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Hey Crucial, did you get the chance to hear the PWD and the Hilo to compare? I get the chance to hear them together on the 16th. I've liked the PWD II but I also like this black box.

Happy Camper, no I haven't compared them. The PWD2 is at home and the Hilo is at work. But I can take the Hilo home and compare. It's a great idea as I have been a fan of both versions of the PWD and the Hilo (at least from its headphone output) appears to be a different beast, perhaps more detail but less bass.  I would be interested in your thoughts between the two as well.  I also just received the Fostex TH-900 phones with which I can throw into the mix. 

post #137 of 585
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Yes, Lynx Hilo got DSD Playback with the "Hilo Firmware 5 Update Nov 2012":

 

 


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New DSD Playback

This allows Hilo to play DSD audio files received via USB, AES-3 or S/PDIF. Hilo supports the recently adopted DoP V1.1 standard which is a method for transferring DSD audio over PCM frames. Playback ofDSD using this method is provided by a growing number of software vendors including Channel D, JRiver and Audirvana.

 

 

Does this mean native?

 

First, I'm not a DSD expert.

 

Yes, if I don't misunderstand the meaning of both "native" and what Lynx is writing. A quick search seems to indicate that there are some confusion about DoP and/vs. native DSD. Hence it's possible to find conflicting information. See MSB quote below.

 

"DoP open Standard Method for transferring DSD Audio over PCM Frames Version 1.1"

 

MSB Technology: "DSD Playback":

 

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There are some confusing terms being used. DoP is completely native and unprocessed DSD 'packed' into a PCM bit stream with 8 bits of 'ID Header' that must be stripped out before playback. A native DSD stream would have no header. That is essentially the only difference between the two. Once inside the MSB DAC, the ID Header is stripped away and a 'pure' DSD stream is again present. From there the DSD 1bit 2.8 MHz (DSD64x) and DSD 1bit 5.6 MHz (DSD128x) is mapped to our 1.4 MHz 24bit Ladder DAC with no analog filtering. It is as pure a playback as you can get as we do not suffer from all the Delta Sigma artifacts. The proof will be in the listening.

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What chip is the Hilo using anyway?

post #139 of 585
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What chip is the Hilo using anyway?
I've been trying to find out without much luck. They obviously don't care to share. I've seen it listed though as some have taken the cover off.
post #140 of 585
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What chip is the Hilo using anyway?
I've been trying to find out without much luck. They obviously don't care to share. I've seen it listed though as some have taken the cover off.

You could just ask Lynx via e-mail. They were responsive and forthcomming when I asked them some questions.

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You could just ask Lynx via e-mail. They were responsive and forthcomming when I asked them some questions.
Would you happen to know what chips they use?

I was curious what the line out did as it is the hi performance chip configuration and I had to borrow a set of cables to hear it. The smile has been diagnosed as permanent and being considered for disability by the VA. This is what I expected to hear and it certainly outperforms the headphone or monitor dac, good as they are. The sound has an easy dynamic about it. All the superlatives on PRaT, musical presentation, even the bottom end is outstanding on these orthos. I like a more refined bottom vs weight heavy and (to me) it has both. The bottom reminds me of the HD-800 performance. All there, balanced and proper to the soundscape. Not every bass should sound the same and that's what I like about the Hilo. Other DACs might give you a weightier bottom end but it gets tiring when every note sounds that way. Can you guys with the LCDs comment on how this DAC's bottom end performs? I'll find out next weekend but I'm thinking it would tighten up and improve bass resolution and bring the mids and highs a little more forward.
post #142 of 585

Info is harder to track down than Lavry. FFS.


Edited by paradoxper - 3/9/13 at 1:34pm
post #143 of 585
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You could just ask Lynx via e-mail. They were responsive and forthcomming when I asked them some questions.
Would you happen to know what chips they use?

No. If I've read it, I forgot. If I knew, I would have given the information in the thread at that point.

 

I wrote to Lynx asking some other questions and got good answers. I hence assume they will do the same if somebody asks about something else like DAC chips. That's why I wrote what I wrote trying to help you help yourself (do you say that in English?).

 

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Info is harder to track down than Lavry. FFS.

I don't know about Lavry, but my exeperience with Lynx is good. Ask and you get an answer. It may take a few days if their on a trip, like a trade fair.

 

On a different note:

At the moment I'm listening to PC with foobar2000 -> Lynx Hilo -> TRS out -> XLR in -> EAR Yoshino HP4 -> Hi Z Phones -> Sennheiser HD 800.

 

Right now it's "Take 6". Before that Willie Nelson "All The Songs I've Loved Before". The HP4 and it's tubes are passing 50 hours tonight. Yesterday I stayed up way to late. I should really go to bed rather soon.


Edited by CDWMcInSpots - 3/9/13 at 3:11pm
post #144 of 585
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Yesterday I stayed up way to late. I should really go to bed rather soon.

 

And this is why I love our hobby. 

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The Hilo has been three days in my 2 channel set up.   It has proven to be the best match for my 2 channel gear that I have heard so far.  I couldn't be more pleased.  The clarity and detail is outstanding.  Bass is deep and hits hard but with layers and texture unlike any preceding DAC I have owned.  The Hilo manages to pull this off without becoming cold and clinical.  I appreciate detail but not at the cost of a fatiguing sound signature.  This has held me back from upgrading from my Yulong D18.  The Hilo does not disappoint and I have no regrets.

 

I am now on a 3 to 4 weeks stretch at work.  I brought the Hilo out to the field with me to try out the headphone amp.  Over the next week I will try it out with my LCD 2's and heir 8.A's.  The Hilo along with the Yulong equipment I brought out will give me plenty of combinations to mix and match and compare.  I am curious to compare the Yulong A18 through the Hilo Line outs to the Hilo's internal amp. 

 

I also downloaded a DSD album from Blue Coast Records so I will be experimenting with that format as well.

 

 

 

 


Edited by mrcasey - 3/9/13 at 7:20pm
post #146 of 585
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On a different note:

At the moment I'm listening to PC with foobar2000 -> Lynx Hilo -> TRS out -> XLR in -> EAR Yoshino HP4 -> Hi Z Phones -> Sennheiser HD 800.

 

Try the line out (XLR) into your EAR, it should sound even better then the monitor outs.
 

post #147 of 585

Outstanding, Mr. Casey!!! Can't wait to hear your impressions!!!!!! :)

post #148 of 585
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Try the line out (XLR) into your EAR, it should sound even better then the monitor outs.

 
Boy does it.......
post #149 of 585
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Boy does it.......


Yep. I thought the monitor out was great, until I switched over....

post #150 of 585
The XLR outs were the last part of the DAC I experienced and by far is the best. That's the dual DAC chip per channel output. Monster sound. I hooked up the monitored output to some active speakers and it sounded pretty damned good. Running the XLR outs this past week is another level better. It's a keeper and I don't need a shootout to determine this. For a $2k DAC, I'd be seriously hard pressed to find a better sounding DAC. But next weekend will give several of us a taste of some strong contenders in this price point. I'll leave this running all week to put some time on it.
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