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It was my fault about the volume: It had been pre-set on both channels to be -30dB at start-up. Setting it to zero the sound in differential mode with the LCD-3s is fantastic.

 

I knew it! Sorry I didn't think of suggesting that right off the bat. I should have, because I set mine around the same levels (to avoid blowing up my CIEMs). 

post #572 of 694
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I rigged up a cable for differential headphone mode, but the volume doesn't go very loud. I've been converting files from PCM to DSD to see what the difference is too. DSD is definitely very pleasant with classical.

I'm glad that you solved the volume "problem" with your Invicta.   Just out of curiosity how are you converting PCM to DSD files - what software do you use?   Do you hear any differences between the PCM and DSD versions of the same file?   I would have thought they should be the same -- if they really are different, why should this happen, especially since DSD is supposed to be the format best suited for archiving.   

post #573 of 694
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

I rigged up a cable for differential headphone mode, but the volume doesn't go very loud. I've been converting files from PCM to DSD to see what the difference is too. DSD is definitely very pleasant with classical.

I'm glad that you solved the volume "problem" with your Invicta.   Just out of curiosity how are you converting PCM to DSD files - what software do you use?   Do you hear any differences between the PCM and DSD versions of the same file?   I would have thought they should be the same -- if they really are different, why should this happen, especially since DSD is supposed to be the format best suited for archiving.   

 

I used Weiss Saracon. I don't know enough to know enough, but the DSD version sounds more gentle and less aggressive. I wasn't sure if it was less resolving at the same time though. 

 

I just sent it back to Anakchan though. It was great having the ultra-clarity-without-distortion sound, especially in a small form factor. I think if I were starting again from scratch I'd buy one + a big tube amp for whatever headphones and be done. 

 

Here's the video I did, which covers all the features...I think...

 

post #574 of 694

I've encountered a few bugs with my Invicta and I'd like to know if you've experienced them too.

 

1) When using USB, the sample rate indicator brightness is inferior to the one set in the menus or when playing files from the SD card.

2) Related to above, when using USB : when switching between filters while volume level is displayed on the screen, the sample rate indicator brightness changes for a brief moment, just like the ring led around the volume control is off for a short while to give feedback to button press (unlike when playing files from the SD card, where the sample rate LED doesn't change brightness at all, only the ring LED does) - it dims and then returns to normal between most filters, but between some of them it dims, then gets brighter and then gets back to normal level.

3) This is a big one, with the SD card : when switching between play and pause (apple remote and direct controls), sometimes, apparently at random, the Invicta reverses channels (left becomes right and right becomes left). Returning to the beginning of the track by pressing the left arrow on the Apple remote, the channels are back to normal, except, at random (not always), when I stop playing while the channels are reversed, then hit the left arrow on the remote and press play again. When rewinding back or winding forward the channels stay as they were (either reversed or not). When changing song they're back to normal. Still investigating, I'll try this evening to see if the same happens when playing / pausing via USB (iTunes or Spotify). I'll also try to see if it happens with headphones as it uses a second card for this.

4) No next / previous track control with Spotify, only stop / play. Works fine with iTunes though.
 
I've also had two other issues, but I'm still unsure the Invicta is responsible for it, so I need a little more time to check and recreate the problems :
 
5) I couldn't read AIFF files on the card I'm now using with it. Still investigating.

6) When converting AIFF files directly from the card itself to the same directory using XLD (Mac) - therefore not converting it on my computer and then exporting it to the card - , opening the folder would freeze the Invicta which logo would turn purple. When deleting those files and folder, converting the tracks on my computer, creating a new folder with the same name and exporting it to the card, no problem. I haven't tried to repeat the problem but it happened for two different folders. I'll try to recreate it to be sure.


Edited by MayaTlab - 8/28/13 at 9:37am
post #575 of 694
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I'll have to check for 1 and 2. Have not noticed that in my unit, but it could just be me being dense. Happens a lot.

 

Number 3, I'm almost positive has not happened to me. I tend to stick with the same filter all the time, but I do switch once in a while, and I'm pretty sure I'd have noticed it. Especially with certain hard-panned recordings - it would be real obvious. Sounds like your unit is doing something weird. 

 

Number 4, I don't use Spotify so I can't help. Sorry.

 

5 and 6 - Again, I don't use AIFF so can't help. I'm almost worthless here.... Sorry.

 

I'd definitely check with Resonessence about it though. Number 3 is a big problem. A firmware update might be good to try, assuming it's some quirk in the software sub-system and not a hardware thing. Or if you already have the latest FW, they can help you reflash and start fresh. That might do the trick, unless of course it is a hardware issue. 

post #576 of 694
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Number 3, I'm almost positive has not happened to me. I tend to stick with the same filter all the time, but I do switch once in a while, and I'm pretty sure I'd have noticed it. Especially with certain hard-panned recordings - it would be real obvious. Sounds like your unit is doing something weird. 

 

Just to be precise : this is not when switching filters, but when pausing / playing a track with the SD card. something like 1 out of 4 play / pause cycle will result in the channels being reversed (but it really appears at random).

 

What I did : select a track that starts with strongly panned elements (ex : Blues in Orbit album by Mr Ellington). Play, then pause, then play, then pause, then play (at intervals worth barely more than 2 or three seconds, but it can happen regardless of the interval), usually after a few cycles the channels get reversed, then they usually come back to normal after a few additional cycles. All at random.


Edited by MayaTlab - 8/28/13 at 11:05am
post #577 of 694
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Just to be precise : this is not when switching filters, but when pausing / playing a track with the SD card. something like 1 out of 4 play / pause cycle will result in the channels being reversed (but it really appears at random).

 

What I did : select a track that starts with strongly panned elements (ex : Blues in Orbit album by Mr Ellington). Play, then pause, then play, then pause, then play (at intervals worth barely more than 2 or three seconds, but it can happen regardless of the interval), usually after a few cycles the channels get reversed, then they usually come back to normal after a few additional cycles. All at random.

 

Sorry, I read it wrong or maybe just pulled the filter thing out of thin air. Told you I was dense.

 

I don't use the Apple remote much but if it happens with front panel controls as well, then I'll be able to test mine out. 

post #578 of 694

The HP output is also affected, I just checked (I expected so). I'll now try to see what happens with another SD card and another file format. I don't see how it could change anything, but let's try it anyway. The card I'm now using is a 8 Go Lexar pro from some time ago.

 

EDIT : I can now confirm that it happens on all my SD cards (Lexar or Sandisk), on all kinds of files (AIFF, FLAC, WAV), on both the XLR output and HP outputs, and on different filter settings.


Edited by MayaTlab - 8/28/13 at 11:57am
post #579 of 694

I've been a long time user of the Invicta and have a fair amount of experience with it.  I can't comment on 1 and 2 since I don't use USB - only the SD card.  Regarding #3, I have never encountered any reversal of channels as you've described using either the front panel controls or the Invicta remote.  I do not use an Apple remote.  Although my Invicta is a first generation model, it is up to date with the most current software.   No comment on 4 since I don't use Spotify.  Regarding 5 and 6, I have been using only FLAC files ever since this format was introduced in the Invicta software.   Recently, though, I accidentally ripped a CD to AIFF using XLD on my MacbookPro and found that the Invicta could not recognize any of the AIFF files but had no problem when I converted the AIFF files to FLAC, also with XLD -- very odd.   Previously I had been ripping CDs to AIFF using iTunes, and never had a problem.   So I do wonder if there could be glitch with the latest software update.   

post #580 of 694

Points 5) and 6) are solved. I don't know what happened, but I suppose I must have made some unexpected file manipulation that threw something off. Currently discussing with Resonessence about the issue 3), and so far they seem pretty responsive, which always leaves a good impression !

post #581 of 694

Does anyone have any impressions or comparisons with the Berkeley Alpha DAC series 2?

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Firmware 5.2.0 available. It fixes the channel swapping issue :

 

http://resonessencelabs.com/software-updates-for-invicta/

 

Now that's what I call being reactive. 

post #583 of 694
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Does anyone have any impressions or comparisons with the Berkeley Alpha DAC series 2?

 

Heard the original, liked it a lot but I'd say the Invicta is appreciably better. Series 2 I only heard once in unfamiliar conditions but it seemed really great, so I dunno.... maybe similar to Invicta? 

 

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Firmware 5.2.0 available. It fixes the channel swapping issue :

 

http://resonessencelabs.com/software-updates-for-invicta/

 

Now that's what I call being reactive. 

 

Awesome! Glad your problem is fixed. Mark and the gang are nothing if not supportive. 

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Awesome! Glad your problem is fixed. Mark and the gang are nothing if not supportive. 

 

Were you able to reproduce the problem or was it only a part of the production that was affected ?

post #585 of 694
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Were you able to reproduce the problem or was it only a part of the production that was affected ?

 

Nope, I didn't, at least not in my limited time checking. But I updated FW anyway. 

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