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Thanks all for your help - that's really strange just got a message from Kingwa to say KS is better than WASAPI and ASIO.
I'll try both tonight to see if i can hear much of a difference. He did say however he's testing new drivers so there may be something coming soon.
Thanks for all the links and advice.
When I spoke to Kingwa last regarding this chip - he mentioned there is no way he can continue to design gear around it as the price to purchse has sky rocketed making it unfeasable for him to offer product at a reasonable price.
I guess he'll have to consider an alternative :(
I'm not sure why Kingwa has decided that the price of the chips are too high now when in the past he has just simply raised the price of the dacs. IIRC about 6-7 years ago the top line dac that used 8 1704 chips was a hair below $1000 and the current price is now more than double. The price increase might make mid and entry level 1704 dacs too expensive to compete in their class but surely there is room for top line 1704 dac even if it is $3000 or $4000.
Thats great that he will be releasing some new drivers I will definitely try them out.
After reading some of the posts in this thread last night I am now planning on making my music server a dual boot between Linux and Windows 8 once J River releases their full retail Linux version. The USB32 does not need drivers to run in Linux so if the windows drivers are the bottle neck then I will hear it. I last used Firmware #7 with the USB32 with either Wasapi or ASIO (KS wrapper). I did switch back to the usb32 for about a hour last night and my observations/ comparisons of it to the Audiophilleo remain unchanged.
Thanks you saved me some cash :)
From what I've heard on both. The HEX does red book and female vocals better. The Master 7 extracts more detail and may resolve a tad bit better (maybe). Yes the Master 7 has a wider soundstage and the Hex is more intimate still - not by much. I'm now liking the NOS sound on my RED Book files. I never got a chance to listen to the M7 in NOS mode, so the sound may change a bit.
The HEX sounds closer to the AMR than the M7 does.