I will post the same image as you if I have the picture.
What kind of song preference do you like?
Apologies for sounding like a newbie. Im trying to understand the complex and mysterious world of USB audio.
Maybe project86 or others that are well knowledged with usb/spdif converters can elaborate on the AES/EBU connectivity (not really related to my last post). Is there a reason people arent using AES/EBU over other connects on a typical to a higher-end converter? Do the Sabre ESS9018 chip have a problem with AES/EBU?
I think it probably just comes down to how common that interface is(n't) compared to coaxial SPDIF. If you look at almost any CD player, DVD or Blu-ray player, media streamer, etc, chances are very high it will have a coaxial digital output. Chances are rather low of getting an AES/EBU output. Those are mostly found on higher end CD players and dedicated transports. A few USB to SPDIF converters use them, but even there it's not as common as coaxial.
AES/EBU is a fine choice, arguably the best from a technical standpoint (though some may disagree) but if it's rare to find it on a device then of course it will be less commonly used.
Personally I like the HE-500 a lot more. HD650 is a classic for sure, and everyone should try it at some point in their HeadFi journey, but for me it is not on the same level as the HE-500.
I received my D18 earlier today and Ive had about 6 hours of listen with my current set up via lcd2/Mjolnir, while its too early to say, I can see why so many favor this DAC. Its a real treat to listen to it with the mjolnir, clean across the whole freq range, never fatiguing (odd because the highs and mids are so clear and crisp yet it does not hurt at all, the highs and mids also have very good authority, I kept preparing myself for a treble area where it would usually be painful to listen to on another dac but it never came with any discomfort). I thought the bass was quite nice, almost perfect, it has very good impact but is lacking texture just slightly, clean bass nonetheless, I think if it was emphasized (louder) more it would have been too "bloated", so instead it just has a clean thump with great image. I love my bass, I guess you can say I lean more towards the "basshead" group, and I find the D18 with the mjolnir to be just right. The mids are just gorgeous, cant really express it with other words, effortless and sweet. So far, Im very very pleased with the D18, it continues to surprise me the more I listen.
the connection with D18/Mjolnir are in paired in balanced mode, xlr both ends.
For those that listen to electronica, purchase a copy of Anthony Papa's album named "Moments II". If you like dark & techy progressive house this album is incredible, both discs of this album is a must have for anyone who prefers the darker side of electronica, similar djs are john digweed, hernan catteno, ---. Anthony Papa's "Moments II" is just sick with this set up. I love it.