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post #16 of 84
Hnnngh. It's gorgeous.
post #17 of 84

I'm going to get some HDTracks tomorrow and really run it through it's paces.  I am also going to compare USB and Optical to see if I can tell the difference.

 

I'm not sure if it is the DAC, but at one point I swore I was listen to speakers.  The sound did not sound like it was coming from headphones.  It might have been that the recording is good: Starker's Bach Cello Suite.  The only gear I have liked this much from the beginning was the T1.  I'l see if I can articulate how it sounds tomorrow. 

 

 

post #18 of 84
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Originally Posted by pyramid6 View Post

I'm going to get some HDTracks tomorrow and really run it through it's paces.  I am also going to compare USB and Optical to see if I can tell the difference.

 

I'm not sure if it is the DAC, but at one point I swore I was listen to speakers.  The sound did not sound like it was coming from headphones.  It might have been that the recording is good: Starker's Bach Cello Suite.  The only gear I have liked this much from the beginning was the T1.  I'l see if I can articulate how it sounds tomorrow. 

 

 


Ooh, I'm back just in time! Thanks for letting us share in your joy... we're into it! biggrin.gif Starker is an excellent choice. "Starker Plays Baker" is highly enjoyable as well (24/96 kHz).

 

I could use some explaining on the filter, though... Sharp/Slow?

 


Edited by Silent One - 3/31/12 at 8:48pm
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Ooh, I'm back just in time! Thanks for letting us share in your joy... we're into it! biggrin.gif Starker is an excellent choice. "Starker Plays Baker" is highly enjoyable as well (24/96 kHz).

 


Or any of the Classic Rock (ie. Doors, Stones, Rush)
post #20 of 84
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Ooh, I'm back just in time! Thanks for letting us share in your joy... we're into it! biggrin.gif Starker is an excellent choice. "Starker Plays Baker" is highly enjoyable as well (24/96 kHz).

 

I could use some explaining on the filter, though... Sharp/Slow?

 

 

The best explanation for sharp/slow filters I found was in the Meier stagedac manual. Google for it and you'll find it.

 

I'll be interested to hear how this DAC compares to dacs more in its price-range and above as well, particularly in aspects like transparency and tonality.
 

 


Edited by BBBill - 4/3/12 at 2:00am
post #21 of 84

I don't have a lot of experience with DACs, but I would say WDS-1 is definitely better than the Bifrost.  Not just in terms of features, but also in terms of sound.  I think the treble come in a lot clearer but I don't feel anything is missing from the bottom or middle.  It might lean on the bright side, but I feel it is still balanced over all.  It sounds very good with the WA22.  Good enough that I might keep the WA22.  I'll decide when I get my Zana Deux.

 

Edit:  I use to have the Channel Island VDA-2/VAC-1 (closer in price), and I was never impressed with it.  To me it was always just a DAC.  I'm impressed with the WDS-1.


Edited by pyramid6 - 4/3/12 at 7:39am
post #22 of 84

Hmm, thanks for that pyramid6. Do you know if the software for use under Windows contains an ASIO driver for it?

 

It'd be nice if it did since that means I'll only need to keep the DAC for future PC sound upgrades, but otherwise I will just have to keep/get a card that has ASIO and interconnect it via SPDIF.


Edited by BBBill - 4/3/12 at 10:55pm
post #23 of 84

I'm using it on a Mac.  It doesn't need drivers.  You can download the drivers from the web site.  I don't know if you can tell from that.

 

post #24 of 84
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Any comparisons between the WDS-1 and the Wyred Dac-2?

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Any comparisons between the WDS-1 and the Wyred Dac-2?


I'd like to hear some too.
post #26 of 84

Does anyone else have the WDS-1?  I'm curious to hear others opinions on the Woo DAC.

post #27 of 84
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Does anyone else have the WDS-1?  I'm curious to hear others opinions on the Woo DAC.



Me too! biggrin.gif
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post #29 of 84

I'll have one coming soon enough.

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I'll have one coming soon enough.


That's not soon enough.

I decided on a step up in price range and simplicity. Bought the Calyx 24/192. Would love comparissons there eventually.
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