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post #106 of 283
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Been playing around with most of the Audio GD gear for the last week, kingwa sure does make some quality gear at very reasonable prices.

 

I may of missed it but are you Audio-gd's new UK agent?

post #107 of 283
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I may of missed it but are you Audio-gd's new UK agent?

I am the UK dealer, yes :)

http://www.toxic-cables.co.uk                  PREPARE TO BE INTOXICATED

 

 

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post #108 of 283
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Originally Posted by Kabelmeister View Post

I am the UK dealer, yes smily_headphones1.gif
That's nice. You are the closest dealer for me besides Poland but their site doesn't provide any info regarding Audio gd.
post #109 of 283
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That's nice. You are the closest dealer for me besides Poland but their site doesn't provide any info regarding Audio gd.

 

I think that Audiophonics is closer tongue.gif

post #110 of 283
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I think that Audiophonics is closer tongue.gif
Oh yeah I forgot :P But I like English stores better because its easier to communicate.
post #111 of 283

I just received a (used) Ref 5.2 and I'm comparing it with my DAC-19DSP. So far the 5.2 sound a bit down on bass compared to the lower model, and the highs are a little bit "harder" or "sharper". There's definitely more detail, but the overall sound from the 5.2 isn't as pleasant as the DAC-19. The 5.2 might still have some running in to do, it wouldn't have many hours on it yet. I have ordered a DIR9001 module from Kinwa to replace the stock WM8805 SPDIF receiver chip to see if that makes much difference (the DAC-19 has the DIR9001). I noted from the Audio-gd site that the with the WM8805 chip installed, the DSP on the 5.2 is set to NOS mode (as opposed to "8x oversampling" on the DAC-19). Once I get the DIR9001 installed I might play with that to see if it changes much.

post #112 of 283

Hello!!!

 

Mine has arrived about 1 month ago, and i'm very happy with it's performance, SQ!

 

I'm running in USB (TE8802) and it is very good. I found the assinc built-in USB so good, that i abandoned the Halide The Bridge in my "toys box" basshead.gif.

 

I think this DAC perform better after about 150 hours. Right out the box, there is something harsh on the highs and it has a constricted/poor bass. But after 100~150 hours this DAC grow up a lot in terms of SQ, mostly in highs and bass. And i draw attention to the bass, because this frequency improved a lot, and i'm in love with this DAC just because it has a very good and hi-res bass.

 

I'm using it with a MacMini. There is a driver on Audio-GD site to USB. Is very important to know that in MacOsX there is a procedure to upgrade the driver. Mr. Kingwa sent to me this instructions:

 

"Find the old driver :
Finder ------ dictionary --------extensions --------audiogdUSBaudio .

Delete the audiogdUSBaudio driver , restart the mac. Install the new driver. Restart the mac."

 

Bye Friends.

 

And sorry about my poor English. It is not my primary language, but i'm always trying to improve.wink.gif

post #113 of 283
Bass is indeed of amazing quality and tightness. Enjoy your new DAC
post #114 of 283

Anyone here compared the 5.2 to the 7.1, would be nice to hear your thoughts.

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post #115 of 283
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Originally Posted by twwen2 View Post

I noted from the Audio-gd site that the with the WM8805 chip installed, the DSP on the 5.2 is set to NOS mode (as opposed to "8x oversampling" on the DAC-19). Once I get the DIR9001 installed I might play with that to see if it changes much.

Hmmm, are you sure about this? I've looked over and over and I couldn't find any reference to this.

What I do know, however, is that the Reference 5.2's performance with the DIR9001 installed  is FAR better than with the WM8805, being altogether more Open, Dynamic and Transparent. The difference is so obvious that after removing the WM8805, I didn't even give it a second thought!

With the DIR9001, the Reference 5.2 is truly a reference quality DAC, comparable, if  not superior, to my "Vintage" and beloved balanced EAD DSP 9000 Pro MKIII, which would cost in excess of €7000 New, about 15 years ago! One crucial similarity is the employment of top notch, true Multi-bit Burr-Brown DAC chips. 20 bit in the case of the EAD...

And of course the 5.2 will decode 96 and 192KHz/24bit and accept PC sources, both of which the EAD cannot. It's an outstanding Audio component and at the asking price it has got absolutely no rivals. I'm very happy with it indeed! Congratulations to Qinghua are in order...


Edited by rocksteady65 - 8/22/12 at 4:38am
post #116 of 283
Is the digital receiver DIR and WM only for USB or also for other inputs?
post #117 of 283

Both the DIR9001 and WM8805 are S/PDIF receivers and only handle the "legacy" Input formats, such as Coaxial, Optical and AES. It is the Tenor TE8802 that does perform the duty of USB receiver. 

Leonel

post #118 of 283
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Originally Posted by Mike Portnoy View Post

 

And sorry about my poor English. It is not my primary language, but i'm always trying to improve.wink.gif

Mike, 

 

Your English is very good, so don't worry about it. 

 

Abraço,

 

Leonel

post #119 of 283
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Originally Posted by nigeljames View Post

 

I may of missed it but are you Audio-gd's new UK agent?

Sorry for being pedantic, but surely you meant " I may HAVE missed..." ? 

 

All the best,

 

Leonel

post #120 of 283
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Oh yeah I forgot :P But I like English stores better because its easier to communicate.

I have dealt with Audiophonics recently and they are capable of communicating in very good English, if that is your concern.

 

All the best,

 

Leonel

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