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post #121 of 354
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Originally Posted by antonyfirst View Post

Are there any specific questions to make about the Hex sound? If so, I will try to answer.

No trace of RAL cable, up to this moment.
How about a comparison of Hex with your heavy weight AMR DP777?
post #122 of 354

A direct comparison will take a few weeks at least, as I don't live in the same city as my friend.

Anyway, on a macro-scale, the Hex is more dynamic, and the AMR is a bit smoother.

 

Also I think the Omega 2 matches the Hex better than the Lambda, mostly because the O2 + Hex is much more lush and has better tonal saturation. While the Lambda is also beautiful and very lively and emotional, it has kind of a washed-out colour when compared to the Omega 2 in the same conditions. That's what often happens when comparing warm equipment to bright one.

post #123 of 354
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Originally Posted by antonyfirst View Post

A direct comparison will take a few weeks at least, as I don't live in the same city as my friend.
Anyway, on a macro-scale, the Hex is more dynamic, and the AMR is a bit smoother.

Also I think the Omega 2 matches the Hex better than the Lambda, mostly because the O2 + Hex is much more lush and has better tonal saturation. While the Lambda is also beautiful and very lively and emotional, it has kind of a washed-out colour when compared to the Omega 2 in the same conditions. That's what often happens when comparing warm equipment to bright one.
I see, I thought you have it with you as you listed the dp777 under your source inventory. Anyway, still appreciate your brief comparison smily_headphones1.gif
post #124 of 354

I am considering getting a DAC with pre-amp volume control and remote control. That is why I am looking at AMR DP-777 and Auralic Vega now. However, Metrum Hex looks intriguing with its organic/natural sound, which should complement my current Eximus DP-1 well. DP-777 seems to produce a natural and smooth sound too, just that I am just not sure if the $1500+ of DP-777 over the HEX for the additional volume control/remote is justifiable if the sound is on par.

post #125 of 354

The DP-777 is said to have the superior USB connectivity; on par with the likes of the Sonicweld Diverter.

 

Hex has Audiophileo-level USB quality, which is nothing to sneeze at of course.

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I am wondering if the USB quality of the Hex is Audiophilleo level. Only 6moons said so, I have not read any other comparisons.

I don't have my Audiophilleo anymore, hence I cannot chime in.

If / When my RAL cable arrives, I will be doing a test on usb cable sensitivity for the Hex and see what happens.

 

The AMR DP-777 is extremely sensitive to the usb cable used. In my idea, this is not a great thing. Anyway, trying a couple of Wireworld (Starlight and Ultraviolet -- the former is crappy, the second less bright and more decent), a Forza Audioworks twin cable (very detailed with a tiny hint of artificila 'special effects' added to the treble) and the Acoustic Revive, the AR sounded completely Analogue, at the cost of several hundreds.

 

While the overall sound was great, I think such low tolerance to cables ("weak connections") speaks against the USB being that great.

 

 

I do know about a story, anyway: where a guy (I think in USA) used to have a Sonicweld Diverter HR with a Museatex Bidat, he then switched to Diverter HR + Metrum Octave, then he bought the AMR DP-777 and ended up selling the Sonicweld (as well as the other DAC's)... so, who knows.

post #127 of 354

All this talk is making me antsy....got no DAC to listen to now and am waiting for my black face Hex with extended range transformers and USB modules.  Definitely eager to see how these NOS dacs sound.

post #128 of 354

Sensui, your Hex will sound superb. No need to worry.

 

Antony, my friend was in a similar situation to yours. He had both the Diverter (non HR), and the 777. The latter's USB quality was so good, he sold his Diverter.

post #129 of 354

Guys, a small update hoping it's useful... I have compared the Hex and the Museatex Idat44-M more extensively, mainly using the Omega 2. Right now, the main sensation is that the Hex manages to both sound analogue and very precise/3D, adding superior imaging capabilities, as well as a bit more treble energy, over the Idat44-M.
The Idat was better than the Octave because the Idat is more powerful in the deep bass, and has better mid to high neutrality, while still being a warm source and sharing some opaqueness. The Hex is equally analogue sounding, but overcoming that opaqueness
The stronger treble energy of the Hex adapts more to the Omega 2 with my KGSS-A. When using the Lambda's, such difference is much less important. The Omega 2 are sounding awesome. I might have to add some Vh Audio silver rca cables to the mix to extract a tiny bit more highs without screwing up the tonal balance.


Edited by antonyfirst - 8/28/13 at 4:24pm
post #130 of 354

Thanks for the feedback Duckman and antonyfirst, anxious to hear this for myself.  Sounds like a hell of a DAC.

post #131 of 354

Any more insight on the Hex vs Vega?
 

post #132 of 354
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Originally Posted by third_eye View Post

Any more insight on the Hex vs Vega?
 

Also the HEX vs the Berkeley Alpha DAC?

post #133 of 354
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Also the HEX vs the Berkeley Alpha DAC?

Also the MSB Analog vs Hex vs Vega?
post #134 of 354

MSB just might be a different class.

post #135 of 354
I'm curious to see how close the hex and vega's sound is away from the msb, I'm guessing the msb will be better, but by how much?
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