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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
 

little question: are the ALAC (apple loosless) files supported for SD Card playback, or only FLAC ?  (80% of my library is ALAC)

 

and, like "project86", do you feel that the sound signature of the Invicta is NOT "too digital" like many people seems to believe ? will you define it as analytical or instead rather lay-back/musical

 

thanks

 To answer your questions above:

 

1. ALAC files (currently) are not supported -- only FLAC.   I don't know whether the company plans to update software for ALAC compatibility, but I wouldn't be surprised if they do.   What I do is convert FLAC to ALAC using XLD, which can be configured to transfer to my iTunes library.   Frankly I would actually prefer having iTunes support FLAC but that probably won't happen until hell freezes over.

2. I don't find the Invicta to sound "digital" at all -- I think it sounds the way the source should i.e. accurate.   If the source is highly etched or "analytical" then the Invicta will portray it that way, and vice versa.   This is actually ideal since it allows you, if you wish, to modify or adjust the sound character using different cables, amps, headphones, etc, without introducing yet another variable.   I realize some people have negatively portrayed Sabre-chip based dacs as being too digital or strident, but with regard to the Invicta/Mirus this is definitely not the case.  

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 To answer your questions above:

 

1. ALAC files (currently) are not supported -- only FLAC.   I don't know whether the company plans to update software for ALAC compatibility, but I wouldn't be surprised if they do.   What I do is convert FLAC to ALAC using XLD, which can be configured to transfer to my iTunes library.   Frankly I would actually prefer having iTunes support FLAC but that probably won't happen until hell freezes over.

2. I don't find the Invicta to sound "digital" at all -- I think it sounds the way the source should i.e. accurate.   If the source is highly etched or "analytical" then the Invicta will portray it that way, and vice versa.   This is actually ideal since it allows you, if you wish, to modify or adjust the sound character using different cables, amps, headphones, etc, without introducing yet another variable.   I realize some people have negatively portrayed Sabre-chip based dacs as being too digital or strident, but with regard to the Invicta/Mirus this is definitely not the case.  

thanks for your input.   So now... I really need to find a way to hear (peacefully, with my music files) the Invicta :-)

 

Aurender N100s + Invicta could be THE solution.... :D  

 

(same design, and...still transportable. but... Will the USB of the Aurender pair well with the Invicta ?)


Edited by bmichels - 2/22/15 at 7:30am
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
 

thanks for your input.   So now... I really need to find a way to hear (peacefully, with my music files) the Invicta :-)

 

Aurender N100s + Invicta could be THE solution.... :D  

 

(same design, and...still transportable. but... Will the USB of the Aurender pair well with the Invicta ?)

 

 

I use an Aurender X100L and it works perfectly with Invicta Mirus. I would assume that translates to Invicta (non Mirus) and N100s pairing just as well. Interestingly, the Concero products don't get on very well with the X100L, but my Mirus and the original Invicta before that are good. 

 

Btw the recent Aurender update which added Tidal/Wimp integration are excellent! It's not perfect yet, still in beta, but already I love it. Prior to that I was streaming Tidal via AirPlay.... which is fine, but having it all right there in the app is even better. 

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Found a Review of the Invicta Mirus, since there is no real thread for Mirus i post this in Invicta thread.

Idk if some people know this review but for me it was new.

anyways:

http://www.highfidelity.pl/@main-469&lang=en

 

some line from the review

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 After long listening sessions with Mirus (and Vega too) I have to admit I was wrong – Sabre based device is capable of playing not only a perfect sound but also a real, soul touching music.
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 Mirus offers detailed, transparent sound with large soundstage, both left to right and front to back. It offers not only lively, extended range extremes but also rich, smooth, colorful midrange that is a must if almost any music is to sound right.

Edited by amigastar - Today at 1:04 pm
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Found a Review of the Invicta Mirus, since there is no real thread for Mirus i post this in Invicta thread.

Idk if some people know this review but for me it was new.

anyways:

http://www.highfidelity.pl/@main-469&lang=en

 

some line from the review


It says the Mirus uses the FPGA Xilinx Spartan-6, along with the Chord Hugo and PS Audio  Direct Stream DAC, any other dacs use this product?

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