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Yes and in the point i was making is that it is not even a matter of quality but rather a matter of proper matching.

Cables can make a very clear difference when everything downstream is transparent. 26awg vs 24awg do not give the balance. Occ wire on the other hand, for me, is a must.

Sure. I agree, both points.

Looking forward still to the DSP upgrade. Hope I don't have to change any cables smily_headphones1.gif
post #3482 of 3492

Got blasted this morning by Audio-gd.  Thanks for everyone who posted some technical help and links, it really helped. 

 

Post some impressions later.  It's pretty well a whole new da converter.

post #3483 of 3492

Somebody mentioned they would be extending the upgrade period thru December, but I don't see that info on the Audio-GD website.

Can anybody confirm this?

 

Otherwise I have 2 days left if I want this...

post #3484 of 3492
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Somebody mentioned they would be extending the upgrade period thru December, but I don't see that info on the Audio-GD website.

Can anybody confirm this?

 

Otherwise I have 2 days left if I want this...


I asked them by mail yesterday and they confirmed they can update my DACs in December.

post #3485 of 3492
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I asked them by mail yesterday and they confirmed they can update my DACs in December.

I hope so. I had to get a blaster from Digikey (The one DACLadder recommended) and have yet to find the time to set everything up.

edit - Got off my ass and set everything up. Update was uneventful, except that I had a Teamviewer12 installed instead of 11 and had to correct that.

Initial impression is an increase in clarity. Bordering on brightness, but I will have to do more listening to make a final determination. Overall, I like it.
Edited by riffer - 11/30/16 at 7:54am
post #3486 of 3492

First off, Kingwa is the man!

 

I appreciate Audio-GD being flexible with my schedule as my USB blaster took longer than expected to deliver. Kingwa also mentioned that they are willing to upgrade in December if needed. The DSP upgrade for both my master 7 and reference 7 went smoothly last night, and the improvement in sound is not subtle.

 

Before the upgrade, I'm probably one of the few that preferred the Master 7 over the Yggdrasil (I had both at same time before selling the Yggy), even though the latter is arguably better in a technical sense. The Yggdrasil resolved more detail, had better separation and layering of sounds than the pre-upgrade M7, but I found the Yggy to be dry and not as engaging/musical.

 

However, after the upgrade, I am hearing resolution on par with the Yggy while retaining its lushness and musicality. Furthermore, I am noticing background sounds to be more clearly discernible while retaining great separation and layering. Sounds seem to pop out more, which is more obvious with speakers, in which the stereo image seems to project more forward into my living room, increasing the level of realism. 

 

I am not finding any downside to the DSP upgrade and highly recommend it. Better yet, it was a free upgrade for a significant improvement. The only caveat is that the M7 now sounds more neutral, which may not be preferable for those wanting to retain its warmness. Thank you Kingwa!

post #3487 of 3492
I have email from audiogd today said if i upgrade next month will charge USD32


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I have email from audiogd today said if i upgrade next month will charge USD32


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Is "next month" = December 2016 or January 2017, in this case?

post #3489 of 3492
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Is "next month" = December 2016 or January 2017, in this case?

Well they said until Nov. 31st is free. Since there is no 31st, I think what they were trying to convey is it will be free until December 2nd. 

 

The next week in December they start charging.

 

 

edit: Also IMO $32 is a drop in the bucket if you're already buying $1k+ audio gear.

post #3490 of 3492
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Is "next month" = December 2016 or January 2017, in this case?

Dec16. I think they should give more time as people need to order usb blaster from online.
Also only who read this thread or their web know about it.
They didnt send an email to inform each of thier customers.
post #3491 of 3492
Well my Terasic USB Blaster from Digikey cost me $89.54CDN all in and the ebay one never showed, so I think the guys who actually get their $4CDN ebay blaster +32US for the upgrade are ahead of the game.slightly. Assuming the ebay blaster shows up, of course. Either way, a drop in the bucket in this hobby frown.gif
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Well my Terasic USB Blaster from Digikey cost me $89.54CDN all in and the ebay one never showed, so I think the guys who actually get their $4CDN ebay blaster +32US for the upgrade are ahead of the game.slightly. Assuming the ebay blaster shows up, of course. Either way, a drop in the bucket in this hobby frown.gif

Ebay blaster will show up 100% if you order one located in the U.S. It is the China located ones that don't show up or take a month to do so.
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