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post #586 of 599

mmhhmm yeah... I did like PHA-1 straight away when i first tried it. I retired my HD800-concerto-NFB rig to PHA-EX1000.... You should try a EX1000 if you have a chance, really sounds like a mini HD800. I love it so much i'm thinking of getting custom cables for it be it balanced PHA-3 cables or such. Love the EX1000..... really want to see how it pairs with a PHA-3 too.. My local dealer (Malaysia) will not bring in a demo unit to try. :( Guess i got to try finding one to try when i go Taiwan next two weeks. 

post #587 of 599

I'm still digging my pha-1 quite a bit with my ipods. But I just tried it as a usb dac for the first time with my mac mini, and I'm getting bad static. It happens whether streaming or through itunes, with or without amarra, and through both a powered hub and direct to the computer's usb port. I'm sure it's out of warranty. Has anybody experienced this, or does anybody have any ideas?

post #588 of 599
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Originally Posted by grokit View Post
 

I'm still digging my pha-1 quite a bit with my ipods. But I just tried it as a usb dac for the first time with my mac mini, and I'm getting bad static. It happens whether streaming or through itunes, with or without amarra, and through both a powered hub and direct to the computer's usb port. I'm sure it's out of warranty. Has anybody experienced this, or does anybody have any ideas?

 

 

I had that problem before.. it seems like a problem with the USB cable and USB port. yes, even the supplied USB cable had noise coming from it. I finally solved it with a very short USB cable from Nokia.

 

It't could be your player's setting too, if the buffer length is more than 1000ms it will produce static....

 

I use PC and foobar though

post #589 of 599

I have two cheap 3' usb cables coming to try, an a to a so I can see if it's the micro port, and another a to micro to see if it's the cable I'm using. This isn't how I will normally be using my pha-1 so it's not that big of a deal, but it sure was surprising. Thanks for the reply, I do have a very short nokia micro usb cable but it also has a separate power lead spliced off it so not ideal. I may try it when I get the others in though, another data point at least. Edit: the nokia y-cable could be quite interesting having the power spliced off; the 5800 was a very early usage of usb micro so separate charging.


Edited by grokit - 1/21/15 at 7:46pm
post #590 of 599
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Originally Posted by grokit View Post
 

I'm still digging my pha-1 quite a bit with my ipods. But I just tried it as a usb dac for the first time with my mac mini, and I'm getting bad static. It happens whether streaming or through itunes, with or without amarra, and through both a powered hub and direct to the computer's usb port. I'm sure it's out of warranty. Has anybody experienced this, or does anybody have any ideas?

There is a glitch on Mac make sure you have the output of the amp at the same khz as the file you are playing. 
Like 92 / 92 and so forth. 

Everyone with a mac / iTunes is having static issues it seems, no problems on windows here with WinAmp or anything really. 

post #591 of 599

Okay thanks, that explains a lot. I'll try it with my old vista laptop after I do the cable testing with the Mac.

post #592 of 599

An update; I tried a couple of USB A to A cables, and the Mac did not recognize that the PHA was connected at all. I tried the short Nokia cable, and still had static. The sticker on the PHA points out that the USB micro input is for charge and PC, and the USB A input is for iDevices. So that also explains a few things lol. I plugged it into my Vista laptop and it sounded fantastic so that's good.

 

I suppose that the only computer thing left is to try plugging it into my Mac Mini when it's "Boot Camped" into Windows 7 to hopefully figure out whether it's a Mac hardware, or software thing. Has anybody tried the PHA running Boot Camp yet?

 

My other question is what about Android devices, particularily phones? Would they want to use the USB micro or the USB A input of the PHA?


Edited by grokit - 2/11/15 at 4:57pm
post #593 of 599
Micro is only for power, use a charging cable USB A to micro into the phone to use it as a dac.

Try updating the firmware, but out of the box it does have mac support, again try adjusting the frequency playback in iTunes.
post #594 of 599
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Micro is only for power, use a charging cable USB A to micro into the phone to use it as a dac.

 

Doesn't yours have this sticker on it?

 

 

edit: The micro port is how I listened to the PC, as well as the Mac (with the static).

It's also how I charge :tongue_smile:


Edited by grokit - 2/13/15 at 1:20pm
post #595 of 599
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Doesn't yours have this sticker on it?




edit: The micro port is how I listened to the PC, as well as the Mac (with the static).
It's also how I charge tongue_smile.gif

Yes, but the iPhone port us used for Android too.
post #596 of 599
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Yes, but the iPhone port us used for Android too.

Thanks, I can't wait to try the Android feature. I'll have to find a very short micro to A USB cable.

 

What are your favorite headphones to use with the PHA-1? I like my FAD 1601SB IEMs and my ATH-ESW11LTD supra-aurals the best.

post #597 of 599
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Thanks, I can't wait to try the Android feature. I'll have to find a very short micro to A USB cable.

 

What are your favorite headphones to use with the PHA-1? I like my FAD 1601SB IEMs and my ATH-ESW11LTD supra-aurals the best.



I did a complete SONY loop.
Walkman A17 > PHA-1 > MDR Z7.

Sounds good to me, keeps me peaked enough to not really be interested in new gear. 

post #598 of 599

I'm very satisfied by the PHA-1 as well, at least with portables I feel done.

 

I use my iPod classic mostly, but will be trying a very small market android (dual-boot) phone soon, a Geeksphone Revolution.

 

I'm going slow lol -- I've had this phone for like a year now, and just put a SIM in it today.

 

My first smartphone is much smarter than my old phone, and it appears to be smarter than me as well :cool: 


Edited by grokit - 2/14/15 at 6:43pm
post #599 of 599
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Originally Posted by Mickice View Post

Yes, but the iPhone port us used for Android too.
Thanks, I can't wait to try the Android feature. I'll have to find a very short micro to A USB cable.

What are your favorite headphones to use with the PHA-1? I like my FAD 1601SB IEMs and my ATH-ESW11LTD supra-aurals the best.

Definitely the FAD Heaven V!
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