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post #286 of 726

^ Could be.

 

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Also, P86, any insight on whether the dual TRS balanced output will be an "option" via the menu or a fixed change?  I would ask Mark myself, but I already have one question pending with him about UHF noise & DSD.  I don't want to overwhelm.  

 

Concerned about using non-balanced HPs in the future, such as CIEMs.

post #287 of 726
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^ Could be.

 

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Also, P86, any insight on whether the dual TRS balanced output will be an "option" via the menu or a fixed change?  I would ask Mark myself, but I already have one question pending with him about UHF noise & DSD.  I don't want to overwhelm.  

 

Concerned about using non-balanced HPs in the future, such as CIEMs.

 

I can't imagine it being forced for all users - the dual headphone jacks with independent volume control was very much a selling point and I doubt they would arbitrarily decide that most people want balanced drive instead. But we'll see - my unit should be arriving later in the week (fingers crossed) and they were kind enough to load up a Beta firmware with balanced out. My adapter is still being made but I'll at least be able to check in the menu and see if it shows as an option or not. 

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I read somewhere on one of the audio-magazine blogs that some exhibitors at CES and T.H.E. Show Las Vegas were using DSD files of tracks from Santana's Abraxas album as demo tracks.  I'd kill my grandmother to get my hands on that one!biggrin.gif
 

Well, if you get your hands on one of these, http://www.sa-cd.net/showtitle/709, and on a PS3SACD compatible console, you will be able to rip the SACD and listen to it on the INVICTA! :)

post #289 of 726

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I can't imagine it being forced for all users - the dual headphone jacks with independent volume control was very much a selling point and I doubt they would arbitrarily decide that most people want balanced drive instead. But we'll see - my unit should be arriving later in the week (fingers crossed) and they were kind enough to load up a Beta firmware with balanced out. My adapter is still being made but I'll at least be able to check in the menu and see if it shows as an option or not. 

 

Gotcha.

 

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Also, scratch what I said before twsmith.  Just noticed they've added something to the options menu called "Sort By Track #" and "Sort by Name."

 

Once I toggled sort by Track #, metadata for that was read properly.

post #290 of 726
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Well, if you get your hands on one of these, http://www.sa-cd.net/showtitle/709, and on a PS3SACD compatible console, you will be able to rip the SACD and listen to it on the INVICTA! smily_headphones1.gif

The price is a bit rich, but thanks for the link. I'll be bookmarking that site. And I suppose I should figure out whether the PS3 I bought for the kid several years ago is the "right" one.
post #291 of 726
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My Invicta arrived today with the Beta firmware for balanced headphone out. Awesome. Now just waiting for my cable, which should arrive early next week. 

post #292 of 726

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My Invicta arrived today with the Beta firmware for balanced headphone out. Awesome. Now just waiting for my cable, which should arrive early next week. 

post #293 of 726
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Btw I can confirm that balanced headphone output is a selectable option in the menu. So you can leave it off and still use the dual jacks with different headphones and independent volume control.
post #294 of 726

I just upgraded to software version 4.0.0 via SD card. At the end of the upgrading process, it read "Upgrade complete, Please cycle power" on the front panel LED display. However, the unit did not seem to respond to any front panel button/remote controller button pressing. I had to turn off the unit using the power switch on the rear panel, then turn it back on. The unit worked fine afterwards, and it indicated "Version 4.0.0" on the Invicta option menu. Was the upgrading process the same for you guys? I just want to double check to make sure I did't do anything incorrectly and the upgrade was successful. 

 

BTW, I tried some dff files after the upgrade. I put several dff files on one folder. However, my Invicta was only able to recognize one of the files. Maybe the DSD support is still not perfect?


Edited by econparanoia - 1/18/13 at 12:48pm
post #295 of 726
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I just upgraded to software version 4.0.0 via SD card. At the end of the upgrading process, it read "Upgrade complete, Please cycle power" on the front panel LED display. However, the unit did not seem to respond to any front panel button/remote controller button pressing. I had to turn off the unit using the power switch on the rear panel, then turn it back on. The unit worked fine afterwards, and it indicated "Version 4.0.0" on the Invicta option menu. Was the upgrading process the same for you guys? I just want to double check to make sure I did't do anything incorrectly and the upgrade was successful. 


BTW, I tried some dff files after the upgrade. I put several dff files on one folder. However, my Invicta was only able to recognize one of the files. Maybe the DSD support is still not perfect?

That is how i upgraded my dac as well. It seems you have to flick the power switch off from behind.

I'm still getting no luck on playing any dff files so far
post #296 of 726
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New updates: 4.0.1 is out, with some fixes for DFF playback. Apparently there are some variations in DFF files which make some not work while others do. Hopefully this takes care of any issues.

 

I sent the Resonessence folks a link (same link I posted here earlier) with the various DSD downloads. Maybe that will help them sort out any compatibility issues. With so few DSD playback systems on the market (relatively speaking) it makes sense that some quirks still exist.

 

Also, Windows 8 driver has been released. That's good news since I've heard chatter about other DACs not working on 8. I was hoping 8 would be seamless but apparently it isn't. 

post #297 of 726

Ok just downloaded the 4.0.1 software and dff files that I had issues before are confirmed working. But now there is a new little quirk.  I created a folder specific for DSD testing on my SD card.  I placed various wav and dff files in the same folder to comparison purposes, but now only the dff files will appear when browsing with the invicta.  The lower res wav files are now omitted from the list of tracks.  Strange, because before it was the exact opposite way around (ie, i could only see the wav and no dff, lol)

 

Will post more findings.

 

update: I dff files and wav files can be seen fine, it is just one of my dff files cannot be read.  It was hard to determine which file it was because the character length was too short and I couldn't see which exact file was being played. I figured out now, you can see the type of file simply by looking at the sample rate light, even while scrolling.


Edited by hpz - 1/20/13 at 1:14pm
post #298 of 726
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I only tried one DSD test file so far (DSF I think) and it worked for me, with the 44.1 and 48kHz lights both turning on. Is that what yours does too? 

 

In other news, I got my adapter from Charleston Cable Company for balanced operation. I didn't have a huge amount of time available so unfortunately no pics yet - I chose to listen rather than take pictures and I think that was the right choice.

 

Going into the options menu, I enabled balance drive. At that point both headphone outs are linked - press either button and both sides turn on or off together. I don't know what would happen if I plug in a "normal" headphone into one side while this option is active, and I'm not going to experiment with it to find out.

 

I used an Audeze LCD-2.2 with the stock balanced cable, and then also the HiFiMAN HE-400 and HE-500 with a Toxic Cables Hybrid balanced cable (I only have one of these so it had to be swapped back and forth which reminded me how much more I like the mini-XLR connections Audeze uses). So far I'll say that balanced mode is an improvement - a more spacious presentation, and more "drive" for lack of a better word. The "regular" headphone section on the Invicta is already spectacular so it's not a night and day difference, which is just as I suspected. But it does seem noticeable so far. Will it make a difference with all headphones? I don't know. But with these particular models, all planar magnetic and somewhat power hungry, it did matter.

 

That's about as far as I can go right now based on my limited sampling last night. I notice these findings are similar to when I had the Violectric V181 balanced amp in for review - the differences between balanced mode and single ended mode were not massive but they did make a difference. So that confirms that I'm probably on the right track with the Invicta so far. But we'll see. 

post #299 of 726
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Update - I'm loving balanced mode on the Invicta! It's definitely a step up from the already excellent amp, at least for the planar magnetic headphones I'm using. I'm not so sure how much difference it would make with some of my other stuff - if I recabled my Audio Technica W1000X or Lawton LA7000, those may or may not show much difference. But the Orthos definitely do, and I'm guessing the Beyer T1 and Sennheiser HD800 would as well.

 

I'm also finding the entire Invicta experience to be improved as compared to the pre-production model I reviewed at the beginning of this thread. That unit was slightly better than my Anedio D1. The Anedio D2 was superior to the prior model, and replaced it in my system, so I figured it would be roughly on the same level as the Invicta. I was wrong. The Invicta is even better than the D2, so apparently the various tweaks to the software and hardware have really paid off. I still love the Anedio and find it to be an unbelievable value per dollar product...

 

Anyway, I'm rambling a bit. Here's a pic of the balanced adapter I got from Charleston Cable Company. This is a special 8 conductor version just because I'm crazy like that.

 

 


Edited by project86 - 1/27/13 at 9:40am
post #300 of 726

That is a fine looking adapter.  If I get back into dynamics I'd definitely get one of those made.

 

 

 

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I only tried one DSD test file so far (DSF I think) and it worked for me, with the 44.1 and 48kHz lights both turning on. Is that what yours does too? 

 

Yes that's the same way my invicta behaves as well.

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