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I will get Hilo after so many research, pretty much I had on my list.
  • Mytek 192 DAC
  • Yulong DA8
  • Anedio D2
  • Fostex HP-A8
  • Wyred4Sound DAC-2 DSDse

I was going to get W4S DAC2 DSDSe but I Hilo is $1850 vs $2549, so decide to save some money smily_headphones1.gif

Question is, BLACK or SILVER ?
Did you get your new toy and how (if purchased) do you like it?
post #617 of 621
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Originally Posted by Canadian411 View Post
 

I may be miss-informed by few people here that Sabre ES9018 is the best DAC chip available today, but more I read it's the implementation that matters.

 

I heard 'Sabre ESS 9018 is the best DAC' from many occasions as well.  But read this multi-DAC review:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/693798/ranking-of-21-dacs-and-dac-configurations-and-why-chocolate-ice-cream-must-die

From this review what I see is that ESS 9018 chip has a critical flaw, which prevents anyone from making a perfect DAC using this chip.

 

(Hilo ranked #6 on the list, they were using the v5 firmware and USB.    From my ears the v6 firmware enhanced the USB performance quite a lot, totally a different DAC. So I would expect Hilo to move up a level or two with the v6, or using AES input instead of USB)


care to point to the killer evidence? - do you mean the 2nd hand reference to "...saw something posted on a Chinese site"?

 

choose to ignore the Ayre "endorsement"?

 

is this how "consensus" is constructed on head-fi?

post #618 of 621

so, I updated my driver and firmware, and installed the remote software.  However, I cannot get the remote to control the headphone output's volume - there's no controls to do it, and i thought that was one of the features they demo'd at NAMM.

 

It plays fine, but I have to manually adjust volume, and the encoder "jumps" a bit some times, i.e., i turn it clockwise and the volume jumps down, then goes up.....

 

 

any thoughts?

post #619 of 621

Headphones volume control shows on the remote only when they are plugged in. Works fine for me...

 

Regarding the volume jumps - I never noticed anything like that.

post #620 of 621
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Originally Posted by PleasantSounds View Post
 

Headphones volume control shows on the remote only when they are plugged in. Works fine for me...

 

Regarding the volume jumps - I never noticed anything like that.

 

Thanks for the reply.  Turns out that I had only updated the firmware for the USB card, not the Hilo itself.  Apparently the webroot antivirus software I use on my laptop was blocking the update tot he Hilo itself.  Once paused, the update went smoothly, and the firmware updated (took a bit longer than the failed attempts -- go figure!).

 

Then the only problem was finding that one setting that was keeping the coax spdif input from playing through the headphone jack - I love my Hilo, but the feature-richness sometimes gets in the way of simply using it to listen to music.....   It does sound amazing though.

 

 

 

And yes, the phones volume works via the remote, and the quirky knob behavior seems to have fixed itself as well - 

post #621 of 621
Good deal. I was going to suggest reloading but all is well.
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