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post #241 of 256

I believe the Audio-GD DI only has 48K clocks which almost makes you scratch your head given the rest of the build is so over the top.

post #242 of 256

I believe the Audio-GD DI only has 48K clocks which almost makes you scratch your head given the rest of the build is so over the top.

 

Thought about the new Wavelength but though not outright saying so, it looks to be XMOS based since it uses Thesycon drivers.

post #243 of 256

I should have added that the comment was in comparison to another 32-bit USB solution, so good point. I don't know what it actually uses, but I feel the Audiophilleo is better than both the DI and the XMOS chip in the Calyx. 

post #244 of 256

If youre not opting for DIY device then the best solution is to "buy" one device with 14 days money back or so. Especially when you got transport from "ordinary" internal card or even worse, from motherboard. For me its no comparision to such "transports" and your gear is very limited, even the best.

post #245 of 256
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Measurements for the Audiophilleo are in the thread about it here

 

The XMOS, if my experience with the Calyx is anything to go by, is awful. Someone went nuts in another thread insisting Audio-gd should be using XMOS in their products as well, and Kingwa replied to effect that he'd tried their demo boards and didn't like the results.

 

The Calyx doesn't have any sort of USB isolation as far as I'm aware. I'm also not sure what clocks are being used. I don't think the XMOS solution is either this or that, good or bad. Again, see Viper's mods for the Anedio U2 in the D2 thread.

post #246 of 256

Where the Audiophilleo and XMOS are different in obvious ways is the AP2 has no output transformer, the XMOS no input transformer.

post #247 of 256

Well its official, I don't remember when but I must have hit my head because I ordered the AP2 w/ WW UV.  Figure for $35 who cares if its better than the Belkin I have.  Assuming I like it... they need to release a PP2 in the matching grey that is plug and play.  Or AQVOX could make a NA model, that would also be nice.

post #248 of 256

i'm looking to spend at the lower end of the $1500 - $2500 range.  integrated headphone amp for my Grado MS-2i's is a bonus I'm keen on.

 

main contenders atm are:

 

Anedio D2 DAC

Mytek 192

post #249 of 256

Good list, I'd add the Grace m903 as well.

post #250 of 256

What's the deal on the Metrum Hex?  How much is it?

post #251 of 256

Am interested in buying a antilope zodiac..how does it pairs with a good tube amp..like the 337 i have with the he500?

post #252 of 256

Pricelist 2013 exclusive V.A.T. (only outside the European union) In the European union 21% V.A.T will be added

 

HEX dac  black  or silver  basic version  extended range transformers included

€ 2355.00

USB module (part of package deal with HEX dac)

€ 103.00

USB module (separate delivery)

€ 165.00

AES/EBU module

€ 165.00

Paypal payment fees on total amount: + 3.4%

 

IBAN : no extra charge

 

For orders placed outside the European Union no mains cord will be supplied.

 

http://www.nosminidac.nl/index.html

 

Personally if you dont need all the inputs or you want to use a USB/SPDIF converter I would seriously look at the Octave

 

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What's the deal on the Metrum Hex?  How much is it?

post #253 of 256

In the price range, I will recommend the Italian northstar design excelsio, which is known for its top-class transparent and liquidity. Also equipped with ess9018 dac chip with DSD decoding function.

post #254 of 256
Eximus DP1
Worth a listen.
post #255 of 256

NAD M51

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