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Possible upgrades from Wyred4sound dac-2?PWD?

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Like the title, I currently have the PWD in mind. it's a shame they don't have better USB implementation. 

Any defects on the PWD sound wise and synergy with amp/preamp? 

 

I'd also like to know if there are other options.

 

Would like keep the budget under 3k and has to have balanced out, HT bypass/preamp function would be a bonus. 

 

 

 

Very best. 


Edited by BrucYSN - 8/19/11 at 9:20pm

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post #2 of 20
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No one? 

post #3 of 20

I like my PWD.  Sounds good, lots of features, flexible--though I sometimes worry about the longevity of the LCD screen.  Also, the bridge still seems like a pain in the ass.  If you're really looking for USB "done right," perhaps you should check out the Ayre QB-9?

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I like my PWD.  Sounds good, lots of features, flexible--though I sometimes worry about the longevity of the LCD screen.  Also, the bridge still seems like a pain in the ass.  If you're really looking for USB "done right," perhaps you should check out the Ayre QB-9?


That you have had the PWD this long is a statement.

OP, if you want a better feed, there are a lot of good USB converters.
post #5 of 20
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I like my PWD.  Sounds good, lots of features, flexible--though I sometimes worry about the longevity of the LCD screen.  Also, the bridge still seems like a pain in the ass.  If you're really looking for USB "done right," perhaps you should check out the Ayre QB-9?



I'll check the QB-9 out,Although I don't really need the bridge since I"ve got a dedicated computer sits right on top of my DAC lol How dose it stack up with the DAC you previously used? 

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That you have had the PWD this long is a statement.

OP, if you want a better feed, there are a lot of good USB converters.


Isn't that thing gonna cost like 400-500 bucks? That's a bit too much for me lol

Good news it's that I found my old crappy laptop actually dose have optical out, hopefully it would work fine. 

post #7 of 20
You could get a used Mface for $140 or so.
post #8 of 20
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So no one had heard em both , bummer, I just wonder if the PWD worth the trouble lol 

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So no one had heard em both , bummer, I just wonder if the PWD worth the trouble lol 



you mean the HIface EVO? 

post #10 of 20

Pretty sure he was talking about this --

 

hiface1.jpg

post #11 of 20

Or a MF v-link..... :)

post #12 of 20

There's always Firewire DAC's :)

post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by Happy Camper 

That you have had the PWD this long is a statement.

OP, if you want a better feed, there are a lot of good USB converters.

Heh. I think the statement is that I got tired of buying and selling DACs. smily_headphones1.gif
post #14 of 20

OT, but as long as the HiFace and V-link have been brought up, I would dearly like to see some impressions of the MHDT Bridge as there seems to be a dearth of information available on that one.

 

Screen shot 2011-08-25 at 12.36.35 PM.png

 

Some other USB options:

 

http://www.thewelltemperedcomputer.com/HW/USB_SPDIF.htm


Edited by grokit - 8/25/11 at 1:44pm
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 

great, thanks for the input  although after reading all the reviews of bridges, i start wonder the improvement over digital interface + PWD over USB to W4S would really justify the costs.......

Anything one can recommand other dacs? I'm getting my eyes on the QB9 or the Zodiac. It's just 1800 for a PWD it's just so tempting. 

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