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post #526 of 740

The RIAA curve that is standard in modern phono preamps is not the only curve that was used in phono recordings. There are a number of old LPs and 78 that were recorded using various equalization curves.

 

Having a digital phono preamp that would allow customization of the selected equalization curve or the selection of some of the older standard equalization curves would be a great tool for those with 78s, LPs and other older vinyl recordings. As far as I know, nothing like this is currently available. I could be wrong, though.

 

I've included the following link as an FYI, in case you're curious about phono preamps for older recordings.

 

https://www.kabusa.com/frameset.htm?/phonpre.htm

 

Really nice preamp from a really nice company.


Edited by errivera - 1/30/14 at 4:52am
post #527 of 740

I believe I've read that Devialet offers several phono EQ curves including non-RIAA.

 

See

post #528 of 740

Preview of the upcoming remote feature for tablets posted here (remote portion specifically starts at 2:30). As this is the last big feature I really need, I'm very excited about it. And perhaps because I'm not involved in pro audio, I was very pleasantly surprised at the level of functionality it offers. 

 

Here's hoping it's not just Apple, though. :confused_face:

post #529 of 740
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Preview of the upcoming remote feature for tablets posted here (remote portion specifically starts at 2:30). As this is the last big feature I really need, I'm very excited about it. And perhaps because I'm not involved in pro audio, I was very pleasantly surprised at the level of functionality it offers. 

 

Here's hoping it's not just Apple, though. :confused_face:


I must say I am very impressed with the Lynx development. Having been burned a few times by a companies that promise future upgrades that never seem to materialize, it seems our friends at Lynx have been busy expanding the capabilities of their hardware.

 

I too am looking forward to the remote feature for the Hilo. I'm sure it will make configuring and making changes to the hardware significantly easier. I doubt it will be a Apple only implementation. If memory serves me right, their previous demo of the remote software was via an Android device.

 

Digital phono capabilities would sure put the cherry on the top of this guy, though. :L3000:

post #530 of 740

Agreed on the excellent dedication by Lynx to continuing to expand the Hilo's capabilities after launch. I don't understand why more companies don't do this, frankly, but I'm very excited that Lynx does! 

 

Also, I had forgotten that the previous demo was on an Android device-- thanks for the reminder and reassurance! ;)

post #531 of 740

Thank you for the Lynx NAMM 2014 Preview with the Hilo firmware version 6 preview including remote control via tablet devices, standard menu/mode and more.

 

A year ago at NAMM 2013 we saw the Lynx Hilo Wireless Remote Control Preview Demo. From around 1:12 David A. Hoatson tells that it "works on a Windows machine at the moment, We will also have versions for OS X, iOS, and Android.". My understanding is that he uses a Windows tablet during the demonstration (not Android).

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My understanding is that he uses a Windows tablet during the demonstration (not Android).

I stand corrected; it was indeed a Windows tablet. Thanks for the heads-up!

Just sent a message to Scott at ADK... VERY excited!!!!
post #533 of 740
Hilo ordered and shipping out today!!
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Hilo ordered and shipping out today!!
Whoot, whoot..........
post #535 of 740
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Whoot, whoot..........

 

Right?? I've been reading and researching on this for over a year (almost a year and a half, I think), and the stars have finally aligned. I'm stoked beyond the capacity for human language to convey it... which isn't overselling the situation at all, I'm sure :p. Unfortunately, though, due to a hold my bank put on my debit card, Scott is processing the second portion of the order tomorrow, so it won't ship out until then. But hey, it gives me something to look forward to, anyway ;). 

 

You know, as an aside: after looking about what feels like a thousand DACs, it occurred to me that at this point, they are generally a pretty lousy investment-- they tend to drop quite a bit in value (and, arguably, utility) whenever there's a new technology on the market (DSD, DSD64, DXD, etx), and many companies that make them tend to come out with newer versions pretty regularly-- ensuring that the older models decline in value even more precipitously. But this seems to me to be unique, in that: Lynx appears wholly dedicated to supporting the it in the future through firmware (and, possibly, hardware-- a la Thunderbolt) upgrades; it's held in approximately equally high regard in both audiophile and pro audio circles; and I don't know of another device that has similar functionality. This makes dropping what is (to me at least) a pretty large sum of money on such a DAC seem, well, less crazy at the very least. 

 

Here's hoping it's everything I'm looking for... Can't wait to be able to post my impressions with you gents as well ;). 


Edited by Theogenes - 2/3/14 at 8:33pm
post #536 of 740

THE HILO IS HERE!!! I'm letting it warm up, as it was in a FedEx truck all day and thus is freezing cold, but as soon as I can reasonably get this sucker plugged in and running... You better believe I'll be all over it!!

 

STOKED!!!!!! :atsmile:

post #537 of 740
What color?
post #538 of 740

Silver. Matches the rest of my gear. (Which is currently piled around in an annoyingly disorganized fashion-- can't wait to get everything set up the way I want it and restore order to the universe). Read through about 75% of the manual (not including the addendum packet), and got to listen a little bit (that headphone out sounds really clean on an initial listen), but not enough to really sink my teeth into it... yet. I'm about to hit the sack (long day tomorrow, starting early), so I'm going to leave this playing music all night. Don't know if the Hilo (or anything else, really) benefits from burn-in, but hey-- can't hurt, right? :)

 

I'm really, really interested in setting up an A/B comparo with my Meier Daccord, which I like very much, but which has a very smooth, rounded sound that I don't know suits me particularly well. Also, I'm hoping (perhaps unrealistically) that this sounds good enough from the HP out to allow me to unload my M^3 in an attempt to shore up funds for a Master 8 purchase. So far, though, the HP out strikes me as a bit cleaner and brighter than the M^3, which suits me just about perfectly. 

 

As always, these are incredibly early, gearlust-soaked impressions, so take them with a satchel of salt. But tomorrow night and Sunday I'll hopefully get some time to really dig in and listen to what this bad boy can do!!

 

As an aside: anybody know a Master 8 owner that's interested in selling or trading? :evil:

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Silver. Matches the rest of my gear. (Which is currently piled around in an annoyingly disorganized fashion-- can't wait to get everything set up the way I want it and restore order to the universe). Read through about 75% of the manual (not including the addendum packet), and got to listen a little bit (that headphone out sounds really clean on an initial listen), but not enough to really sink my teeth into it... yet. I'm about to hit the sack (long day tomorrow, starting early), so I'm going to leave this playing music all night. Don't know if the Hilo (or anything else, really) benefits from burn-in, but hey-- can't hurt, right? smily_headphones1.gif

I'm really, really interested in setting up an A/B comparo with my Meier Daccord, which I like very much, but which has a very smooth, rounded sound that I don't know suits me particularly well. Also, I'm hoping (perhaps unrealistically) that this sounds good enough from the HP out to allow me to unload my M^3 in an attempt to shore up funds for a Master 8 purchase. So far, though, the HP out strikes me as a bit cleaner and brighter than the M^3, which suits me just about perfectly. 

As always, these are incredibly early, gearlust-soaked impressions, so take them with a satchel of salt. But tomorrow night and Sunday I'll hopefully get some time to really dig in and listen to what this bad boy can do!!

As an aside: anybody know a Master 8 owner that's interested in selling or trading? evil_smiley.gif
Early impressions?
post #540 of 740

It's still very early, and my listening time has been somewhat hectic (transitioning to a new position at work, and having to do the work of two positions, etc), so naturally my impressions at this point will be of a very limited usefulness. That said, here are some of my thoughts thus far: 

 

While I enjoyed the Meier Daccord, I thought it was a bit too smooth-- that it artificially sanded down some rough edges that should have retained their more aggressive sound, particularly with a lot of the music I listen to (mostly metal). When I first switched to the Hilo, I was initially surprised at how smooth it sounded as well-- and there was a slight tinge of disappointment, as one of my goals in moving to the Hilo was to regain the sharper transients and more aggressive pacing that some music requires. The more I've listened, though, the more I've decided I like it. It isn't overly smooth like I found the Daccord to be, but it allows the music to maintain a continuity and flow that works very well, while improving slightly on the level of resolution available. Ironically, I haven't listened to much metal on it yet (I typically come home and put on more relaxing music-- a lot of Jessy Lanza recently, actually), so I can't speak to how it works there specifically, but I have high hopes ;). 

 

I will say that thus far, I am very impressed with the HP out. It has a very clean, resolving, involving sound that I really like. I'm hoping to do some deeper comparisons next week, but offhand, I'd say it's noticeably brighter (in a good sense) and cleaner-sounding than my M^3, which is exactly what I was hoping for. (I find the M^3 to be a bit too dark for my tastes). The SE out really sounds great with the LCD-2r1, and I've actually found myself listening to my Audezes more as a result. The volume control is fine enough that it doesn't drive me nuts (I tend to listen, apparently, at very low levels, and have had some issues with channel imbalance and other problems as a result with other gear). 

 

Aesthetically, I really like it too. I realize it's not going to have Pathos quaking in their boots anytime soon, but I like the professional-but-still-attractive thing it has going. I've had it set to the VU meters for the majority of the time, and as silly as that might be, I enjoy it. I wish they'd used a metal volume knob instead of plastic, but that's a piddling concern. Even the power button has a satisfying feel to it, and the blue ring around it is sharp. Not quite as clean-looking a front panel as a GS-X mk2 or anything, but nice nonetheless. Less Angelina Jolie crazy smokin' reduce-you-to-imbecility hot, and more really cute barista, if that resonates with anybody else :P. 

 

I'll have an Audio-gd Master 8 on it's way starting tomorrow (who needs savings anyway?), and I hope to do some more detailed comparisons of the Daccord vs the Hilo, and maybe of the M-8 versus the M^3 and Lyr. I'm looking forward to trying out my ASG-2s from the HP out too, as it seems like that would be a pretty killer pairing. 

 

In summary: at this (admittedly very early) juncture, how am I feeling about it? I'm really impressed, and I like it quite a bit thus far. I'm hoping this is as endgame as it gets for me for a long while, and so far I feel encouraged towards that end. 

 

Now, if they can just get the damn remote app out for Android, I'll have all my basic feature checkboxes filled ;)

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