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post #61 of 148

Funny thing. You seldom see a used Wavelength product for sale, and if you do it usually doesn't last long.

 

I've yet to see a used Legato for sale, and I've looked. Time for me to pony up before they change from 44.1 to multi sample.

 

Head-Fi discount Pat?

post #62 of 148

Wavelength now has 2 sub $1000 products with this technology, the Proton DAC and the Wavelink USB>SPDIF converter similar to the Halide Bridge, although with a battery for power control and twice the price.
 

post #63 of 148

Crimsom USB DAC starting at $7500???? Hope it includes a happy ending after every song listened through it.


Edited by tim3320070 - 8/5/10 at 6:57pm
post #64 of 148

Finally I had the chance to compare the halide bridge against an (un-modified) hiface, thanks to an Italian mate.

It took me about 10 minutes to see the differences between these two interfaces, using a reference recording (a Mozart violin concert, published by Pentatone). Dac is the Audio-GD Reference, connected to the Audio-GD Roc, driving a pair of HE-5LE.

I'm using Pure Music 1.6, with Hog mode set to 44.1

 

The hiface sounds airy, with a deep soundstage. The signature is brighter, with a sort of "wow effect", and all the details in your face. But it's artificial IMHO: string and horns sound way too loud and tend to cover the soloist. Horns particularly tend to "resonate" in a very weird way.

Dynamic passages are compressed, the scene gets congested, and this reminds me the sound using the toslink into the DAC.

 

The bridge sounds natural, the instruments are perfectly positioned on the stage, which is wider, close your eyes and you can touch them.

High frequencies are less grainy, and well controlled.

 

IMHO, the bridge is simply in a different league, period.

post #65 of 148

Thanks for the review but reviewing the stock Hiface is sort of like test driving a 4 cylinder mustang,  its plain jain until you give it a proper power source (liFePO4 batteries.)

post #66 of 148

I'm sure the modified hiface will sound better, but unfortunately I have no access to it.

And I think the jkenny hiface plus a good digital cable is similarly priced, so no wonder it will sound good :-)

post #67 of 148

I recently picked up a HiFace myself realmassy. I used it for about 2 weeks every day and pretty much came to the same conclusion as you did. Tough to say because I no longer have what many consider an ultra high end coax, so that could be the weak link for me when I was trying it out.True, I have become very acclimated to the Bridge now but to be fair I did not listen to the Bridge at all for the 2 weeks I owned the HiFace. The two are indeed very different devices. Once again, I had to turn the volume down quite a bit when returning to the Bridge, and still with much more clarity and definition. It works great for me, and no coax needed is a plus with one less place for things to get out of whack.

 

I just noticed that Wavelength had released it's new Wavelink. I think it comes with both BNC and USB cables out of the box.

post #68 of 148
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Originally Posted by realmassy View Post

I'm sure the modified hiface will sound better, but unfortunately I have no access to it.

And I think the jkenny hiface plus a good digital cable is similarly priced, so no wonder it will sound good :-)



To bad we are across continents I'd really like to compare the two.  The unmodded Hiface was really mediocre (worse than my Emu0404 PCI soundcard) but when I wired in the batteries it transformed.  Its just a hassel to use batteries,  I wonder what the resale is like on the Halide if it didn't beat my modded Hiface?

post #69 of 148

Actually Regal you could use the 60 days warranty to test the Halide and send it back if you don't like it, though you still have to pay $450 for it.

The Art Legato is another interface I'd like to try, but they don't offer a 30/60 days money back warranty.

post #70 of 148
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..... I'd really like to compare the two. 

That can be arranged.

 

Matter of fact, if you want to hang loose for another day or two, I can also pass along a Belkin Synapse Platinum cable for you to audition with your HiFace.

 


Edited by digger945 - 8/8/10 at 1:09pm
post #71 of 148
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Originally Posted by realmassy View Post

Actually Regal you could use the 60 days warranty to test the Halide and send it back if you don't like it, though you still have to pay $450 for it.

The Art Legato is another interface I'd like to try, but they don't offer a 30/60 days money back warranty.


Yes, we do. But, shipping is around $50, to where you are.

 

And then you have to send it back......and probably hassle with Mr. VAT.

 

Pat

post #72 of 148
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Originally Posted by digger945 View Post

Funny thing. You seldom see a used Wavelength product for sale, and if you do it usually doesn't last long.

 

I've yet to see a used Legato for sale, and I've looked. Time for me to pony up before they change from 44.1 to multi sample.

 

Head-Fi discount Pat?

Multi-sample..............how many times do I have to state it is not going to happen. You want multi-rate..............buy one that Gordon built, or helped to design.

 

Discount? What, you want that I should starve? Feh! Is better I should have to eat my wife's brisket than to give you discount! Discount, he wants.............oy vey.

 

"For you, I can get you such a deal. Wholesale, even. No, lower than wholesale!"

 

Pat
 

post #73 of 148

Hi again . Ive had my Bridge for a while now and my experience overall matches everyone else's here, surprise, surprise. However I'm in the process of changing gear and upgrading some other things so Ill give a much more in-depth comparison when everything gets in order, with the Bridge vs. without.

post #74 of 148
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Originally Posted by Rumble_Pak View Post

Hi again . Ive had my Bridge for a while now and my experience overall matches everyone else's here, surprise, surprise. However I'm in the process of changing gear and upgrading some other things so Ill give a much more in-depth comparison when everything gets in order, with the Bridge vs. without.


Looking forward to that comparison and more details.

post #75 of 148

Is the Halide Design The Bridge Digital Audio Interface something you would use in this format?

 

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