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post #2026 of 2865
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Originally Posted by James-uk View Post


Thanks for reply. I didn't think it would be an issue seeing as all the ps4 had to do is send out the 1s and0s and let the hdvd800 dac do the timing/ converting etc. the ps4 is just like a laptop with digital information stored on it, the hdvd800 should be dealing with the conversions etc. that's the point of an external dac, it's independent of the source.


Well, I am no expert on SOC design, hence I have no idea what can be achieved with the PS4's SOC format audio decoder.

 

However, I do believe an dedicated hardware decoder will work better here since they is less instructions to handle and less chance for interrupts to kick in. At least, for a dedicated hardware, you will have a on board buffer that stores the "1" and "0" that needed to be processed so that anything crazy happens inside your CPU will not have many effect on your single transmitting process.

 

As for most of SOC, they use system buffers which are shared by other applications. If some system level applications that has very high priority kicks in all the sudden, it might block the RAM access of your audio applications causing signal delays. If this delay is longer than your DAC's buffer, you will hear "problem" sound.

 

P.S.

 

That is all wild guess from me. There is no proof whatsoever~

I just use it to justify the money I throw on my PC to get the gaming sound card. To have this dilution in mind, helped me sleep better:P

post #2027 of 2865

back to topic, I think my CD player just have better optical transmitter compare to the PS4 ones.

I think some transmitter is "stronger" than others making them easier to be transfer with longer distance.

 

If short cable solves the problem, then you should have no problem~ I will go home and try the same cable on my PS3 see if it cost any trouble.

post #2028 of 2865
Just a thought , have you looked with a good flash light inside both optic ports. To see if there is dust or debris inside blocking the light. It may still work but it will diminish the output power.

Please do this with it off as the light may hurt your eyes. If you did this already or said you did . Sorry ahead of time.

Also there are many grades of opitical cables from really bad to really good. And I am not suggesting in going out and paying 200 for a gold plated one. But I can remember buying them for about 50 a PC about 25 years ago.

Showing my age. Hahaha.

Al
post #2029 of 2865
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Originally Posted by jjcha View Post

But the HD800 can do magic with other gear that the HDVD800 can't offer.
 

 

I'm very happy with my HDVD 800, but i also know that it can get better, and it may not be my final rig. 

 

What in your opinion is a good addition to, or upgrade from the HDVD 800? I'm considering getting an audiophilleo a2+pure power after hearing ALRAINBOW's impressions or maybe another dac down the line.

 

In short - What does it take to get the magic out of the HD800's? :)


Edited by EvenR - 3/10/14 at 3:09pm
post #2030 of 2865
In would get the audiophileo with PURE power

Why cause it can be used down the road with other dacs
And will make this rig like new to your ears
Al
post #2031 of 2865
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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

In would get the audiophileo with PURE power
 

Isn't that what i wrote? :) 

post #2032 of 2865
Sorry I did not read the whole post. Yes you did.
I would go onto there website and read the difference from the ap 1 to ap2. The one has a mute and volume control
But not sure what else . Of you do not need the ap1 you can a couple bucks.

Al
Edited by ALRAINBOW - 3/10/14 at 3:38pm
post #2033 of 2865

You're not getting magic out of your HDVD800? :blink: I'm giving up on this hobby! OK, NOT! :veryevil:

Seriously, I'm considering the HDVA600 to pair with my Naim DAC. I'm really hoping to be done for a while while the house gets some much needed upgrades. [I think I could have already have redone the bathroom with the HP parahenalia that I've purchased in the past two years]

 

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Originally Posted by EvenR View Post

 

I'm very happy with my HDVD 800, but i also know that it can get better, and it may not be my final rig. 

In short - What does it take to get the magic out of the HD800's? :)

post #2034 of 2865
The hdvd600 sounds like a good choice to me.

Al
post #2035 of 2865
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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post
 

Don't get me wrong, it's amazing. But i'm always open to others opinions about what might improve my already good setup. The last thing i want to do however, is get another dac for the hdvd 800, since that would be a waste of money for me and i should have just gotten a hdva 600 to begin with. An Audiophilleo 2 with pure power seems like a nice upgrade for the hdvd 800 though.

post #2036 of 2865
I am not going to say the dac inside sounds like my ps audio dac , but it sounds close enough with the AP1/PP. And if I had the opportunity to let someone hear it I would. .

Now keep in mind that dac does dsd , but you cannot use the AP1/PP with it. . So what I do is use jriver and down sample on the fly . And it sounds even better with dsd. .

I owns 100 k rig in my office. And I use the combo at my home. , if sounds that good. Is there anybody who has one near you ? I would really like you to hear it first. And then say just how good it sounds .

Al
post #2037 of 2865
Everything you need comes in the box, including all necessary cables and connectors for USB connection to PC and direct SPDIF connection to your DAC.

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It has 30 day return policy trial period.

So you do get to hear it and deside .
Al
post #2038 of 2865
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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

Now keep in mind that dac does dsd , but you cannot use the AP1/PP with it. . So what I do is use jriver and down sample on the fly . And it sounds even better with dsd. .
 

 

Can you explain this bit? I don't know what dsd is for, and why i would want to use it with the ap2+pp.

 

Thanks for posting all that. I live in Denmark, so it's a little less straight forward to have them ship it over here and have me ship it back if i don't like it.

 

I would definitely try it out before buying if i could, but It's not sold in Danish stores or online.

 

I almost have to buy it now though, after hearing all that praise you and other reviewers give it.


Edited by EvenR - 3/10/14 at 5:40pm
post #2039 of 2865
Wow Denmark and your English is better than mine. Lol. Anyway PCM and dsd is music formats. Dsd is the newer format and the hdvd 800 plays it . But dsd must be with USB only. It's really no big deal . Both foo bar and j river concert on the fly to PCM and the resolution of 24/96 as well.

Al
post #2040 of 2865
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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

Wow Denmark and your English is better than mine. Lol. Anyway PCM and dsd is music formats. Dsd is the newer format and the hdvd 800 plays it . But dsd must be with USB only. It's really no big deal . Both foo bar and j river concert on the fly to PCM and the resolution of 24/96 as well.

Al

Hah thanks. Well i'm running the hdvd 800 through usb to my computer so that's fine. What advantages do dsd and pcm have over other files? I almost only have flac files, usually at 24/96 and they sound great.

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