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post #511 of 523
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Originally Posted by schneller View Post
 

 

They just released a new DAC-R with overhauled USB input...


Yes... and I would be very surprised if Rega used the 5V power lead from the incoming USB connection for anything, except sense (i.e. detecting a hot USB connection). For that latter reason, you may not get away with using a 'data only' USB connection, but who knows what will happen in practice.

post #512 of 523
Hi fellow rega dac owners,

Quick question : has anyone else found the optical input connectors on the back to be a poor fit with most cables?

I have an expensive cable - a chord optichord- and that one will hardly stay in at all. I tried another cheap one and that is a little better but still does not click into place. It's weird because the optical output in the rega is a lovely fit but the input sockets are just horrible.

I called a local dealer and they said they had had some trouble with this in the past. I think I'm going to have to use USB connection instead. Am I missing something ? - Yes I removed the plastic protectors from the ends smily_headphones1.gif

This is the original rega dac not the new one.

Thanks!

Jeb
post #513 of 523
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Originally Posted by Jeb Listens View Post

Hi fellow rega dac owners,

Quick question : has anyone else found the optical input connectors on the back to be a poor fit with most cables?

I have an expensive cable - a chord optichord- and that one will hardly stay in at all. I tried another cheap one and that is a little better but still does not click into place. It's weird because the optical output in the rega is a lovely fit but the input sockets are just horrible.

I called a local dealer and they said they had had some trouble with this in the past. I think I'm going to have to use USB connection instead. Am I missing something ? - Yes I removed the plastic protectors from the ends smily_headphones1.gif

This is the original rega dac not the new one.

Thanks!

Jeb


Yes, I've noticed this, as well. I wonder if it's the cable vendors that are loose with the specs or the ports used by Rega.

 

I say that because I've found that the AudioQuest plastic connectors click solidly into place, but I have two examples of glass cables from Lifatec (Silflex glass TOSLINK) with the brass/gold connectors (can't tell and I'm not biting them :wink_face:) that hang loosely from the port.

post #514 of 523
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Originally Posted by Krutsch View Post


Yes, I've noticed this, as well. I wonder if it's the cable vendors that are loose with the specs or the ports used by Rega.

I say that because I've found that the AudioQuest plastic connectors click solidly into place, but I have two examples of glass cables from Lifatec (Silflex glass TOSLINK) with the brass/gold connectors (can't tell and I'm not biting them wink_face.gif ) that hang loosely from the port.

Awesome thanks so much for replying - I was wondering if I was going crazy - it's the first time I've ever used toslink cables. Strange because lots of people recommended the optichord so I wonder if there is variation in the quality control at rega or variation in the seating of the ports. If so, that's a bit sucky. That's great to know the audio quest ones work well !

In all the plugging and unplugging I managed to break off the little grey trapdoor covering the ports so now it seems even looser even though I don't think that should be necessary if it's a good fit - doh!

In the end I've given up on toslink and bought a musical fidelity v- link 2 usb to coax converter, which seems to be a popular choice and allows for high res.

Anyway, thanks for your help!

Jeb
post #515 of 523
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Originally Posted by Jeb Listens View Post

In the end I've given up on toslink and bought a musical fidelity v- link 2 usb to coax converter, which seems to be a popular choice and allows for high res.
 

 

I do something similar with a Bel Canto mLink, for my Mac, but I still use TOSLINK for a network audio player. Have fun, it's a great DAC!

post #516 of 523

Hi, just wanna share my 5 cents about the dac. 

And what can I say, it plays music. I use it with M1HPA amp and together they make my HD600 absolutely super fun to listen to,(I could say stunning, but thats not the case, its more in a FUN kind of way). I had the M1 Dac before but I think the rega destroys it when it comes to actual music enjoyment.

Its have a very lush but not warm, very full but not at all suffocating kind of sound. And the Soundstage! It may not be the biggest, but I really love how it builds a half-circle around your head with wall of sound, and because of that I think imaging becomes really balanced.

 

I use filter setting 2 btw.

post #517 of 523
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Originally Posted by Velocity View Post
 

Hi, just wanna share my 5 cents about the dac.

And what can I say, it plays music. I use it with M1HPA amp and together they make my HD600 absolutely super fun to listen to,(I could say stunning, but thats not the case, its more in a FUN kind of way). I had the M1 Dac before but I think the rega destroys it when it comes to actual music enjoyment.

Its have a very lush but not warm, very full but not at all suffocating kind of sound. And the Soundstage! It may not be the biggest, but I really love how it builds a half-circle around your head with wall of sound, and because of that I think imaging becomes really balanced.

 

I use filter setting 2 btw.

 

Couldn't agree more... the Rega DAC is something you have to listen and acclimate to, I guess; and, like the Sennheiser HD-650, you have this sort-of "aha" moment when the sheer musicality of the DAC comes through.

 

I just re-experienced this last weekend, when I decided to move my Rega down to the 2-channel speaker system, replacing the NAD D 1050 DAC. At first, my initial reaction was that the DAC sounded subdued, quiet and less in your face than the Cirrus Logic 4398 -based NAD D 1050 DAC. I was taken off-guard by that, but decided to put on some familiar music, sit in the sweet spot and just listen. Before I knew it, I was through an entire album and, later, being really aware of the imaging and soundstage.

 

Anyway, I learned yet again, to be wary of off-the-cuff reactions to listening impressions.

post #518 of 523

I just bought a Theta DAC. Theta DS Pro Progeny v. A to be exact. I like it a lot more than my Bifrost Uber which cost me $500. I got the Progeny for $276 + free shipping.

 

I bought a Peachtree T1 USB-Coax converter so I wouldn't have to use toslink S/PDIF pass through from my HT Omega Claro Halo soundcard.

 

I didn't like the sound, it added digititis to a remarkably "analog-sounding" DAC.

 

I resumed using the optical PCM pass-through of my PC soundcard and haven't looked back. Maybe I will consider a more expensive converter but for now the S/PDIF PCM pass through is the best sound I have heard out of this DAC.

post #519 of 523
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Originally Posted by wahsmoh View Post
 

I just bought a Theta DAC.

 

Perfect post for the Rega DAC thread. Well played.

post #520 of 523

Well done, Bruce Lee, but your bass is flabby, and weak.

post #521 of 523
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Originally Posted by Krutsch View Post
 

 

Perfect post for the Rega DAC thread. Well played.


LOL. I know right. Meh mine has one more transformer than yours does though. :) neener neener

post #522 of 523
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Originally Posted by wahsmoh View Post
 


:) neener neener


Sorry... I wouldn't have commented had I known you were suffering from Asperger's syndrome.

post #523 of 523
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Originally Posted by Krutsch View Post
 


Sorry... I wouldn't have commented had I known you were suffering from Asperger's syndrome.

 

Hey, atleast I managed to revive a dying thread. Nothing wrong with a Rega DAC these days. My DAC is bigger than yours though and has a bigger power supply :wink:
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