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post #226 of 279

Hey leeperry,

 

Have you got any further with understanding what combination of firmware and driver you like the best?

 

I am currently running the new firmware with 1.61 (ie as AM intended) and it is sounding very good to me via my HD650. My S1 V2 amps are on their way back to me so next week I should have a better sense of the overall sound. regular_smile%20.gif

 

Regards.

post #227 of 279

Thanks for the correction. It was likely up to date at the time Simon updated the firmware. Anything significant change from 1.61?

 

I think I'm hearing a little more forwardness and detail in Jplay (KS, Directlink, Xstream). Other than that, perhaps a little smoother? Not sure yet.


Edited by robertsong - 2/2/13 at 5:17am
post #228 of 279

I likely wouldn't have bothered to look into the driver updates or contacted April if it wasn't for this thread. Thanks to leeperry for that.

 

Now if only April would make a new 32/384 external powered "U4" with BNC jack. wink.gif
 

post #229 of 279
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Originally Posted by nzitr View Post

 

Have you got any further with understanding what combination of firmware and driver you like the best?

 

Well, I'm currently running the new firmware with the stock 1.61 drivers and all is well.....I remember really not liking the sound of the 1.63, I'll try them again down the road I guess as this really didn't sound like placebo to me....I guess the XMOS ppl release drivers and firmwares together as a combo for a good reason evil_smiley.gif


Edited by leeperry - 2/20/13 at 12:41pm
post #230 of 279

woah, u3 really takes my dac2 to another level. cant wait to connect kingrex psu to it :)

 

using 1.61 drivers and fw that came with these drivers. i felt like 1.22 had a little more extended bass but this might have been placebo or volume diffrences. :p


Edited by aivar1988 - 2/20/13 at 8:17am
post #231 of 279
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woah, u3 really takes my dac2 to another level.

 

I'm on a Mac, but I completely agree.

The Stello completely made my Mac Mini / U3 / DAC-2 pairing much more musical, reliable and enjoyable.

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I'm on a Mac, but I completely agree.
The Stello completely made my Mac Mini / U3 / DAC-2 pairing much more musical, reliable and enjoyable.

Have you tried external PSU for u3 ? I have red many good words about this. I myself have kingrex psu mk2 here siting under u3, damn they look good together, too bad i cant pair these babies yet tongue.gif ... and have a bunch of little kingUrexies :> have to wait until usb plug adapters arrive from usa, this can take up to a month :s
Edited by aivar1988 - 2/20/13 at 3:07pm
post #233 of 279
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Have you tried external PSU for u3 ? I have red many good words about this. I myself have kingrex psu mk2 here siting under u3, damn they look good together, too bad i cant pair these babies yet tongue.gif ... and have a bunch of little kingUrexies :>

 

How do you link up the Kingrex PSU MK2 with the U3??

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How do you link up the Kingrex PSU MK2 with the U3??
For this you need usb 5v injector cable and solder iron tongue.gif search kingrex psu mk2 review this forum, leeperry made one cable there.. im makeing myself the same way
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How do you link up the Kingrex PSU MK2 with the U3?

 

Have a look here if you like.

 

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Originally Posted by aivar1988 View Post

have to wait until usb plug adapters arrive from usa, this can take up to a month

 

I ordered mine from Germany, very cheap shipping costs and they were here in 3 days. That's Mikrotik's main EU reseller and yes, I can definitely confirm that the U3 flies into a whole new territory once set up in combo with the Kingrex MK2 PSU.....so much that my standards have gotten so high now that everything else seems to sound mushy and essentially end up being a waste of my time to my ears, I'm not even kidding confused_face.gif

 

Again there's a very good reason why the owner of 6moons reviews in combo with his DP1 every USB PSU he can find evil_smiley.gif


Edited by leeperry - 2/20/13 at 3:41pm
post #236 of 279
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Originally Posted by aivar1988 View Post


Have you tried external PSU for u3 ? I have red many good words about this. I myself have kingrex psu mk2 here siting under u3, damn they look good together, too bad i cant pair these babies yet tongue.gif ... and have a bunch of little kingUrexies :> have to wait until usb plug adapters arrive from usa, this can take up to a month :s

No, I have tried any PSU for the U3 yet ... I'll be closely following how the Kingrex works out for you biggrin.gif

post #237 of 279
Considering im using notebook, this has even much worse quality 5v from usb then desktop pcs, therefore kingrex should give major improvement. will let you know when i get them connected.
Right now u3 is using usb power and it sounds very good already, could not be happier but soon i will be. tongue.gif
Edited by aivar1988 - 2/21/13 at 2:59pm
post #238 of 279

have been using U3 with kingrex psu for a few days now.. better bass and more dynamic sound.

post #239 of 279

Nice

post #240 of 279

also i can recommend aes ebu over coax too. i think its much better sounding - ofcourse using a different and better cable too. going from supra trico to dh labs silversonic d-110

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