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post #751 of 792

I've been using the DAC section everyday for the past several months, but so far no weird states or sudden shut downs, at all.

post #752 of 792
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Originally Posted by namaiki View Post
 

Same thing happens for mine as well. Once in a blue moon, it suddenly decides to go silent on me and I will have to reset it or unplug/plug, off/on. When it goes silent, foobar2k w/WASAPI chucks out an error message but I can't remember exactly what it said - I will have to write it down next time. That's for the DAC only. I think the amplifier part of the Glacier shouldn't ever crash.

 

I've been thinking of getting a separate DAC but nothing stands out.

 

I use my Apex as an amp only (with VentureCraft DD as my DAC). But I also switch my Apex to lower power mode for the DAC by default for use with the iPad, and Android devices, etc. I'm speculating here it's in the low power mode that I tend to have these hangups. They're not a frequent occurrence but more frequent than other DAC/Amps.

 

Meanwhile there's one that I can replicate. If my Apex battery is fully drained, I have to reset to kick off charging again...it's not just a matter of plugging into the USB charger.

 

None of these issues are show stoppers though. It's still a great performing DAC/Amp.

post #753 of 792
Hmm I didn't know the DAC was prone to those issues. Oh well good to know nothings really wrong smily_headphones1.gif

EDIT: Made a review of this gear! http://www.head-fi.org/products/apex-high-fi-audio-glacier-portable-amp-dac/reviews/10569
Edited by BucketInABucket - 2/26/14 at 5:25am
post #754 of 792

I know the answer is no, but I need to ask;):

 

Any asio drivers for the Apex Glacier?

 

I never had it connected to my PC, always to my Note3.

post #755 of 792
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Originally Posted by turokrocks View Post
 

I know the answer is no, but I need to ask;):

 

Any asio drivers for the Apex Glacier?

 

I never had it connected to my PC, always to my Note3.

Yup, I think there should be ASIO drivers. Never used them though, I've always used WASAPI.

post #756 of 792
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Yup, I think there should be ASIO drivers. Never used them though, I've always used WASAPI.

Really?

Appreciate if you could direct me to where I can find them?

Thanks

post #757 of 792
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Really?

Appreciate if you could direct me to where I can find them?

Thanks

I don't think there are any specific drivers for them. The stock ASIO drivers should work though.

post #758 of 792

Hi, I just got the Glacier today, and I'm a bit underwhelmed. I don't hear a difference compared to the Fiio E07K. I have a Fostex TH600. Shouldn't I get a remarkable improvement in sound? Maybe the bass is a tiny bit tighter, but overall... Did I expect too much from a different amp?

 

Thx, Daan

post #759 of 792
Give i
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Originally Posted by daanh View Post

Hi, I just got the Glacier today, and I'm a bit underwhelmed. I don't hear a difference compared to the Fiio E07K. I have a Fostex TH600. Shouldn't I get a remarkable improvement in sound? Maybe the bass is a tiny bit tighter, but overall... Did I expect too much from a different amp?

Thx, Daan

Give it some time to burn in, mine took at least 400-500 hours before I started to enjoy it smily_headphones1.gif
post #760 of 792
Sorry, but i absolutely dont believe in that
post #761 of 792
^^^ your choice bro
post #762 of 792
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Originally Posted by daanh View Post
 

Hi, I just got the Glacier today, and I'm a bit underwhelmed. I don't hear a difference compared to the Fiio E07K. I have a Fostex TH600. Shouldn't I get a remarkable improvement in sound? Maybe the bass is a tiny bit tighter, but overall... Did I expect too much from a different amp?

 

Thx, Daan

I didn't particularly like the Glacier to TH600 pairing either. The Glacier is designed to power IEMs (although it has the muscle to decently power portable and efficient full-sized cans too) so that may explain why you didn't hear much of a difference. You will get better results with a more efficient portable can or IEMs as the TH600 has an average sound when it's not being powered to its full potential (basically when being powered by most portable amps).


Edited by BucketInABucket - 3/22/14 at 1:24am
post #763 of 792
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Originally Posted by BucketInABucket View Post
 

I didn't particularly like the Glacier to TH600 pairing either. The Glacier is designed to power IEMs (although it has the muscle to decently power portable and efficient full-sized cans too) so that may explain why you didn't hear much of a difference. You will get better results with a more efficient portable can or IEMs as the TH600 has an average sound when it's not being powered to its full potential (basically when being powered by most portable amps).

Thanks for the reply. Is there a portable amp that does the TH600 justice in your opinion?

 

I wouldn't describe my TH600 sound as average, it does sound really great to me. It's just that it doesn't have those "silky highs".

post #764 of 792
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Originally Posted by daanh View Post
 

Thanks for the reply. Is there a portable amp that does the TH600 justice in your opinion?

 

I wouldn't describe my TH600 sound as average, it does sound really great to me. It's just that it doesn't have those "silky highs".

Well, it depends on whether you want to go balanced or not. If you want to go balanced, try the PB2 or SR71B. If you don't, the Portaphile 627 or Pico Power (if you don't mind double 9V batteries) should be OK.

post #765 of 792
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Originally Posted by BucketInABucket View Post
 

Well, it depends on whether you want to go balanced or not. If you want to go balanced, try the PB2 or SR71B. If you don't, the Portaphile 627 or Pico Power (if you don't mind double 9V batteries) should be OK.

Hmmm, I'd like to have a DAC/AMP combo. Non balanced.

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