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post #436 of 671

Definitely a different flavor from the Bifrost dac.  I am hearing more low end resolution, texture and control.  Perhaps better equipment matching.

post #437 of 671
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Originally Posted by Uchiya View Post

Definitely a different flavor from the Bifrost dac.  I am hearing more low end resolution, texture and control.  Perhaps better equipment matching.

 

You should connect the coaxial out from the D7 to the bifrost and see how that sounds 

post #438 of 671
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Originally Posted by Uchiya View Post

Definitely a different flavor from the Bifrost dac.  I am hearing more low end resolution, texture and control.  Perhaps better equipment matching.



I don't quite understand your comment above.  Are preferring the D7 or the Bitfrost?

post #439 of 671
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Originally Posted by xxhaxx View Post

You should connect the coaxial out from the D7 to the bifrost and see how that sounds 


What are you trying to test for? The USB receiver competency between the one in the Bifrost vs that on the D7 (XMOS)?

 

post #440 of 671
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Originally Posted by uelover View Post


What are you trying to test for? The USB receiver competency between the one in the Bifrost vs that on the D7 (XMOS)?

 



since you mention it, I personally curious how X-mos L1 compared to CM6631tongue_smile.gif

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Originally Posted by uelover View Post


What are you trying to test for? The USB receiver competency between the one in the Bifrost vs that on the D7 (XMOS)?

 

I was just wondering about the usb to spdif function
 

 

post #442 of 671

I had a chance to compare the XMOS implementation on the D7 vs that of my Stello U3, both connected using coaxial output, to my desktop DAC.

 

The one on the D7, albeit good, paled in comparison to the one on my U3 - coaxial out from the D7 sounded dull and lacking dynamics and soundstage (both width and depth). I am speaking of them in relative terms, for D7 alone is already a bliss to listen to.

 

My point is that, given the fact that different implementation of the same chip itself can lead to a large variance in result, it is not quite possible to compare the chipset (XMOS vs CM6331) used in the USB Receiver. It could give you a rough idea of their sound signature, but that might also lead one to develop an inaccurate belief about certain product or certain brand.

 

It is, however, possible to compare which USB Receiver (the XMOS implementation on D7 VS CM6331 implementation on the Bifrost) as a whole is better given your very own specific setup =)


Edited by uelover - 3/1/12 at 7:10pm
post #443 of 671

Just installed Windows 8 and it's not recognizing the D7 whatsoever.  Any ideas?  With Windows 7 I would at least get the error message but now nothing.  

post #444 of 671

Update:  After applying some updates it now says there was a power surge on the USB port and that I have to reset the USB port.  After resetting the USB port I keep getting the same message.  It also says the device uses too much power. I'm using a laptop.  Maybe it would work on a desktop with Windows 8?

 

Edit:  My Fiio E7 works fine with Windows 8. 


Edited by Foxjam - 3/1/12 at 8:44pm
post #445 of 671

The fact that Windows 8 is a consumer preview, thus a rough beta to give you a hint of what the final OS will be like, might have something to do with the D7 not being recognized correctly... wink.gif

post #446 of 671

that just mean window 8 still dont have a native usb audio class 2 driver

post #447 of 671
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Originally Posted by IndieScent View Post

that just mean window 8 still dont have a native usb audio class 2 driver


Yup. A google on 'Windows 8 USB audio' may give you some clue.

 

post #448 of 671

The absence of variable RCA line-out is a dealbreaker for me.

post #449 of 671
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The absence of variable RCA line-out is a dealbreaker for me.


Variable line-out - wouldn't that defeat the purpose of line-level output?

 

post #450 of 671

I do realize it's just the preview but I thought it was weird that it said it was drawing too much power when it didn't do that with Windows 7.  The power consumption is the same.  It sucks because the D7 sounds so much better than the E7.  Hopefully I can find a solution or it looks like it's time for a new DAC.  Windows 8 looks too nice to go back to Windows 7.  

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