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post #166 of 518

How do you use the Hiface 2 as sound output in OS X? When I choose it in the sound preferences there's no sound. I'm trying to help a guy who wants to use iTunes, Spotify and VLC.

post #167 of 518
I'm thinking about trying the Sabre D18 dac from grant fidelity. I already have a Teralink x2, my question is: would a Hiface 2 be a great improvement over my Teralink when testing the D18?
post #168 of 518
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Originally Posted by Jerryfan View Post

I'm thinking about trying the Sabre D18 dac from grant fidelity. I already have a Teralink x2, my question is: would a Hiface 2 be a great improvement over my Teralink when testing the D18?

I can't speak for the Teralink as I haven't heard it, but I can tell you I have the D18 with the Hiface 2 and it is a great combination. The D18 sounds good when driven from standard optical out but the Hiface 2 takes it to a whole other level. Highly recommended.

post #169 of 518

BTW, M2Tech has released an update of  Hiface2 ' firmware early this week wink.gif

post #170 of 518
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BTW, M2Tech has released an update of  Hiface2 ' firmware early this week wink.gif

Thanks for the tip but it is a driver update not firmware. They told me it was to improve compatibility with Windows. Any other changes so far they are not talking. When I installed it today I noticed a slightly smoother/sweeter high frequency response with no lose in detail. The effect is a bit more overall transparency. The change is slight but noticeable on my setup. I really think this device is a remarkable value.

post #171 of 518
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Originally Posted by Chodi View Post

Thanks for the tip but it is a driver update not firmware. They told me it was to improve compatibility with Windows. Any other changes so far they are not talking. When I installed it today I noticed a slightly smoother/sweeter high frequency response with no lose in detail. The effect is a bit more overall transparency. The change is slight but noticeable on my setup. I really think this device is a remarkable value.

 

Chodi,

 

To compare notes, what Buffer settings are you using ?  USB Steaming Mode and Asio Buffer Size? on the Hiface 2 control panel....

 

Many thanks


Edited by spkrs01 - 9/8/12 at 2:01am
post #172 of 518

Yes chodi you are right, is a driver update. I noticed too a slight improvement in terms of transparency

 

cheers

post #173 of 518
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Originally Posted by spkrs01 View Post

 

Chodi,

 

To compare notes, what Buffer settings are you using ?  USB Steaming Mode and Asio Buffer Size? on the Hiface 2 control panel....

 

Many thanks

I have it set on "Standard" streaming mode and 2048 samples (default). I am using Windows 7x64 with an i7 3770 and 8gig of memory so those setting are not going to cause any issue for me. I use Foobar and have it set to load each selection I play into memory automatically so it reduces latency to an insignificant issue (only takes a second). Honestly I think the Hiface Two with this latest software does as much as anyone could ask of a usb converter. What I think they accomplished with this update was to remove some very slight edge in the upper frequency (we are talking very small edge that was barely noticeable on some recordings). After all, the whole point of the transport is to not color the sound and I think they have accomplished that in spades.


Edited by Chodi - 9/8/12 at 6:30pm
post #174 of 518
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I have it set on "Standard" streaming mode and 2048 samples (default). I am using Windows 7x64 with an i7 3770 and 8gig of memory so those setting are not going to cause any issue for me. I use Foobar and have it set to load each selection I play into memory automatically so it reduces latency to an insignificant issue (only takes a second). Honestly I think the Hiface Two with this latest software does as much as anyone could ask of a usb converter. What I think they accomplished with this update was to remove some very slight edge in the upper frequency (we are talking very small edge that was barely noticeable on some recordings). After all, the whole point of the transport is to not color the sound and I think they have accomplished that in spades.

 

Thanks for the above!

 

I am on Win 7 64bits i5-560M Vaio Laptop using Jriver 17, I need to have it on "Safe" streaming to avoid clicks and pops. My samples are 1024 but I think this is moot. On "Minimum Latency" streaming, I have notice a much cleaner clearer sound, slightly more resolution but the non-stop clicking and popping is unbearable.

 

Having said that the upgraded drivers have, and I am in total agreement, removed the edge/shrillness of the upper frequencies. This is very noticeable especially with the HD800. The music is now exhibiting more finesse and delicacy. I think it has also added more texture to the bass especially decay of notes! This has further enhance the perception of soundstage.

 

The HiFace 2 is definitely one of the best bang for the buck tweaks that I have encountered in this hobby of ours!

post #175 of 518

Your pops and clicks only between tracks or also while music is playing?

post #176 of 518
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Originally Posted by Chodi View Post

Your pops and clicks only between tracks or also while music is playing?

 

While music is playing. It is only on 'Safe' streaming that the pops and clicks are eliminated! Hence, my choice of using Safe streaming. I am using a powered usb hub exclusively for the HiFace, which brought on a nice sonic improvement, making images more palpable.........

post #177 of 518
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Originally Posted by spkrs01 View Post

 

While music is playing. It is only on 'Safe' streaming that the pops and clicks are eliminated! Hence, my choice of using Safe streaming. I am using a powered usb hub exclusively for the HiFace, which brought on a nice sonic improvement, making images more palpable.........

Yes I also have mine on a powered hub and it does help. I would not be concerned that you have to choose Safe streaming. That is simply a function of your hardware. I have a pretty high end desktop so my computer is not working at all to run these programs.

post #178 of 518
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Yes I also have mine on a powered hub and it does help. I would not be concerned that you have to choose Safe streaming. That is simply a function of your hardware. I have a pretty high end desktop so my computer is not working at all to run these programs.

 

Thanks for the reply!!!

post #179 of 518

the drivers for windows users have been updated.

 

Install them cos there's a clear sonic improvement over the previous ones!

post #180 of 518

I set it as minimum latency / 512 samples and I am very happy with the performance. PC is a W7 64 bits with 4Gb, the computer even is a quad core is a little bit older, the only changes I did in the OS is disabling aero and all energy-saving options. Player is foobar and also from RAM (with file buffering or ramdisk component).

 

What kind of powered hubs do you use? reading your comments it seems to increase even more the result...

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