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post #376 of 661
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Originally Posted by songmic View Post

 

So after those 40 remaining units are sold out, the original Octave is gone forever? Or will he continue to make them alongside the new MK II?

The site states the price is a special offer until stock are depleted, so it's safe to asume its the end of the Mk1. That being main reason i ordered one know instead of after getting new cans

post #377 of 661

So I've been trialling the Octave with the Violectric V200 amp and T1.  Very happy with the sound, rich, dynamic, no 'tizz', detailed...

 

But here's the thing... for some reason the vocal seems to be no longer dead center but edged off to the right of the stereo image.  I reduced the gain on the V200 from factory neutral to the lowest setting and this seems to have helped but vocals still feel slightly less 'centered' than before the Metrum.

 

Is this a thing? What would cause it? I seem to remember having a similar issue with the HD650, lowering the gain seemed to help. (I don't have the 650 any more to compare). 

 

Its a weird little niggle on an otherwise superlative set-up that I don't understand.

post #378 of 661
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Originally Posted by avl06 View Post

But here's the thing... for some reason the vocal seems to be no longer dead center but edged off to the right of the stereo image.  I reduced the gain on the V200 from factory neutral to the lowest setting and this seems to have helped but vocals still feel slightly less 'centered' than before the Metrum.

 

Have you tried to switch the L and R interconnect on either the Octave or the V200, to see if the edges off to the left instead? If it doesn't then it's probably not the DAC.

post #379 of 661

I think I have the same "problem" with my system, unless your is faulty.

Maybe you are hearing your ears not matching 100% of the time because of the impressive soundstage your system may be offering.

I think there are a lot of music with slightly off center channel too (for both sides of course).

post #380 of 661
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Originally Posted by Sganzerla View Post

I think I have the same "problem" with my system, unless your is faulty.

Maybe you are hearing your ears not matching 100% of the time because of the impressive soundstage your system may be offering.

I think there are a lot of music with slightly off center channel too (for both sides of course).

Thanks guys. I'll try swapping the interconnects - havn't had a chance yet. But Sganzerla I think you might be right - it might be the price of a revealing rig!

post #381 of 661

i got my Metrum Octave!! first impression was wow! i'm really happy with it so far. it really brings back the emotions of my music! highs are nice and sparkly, and i noticed the poorer recordings that usually had their highs distorted are now smoothed out! 

 

 

 

hmmm too bad the Halide Bridge upsamples 16bit to 24bit, so maybe that kinda defies the NOS dac concept XD 

post #382 of 661
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Originally Posted by angelsblood View Post

i noticed the poorer recordings that usually had their highs distorted are now smoothed out!

 

Poor recordings had distorted highs but are now smoothed out by the Octave? Hmm... that's not how I feel about my Octave, at least. An excellent DAC as it is, it doesn't make poor recordings sound great, I'm sorry. On the contrary, while many DAC's add some color to the sound to hide the flaws in poor recordings, the Octave is very neutral sounding and lets you hear the music as clearly as it is. Well-recorded songs will sound truly hi-fi, but the Octave is unforgiving with bad recordings. Kinda like the Sennheiser HD800, I suppose. To be honest, I don't really mind somewhat colored-sounding headphones or amps, but I think a DAC (or any digital source component, for that matter) should be as neutral and unforgiving as possible, like the Octave.

 

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Originally Posted by angelsblood View Post

hmmm too bad the Halide Bridge upsamples 16bit to 24bit, so maybe that kinda defies the NOS dac concept XD 

 

I always upsample my 16/44.1 CD-ripped RedBook files to 24/176.4 with Pure Music or Audirvana+ when using my Octave. It sounds better that way, in my opinion!

post #383 of 661
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Originally Posted by songmic View Post

 

Poor recordings had distorted highs but are now smoothed out by the Octave? Hmm... that's not how I feel about my Octave, at least. An excellent DAC as it is, it doesn't make poor recordings sound great, I'm sorry. On the contrary, while many DAC's add some color to the sound to hide the flaws in poor recordings, the Octave is very neutral sounding and lets you hear the music as clearly as it is. Well-recorded songs will sound truly hi-fi, but the Octave is unforgiving with bad recordings. Kinda like the Sennheiser HD800, I suppose. To be honest, I don't really mind somewhat colored-sounding headphones or amps, but I think a DAC (or any digital source component, for that matter) should be as neutral and unforgiving as possible, like the Octave.

 

hmm this is actually what i hear. the only thing i changed in my system is the DAC. now when i play back 3 of the songs i noted as having distorted highs, it is not as present now or rather, smoothed when i installed the Octave. And the difference is too big to be a psyhcological thing!

 

 

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Originally Posted by songmic View Post

 

I always upsample my 16/44.1 CD-ripped RedBook files to 24/176.4 with Pure Music or Audirvana+ when using my Octave. It sounds better that way, in my opinion!

 

then i guess i didn't make a bad choice going for the Halide bridge afterall! ; )

 

 

 

post #384 of 661
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Originally Posted by angelsblood View Post

i got my Metrum Octave!! first impression was wow! i'm really happy with it so far. it really brings back the emotions of my music! highs are nice and sparkly, and i noticed the poorer recordings that usually had their highs distorted are now smoothed out! 

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hmmm too bad the Halide Bridge upsamples 16bit to 24bit, so maybe that kinda defies the NOS dac concept XD 

that is not upsampling, you're not changing the sample rate but increasing the bit depth
post #385 of 661
I really like the pairing smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by Stitch View Post

Ok thats it.
Just sent out my order for a mk1 to Cees. Hoping they aren't sold out yet. I'm really anxious to hear how how it pairs with my GS-1.
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post #386 of 661
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Originally Posted by MomijiTMO View Post

I really like the pairing smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by Stitch View Post

Ok thats it.
Just sent out my order for a mk1 to Cees. Hoping they aren't sold out yet. I'm really anxious to hear how how it pairs with my GS-1.
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Good to hear that redface.gif
What did you use before the octave?
post #387 of 661
I have a Lite Audio Dac-83 which few people know about and a Bufffalo 32S. I like the Metrum over them.
post #388 of 661
Anyone compared it to a Headamp Dac?
post #389 of 661
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Originally Posted by perrew View Post

Anyone compared it to a Headamp Dac?

 

As far as I know, HeadAmp does make decent desktop headphone amps but not DAC's. Or are you talking about HeadAmp's portable DAC/amps? If so, I don't see why anyone would compare a dedicated desktop DAC to a small DAC/amp...

post #390 of 661
Amps from headamp are way beyond decent wink.gif and indeed Justin doesn't make desktop dacs. From what in read here and there the Pico is a fine dac for its size. Shouldn't be hard to find a review about
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