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post #1681 of 1695

Ok, I have a few questions:

-Can anyone confirm whether the old ipod nano 3rd gen works with the original solo/r/-db? 

-What's the battery life of the original solo? 

-With the R-/db, does it charge the ipod whilst the dac is in use and the solo itself is charger at the same time. If so, I won't ever have to unplug the ipod from the solo for separate charge except for data transfer. 

-does the original solo still function whilst charging? 

-is it true that the higher voltage of the original solo 2.1 vs 1.2 for the db/r will generate more hiss from the paired amp but have more driving power. 

-is there a switch to disable charging on the db/r model?  


Edited by Fungus - 4/11/15 at 4:24am
post #1682 of 1695
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post
 


Hmmm...I'll need to pull out my Original Solo again to compare 'cos I haven't done that in about 12 months. However from -memory- I seem to recall the newer -dB having a somewhat more finesse and laid back approach whereas the original Solo to have more "slam" (but a little coarse). I'm guessing that's the trait of the AKM vs the Wolfson DAC at play but circuitry around the DAC probably contributes to that too.

 

Sold the DD 12V. Can't remember how it compared to the Cypherlabs series at all.

 

You know @Fungus, I'm glad you asked me about comparing the original Solo to the new -dB.

 

 

In short, my memory hasn't failed me, thank goodness. The original CLAS does have more slam and vocal are some what more "front stage" whereas the -dB is somewhat more mellowed with a more few rows from the front, kinda presentation. Upfront, original CLAS does grab my attention more than the newer -dB, but as mentioned there's s touch more finesse in resolution to the -dB. All up the original CLAS still stands quite strongly next to its newer sibling.

post #1683 of 1695
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post
 

 

You know @Fungus, I'm glad you asked me about comparing the original Solo to the new -dB.

 

 

In short, my memory hasn't failed me, thank goodness. The original CLAS does have more slam and vocal are some what more "front stage" whereas the -dB is somewhat more mellowed with a more few rows from the front, kinda presentation. Upfront, original CLAS does grab my attention more than the newer -dB, but as mentioned there's s touch more finesse in resolution to the -dB. All up the original CLAS still stands quite strongly next to its newer sibling.

Anakchan, it would greatly appreciated if you could answer the questions in my previous post given that you own both. 

post #1684 of 1695

See inline responses :-

 

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Originally Posted by Fungus View Post
 

Ok, I have a few questions:

-Can anyone confirm whether the old ipod nano 3rd gen works with the original solo/r/-db? 

 

Dunno. Don't own a Nano.

 

-What's the battery life of the original solo? 

 

Can't remember, you'll have to do a search.

 

-With the R-/db, does it charge the ipod whilst the dac is in use and the solo itself is charger at the same time. If so, I won't ever have to unplug the ipod from the solo for separate charge except for data transfer. 

 

Yes it charges all the time.

 

-does the original solo still function whilst charging? 

 

Yes it does.

 

-is it true that the higher voltage of the original solo 2.1 vs 1.2 for the db/r will generate more hiss from the paired amp but have more driving power. 

 

The current -dB is 2.0V. There may be some older 1.2V and 1.69V versions floating around in the 2nd hand market. The hiss problems paired with the Duet is negligible by my standards.

 

-is there a switch to disable charging on the db/r model?  

 

No. It charges all the time.

post #1685 of 1695
It just occurred to me as I'm playing with my iPod Classic and Solo-R. What other standalone DAC works so well with my iPod (and iPhones) as the Solo? Should I invest in another -R for insurance purposes? And without the use of a CCK please.
Edited by georgelai57 - 4/16/15 at 6:01am
post #1686 of 1695

Wow. I knew my ipod touch 4th gen hard crappy battery life to begin with but plugging it into the solo set a new record. A total of 40 mins has the battery drained down to just 10% juice remaining. Nice! 

 

P.S and this was with aeroplane mode switched on and brightness turned down to 20%. Nothing else installed, just used for music out of the stock music player. 

post #1687 of 1695

I'm having an issue with my 1st gen solo.

Sometimes when I start using it, I get this continuous popping/clicking noise when music is playing in the background. When this issue occurs, all tracks I go though is effected. 

I initially thought it had to do with loose connection but wasn't the case. 

If I restart the ipod, the clicking/popping issue usually goes away.

However resently just as I thought the issue had gone away for good, I'm getting the same popping sound but only on one particular tracking (John Legend - All of me), no other song is effected. No matter how many times I restart the ipod, solo or amp, the popping sound doesn't go away. 

I tried listening to the effected song directly from the ipod and there was no popping sound. 

Is my solo faulty? 

post #1688 of 1695

Now I'm getting issue where 40% percent of the time when changing songs, no sound would play and then sometimes shows the charging symbol.

What's going on? 

post #1689 of 1695

Could you try a different cable or different source?

post #1690 of 1695
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Originally Posted by Ultrainferno View Post
 

Could you try a different cable or different source?

It's not the cable. Hopefully it's the ipod. I did encounter syncing problems aftera factory reset. It was previously jailbreaked. 

post #1691 of 1695

So I'm using the solo with the nano 6th and so far the sound has not stopped when continuously switching tracks nor the popping sound phenomenon in the background, however 20% of the time when I'm changing tracking, I can still hear a slight pop at the just before the track starts will worries me that the aforementioned issues will occur sooner or later. 

post #1692 of 1695

Sorry to hear, even if it's semi good news. Shoot Cypherlabs an email?

post #1693 of 1695

It's not worth sending it back for repair. Shipping alone will cost me over $100 plus. 

post #1694 of 1695
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Originally Posted by Fungus View Post
 

So I'm using the solo with the nano 6th and so far the sound has not stopped when continuously switching tracks nor the popping sound phenomenon in the background, however 20% of the time when I'm changing tracking, I can still hear a slight pop at the just before the track starts will worries me that the aforementioned issues will occur sooner or later. 

Unfortunately the popping sound in the background has started again even when using it with my nano. 

post #1695 of 1695

Sorry to hear. I really suggest you to email their customer support.

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