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post #406 of 418
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Originally Posted by PiNa.cz View Post
 

It seems that USB32 days are numbered. New DACs will have an option of Anamero Combo 384 board instead of USB32 if needed. According to Mr. Kingwa, the Anamero module Anamero Combo 384 should be available for separate purchase in September and it will be possible to replace the USB32 interface in older DACs with Anamero board without any soldering.


i'm not up to date on this...what improvements will the anamero combo boards offer above the older usb32 boards? thanks...

post #407 of 418
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Originally Posted by kugino View Post


i'm not up to date on this...what improvements will the anamero combo boards offer above the older usb32 boards? thanks...

 



Taken from another thread - we probably need to wait till September for some head to head comparison:

Amanero combo384 is a great board, well regarded in the DIY community. It is used in my Yulong DA8 and I have yet to have a single issue with any file. 24/48/96/192, DSD, DXD all work flawlessly.

I wonder if Audio-GD will offer the board as an upgrade for previously purchased DAC's? I know I would upgrade my NFB-1DAC to the Amanero in a heartbeat if given the opportunity. The USB32 board has been pretty solid for me so far, the only issue I have had with it is it does not like the USB2.0 ports on my X58 Motherboard, USB 3.0 works perfect though.
post #408 of 418
I very much look forward to that. Can't come soon enough. Had nothing but trouble with the USB32 chips.
post #409 of 418

Even though at the beginning l had no trouble, at all, after a while l began to have BSOD repeatedly. All l had to do was switch the USB cable to a USB 3.0 port. l have never again had a problem...

post #410 of 418
I've tried literally everything to solve the issues... Different cables, drivers, reinstall, etc... I've just come to the conclusion that it does not like my motherboard so I am looking forward to the Anamero
post #411 of 418

I'm reviving this old thread to see if there are any Ref 10/10.32 users still around willing to try the upcoming DSP V7 firmware update. I'm aware this is already being discussed in the M7/M11 threads, but then thought it might be better to post our experiences/impressions about this specific model here.

post #412 of 418

Hey Strife,

 

l had no idea about the apparently coming V7 firmware (l'll take a look in the thread you mentioned), so l'm happy you decided to comment on it. 

 

When it comes to updating, as l don't know anything at the moment, l'm not sure if l'd be interested (it would mainly depend on the 'easiness' VS 'difficulty' of the process, plus the outcome, of course).

 

Thanks for reviving the thread! :smile: 

post #413 of 418

Not sure about the benefits yet but if this M7 article is any indication, performance in NOS mode might have been optimized. An update guide has been published ahead of the release next month, difficulty seems moderate and the usual firmware update glitches / sensitive electronics handling risks apply.

post #414 of 418

Ok, l read both links. When it comes to difficulty, l think l'd manage it fine. But, when it comes to decide whether update or not... it doesn't seem clear to me. At the moment, l'm inclined to 'leave things as they are.' However, l have the feeling the moment l 'investigate' the M7/M11 thread you suggested, l may change my mind and decide to update :rolleyes: 

 

In any case, my Ref.10 is packed and waiting for me back home in Switzerland. So l have until June next year to think about what to do :D

 

Keep up posted!

post #415 of 418
I will perform the upgrade when I'm back from travel.

The DSP upgrade should be a significant improvement. The design of the original DSP was probably ****ty (channel imbalance in the digital domain is a sign of this), so anything that improves timing in the FPGA is welcomed.
post #416 of 418
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post

I will perform the upgrade when I'm back from travel.

The DSP upgrade should be a significant improvement. The design of the original DSP was probably ****ty (channel imbalance in the digital domain is a sign of this), so anything that improves timing in the FPGA is welcomed.

 

Another compelling reason to update is that it opens up the possibility to upgrade to the Amanero Combo384 USB interface. This has been confirmed by Kingwa via email but he has yet to provide any details about the cost and installation procedure.

 

Edit: Just got a quote from Magna Hifi, the Amanero kit should be around € 89 + shipping. Soldering wires/components is no longer required.


Edited by Strife - 10/28/16 at 3:32pm
post #417 of 418

Upgrade to the new FPGA firmware was performed last night.

 

This is a MUST HAVE.

 

The sound takes a big step forward in clarity and sound-staging!

The bass is much less gooey and is more distinct (read: tight but still plenty impactful. Just not as fat and sluggish as before).

 

Mind you, this doesn't turn the Reference-10 into a lean and shouty sabre DAC, but it's a significant step towards a more neutral sound.

I always found the built-in DAC too dark (much like the Reference 5.32). While the DAC remains on the warmer side, the increase in focus and details makes it more of an all-rounder now.

 

Follow the procedure in the link above.

This USB blaster did work for me: http://www.ebay.com/itm/401158753382?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

You can download the Quartus 12.1 programmer on Altera's website. It's free and much smaller than the full blown Quartus that audio-gd shared (which is not needed).

post #418 of 418

Thanks for letting us know.  

 

Since l like 'change' in my life, l'm likely to try the upgrade. In any case, it'll have to wait.

 

Enjoy the new sound!

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