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post #376 of 381

Okay, learning more and more here. Thanks for edjumicating me. Little confused, though: isn't the Compass supposed to be a high-end DAC with a decent amp? What's the point of adding a cheaper DAC like an iBasso in front of the Compass? I mean, you're still going over USB at some point. If I were to do that, would I have better luck pairing something like the iBasso with a dedicated amp like the Bottlehead Crack?

 

I'll probably just order the Tenor USB upgrade at some point (provided shipping is reasonable).

post #377 of 381

What are the differences between this and the NFB-11 and do people have less usb issues with it?  

post #378 of 381
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Originally Posted by auvgeek View Post
 

Okay, learning more and more here. Thanks for edjumicating me. Little confused, though: isn't the Compass supposed to be a high-end DAC with a decent amp? What's the point of adding a cheaper DAC like an iBasso in front of the Compass? I mean, you're still going over USB at some point. If I were to do that, would I have better luck pairing something like the iBasso with a dedicated amp like the Bottlehead Crack?

 

I'll probably just order the Tenor USB upgrade at some point (provided shipping is reasonable).

 

I don't use the D7's DAC, just its SPDIF output.  It is a USB-to-SPDIF converter and can double as a simple USB DAC with headphone amplifier.

Compass, even the Compass 2, isn't truly high-end, but it is good enough to show you what you've been missing out on versus soundcards and portable media players.

I bypass the Compass' amp with a KICAS headamp (discontinued).

 

On an unrelated note, I don't want vacuum tubes in my equipment again.  Cute gimmick, but not my cup of tea, unless we're talking about a hardware VA synth - tube distortion is best done by a real tube.

post #379 of 381

Kingwa's USB implementation since he started to do 32/384 is pretty killer, I wouldn't call it 'limited' by most means. On a related note, http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/dac/DI2014/DI2014EN.htm just appeared on the products page (perhaps I'm late to the game on this)... but I don't think you'd want to or need to spend that much.

post #380 of 381

Yeah, but that's more than I paid for the DAC itself! I'll probably upgrade to one of his or Yulong's higher-end DACs (with USB anti-jitter) when I finish grad school in 3-4 years.

 

The Compass sounds noticeably better (warmer) with a mini-optical to optical connection than with the USB. Pairs very nicely with the DT880, which sounded a little too bright/treble-heavy with the USB. Total system cost (excluding the laptop) was $380. Not sure I could have done much better for the money.


Edited by auvgeek - 8/20/14 at 9:57am
post #381 of 381

Has anyone heard the Compass with dual PCM1502?

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