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post #121 of 680

I finally received my V800 on Saturday. Out of the box, it is very congested and closed in sounding! Started opening up after about 50 hours and detail retrieval has continually improved significantly. Definitely sounds better with balanced cables into the V200. Scales up nicely with better power cables. So far very happy with the purchaseL3000.gif!!!

post #122 of 680

Has anyone used the m2tech HiFace two in concert with the V800?

post #123 of 680
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Originally Posted by spkrs01 View Post

Has anyone used the m2tech HiFace two in concert with the V800?

 

Not the HiFace Two, but I recently had an Mhdt Labs USBridge. It's an async design based around the C-Media 6631 chip, and costs roughly the same as the HiFace. I liked it with some of my DACs, but strongly preferred the V800 straight from my SPDIF source alone. Even trying a merely "decent" CD transport (rather than a really good one) I still felt like it had the upper hand compared to the USB to SPDIF conversion. 

 

Just anecdotal info, not exactly what you were asking...

post #124 of 680

Thank you for the replybeerchug.gif.

 

I bought the HiFace two this afternoon and inserting it in my CAS based system with the V200/800 on my desk. I can't believe what a difference this little usb thumb drive-like device is making. I need to listen some more to get my head round it, but at the moment to me, it seems like one of the best tweak/device that I have bought in terms of price/performance. Simply stunning!

 

 

 

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Not the HiFace Two, but I recently had an Mhdt Labs USBridge. It's an async design based around the C-Media 6631 chip, and costs roughly the same as the HiFace. I liked it with some of my DACs, but strongly preferred the V800 straight from my SPDIF source alone. Even trying a merely "decent" CD transport (rather than a really good one) I still felt like it had the upper hand compared to the USB to SPDIF conversion. 

 

Just anecdotal info, not exactly what you were asking...

post #125 of 680
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Pardon my ignorance.... CAS based system? I'm thinking Cypher Labs Algorhythm Solo (CLAS) or else Computer Audiophile Pocket Server (CAPS)... but I can't think of any CAS right now. 

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Pardon my ignorance.... CAS based system? I'm thinking Cypher Labs Algorhythm Solo (CLAS) or else Computer Audiophile Pocket Server (CAPS)... but I can't think of any CAS right now. 

 

If I am not mistaken, it stands for Computer Audiophile System.................it's a Hong Kong thing. We are into acronyms !!!

post #127 of 680
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Oh I get it. I can see how a decent async USB to SPDIF converter would help in that case. Unless you take extreme measures for building a computer setup, it's hard to get extremely good performance from USB alone. And the cost involved can get very high, very quickly. A converter seems like the right choice there. 

 

I think I'm done messing with my own builds. I'll be picking up an Auraliti PK-90 with the isolated USB output using a SOtM card, along with their NuForce sourced linear power supply. I'm hoping that allows me to unlock even more performance from my Violectric V800 and Anedio D2. 

post #128 of 680

I use the v800 for mastering purposes.It's really a great dac!.I've also bought an hiface two that is connected to the v800 with a blujeans spdif cable.

Even if the hiface is connected to one of the usb ports of the motherboard there's been a clear improvement over my previous setup (esi juli@ pci card with spdif out)

This little piece of hardware called hiface two has made a little but clearly perceptible sonic difference.

Like Project86 i want to buy a SOtM pci express card to isolate and filter the usb power from the new daw i'll build and i think i'll buy another hiface two with bnc output.

I'll need a dac with bnc input to obtain a true real 75 ohm digital connection(rca connectors even the best ones have barely 50 ohm)

Maybe i'll have to change my dac with a new one(with bnc input) unless Violectric will come out with a new dac model with bnc input.

 

 

@spkrs01: the v800 will sound much better after 150-200 hours of burn in.I've also changed the stock power cable with a custom made one.

The new cable is made with 6 wires 16 awg military specs silver plated copper.There's been a further improvement in sound so my advice is to change the stock power cable


Edited by fradoca - 6/3/12 at 2:27pm
post #129 of 680
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Originally Posted by fradoca View Post

I use the v800 for mastering purposes.It's really a great dac!.I've also bought an hiface two that is connected to the v800 with a blujeans spdif cable.

Even if the hiface is connected to one of the usb ports of the motherboard there's been a clear improvement over my previous setup (esi juli@ pci card with spdif out)

This little piece of hardware called hiface two has made a little but clearly perceptible sonic difference.

Like Project86 i want to buy a SOtM pci express card to isolate and filter the usb power from the new daw i'll build and i think i'll buy another hiface two with bnc output.

I'll need a dac with bnc input to obtain a true real 75 ohm digital connection(rca connectors even the best ones have barely 50 ohm)

Maybe i'll have to change my dac with a new one(with bnc input) unless Violectric will come out with a new dac model with bnc input.

 

 

 

What is this and what is its purpose? Does this card work in conjunction with a laptop? Many thanks!

post #130 of 680
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What is this and what is its purpose? Does this card work in conjunction with a laptop? Many thanks!


if you scroll down the page :

 

http://www.sonore.us/SOtM.html

 

till the SOtM tX-USB Audiophile PCI to USB Audio Card:

 

you'll see that is not suitable for laptop pc but for desktop or tower pc.

post #131 of 680

Thanks very much for that, much appreciated...........

post #132 of 680

This looks to be the right dac to replace my NFB-2 which i find a bit too colored in the mid range and a bit too edgy in the high's. Well maybe the Metrum Octave is an option but i don't want to wait 6 weeks for it to arrive. Also feeding the Phoenix some balanced goodness seems like a good idea.

post #133 of 680
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This looks to be the right dac to replace my NFB-2 which i find a bit too colored in the mid range and a bit too edgy in the high's. Well maybe the Metrum Octave is an option but i don't want to wait 6 weeks for it to arrive. Also feeding the Phoenix some balanced goodness seems like a good idea.

I have heard that the Phoenix sounds best through the balanced out. It is always best to use balanced inputs in that case, even when an amp allows for converting single ended inputs to balanced outputs.

So yes, good idea!
post #134 of 680
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I have heard that the Phoenix sounds best through the balanced out. It is always best to use balanced inputs in that case, even when an amp allows for converting single ended inputs to balanced outputs.
So yes, good idea!

Yeah going from SE to Balanced on the T1 was quite a difference on the Phoenix smile.gif Can't wait to try it out but first i have to beat this cold.. summer and i have a %$#!@ cold. Will post here how i like it, thanks btw for the informative review, made the choice much easier.

post #135 of 680

The V800 - in my ears - is maybe the best DAC I´ve had. 

 

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