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No weak links in the chain!  Very important.

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The Octave MKII is officially released.

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

 

It looks more like Hex's little brother than an upgraded version of Octave. There isn't a separate power supply unit anymore, it's all in one chassis just like the Hex. The coaxial input can handle up to 192kHz by default, and USB module is an option (also capable of 192/24).

 

Price is 785 euros, and another extra 103 euros for the optional USB input.

post #348 of 612
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Originally Posted by songmic View Post

The Octave MKII is officially released.

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

 

It looks more like Hex's little brother than an upgraded version of Octave. There isn't a separate power supply unit anymore, it's all in one chassis just like the Hex. The coaxial input can handle up to 192kHz by default, and USB module is an option (also capable of 192/24).

 

Price is 785 euros, and another extra 103 euros for the optional USB input.


It looks like an Octave with guaranteed 192hz + Hiface OEM board (and green PCB) in Hex box to me; 1 transformer instead of 2 small ones.

 

100 Euros extra for cherry picked 192hz and hiface oem seems ... reasonable; but I think the original octave now on offer (575 Euros) is a much better buy.

 

 

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I'm really happy that I have the original Octave. smily_headphones1.gif
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I'm really happy that I have the original Octave. smily_headphones1.gif

 

Why? I'm actually considering selling my original Octave and buying the MK II...

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I'm really happy that I have the original Octave. smily_headphones1.gif

+1. Having myself a better usb 2 spdif converter and having in general the possibility to add a better external power supply maintaining the small form factor of the original. Anyway, impressions of people having heard both could easily make me change my mind. smily_headphones1.gif
post #352 of 612
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Why? I'm actually considering selling my original Octave and buying the MK II...
Because the price has gone up and it's not really adding anything else that I want.
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+1. Having myself a better usb 2 spdif converter and having in general the possibility to add a better external power supply maintaining the small form factor of the original. Anyway, impressions of people having heard both could easily make me change my mind. smily_headphones1.gif

Mainly the form factor for me.
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Because the price has gone up and it's not really adding anything else that I want.
Mainly the form factor for me.

 

Form factor-wise, I agree with you. However, the MK II supposedly sounds better than the original Octave, closer to the sonic performance of Hex.

 

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+1. Having myself a better usb 2 spdif converter and having in general the possibility to add a better external power supply maintaining the small form factor of the original. Anyway, impressions of people having heard both could easily make me change my mind. smily_headphones1.gif

 

Octave MK II doesn't have a USB input by default, just like the original Octave. The USB module is an option, which you don't have to choose if you already have a better USB-to-S/PDIF converter (like my Stello U3).

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Octave MK II doesn't have a USB input by default, just like the original Octave. The USB module is an option, which you don't have to choose if you already have a better USB-to-S/PDIF converter (like my Stello U3).

 

You are right but having the possibility to add the USB module is a feature in the MKII that should be one of the reasons for the difference in price against the original Octave and it is a feature that, in my particular case, does not add any value.


 
post #355 of 612

I just love my Octave and after tweaking interconnects and other things finally have what I consider a superior dac. I will be looking forward to reviews of the MK2. Not really interested in the usb functionality but if reviews rave about improved sound I might have to give the new version a try......

post #356 of 612
Yeah I'm curious to see the reviews too. smily_headphones1.gif
post #357 of 612
I have an Octave on 30 day trial - guess I should send it back and get the Mk2. Huh.
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^ Yes you should - so you can report back to us ;-)
post #359 of 612

I just got a reply from Cees Ruijtenberg of Metrum Acoustics. In terms of sonic performance, the MK II has improved jitter but overall it's only a small step upwards. The real advantage of the MK II is the optional USB module, which is powered directly by the MK II's internal power supply. Other than these, it seems there aren't many benefits that would convince Octave owners to purchase the MK II.

 

Cees said that if you are happy with it, keep the original Octave. Which is what I decided to do after reading what he had to say.

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Originally Posted by songmic View Post

I just got a reply from Cees Ruijtenberg of Metrum Acoustics. In terms of sonic performance, the MK II has improved jitter but overall it's only a small step upwards. The real advantage of the MK II is the optional USB module, which is powered directly by the MK II's internal power supply. Other than these, it seems there aren't many benefits that would convince Octave owners to purchase the MK II.

 

Cees said that if you are happy with it, keep the original Octave. Which is what I decided to do after reading what he had to say.

Cool - really helpful, thanks

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