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post #406 of 671

I have already tested these when I received mine a week ago.  88.2KHz works but 176.4KHz does not.

 

I emailed iBasso and they replied that they contacted XMOS who indicates that 176.4KHz is not supported.  I don't understand why myself but that is the response that iBasso sent.

post #407 of 671

I uninstalled all Thesycon-drivers and installed the Centrance universal driver. It works perfect with my system!

Tomorroy I will try 176kHz.

post #408 of 671

Today I tried the D7 with my HD598, what a difference. It's all about the imaging and soundstage, they have never sounded this good with my other dac/amps! 

post #409 of 671
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Originally Posted by desertblues View Post

Today I tried the D7 with my HD598, what a difference. It's all about the imaging and soundstage, they have never sounded this good with my other dac/amps! 


I have the same setup right now --- it's a revelation, isn't it? biggrin.gif

post #410 of 671
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Today I tried the D7 with my HD598, what a difference. It's all about the imaging and soundstage, they have never sounded this good with my other dac/amps! 


Could you share with us what those other dac/amps are? Please smile.gif

 

post #411 of 671

Sure: the NuForce Icon, Fiio E7/E9, iBasso D6 are the ones I've owned or still own. I've also listened to a friend's Dacport (but not extensively). The D7 seems to me a step up from those I've heard - I was most impressed with the Dacport and the D6. The 598's really sing with the D7. 

post #412 of 671
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Sure: the NuForce Icon, Fiio E7/E9, iBasso D6 are the ones I've owned or still own. I've also listened to a friend's Dacport (but not extensively). The D7 seems to me a step up from those I've heard - I was most impressed with the Dacport and the D6. The 598's really sing with the D7. 


To me, with other headphones, the DACPort is perhaps a little better. It's more impressive than the D7 on some fronts, though the D7 is almost invariably more resolving (even at equal sample rates and bit depths).

 

The HD598 seems unusually at home with the D7, though. I tested it on my other amp (something most people don't know of, a DA&T U2) and it didn't sound nearly as good. I wish I didn't have to use the 3.5mm adapter though. I'm most likely going to get a re-cable and re-termination.

post #413 of 671
I had a chance to listen to the D7 and I was very impressed. It sounded great with Beyerdynamic DT-1350 and Grado SR-325i.

It was not a surprise but I finally confirmed that it does not work with iPad camera connection kit.
post #414 of 671

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the D7 with Grado SR-325i

 

 

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Originally Posted by rasmushorn View Post

I had a chance to listen to the D7 and I was very impressed. It sounded great with Beyerdynamic DT-1350 and Grado SR-325i.
It was not a surprise but I finally confirmed that it does not work with iPad camera connection kit.

 

post #415 of 671
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As for hiss, I experience zero hiss. The background on my D7 is totally black. I would suspect that it is the USB port that is dirty. Are you using the stock USB cable that comes with the D7?

 

Telling you the outcome after burn-in kills the fun. The discovery in itself is an enjoyment that I should not rob you of =)


I actually realized that the hiss I was hearing was due to the stock USB cable. I switched to an extra cable I had that contained ferrite donuts on both sides of the terminations, and the hiss is reduced to basically nothing. I also don't hear the EM interference from the HDD spooling up, or CPU usage changes anymore.

post #416 of 671
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the D7 with Grado SR-325i


You are welcome. I did not get enough time to tell you more details. But normally the first 10 seconds says a lot. I also remember my iBasso D10 being very good with my SR325i. I am considering getting either a D12 or the D7 again - or both since the D7 doesn't work with iPad CCK. 

 

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It's a beauty too. 

post #417 of 671
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To me, with other headphones, the DACPort is perhaps a little better. It's more impressive than the D7 on some fronts, though the D7 is almost invariably more resolving (even at equal sample rates and bit depths).

 

The HD598 seems unusually at home with the D7, though. I tested it on my other amp (something most people don't know of, a DA&T U2) and it didn't sound nearly as good. I wish I didn't have to use the 3.5mm adapter though. I'm most likely going to get a re-cable and re-termination.


There is definitely a synergy with D7 & HD598! I don't care for the adapter either (or the cable FWIW) - where would you get it re-cabled or would it be DIY project?

 

post #418 of 671
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Originally Posted by desertblues View Post

There is definitely a synergy with D7 & HD598! I don't care for the adapter either (or the cable FWIW) - where would you get it re-cabled or would it be DIY project?


Definitely something DIY. I'm not looking for ultra-decadent, pure silver cables or anything like that, just a respectable cable, with a quality termination. Anyways, we're getting a little off-topic.

 

D7 + HD598 is a great combination, indeed.

post #419 of 671

Updated Impressions:

 

I did some traveling this weekend and took my D7 with my Westone 4Rs. If you recall my comment about the power warning (in Mac OSX), it didn't pop up with my MacBook Pro as it does with my iMac. No performance difference there, just no annoying message.

 

While the W4Rs don't demand much, the D7 powered them with authority and absolute clarity. A very noticeable difference between the MBP/D7 and just out of my iPod. I'm not even going to pick apart the frequency range—it sounded great.

 

My only issue with the D7 thus far is a super-duper high pitch sound when it's receiving a signal (aka when the white light is on). It's almost completely covered up when music is playing, but it's still barely noticeable when music is playing really quietly. 

 

For about $200, I don't think the D7 can be beat. Terrific performance for any price point, but given the price, what an incredible value!

post #420 of 671

I heard the same D7 as Rasmushorn this weekend and A/B tested it against my HRT HeadStreamer. I thought I was going to replace the HeadStreamer and get a D7 instead, but I'm keeping the HRT. The D7 sounds great, no doubt about it, but the HRT just has better clarity and a more open and spacious sound. I A/B'ed them using my Westone 3 and a set of AKG K701. They were both great with the W3 but none of them had the oomph to drive the powerhungry beast that is the K701 to it's full potential.

 

I really do like the volume knob on the D7 and the fact that it has RCA out on the back, makes it way better for semi-permanent desktop duty.

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