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post #46 of 148

Halide has been out of stock on the Bridge for awhile, that could be the reason there are no new impressions.

post #47 of 148

ahh.. well thats good.. one less thing to spend money on

 

thanks
 

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Originally Posted by grokit View Post

Halide has been out of stock on the Bridge for awhile, that could be the reason there are no new impressions.

post #48 of 148

They updated their store page, so i expect my Bridge to arrive shortly, ill post my impressions for sure

post #49 of 148
Rumble_Pak, did you just order one?
post #50 of 148

as enticing as this cable sounds... convincing me to spend $450 for a cable is gonna require many many people to really rave about the difference it makes.  I really wish more companies would offer a no risk trial period... its such a helpful endevour, and all in all i think it only helps business....   anyway...  staying tuned...

post #51 of 148

X2, staying tuned as well, but the Bridge is a bit more more than just a cable...

 

Edit: thanks for the update on status, Rumble_Pak, ordered edit: canceled for now.

 

I wonder if my earlier post had anything to do with their updating the store page, as I had just checked before my previous post.

 

Perhaps just a happy coinkydink 


Edited by grokit - 7/26/10 at 8:51am
post #52 of 148

Yeah i ordered one several weeks ago, they are back in stock so it should be here any day.

 

@ Br777: Halide has a 60 day money back guarantee. Also the halide bridge is not a cable, it is an asynchronous usb to spdif interface, with an attached cable. I can understand why someone would gawk at the price tag if they did not know it was more than just a cable . It controls the timing of the data signal to the dac instead of the computer. There are very few devices out that are actually considered asynchronous, and if you happened to observe the price tags on such devices with asynchronous transfer, you would find that the halide is the cheapest right now.

post #53 of 148

@ last 2 posts... yes.. calling it a cable was a poor choice of words... i'm aware of what it really is and what it does, and its signifigance... i guess the bottom line for me is that im weary of spending that much on something that may or may not create a truly noticable improvement that makes me feel i just spend $450 wisely. relative to the fact that $450 is a major expense for me.   Its hard for me to imagine this device creating an improvement as signifigant as spending that money to upgrade my amp or cans for example (not that i am interested in doing that, which is why i am considering this device)....    and yet im fully open to the possibility that it can create that much difference.. and in fact i hope it can.

 

60 day money back guarantee sounds great but ill have to find out exactly what that means...

 

post #54 of 148

I think it's obvious to me that you only spend the money on this once you have a proper gear that enables you to discern the differences. Let's say that you already have a proper DAC, amplifier and headphone and want to squeeze the last bit of performance then by all means, get the Halide.

post #55 of 148
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Originally Posted by h.rav View Post

I just found this interesting product, this might be the first sub $1000 converter that uses the Wavelength's async USB implementation (Streamlength).

 

Might? From over 1 year ago:

 

http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=67762.0

 

I am pretty sure Wavelength's version is also sub-$1K.

 

Pat

post #56 of 148

Pat,

the Legato converter works with 16/44.1 files...

post #57 of 148
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Originally Posted by realmassy View Post



Pat,





the Legato converter works with 16/44.1 files...







...which i think is perfect in that it's purpose built to play the only files I have at the only rate my dacs work.

Indeed, having sampled what Wavelength is capable of, the Legato will definitely be my next transport.
Edited by digger945 - 7/26/10 at 10:33am
post #58 of 148

In that case the Legato would be perfect.

Many nice reviews, and if it works in the same way the Bridge does (asynch USB) I'm sure you will love it.

post #59 of 148
Thread Starter 

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Originally Posted by ar-t View Post



Might? From over 1 year ago:

 

http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=67762.0

 

I am pretty sure Wavelength's version is also sub-$1K.

 

Pat

I found Wavelength's USB-SPDIF converter right after I made this thread. 

 

Yours is limited to 16/44.1.
 

post #60 of 148
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Originally Posted by ar-t View Post

 

I am pretty sure Wavelength's version is also sub-$1K.


Or you could spend well over $15k on a Wavelength converter/DAC (with upgrades):

 

"The Crimson is unique in that it is completely programmable from the USB side of the equation. Therefore the code for this process is housed on the dac module so that each dac module can completely change the characteristics of the Crimson. The DAC chips on the Crimson are run from an internal battery that is charged when the computer is a sleep or off. The Crimson also uses Directly Heated Triodes (71A, WE101L/M and RE134) as the output tubes. A 6V4 tube rectifier powers the high voltage.

Priced from $7500 71A outputs, Silver upgrade +$7500, Volume Control +$750 WE101L/M +3dB output +750, Telefunken RE134 +5dB price on request.
Standard 16/44.1 DAC Module uses the TDA1543N2 (top 5% select dac chip) with Shinko Tantulum resistors for passive I/V and no filtering.
New 24/96 DAC module features a Wolfson dac with the capabilities for 24 bit usage and 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96K sampling rates (yes 16 bit source will work also).
Ultimate DAC using the ESS Sabre DAC chip with transformers for differential to single ended conversion $1500."

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