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post #91 of 1140

That's an option if you already own the Minimax. I don't as yet and welcome the news from the manufacturer that the next production run is upgrading the USB output to asynchronous 24/192. My local Minimax distributor has been out of stock for some time so I hope that when they take delivery of the next shipment, it will be the new model.

 

Whatever the arguments regarding the merits or otherwise of using USB in audio reproduction, it's becoming increasingly apparent that more DAC manufacturers are incorporating it in their designs and that asynchronous 24/192 USB is the benchmark. 


Edited by bumblingbooby - 5/14/11 at 8:57pm
post #92 of 1140

That's an option if you already own the Minimax. I don't as yet and welcome the news from the manufacturer that the next production run is upgrading the USB to asynchronous 24/192. My local  distributor has been out of stock for some time so I hope that when they take delivery of the next Minimax DAC shipment, it will be the new model.

 

Whatever the arguments regarding the merits or otherwise of using USB in audio reproduction, it's apparent that more DAC manufacturers are incorporating it in their designs and that asynchronous 24/192 USB is the benchmark. 


Edited by bumblingbooby - 5/14/11 at 9:16pm
post #93 of 1140
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Originally Posted by bumblingbooby View Post

That's an option if you already own the Minimax. I don't as yet and welcome the news from the manufacturer that the next production run is upgrading the USB output to asynchronous 24/192. My local Minimax distributor has been out of stock for some time so I hope that when they take delivery of the next shipment, it will be the new model.

 

Whatever the arguments regarding the merits or otherwise of using USB in audio reproduction, it's becoming increasingly apparent that more DAC manufacturers are incorporating it in their designs and that asynchronous 24/192 USB is the benchmark. 


Why do you need USB so bad you running from a laptop?
post #94 of 1140

I don't "need USB so bad". wink.gif It's convenient and that appeals to me.  

post #95 of 1140

I have some super high quality HD music files that the minimax can not handle through the usb connection. Most people, 99.9% I would gather, will not see an issue.  That is why I bought the V-Link to go with the minimax.

 

In my case, I couldn't get the minimax to connect to my pc other than the usb, so the v-link was much needed (if I was to play my HD music files).

 

post #96 of 1140
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I have some super high quality HD music files that the minimax can not handle through the usb connection. Most people, 99.9% I would gather, will not see an issue.  That is why I bought the V-Link to go with the minimax.

 

In my case, I couldn't get the minimax to connect to my pc other than the usb, so the v-link was much needed (if I was to play my HD music files).

 


The Spdiff coax connection does 192 which is higher than the USB
post #97 of 1140

As good as the MiniMax is(soundwise) I consider it a "beta" version and see plenty of room for improvement. Asynchronous 24-192 USB for those who need it is one. Doing away with opamps in the output stage and getting it to better handle "jittery" sources are a few others that come to mind.Of course all these improvements would come at a price. If it sends the MM into the $1000-$1500 range it will be facing some stiff competition(Hegel for example). Personally, as many others, I have no use for the volume control or the SS output so that might be a way of cutting costs a bit and keeping it in the "affordable" DAC category.

In any case - I've done a few minor mods,  the tube rolling thing, the opamp rolling thing( with the exception of the AD823ANZ which I've just ordered) and despite its quirks am quite content with the MM and have no intention of getting back on the DAC merry-go-round for some time.

post #98 of 1140
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As good as the MiniMax is(soundwise) I consider it a "beta" version and see plenty of room for improvement. Asynchronous 24-192 USB for those who need it is one. Doing away with opamps in the output stage and getting it to better handle "jittery" sources are a few others that come to mind.Of course all these improvements would come at a price. If it sends the MM into the $1000-$1500 range it will be facing some stiff competition(Hegel for example). Personally, as many others, I have no use for the volume control or the SS output so that might be a way of cutting costs a bit and keeping it in the "affordable" DAC category.

In any case - I've done a few minor mods,  the tube rolling thing, the opamp rolling thing( with the exception of the AD823ANZ which I've just ordered) and despite its quirks am quite content with the MM and have no intention of getting back on the DAC merry-go-round for some time.


I agree there is room for improvement but its one of the best sounding Dacs ive heard. Getting rid of the opamps causes one side item and that is the ability to customize it opamps are not a bad thing like some think. Opamps are used in even 5,000 dollar CD players im glad it has opamps gave me the ability to determine that Dougs article on opamp rolling was full of it. He missed some of the best opamps for sound stage such as the AD823.. But I do agree that I would like to see some improvements such as a stronger tube output stage.. The Jitter is not controlled by the opamps but the Sabre chip which is an awesome chip I have had no jitter issues with Spdif.
Edited by MrScary - 5/15/11 at 7:38am
post #99 of 1140

I agree with you about Doug's article - it's all over the place. I couldn't even figure out his Excel chart. Fortunately, with the exception of the Cimarron Brown Dogs,  opamps are relatively inexpensive. I also agree that opamps are not pure evil as some paint them to be but nonetheless I suspect there are other(more costly) solutions that would yield better results. Better regulators would be nice too but...

post #100 of 1140
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Originally Posted by Carlsan View Post

I have some super high quality HD music files that the minimax can not handle through the usb connection. Most people, 99.9% I would gather, will not see an issue.  That is why I bought the V-Link to go with the minimax.

 

In my case, I couldn't get the minimax to connect to my pc other than the usb, so the v-link was much needed (if I was to play my HD music files).

 




The Spdiff coax connection does 192 which is higher than the USB


Yes, good point. My pc couldn't get it right, sound was muddy out of the spdiff or no  sound at all, forget which one.

But for those who have that option....

 

post #101 of 1140
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Yes, good point. My pc couldn't get it right, sound was muddy out of the spdiff or no  sound at all, forget which one.

But for those who have that option....

 


Yeah you have to buy an add on card to get a good spdiff or toslink connection I bought two cards hahahaha Im presently using the HT omega claro + that has Spdiff optical and coax so the optical does 96hz and the coax does 192.. I switch between the two just for fun
post #102 of 1140
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Yes, good point. My pc couldn't get it right, sound was muddy out of the spdiff or no  sound at all, forget which one.

But for those who have that option....

 


Yeah you have to buy an add on card to get a good spdiff or toslink connection I bought two cards hahahaha Im presently using the HT omega claro + that has Spdiff optical and coax so the optical does 96hz and the coax does 192.. I switch between the two just for fun.
I work from home for IBM so I do alot of time on the computer thats why I said I dont care about USB. But If I was a road warrior then I would care about the USB to work well with my Ibasso D6..
post #103 of 1140
Here are the upgrades for the new EE DAC


Thanks for your interest of our new model MiniMax DAC MKII. You are really fast getting the news.

It is a whole upgrade, it features...

Sabre ES9018
Italian M2Tech A Sync technology
Separate power transformers for digital and analog
High frequency relays/resistor input selection
improved PSU
improved tube output stage
improved 24/96 and 24/192KHz playing
volume pot removed
socketed opamps
tube/ss output selection

We look forward to the official launch ofthe MKII machine.
post #104 of 1140

This looks great..... please tell me there will be two output.....

 

I need one for the amp....and one for the headphone amp...

 

Denys

post #105 of 1140

Drool...

 

I am very happy with my current setup and have no intention of upgrading

I am very happy with my current setup and have no intention of upgrading

I am very happy with my current setup and have no intention of upgrading

I am very...

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