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post #61 of 725

I ordered one a few days ago, but I don't know how long it will take to arrive to Chicago. I didn't realize I am one of the first to order this lol. I don't have much experience with comparing DACs/amps, but I have a CMOY and an EF2 I will compare this too. I got the version A so hopefully the extra cost is worth it.

 

It appears that the mini toslink cable also works on the new late '09 macbooks as well, which is great news for me! I'll be sure to get one of these since it beats the USB connection I am using now with my EF2.

post #62 of 725

I also ordered a Sparrow and used to have an EF2.  I found the EF2 useless with my HD580, as it sounded the same as an ipod.  The sparrow has a better dac and alot more power than the EF2, so hopefully it will work out well.


Edited by Crazy*Carl - 5/9/10 at 5:56am
post #63 of 725

I ordered my Sparrow Version A late April and it shipped out on May 7.  

post #64 of 725

For those who ordered the "A" model, did you add any of the D/A or DIR modules for 24/192 support?

post #65 of 725

Please add some comments when shipment arrived. 

post #66 of 725
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Originally Posted by Crazy*Carl View Post

I also ordered a Sparrow and used to have an EF2.  I found the EF2 useless with my HD580, as it sounded the same as an ipod.  The sparrow has a better dac and alot more power than the EF2, so hopefully it will work out well.


I am really interested in your opinion, particularly, about the sparrow. I read your topic about DACs, and want to see if you change your mind with this unit

post #67 of 725
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I am really interested in your opinion, particularly, about the sparrow. I read your topic about DACs, and want to see if you change your mind with this unit


Haha, I will certainly provide it ;)

 

I got this units because it has lots of power ~ 10 Volts (300mW at 300ohms) which is more than the 8V voltage swing someone on claimed the HD600s need (The EF2 has a Max of 6V).  Also, it was super cheap for what it comes with and its a well respected company around here.  I told myself this is it for me.  If I am not satisfied with it, I am gonna keep it anyway for a volume knob and peace of mind.

post #68 of 725
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Originally Posted by spookygonk View Post

For those who ordered the "A" model, did you add any of the D/A or DIR modules for 24/192 support?


Both D/A that can be chosen are 24/192 capable, but if you use the DIR9001 with optical, I think the most you can get is 24/96. The DIR8416 will get full 24/192.  I think this is how it works.

post #69 of 725

According to an email sent to me by Kingwa the Fun and Sparrow of the same version will sound the same.  So Fun A and Sparrow A will sound the same. 

 

All you loose is the extra functionality of the Fun.


Edited by Zoltan99 - 5/9/10 at 7:41pm
post #70 of 725

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Originally Posted by Zoltan99 View Post

According to an email sent to me by Kingwa the Fun and Sparrow of the same version will sound the same.  So Fun A and Sparrow A will sound the same. 

 

All you loose is the extra functionality of the Fun.


can anyone confirm this? i mean, is it literally the same sound path but different features on the FUN?
 

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Both D/A that can be chosen are 24/192 capable, but if you use the DIR9001 with optical, I think the most you can get is 24/96. The DIR8416 will get full 24/192.  I think this is how it works.


i'm guessing he meant over USB. according to the website, they all support 24/192 by default over optical and coax but 24/96 over USB. you have to upgrade that one module if u want 24/192 over USB

post #71 of 725

I thought the DIR module was specifically for SPDIF input, not usb?  If you want usb, you have to pay extra and have something else installed I believe.

 

I also have heard multiple quotes of the audio gd saying the sparrow sounds the same as the fun.


Edited by Crazy*Carl - 5/10/10 at 2:34am
post #72 of 725

I just mean they are same quality, but the flavors slight different.

post #73 of 725

I am trying to understand how the sparrow works, so I made this diagram.  I don't know if its right, so feel free to correct it.

 

sparrow%20path.jpg

post #74 of 725

ahh crap hang on i messed it up. default supports 24/96 over optical and coax, upgradeable to 24/192 with the upgraded DIR module. USB does not support 24-bit input AFAIK in any version

post #75 of 725
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Originally Posted by movi View Post

ahh crap hang on i messed it up. default supports 24/96 over optical and coax, upgradeable to 24/192 with the upgraded DIR module. USB does not support 24-bit input AFAIK in any version


No it doesn't but I cannot hear a significant difference between 16/44.1 and 24/96- I have the Ref-3/Ref-1 combo using the 16/44.1 USB input. Recording quality is a much more significant factor.


Edited by tim3320070 - 5/10/10 at 11:14pm
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