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post #2041 of 2052
I wish I knew. The OR5 obviously has options like power regulation and clock upgrades that the Transient doesn't have. But they use the same XMOS chip and the Transient reportedly has high quality clocks on its own. I'm still open to buying a OR5 because it is more than likely better I just want to hear a comparison first as I might not want to pay for the difference.
post #2042 of 2052
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I wish I knew. The OR5 obviously has options like power regulation and clock upgrades that the Transient doesn't have. But they use the same XMOS chip and the Transient reportedly has high quality clocks on its own. I'm still open to buying a OR5 because it is more than likely better I just want to hear a comparison first as I might not want to pay for the difference.

The or5 doesn't use xmos though...supposedly or6 will?
post #2043 of 2052
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Would you be able to mod the new DI 2014 with LVDS out?

You could I suppose...  An HDMI driver board would mount in the same way but needs a slightly different circuit layout from the receiver design.  It appears AGD uses the same RJ45 board so mounting to the backplate is identical at first glance.

post #2044 of 2052

With all the mention of HDMI I2S I get a lot of PMs about sourcing the HDMI I2S receiver board for the Master 7.   I have no stock of kits but would be willing to hand over the project to someone else with complete information.  Assembly and soldering of the board requires expert skills as the parts are tiny.  It would be over the heads of the majority of casual electronic enthusiasts.  But if you are comfortable soldering 0402 size components then the project is for you.

 

I also have 15 blank PCB boards, hex spacers for mounting, and the correct header pins for the Master 7 power connection.   They are yours for a modest price.  The other parts are available from Digikey and Jameco.  If you need additional PCBs I have the design file and it is just a matter of ordering from ExpressPCB.  I'm here for support as well and won't keep you hanging.  I just have no time available for manufacturing the boards.  Scott   

post #2045 of 2052
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So which one of us is going to buy it (10% refund charge) to see how it compares to the OR5?
I'll probably get the Audiobyte Hydra-X+. That would make a complete shootout.
post #2046 of 2052
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The or5 doesn't use xmos though...supposedly or6 will?

I don't know where I read that. Now the only thing I could find is that it may be based on the M2Tech stuff and I don't know if that's right either.

That piques my interest again. I definitely will end up at least trying out a Offramp 5.
post #2047 of 2052
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I'll probably get the Audiobyte Hydra-X+. That would make a complete shootout.

That thing runs on a battery right?  You have to love that.  I may have to try that out as well.  This is fun, expensive, but fun.

post #2048 of 2052
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That thing runs on a battery right?  You have to love that.  I may have to try that out as well.  This is fun, expensive, but fun.

Yep.

It looks well engineered with a good noise isolation between the receiver and reclocker.

post #2049 of 2052
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I also have 15 blank PCB boards, hex spacers for mounting, and the correct header pins for the Master 7 power connection.   They are yours for a modest price.  The other parts are available from Digikey and Jameco.  If you need additional PCBs I have the design file and it is just a matter of ordering from ExpressPCB.  I'm here for support as well and won't keep you hanging.  I just have no time available for manufacturing the boards.  Scott   

 

Scott. Thanks so much for doing this. I think I speak for many others as well in expressing gratitude for your work.

post #2050 of 2052
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Scott. Thanks so much for doing this. I think I speak for many others as well in expressing gratitude for your work.
Indeed!
post #2051 of 2052

Hip, hip, hooray!

 

I know that Scott offered a solution to a half-baked plan of mine that seemed doomed to frustration, i.e. pairing a PSA PWT to the M7 using I2S, without knowing anything going in about its lack of standard format.

post #2052 of 2052
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Scott. Thanks so much for doing this. I think I speak for many others as well in expressing gratitude for your work.

Thank you Purrin and you are all welcome.  I really enjoy a challenge and designing the HDMI board was a lot of fun.  And came about simply because the RJ45 I2S sound quality was all over the place and that pissed me off.  Rarely does a home project turn out so well especially when everything is reverse engineered.  Wish I could continue building boards but they take a lot of time that I don't have available.   But it makes me proud to actually improve sophisticated products that people enjoy every day.

 

If I get no takers on taking over the project I am thinking about getting a head count for one last build of boards and finding a contract manufacturer to assemble the HDMI boards and cables.  Still would require some time to order parts and ship product but is manageable time wise.   Thanks again for the kudos... Scott

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