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post #1291 of 1494

I've been recently experimenting with feeding the PWD2 some "better" juice. The stacking of 1 + 2 below has been transformational. The PWD2 stepped out 1 or 2 classes in SQ, mainly in: instrument separation, imaging, transparency, focus, details, micro-details. There is an even more natural and profound extension to anything from the pluck of a guitar chord to the human voice. The realism level is now breathtaking. It's 10 years+ since I last touched a guitar, but it's the first time listening through my rig that I get an eery feeling the guitar is in the room and there's no rig at all. I am also getting a feeling for the size and shape of the studio where the recording was made. (This is with Joe Bonamassa and my reference Stockfisch recordings).

 

1. Power regen. One of these cleaning-up the mains http://www.powerinspired.com/ac-regenerators-c-98.html. For people in the US, I'm sure you are spoilt with choice. This is feeding no.2

2. Balanced PSU. http://www.airlinktransformers.com/balanced_power_supply/conditioning_balanced_power_supply/ (I use a step down balanced PSU as I am the UK with an US version PWD2)

 

Also very worthwhile:

I still use the PUC2Lite USB->AES interface which gets rid of the slight confusion, darkness and mudiness of the stock PWD2 USB. The PUC2Lite provides a neutral tonal balance, improves the level of details and micro-details and expands the soundstage with a cleaner background. I've also added a SOTM txUSBexp card and that is at least as good (or better) than the PUC2Lite. The SOTM adds slam, better focus and PRAT and a natural extension at both ends of the spectrum.

 

My 2c. YMMV, FWIW etc. :)

 

The rest of the testing gear was:

SET tube amplifier (Amperex 6922 pinched waist, GEC U52/RCA 5Y3GT, Amperex EL84)

Custom 96dB front loaded horns

SR-009

PWD2 firmware 2.4.1 & 2.4.3


Edited by negura - 11/25/13 at 4:53pm
post #1292 of 1494
Yes +1. Better power makes a difference for sure. The change is even more with tube amps

Al D
post #1293 of 1494

I can highly recommend the PS Audio Powerbase - for me it was a definite and clear improvement ito of sq. 

 

Worth the money if you can pick one up used for around $500-$600.

 

PS Audio's spiel:

The PerfectWave PowerBase combines a dual diffused isolation base with a one-way-gate power conditioner into an elegant, component level product base.  Use the PowerBase for source, control or power equipment and enjoy a remarkable improvement in the space between instruments, vocals and soundstage.

Lowers the smearing and grunge associated with microphonics of equipment, especially tube, turntables, CD players and source gear.  Helps any product reach its full potential with cleaner power and lower induced noise from your loudspeakers.

  • Dual isolation system
  • Floating 20 pound solid steel equipment platform
  • Dual sets of tuned Sorbothane supports
  • Perfect for CD players and transports
  • Turntables
  • Source equipment
  • Power amplifiers
  • Power Plants
  • 40 dB rejection of common and differential mode noise
  • Handles up to 100 pounds
  • Isolate and power up to 2 pieces of equipment
  • Remarkable improvement in sound quality
post #1294 of 1494
I think there products perform as good they look. I own several products by them

There power products are the best in the industry.

Great to see appreciation in this forum. They truly deserve the respect as great products
With great support.
Ps audio.

Al D
post #1295 of 1494
Has anyone herd any rumers on a new DAC ?

Al
post #1296 of 1494

If there is a new DAC, I'd hope it only involves changing out the mainboard and keeping the network bridge the same.  The convenience of modularity, the cool network bridge and the promise of a future-proof design were the big attractions for me.

 

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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

Has anyone herd any rumers on a new DAC ?

Al
post #1297 of 1494
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Originally Posted by sunninho View Post
If there is a new DAC, I'd hope it only involves changing out the mainboard and keeping the network bridge the same.  The convenience of modularity, the cool network bridge and the promise of a future-proof design were the big attractions for me.


I'd say the opposite is what they should do.

Fix the Bridge & eLyric so they actually work and not punt the ball to JRiver. Jriver works, but I can't do gap less with it and I can't control the functions of the PWD with it.

The DAC sounds great as it is......when you can get it to make sounds.


Edited by Todd R - 2/10/14 at 11:24am
post #1298 of 1494
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Todd R View Post
 


I'd say the opposite is what they should do.

Fix the Bridge & eLyric so they actually work and not punt the ball to JRiver. Jriver works, but I can't do gap less with it and I can't control the functions of the PWD with it.

The DAC sounds great as it is......when you can get it to make sounds.

 

 

I have no issue with eLyric on iPad and controlling the PWD Bridge, my music is stored on NAS.  Love the DAC as it already and have no plan to upgrade.

post #1299 of 1494
I gave up on the bridge. It worked but not with Elyric
It did for a while. But then it stopped.
Insd the bridge. I use an offramp 5 with the DAC
Jriver and jriver remote. It sounds fantastic.

Jriver remote is a really easy and good remote.
I am hopeing for a new DAC tondo DSD
And I am sure it will be am upgrade of some kind.
I can add this they have the best support of any product it have owned
Having a dedicated web forum is just great no one I know has done that
I have gone to the website many times and always got answers
Maybe not always what I wanted to hear but real answers and not myths or hearsay
Anyway I just figured I ask thanks all
We will just have to wait and see.

Al
post #1300 of 1494
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Originally Posted by jc9394 View Post
 

 

 

I have no issue with eLyric on iPad and controlling the PWD Bridge, my music is stored on NAS.  Love the DAC as it already and have no plan to upgrade.

Are you on iOS7? 

That update killed the eLyric app. I haven't seen an update (unless I missed it). 

post #1301 of 1494
There is no fix. But there are people on ps audio saying it still works. But not for me.
There has been talk about a wav stream app but it is not real eased yet.
Al
post #1302 of 1494
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Todd R View Post
 

Are you on iOS7? 

That update killed the eLyric app. I haven't seen an update (unless I missed it). 

 

 

yep, latest and greatest.  is your issue not seeing PWD on your idevice?  Just open Safari from idevice and enter the IP address of the Bridge, click on reset upnp server.

post #1303 of 1494
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Originally Posted by jc9394 View Post
 

 

 

yep, latest and greatest.  is your issue not seeing PWD on your idevice?  Just open Safari from idevice and enter the IP address of the Bridge, click on reset upnp server.

 

Ha! Yeah not seeing the device as well as a screen that looks like this:

 

 

The problem lies in the app. The bridge works fine if I run it from JRiver, (but no gapless or PWD control). Resetting it accomplishes nothing.  

post #1304 of 1494
Use jriver and jremote it works fine with that.
Al
post #1305 of 1494
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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

Use jriver and jremote it works fine with that.
Al

But I need gapless. If your computer sits close enough to the dac that you can use USB, JRiver does gapless. My computer is in a different room than the main stereo, and connects to the PWD by Ethernet.
Gapless does not work over Ethernet. Apart from that, Jriver works fine.

I have treid The Plug Player app and it sort of works, but features are very limited and it crashes a lot.
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