2586
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Originally Posted by _Spanky_ View Post

Yea, I don't know. To be honest I've never experienced clipping with the LT1364. I've used the direct button both on and off with the volume at high (without headphones plugged in :P) out to my speakers and never had an issue.

Oddly, the LT1364 only distorts in the amp section.

 

post #1664 of 2586
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Originally Posted by reiserFS View Post

Oddly, the LT1364 only distorts in the amp section.

 


Ah, I thought you meant the DAC section. I haven't used it in the amp section :) Can anyone else confirm this? I'll add it to the FAQ.

post #1665 of 2586

I have just received my second HDAM for the amp section, unfortunately though, I need to wait until my Darth Beyer V2 gets here since I've traded it with the K701

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