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post #61 of 316
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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post

Thanks for the feedback, Gwarmi - its always refreshing to hear the voice of dissent on HF, particularly when so many new products are greeted with such glowing praise from the get-go.



 Yeh I try to keep it real, I don't get my jollies from spruiking rainbows or raining on anyone's parade, thankfully

 rx79ez08 (another Melburnian!) pointed out that I was running USB mode 1, plus all I had was WASAPI on the

 A2A laptop.

 

 Will try again in USB 2 mode, with an Audiophilleo 2 SPDIF transport and the CA Asio driver

 and ask that the store burn it in from today ~ if it falls over after that then my original review will stand unfortunately.

 

 All things considered with the DAC section ~ the head amp section is hardly something to get excited about.

 No specs either from CA, plus the unmarked volume dial is likely to be a deal breaker for many eg, listen to hard

 house on your HD650, switch to a Grado for rock without resetting the volume

 

 Boom - bye bye hearing.


Edited by Gwarmi - 12/6/11 at 3:54pm
post #62 of 316

I think one you get the Win7 ASIO going, you're going to notice a HUGE difference (then maybe a little burn-in on top of that).

 

Every DAC I've listened to that didn't go through the right configuration and typically the use of the ASIO drivers (even with using ASIO4ALL), has been a huge increase is soundstage, depth, clarity, PRaT, well, just about everything.

 

It'll be interesting to see what you think once it's properly configured.

 

I have both the BiFrost & DacMagic Plus coming... and will see what Schiit's Statement sounds like once that's released.  Can't wait for the fun of messing around with these over the next few months!

 

It's amazing how many people I've shocked by the sound of using my CA 840c as a DAC and playing hi-res files through it.  I've even tricked a few people who would've bet large amounts of money that it we were listening to Vinyl.... ha ha ha.

post #63 of 316

Well, I just ordered one for 350 EUR with shipping, very curious!

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Well, I just ordered one for 350 EUR with shipping, very curious!



 Wow ~ that's cheap, Hmmm, that's the problem in Australia ~ $699AUD (536 euros)

 

 Is it worth 536 euros over here? Hmmm, time will tell smile.gif

post #65 of 316
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Well, I just ordered one for 350 EUR with shipping, very curious!



Where?

 

post #66 of 316

I demand a link, now!
 

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Originally Posted by boba6 View Post

Well, I just ordered one for 350 EUR with shipping, very curious!



 

 

post #67 of 316

in Hungary here:

http://www.hifibarlang.hu

the list price is 400EUR with TAX -15% promotion for the first buyers +shipping

 

post #68 of 316

It's arrived today, just plugged in!

Connected to PC with Belkin Pro USB (stock one seems crap) useing Foobar with ASIO under XP. (headphone is AKG K240 sextett)

Tried to install the 1.43.3 driver but couldn't... WTF?

OK doesn't matter let's try out: after a few seconds I could tell the sound is crap!

Fast documentation reading and switching it to USB 2 mode (press the FILTER button during turning it on, then turn the volume knob until Digital 2 LED illuminate then press the volume knob!)

After this I could install the driver, and well the sound REALLY changed :)

Now I leave playing for burning in during night...

(sorry for bad english)

 


Edited by boba6 - 12/9/11 at 2:34pm
post #69 of 316

Cool! Looking forward to hearing how it sounds with proper drivers etc. 

post #70 of 316

Sitting down with the DacMagic + right now ~ here's a quick 'how to' for first time owners on how to activate USB 2.0 mode

 

Switch off unit, power on, hold the filter button down, digital 1 should illuminate, rotate the volume control, digital 1 is usb 1.0

while digital 2 is usb 2.0. Set to digital 2 - usb 2.0 and press the volume dial in. Now you can install the CA 2.0

driver.


Edited by Gwarmi - 12/10/11 at 6:07am
post #71 of 316

How does it sound on USB 2? Also did you get a chance to use Optical/Coaxial ?

 

Think USB 1 is entirely useless - sounds aweful (like a soundblaster from the mid 90's).

post #72 of 316

I am on the fence on this unit.  Have never been a fan of CA gear, but I like to try this unit.  It's $599 on Amazon right now.  Maybe I should hold off and read more about it.

post #73 of 316
Thread Starter 

I fully expect 6Moons, and possibly Headfonia, to have reviews up by the end of the month. Of course, whether that's going to help with any purchase decisions is a topic for a completely new thread.  very_evil_smiley.gif

 

(I will give 6Moons this - they take great photos)

post #74 of 316
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How does it sound on USB 2? Also did you get a chance to use Optical/Coaxial ?

 

Think USB 1 is entirely useless - sounds aweful (like a soundblaster from the mid 90's).



 Sorry for the late update on the DacMagic Plus guys ~ I can guarantee that my final impression will be in by tomorrow

 when I visit the store again.

 

 It did improve somewhat after installing ASIO and setting the mode to USB 2.0, however I cannot seem to get past

 it's lack of mids detail and slightly metallic digital edge ~ it's a very different listen to the V800 and Rega DAC, much

 less organic and analogue sounding. Again, some people might like this.

 

 Will see tomorrow.

 

 For the record, the guy I mentioned who liked it (in my previous impressions) out of the 4 of us ~ came back to the store

 for a second listen and changed his mind ~ he's not a fan either now <shrug>

 

 PS:- I will try the Audiophilleo 1 with it too


Edited by Gwarmi - 12/11/11 at 10:31pm
post #75 of 316
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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post

(I will give 6Moons this - they take great photos)


They should just reinvent themselves as a photo blog or something....

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