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This thread has gone fallow for a little while, but for those wondering if an Offramp is a worthy expenditure to the PWD (non-upgraded), it definitely appears to be. A part of me wants to say that it's the type of upgrade that allows a person to relapse into records of old so that they can here them all over again. Compared to the bridge I was using I'm finding the differences to be obvious. Clarity and control are better, by a pretty fair margin too. Then there is the background, which is blacker, and this facilitates the distinction of certain ambient cues and details that were previously missing or lost in the haze. Then there is the separation of sounds, which is brought up a couple of notches.


I thought I was going to miss the M7 when I returned it, as I felt it was more the DAC for me, but I don't find myself thinking of the M7 at all to be honest. BTW I'm running the Offramp via I2S and don't have the turbo clocks (the OT Mod and Hynes Regulator only). I'm hoping the Offramp has something to bring to the Lampizator, which if it does, will make it a great "giving-back-purchase". While I haven't compared it to my Audiophilleo, I honestly don't think the AP2 stands much of a chance from these early sessions. 

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I would much appreciate if someone can email me the latest 2.4.1 firmware. My PS support user is still messed up and I can't download. Please PM if you think you could help.


Thanks a ton!

Edited by negura - 11/16/13 at 2:49pm
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Email please pm it.
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Thanks to all who have been sharing experience and keeping this thread updated...


Seems like PS Audio is doing a nice job right now of offering the versions to try and explaining the FW loading of older versions should you like to compare or go back to a favorite.




I am currently enjoying the new 2.4.3 version (for some reason the 2.4.1 seemed to do something strange to the treble on my system).


Easy to recommend trying the new version now that instructions and files to help force loading older firmware versions back onto your PWD exists at the link above.  :bigsmile_face:


With regards to the sound of the new 2.4.3, I just got a Zana in the house so I have been listening to it this week.  Hard to tell what is the EC Zana Deux and what is the firmware update.  So I'll have to add any experiences comparing 2.0.2, 2.2.0, and 2.4.3 later.  (Not enough time to simply enjoy music and gear plus do all the comparisons I wanna do!)

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I'm glad they finally made it easier to figure out. Picking through the forums for the right version was a nightmare. 

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^And getting copies of the firmware files is easier now (plus they provide specific instructions to force load earlier versions).  

Thanks out to the members that were kind enough to email files behind the scenes to each other!  

(Have to say that email w/PS Audio has been good, they responded when I requested files...but this move should make it much easier for all of us.) Glad they keep supporting this DAC and trying to make improvements to the firmware.  It still sounds great.

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I am even happier with the PWD2 post 2.4.1. It was the best firmware so far. Improved dynamics and focus but retaining the organic element as well. I did not like the early 2.0.x firmware versions, but 2.4.1 is the best out of both worlds imo.


I tried a version of 2.4.3 but there were some faint pops when changing tracks. I will give a try to the one that's published now.

Edited by negura - 11/23/13 at 1:45pm
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No pops for me on 243.  241 did the whole radio station tuning noise on start-up with NativeX.  Neither trigger the relays for filter or phase choice though.

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Are you guys useing speakers or headphones??

Al D
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Using both here.


Yeah 2.4.1 does the tuning noise but only via its USB. With my AES converter it doesn't do that with NativeX on. I will try 2.4.3 again shortly.

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^^Strictly headphones so far.

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Ok I have speakers with the Pwd mkii. I have not tried the new firmware with headphones, I'm glad to hear it sounds fine. I had emailed Paul a couple of times regarding headphones to make changes in firmware as well as speakers . But he is old school just speakers.

Al D
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Originally Posted by negura View Post

Using both here.


Yeah 2.4.1 does the tuning noise but only via its USB. With my AES converter it doesn't do that with NativeX on. I will try 2.4.3 again shortly.


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2.4.3 is on. No more radio tuning noise. Sounds similar to 2.4.1 or I didn't pick up any SQ changes and not going to rollback and forth to check it. :P


Still some bugs with 2.4.3: When using the PS Audio USB driver 2.4.3 and changing the sample rate say: 44khz to 192khz there's a weird noise for about 1 second. Sampling back down there's no problem. With Asio4All I don't get this problem.


Overall I think over the various firmware upgrades the PWD2 stepped up a notch. The most noticeable was 2.2.0 to 2.4.1.

Edited by negura - 11/23/13 at 5:46pm
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