Originally Posted by Shahrose
BTW USG, I suggest you try the Musiland 02US for USB/SPDIF conversion. I think it's slowly becoming my favourite converter. I don't remember being this impressed when I first tried it. I guess over the weeks, it has either burned-in, or I'm just rediscovering its sound, who knows.
I thought I'd try the jkeny mod next to see how much improvement he was able to get out of the HiFace.
Today is day 6 for my HiFace / ’03 880 evaluation and the thing I notice most today is how well we adapt to the sound of a new device. The imbalance I wrote about is barely noticeable and the slight bass boost EQ settings I used initially don’t sound “right” any more…. Apparently, I have become accustomed to the sound and clarity of the HiFace.
The fact that the HiFace plays 3dbs louder than my “Thingee” has been troubling, because as we know, louder always sounds better, with more extended highs, which is the case with the HiFace. So I think that for the HD650 part of this evaluation, I’m going to use another rig, with two identical Shuttle computers, as a test bed.
The computers are 3.4 Northwoods with a gig of RAM running XP/SP3.
A while ago, I used these computers as a test bed to compare the Stello and Neko DACs. Previous to using the dueling computers, I had posted that the Stello had a ‘smile’ EQ relative to the ‘frown’ EQ of the Neko. When I had them volume balanced, (each on a separate but identical computer), with their outputs sent to the two inputs on my GS-1, and I toggled back and forth, I was not able to tell them apart and the “smile” and the “frown” turned out to be nothing more than placebo’d effects. This was a bummer because I had to write a “Chicken Tastes Better Than Crow” post.
So, now, over the weekend, I’m going to fire up the dueling computers, volume balance through foobar and see how much better the HiFace is than my old Blue Circle Thingee. This, of course, is not any kind of scientific test, but it will give me a basis for comparison.