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I'd say this highlights the differences in focus between a "high-end PC" and an audio specific setup. An expensive PC might feature really high end video card(s), tons of connectivity, gobs of RAM and storage.... but none of that really addresses audio capabilities via USB or SPDIF output. Take a more reasonable PC but add a SOtM USB card or else a standard card with SPDIF output (ESI, RMA, Digigram, MOTU) and you'll have a great transport. 
True, even tho I buildt it with only good parts, except for the mobo, wich I replaced because of the one was faulty. But the mobo aint horrible so I still thinks its quite bad. Im using the spdif out thru my asus xonar essence stx. Dunno if it might be that my dac cant run 192khz thru coax and only thru usb?
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True, even tho I buildt it with only good parts, except for the mobo, wich I replaced because of the one was faulty. But the mobo aint horrible so I still thinks its quite bad. Im using the spdif out thru my asus xonar essence stx. Dunno if it might be that my dac cant run 192khz thru coax and only thru usb?

 

 

If you get blue screen errors, there's something more to it. The STX should pass 192kHz no problem. And if your DAC can't accept it, you wouldn't hear sound... but it still should not cause the computer to crash. That said, almost all DACs can accept 192kHz over coax. The Invicta definitely can - I do it all the time!

 

I'm guessing you have some other issue. Maybe a driver conflict, faulty hard drive (just starting to fail, so you may not have noticed yet), or just general Windows issue. Maybe a fresh install would fix it?

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May I ask How does it compare with anedio d2 in terms of sound signature. I tend to find the d2 a tad bright and a little too thin in the mids for my liking.

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May I ask How does it compare with anedio d2 in terms of sound signature. I tend to find the d2 a tad bright and a little too thin in the mids for my liking.

 

The Invicta is cut from the same sonic cloth as the Anedio. So despite it being superior, it may not be to your liking either. 

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The Invicta is cut from the same sonic cloth as the Anedio. So despite it being superior, it may not be to your liking either. 


thanks for your fast reply! Do you have any recommendations?

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thanks for your fast reply! Do you have any recommendations?

 

DACs with more tonal density include the Audio GD Reference/Master series, the Yulong Sabre models, and the Matrix X-Sabre. I'm sure there are more, but those are the first that come to mind. 

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Tested yesterday iPad Air with Lightning to USB Camera Adaptor connected to a Resonessence Invicta (1st Generation), with success.

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Tested yesterday iPad Air with Lightning to USB Camera Adaptor connected to a Resonessence Invicta (1st Generation), with success.

 

 

Cool! I tried it back in the day with no luck, but the constant firmware updates have definitely brought out more USB compatibility. Some people might prefer using iPad rather than the built-in SD card option.

 

In other news, I just moved up to the Invicta Mirus. Still have the original on hand and I'll compare them when I have time. So far the Mirus is spectacular.... can't wait to have my KGSShv finished so I can take full advantage of all its resolution. 

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Cool! I tried it back in the day with no luck, but the constant firmware updates have definitely brought out more USB compatibility. Some people might prefer using iPad rather than the built-in SD card option.

 

In other news, I just moved up to the Invicta Mirus. Still have the original on hand and I'll compare them when I have time. So far the Mirus is spectacular.... can't wait to have my KGSShv finished so I can take full advantage of all its resolution. 

 

I didn't have any problems with the new iPad and iPad Air -> Invicta v1.0. The new iPad was tried when I first got (Radio_Head's) Invicta early last year.

 

Edit: Big difference between the Mirus & Invicta 1.0? Is it worthwhile to move "up"?

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I didn't have any problems with the new iPad and iPad Air -> Invicta v1.0. The new iPad was tried when I first got (Radio_Head's) Invicta early last year.

 

Edit: Big difference between the Mirus & Invicta 1.0? Is it worthwhile to move "up"?

 

 

Yeah, this was way back when the Invicta first came out. Many FW versions ago. And it was using an iPad 2 with CCK, which may possibly give different results than the Lightning-equipped models. I need to upgrade I suppose. 

 

I'm working on comparisons. It will be a while. I'm not the type to say "Wow! Night and day difference!!!!" like a lot of people probably would, just to justify an expensive purchase. So far I'd say I do hear an improvement. It takes a nice amp like Questyle CMA800R or AURALiC Taurus to draw it out, but it's there. Need to work on fleshing it out. I'll eventually have a review up somewhere. 

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Are there any news on what's going to be included in the 6.0 update ?

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Are there any news on what's going to be included in the 6.0 update ?
I can't remember where I read but I heard DoP over S/Pdif? That'll be interesting as it'll mean we can use the Audiophileo & still have DSD.
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I can't remember where I read but I heard DoP over S/Pdif? That'll be interesting as it'll mean we can use the Audiophileo & still have DSD.

 

 

Oooh, that sound good! I usually play DSD from the SD card so this will make things easier for me. Love it that Resonessence can enable new features like this, and that they frequently do! 

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Oooh, that sound good! I usually play DSD from the SD card so this will make things easier for me. Love it that Resonessence can enable new features like this, and that they frequently do! 

 

Now I remember where I got it from. I picked it off Computer Audiophile:-

http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f6-dac-digital-analog-conversion/does-res-labs-invicta-do-direct-stream-digital-dsd-over-pcm-spdif-18293/#post273279

 

I'm kinda looking forward to this as I'm keen on trying the whole Audiophileo chain (PurePower, along with AP1, etc.).

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That will be nice. With older FW, my Invicta didn't play nice with my Auraliti PK90 over USB. I believe the newer FW have it sorted but I'm not positive. However, I do like using the AP1+PP (for multiple reasons) so enabling DoP over BNC would be a very welcome add on. 

 

Lots of USB to SPDIF converters are now able to handle DSD64 (and sometimes even DSD128 as in the Audiophilleo 1 SE version), yet very few DACs can actually accept those signals via SPDIF. Kinda odd. 

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