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post #646 of 1006
I pulled the trigger on a black D18 today, should have it by the end of next week :-)
Once again, terrible waiting will hopefully be rewarded...

But reading your post makes me feel very confident with my decision, perfect!
post #647 of 1006

I guess there goes my answer, it goes well with tube, now just with what kind of tube amp, a dark one or clean and fast one. Any suggestions? Pairing with HD650

post #648 of 1006

has anyone paired the Yulong with SOtM Products?

 

I'm reading SO much good stuff about their DDC and even more about the separate PSU for it. Any head-fi opinions on those?

 

DDC: http://sotm-audio.com/english/products/dx-usb_hd.php

PSU: http://sotm-audio.com/english/products/mbps-d2s.php

post #649 of 1006
Thread Starter 

My Auraliti PK90 music server uses a SOtM card for USB out. It sounds phenomenal. I have been tempted to pick up their DDC with the battery PSU but haven't had the time to really investigate it properly. They also have a ~$2k DAC which looks very well done - you can find it on eBay but it specifically says they aren't allowed to sell in the USA so I'll probably never get a chance to hear it.

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Originally Posted by project86 View Post

My Auraliti PK90 music server uses a SOtM card for USB out. It sounds phenomenal. I have been tempted to pick up their DDC with the battery PSU but haven't had the time to really investigate it properly. They also have a ~$2k DAC which looks very well done - you can find it on eBay but it specifically says they aren't allowed to sell in the USA so I'll probably never get a chance to hear it.

http://sotm-audio.com/english/dealers/dealers.php the first two dealers are based in the US, maybe they have what you've been looking for?

post #651 of 1006
Congrats! I can't wait to hear your impressions. I really hope they are as favorable as mine were and continue to be on my setup.


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Originally Posted by Houbi View Post

I pulled the trigger on a black D18 today, should have it by the end of next week :-)
Once again, terrible waiting will hopefully be rewarded...
But reading your post makes me feel very confident with my decision, perfect!
post #652 of 1006
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Originally Posted by DrTone View Post

I just took home an Ayre QB-9 DAC for a try today.  I already knew I like the D18 more than my Rega Dac.

 

QB-9:

  Laid back, smooth, warm.  Bass is a little boomy and unfocused.

 

D18:

  Everything pops, with wicked detail and instrument seperation.  A very 3D soundstage.

 

 

IMO, the D18 is a better sounding dac.  That's saying allot when the QB-9 is worth 4 times as much.

 

Now if I was a vinyl lover wanting that warm analog sound from my digital play back, the QB-9 might be the better choice.

 

 

I'm driving the D18 with a M2Tech Hiface by the way.

 

 

 

 

Went and plugged in a QB-9 again and I think I need to retract my statement that the D18 is better.  The Bass might not be as focused on the QB-9 but there is a certain richness across the spectrum.  The music just flows.  The instrument timbres seem to be more accurate on the QB-9.  Vocals are quite magical on the Ayre.

 

Part of the difference might be that I pulled the D18 all together and used the same conditioner, USB power supply, cables and balanced outputs this time.

 

Maybe the $2750 new price turned me off originally.  I've found a used 24/192 version for $1800, my common sense isn't playing with my hearing at that price. :)

post #653 of 1006
Thread Starter 
QB-9 is still a very nice unit, so it wouldn't surprise me if hit edged out the D18. The only minor thing I notice is that you are using the original Hiface which isn't really a top quality DDC by today's standards. I notice the D18 is very willing to respond to improvements in the transport - I've used an Izmo M1, Resonessence Concero, Stello U3, and a bunch of cheaper/lower end options, and I can tell the difference when using the better ones.
post #654 of 1006
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Originally Posted by project86 View Post

QB-9 is still a very nice unit, so it wouldn't surprise me if hit edged out the D18. The only minor thing I notice is that you are using the original Hiface which isn't really a top quality DDC by today's standards. I notice the D18 is very willing to respond to improvements in the transport - I've used an Izmo M1, Resonessence Concero, Stello U3, and a bunch of cheaper/lower end options, and I can tell the difference when using the better ones.

 

No, I ditched the Hiface 1 for a Hiface 2 a few months back.  The 2 had been driving the D18 for probably 6-8 months now.

 

The 2 wasn't stable, the computer would lose the Hiface 2 for no apparent reason on occasion. I see others were having the same issue.  It was part of the reason I decided to play with the QB-9 again.


Edited by DrTone - 12/12/12 at 1:46pm
post #655 of 1006
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The 2 wasn't stable, the computer would lose the Hiface 2 for no apparent reason on occasion. I see others were having the same issue.  It was part of the reason I decided to play with the QB-9 again.

 

It's like the USB port turns into an idle state and doesn't deliver enough power. My Hiface2 stopped losing connection after adding a powered hub. When I can afford it I'll get an Aqvox (or Vaunix).

post #656 of 1006

Agreed. I am using the Audiophilleo2 and the PurePower upgrade. Since the D18 is so resolving, I think using this high-end interface really helped to seem like such an amazing upgrade to me over the other non-reference DACs I had been using.

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Originally Posted by project86 View Post

QB-9 is still a very nice unit, so it wouldn't surprise me if hit edged out the D18. The only minor thing I notice is that you are using the original Hiface which isn't really a top quality DDC by today's standards. I notice the D18 is very willing to respond to improvements in the transport - I've used an Izmo M1, Resonessence Concero, Stello U3, and a bunch of cheaper/lower end options, and I can tell the difference when using the better ones.
post #657 of 1006

yesterday i order audio-gd new interface: DI-V3 supports I2S 32 bit. will see how it's  paired it with D18 and reference 1. should get it next few days.

post #658 of 1006

I am currently getting great results with the Yulong U18 with external PS and the D18:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/629782/yulongs-new-u18-usb-24-192-async-digital-interface


Edited by mrcasey - 12/13/12 at 12:52pm
post #659 of 1006
How much are these 2 products together. I wonder if you add the price of both if there is a better Dac that has USB for the added cost.
post #660 of 1006
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Originally Posted by mcullinan 

How much are these 2 products together. I wonder if you add the price of both if there is a better Dac that has USB for the added cost.

U18 and external PS: 254.00.  D18: 699.00

 

953.00 total

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