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Maybe you are picking a ideology over sound quality.

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Why?

 

Because I think it sounds good.

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Maybe you are picking a ideology over sound quality.

 

lol, I doubt that, but who knows. 

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Because I think it sounds good.

Well yea. But in regards to upsampling: Do you find it to sound better than a purist approach?

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Well yea. But in regards to upsampling: Do you find it to sound better than a purist approach?

 

I've found that I don't have a preference between the two.

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I've found that I don't have a preference between the two.

Gotcha.

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I would suggest you avoid optical.  Unless its a really good link extremely well implemented like the Audio Synthesis AY&T then in my experience not very good.

 

Also suggest you don't make an instant like/dislike out of the box.  Some of the best kit i''ve heard doesn't impress out of the box as it does not draw attention to itself.  Its only after you have listened for some time do you really appreciate how good or bad it may be. 

 

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Me too.  Probably take longer than usual because of the options available to feed it.  I'll start with the optical out of my PC, play around with sampling, might have to go to a USB>SPDIF, maybe not.  Of course if I plug it in and my reaction is ugh... well it'll be up again the same day.


Edited by complin - 9/16/12 at 7:52am
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Its not a new unit so after it thermally stabilizes its on.  But yes it will go through my review process.  But if at the end of the review process it's clear that it doesn't belong with the DAC-2... gone.  I actually prefer optical glass for PC audio.  Coax and PC is a bad idea.  No data jitter but a butt ton of electrical jitter from the switching power supply.  That I don't have a coax connection also seals the deal.  Both the onboard and X-Fi use optical /shrug

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 butt ton 

 

 

This must mean an awful lot.  I laugh every time I see you write that.  It's cracks me up..

 

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Yup :D  I forget where I found it originally but I'm pretty sure it was an RME product and jitter was 40ps data and 2000+ps electrical.

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And the same cards optical was obviously 0ps electrical, toslink is either on or off, and slightly worse 60ish ps data.  This is in a time jitter boxes brought jitter DOWN to under 1000ps.

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Well yea. But in regards to upsampling: Do you find it to sound better than a purist approach?

 

I've found that I don't have a preference between the two.

 

X2 on no preference, I've held onto my Bel Canto DAC2 for years because it sounds so good even though it doesn't work in my balanced system. It upsamples everything to 24/192.

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How about Weiss DAC-2?

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The Metrum Octave keeps crossing my path but I just don't see a $850 retail DAC smoking the entry level 'Stereophile Class A' cast of DACs.

 

It's a very good DAC, but ideally you need to use a good USB to S/PDIF unit with it.

 

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Its not a new unit so after it thermally stabilizes its on.  But yes it will go through my review process.  But if at the end of the review process it's clear that it doesn't belong with the DAC-2... gone.  I actually prefer optical glass for PC audio.  Coax and PC is a bad idea.  No data jitter but a butt ton of electrical jitter from the switching power supply.  That I don't have a coax connection also seals the deal.  Both the onboard and X-Fi use optical /shrug

 

Most USB to S/PDIF converters are isolated electrically, which solves this too. For $2k, I'd suggest an Octave + Audiophilleo 2 + Pure Power. As crazy as it might sound spending half your money on the digital transport, after a lot of experimentation, I don't feel it is crazy any longer. That is what you are paying for the $3k+ DACs anyhow: A much better digital implementation. It just happens to be in the box and not outside it.

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How about Weiss DAC-2?


Very dated design at this point, outclassed by the 202 in every way. They are still going for a fair amount of money used, no idea why.

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