TE8802 is far from the 'latest & greatest'; It is a budget solution. Even with the TCXO upgrade it is a jitter fest because of the way the chip tries to synthesize 44.1kHz and 48kHz clock multiples from a 12.000MHz crystal. Anything based on XMOS will destroy the DI-V2 in performance due to technical superiority -- largely because it uses discrete clocks for 44.1 and 48kHz multiples (22.050 and 24.576 MHz, respectively iirc) resulting in far less jitter.
Has someone posted actual measurements or some kind of genuine technical data to confirm this? Or is this statement just based off things you've read on the web? I have the Calyx DAC here, which uses an XMOS chip and, to be honest, it isn't as good as all the reviews have said it is. If I can find a firmware update, I'll try and see if it improves at all.
When was this? I don't recall him ever comparing it to XMOS. He would have to be deaf not to hear the superiority of even the reference design XMOS over the TE8802.
Do you think it is appropriate to suggest someone is deaf in this way? I don't. Making a legitimate query, such as "I don't understand why Kingwa doesn't use an XMOS chips over the Tenor." is reasonable. I was actually going to email him the same suggestion about the XMOS chip, but, from experience realised that he has probably already tried it and that he always has good reasons for the choices he makes.
Somestranger26 have you listened to the USB32? I think it is great. What makes you think the Xmos is better than the usb32?
My Master 7 sounds better via the USB32 input than my Audiophilleo 1 with external PSU or my M2Tech EVO with external clock and battery PSU.
I am hoping there will be a Master series Digital Interface based on the usb32 with I2S and AES/EBU outputs
Wow, you have the Master-7. Can you describe the sound of it? How does it compare with other DAC, e.g., Ref7.1? Great to know USB-32 is better than AP1, that's a really BIG statement.
As macrog is an audio dealer, he isn't permitted to post subjective impressions of products he sells. If you search the forums for the Reference 7, you'll find a thread that includes discussion of the Master 7 at the end, including comparisons.