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post #226 of 725
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Is that confirmed? I talked to Kingwa a few days ago and he said it would be available "within 15 days." He said he would email me when they had more in stock, but maybe he forgot. Do you know anyone who has gotten one in the past few days?

I ordered mine on May 25. Kingwa said it was the last usb Sparrow they had in stock, so I went ahead and ordered it. But he said they would be back in stock in about 2 weeks. I didn't wait for those new ones cuz it was my b-day gift for myself:)
 

It shouldn't be long till they are back in stock or they are in stock already cuz the out of stock notice has gone for a week now from their website.

post #227 of 725

He told me "Sparrow USB version A out of stock now, it will in stock around 15th June."

 

post #228 of 725

Yeah that's what he told me too. Unfortunately June 15th is my birthday. I wanted to have it in by then. Does anyone know about how long it takes to have it shipped to the US?

post #229 of 725
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Yeah that's what he told me too. Unfortunately June 15th is my birthday. I wanted to have it in by then. Does anyone know about how long it takes to have it shipped to the US?


I had mine shipped on a Fri and got it in S. FL on Tues or Wed.

 

All his gear arrives in that timeframe.

post #230 of 725
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@haloxt

 

you've mentioned before that the treble on the sparrow is a bit hot. do you think it's because of the DA1852 chip? On the website they describe the DA1852 as: "Sounds a bit dynamic with extended highs."

 

Maybe switching to the DA8740 module would make it a bit better? The website decribes the DA8740 as: "Sounds a bit tubelike and soft/warm." Did Kingwa give you a DA8740 to test out?


I let wm8740 burn in for 5 hours and been listening for about an hour. It has better soundstage depth and is less bright, but also less detail accuracy. I will let it burn in for at least a hundred hours before comparing the two modules, but one thing is certain, it is quite less fatiguing if your setup has too much dynamics or music is very compressed. I said I would get the 24/192 module but decided not to because I thought wm8740 would already be overdoing warmth, but apparently it's quite okay and pleasant to listen to. Next time I order something from audio-gd I will get the receiver module, and see if 24/192 module+ad1852 is as unfatiguing as 16/44 module+wm8740.

post #231 of 725
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I had mine shipped on a Fri and got it in S. FL on Tues or Wed.

 

All his gear arrives in that timeframe.

 

Great to hear. That's pretty fast. And Haloxt, so are you suggesting the 8740 or were you just saying that it is very different? I'm still trying to decide between the two chips for my D2000s.
 

post #232 of 725

It isn't so different as to significantly lose neutrality, but right now, with only several hours of burn-in and 1-2 hours of first impressions, it is more spacious, with vocals seeming to come from further away instead of trying to grab you up close with quick dynamics and highs, same with some instruments especially violin. Soundstage positioning isn't as serious as the ad1852, but more of a relaxed ambience taking its time with less attempt at being accurate. George Winston's Angel is similar in emotion to wm8740. Listening to this song with it will seem perfectly in place, but listen to high-energy/aggressive music with wm8740 and you notice this is what the wm8740 tends to bend high energy music to with its more relaxed sound, however it still is not so much as to become seriously unneutral/unfaithful, it is still neutral, just not faithful as ad1852. I'm going to burn in 100 hours before doing a real comparison though, this is just my thoughts in the first two hours of listening, and as of right now I can't decide if wm8740 would be a good idea given the loss in raw detail.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9oboAkSdGY

 

edit: also just letting you know, I don't use youtube music hehe I prefer lossless.


Edited by haloxt - 6/4/10 at 3:30pm
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post #234 of 725

A bit supprised by the result, but good job on the test Crazy*Carl.

post #235 of 725

So who wants my Sparrow? (Basic, optical/coaxial only)


Edited by Crazy*Carl - 6/5/10 at 7:42am
post #236 of 725

Edit: Nevermind. See that it's basic. Think I'm going to get Version A.


Edited by DDVX - 6/5/10 at 7:22am
post #237 of 725

Just got my custom sparrow - very fast shipping, gorgeous unit.  Went with the B, with the very neutral 9001 and 1852 chipset, but had it modified to low-gain (+3dB) and upgraded the volume pot to the Alps (version A) which he said would eliminate any channel imbalance at low volumes.  Running optical out of my powerbook pro.

 

I'm going to post a full review comparing it to my highflight-modded D4 Mamba once I get my Jh13s back.  I've already tried them against with my old 580s, and right off the back, I like it very much, but I don't think the 580s can due justice to the sensitivity of the differences, so I'll hold off before commenting further.

post #238 of 725

how much did it cost for just the version A alps upgrade?

post #239 of 725

Not much - something like $7

post #240 of 725

so i guess Version A - USB now comes with 24/96 support on the USB input

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