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post #421 of 1077
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Report....impressions....we want it all!!

 

So far I'm super impressed, for people who said it's not an analogue sounding DAC, that's BS. Very analogue sounding yet plenty of detail, and I mean definitely micro/macro detail I haven't heard previously. Soundstaging is ridiculous as well as Instrument layering.

 

The Sabre part of it, I can't hear the part that people said it was "Shouty". I can hear the detail associated with the chip.

 

I've previously had a listening session to Antelope Zodiac Platinum, my Auralic Vega thrashes it, and that's still with first couple of hours on :)

 

Previously I was listening to DSD to PCM conversion via foobar... at times it had some awful distortion wasn't nice listening to it, I'm glad to announce, that this fixed things, and made DSD what it was supposed to be - The King of all Audio Formats ;)

 

Briefly tried Exact Audio, while definitely improving on sound quality, that was on 44.1khz, when I switched to 192khz vinyl rip, it started skipping every second, wasn't very good.

 

Edit: Exact is now working fine after the DAC has been on for a while longer.

 

ATM I'm using the stock drivers from the website, are there better drivers?

 

 

Mandatory Fan Service: https://plus.google.com/116957074234076938230/posts/cANFuNKPfUw

Welcome to the club. :)

 

- Vega site has the latest TheSycon drivers.

- You should try EXACT clock, it sounds quite better than default AUTO mode, takes an hour to appear as selection in the menu. For me it skips even after getting Vega out of sleep so it needs about 30 minutes of run in to warm up and stabilize

- Play with filters, the default (4) is not the most resolving, 2 is a good compromise between details extraction and smoothness

- Grab some scotch and cover pin 1 and 4 on PC side of USB cable

- For playback I recommend JRiver MC, they have fully functional 30 days trial version, just play with it, you might like it better than foobar2000, sound is the same but it's more versatile and has everything out of the box, no need to look through internet for the right components.

post #422 of 1077
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Welcome to the club. smily_headphones1.gif

- Vega site has the latest TheSycon drivers.
- You should try EXACT clock, it sounds quite better than default AUTO mode, takes an hour to appear as selection in the menu. For me it skips even after getting Vega out of sleep so it needs about 30 minutes of run in to warm up and stabilize
- Play with filters, the default (4) is not the most resolving, 2 is a good compromise between details extraction and smoothness
- Grab some scotch and cover pin 1 and 4 on PC side of USB cable
- For playback I recommend JRiver MC, they have fully functional 30 days trial version, just play with it, you might like it better than foobar2000, sound is the same but it's more versatile and has everything out of the box, no need to look through internet for the right components.

Interesting you prefer filter 2. My initial listening i preferred 4 but will try 2 again
post #423 of 1077
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Originally Posted by Andrew_WOT View Post
 

Welcome to the club. :)

 

- Vega site has the latest TheSycon drivers.

- You should try EXACT clock, it sounds quite better than default AUTO mode, takes an hour to appear as selection in the menu. For me it skips even after getting Vega out of sleep so it needs about 30 minutes of run in to warm up and stabilize

- Play with filters, the default (4) is not the most resolving, 2 is a good compromise between details extraction and smoothness

- Grab some scotch and cover pin 1 and 4 on PC side of USB cable

- For playback I recommend JRiver MC, they have fully functional 30 days trial version, just play with it, you might like it better than foobar2000, sound is the same but it's more versatile and has everything out of the box, no need to look through internet for the right components.

 

Thank you, I'm yet again, a very proud Auralic owner :D

I'm still thinking about getting the Taurus too! Maybe sometime around my birthday which is 27th of July.

 

I switched to Filter 2 now it works fine so far, so does Exact clock mode, doesn't skip at all, though it appears that after DSD64 when I close foobar2000 the DAC starts going crazy and tells me that I'm listening to 176.4KS for some reason, lol, but when I listen it does say DSD64.

 

Regarding the pins, I'll try to do that, I'm somewhat new to the field, even more so to the DIY part of it (Haven't done anything yet).

 

Regarding the JRiver MC, I'm not sure, I wanted to like it but so far it's too complicated and way too many features.


Edited by XVampireX - 4/6/14 at 1:15pm
post #424 of 1077
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Welcome to the club. smily_headphones1.gif

- Vega site has the latest TheSycon drivers.
- You should try EXACT clock, it sounds quite better than default AUTO mode, takes an hour to appear as selection in the menu. For me it skips even after getting Vega out of sleep so it needs about 30 minutes of run in to warm up and stabilize
- Play with filters, the default (4) is not the most resolving, 2 is a good compromise between details extraction and smoothness
- Grab some scotch and cover pin 1 and 4 on PC side of USB cable
- For playback I recommend JRiver MC, they have fully functional 30 days trial version, just play with it, you might like it better than foobar2000, sound is the same but it's more versatile and has everything out of the box, no need to look through internet for the right components.

Interesting you prefer filter 2. My initial listening i preferred 4 but will try 2 again

I think it all boils down to preferences, 4 was chosen as default for a reason (took highest rank during subjective evaluation), but it does some stuff to the material that can mask details esp. on Red Book material.

AURALiC Flexible Filter Mode Explanation


Edited by Andrew_WOT - 4/7/14 at 11:03am
post #425 of 1077

Taurus MKII on it's way to join my Vega. I can't wait to see how the Taurus compares to my Bryston!

post #426 of 1077

I have bitten the bullet and ordered a Taurus to partner my Audeze LCD-X's.

Due for delivery tomorrow. I am waiting for it like an expectant Father!

Cannot justify going the full monty with the Vega as well (yet!) so will be using my Benchmark Dac2 HGC for Dac and pre amp duties......or do you think the pre on the Taurus should be used.

Any Taurus owners with experience of using the BM Dac with it?

Hoping I will notice an immediate improvement with the Taurus over the BM's headphone amp output!

post #427 of 1077
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Taurus MKII on it's way to join my Vega. I can't wait to see how the Taurus compares to my Bryston!

excellent! what headphones are you currently using?

post #428 of 1077
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excellent! what headphones are you currently using?


With the Bryston, I've been using my Audeze LCD-3's. I'm hoping the Taurus will play well with my HD800's  too.

post #429 of 1077
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With the Bryston, I've been using my Audeze LCD-3's. I'm hoping the Taurus will play well with my HD800's  too.

It will...

post #430 of 1077

@Andrew_WOT Very serious question, I see you have both Auralic Vega and Taurus and also have got the GS-1 with Dynalo+

 

What would you suggest for pairing with the Auralic Vega, the Taurus or the GS-X mk2? And if you had any more experience, perhaps you can tell me how would something like Schiit Lyr compare to either one of them?

post #431 of 1077
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@Andrew_WOT Very serious question, I see you have both Auralic Vega and Taurus and also have got the GS-1 with Dynalo+

 

What would you suggest for pairing with the Auralic Vega, the Taurus or the GS-X mk2? And if you had any more experience, perhaps you can tell me how would something like Schiit Lyr compare to either one of them?

Doesn't matter as they are pretty close, both almost dead neutral with Taurus having just a pinch of warmth, barely noticeable.

Taurus has more power to boot (it really shows esp in low end) and balanced in/out. 

You see, the problem is that GS-1 is discontinued, at least for now, the Burson Soloist is often recommended these days as alternative to GS-1, but after owning Conductor I think it still has a long way to go to reach GS-1 with updated modules level.

The GS-X is more powerful, balanced alternative but waiting queue is long and price of admission is higher than Taurus. Still waiting for someone compare two. 

post #432 of 1077

i have a pair of HD800 coming my way and i'm seriously considering the taurus as its playmate...any thoughts on how the taurus might also pair with the d7000 and various grados? i know people recommend tubes for the HD800 but i honestly don't have the patience for tubes these days. 

 

fwiw, i used to own the gs-1 and the original gs-x and would also love to hear some comparisons b/n the taurus and the headamp offerings. the gs-1 spent most of its time with the k701 and rs-1 and i picked up the gs-x to power my k1000, which i thought was a terrible match (much preferred the moth amp and the signature 30 for the k1000). anyway, i was thinking about picking up the WA7 and the tube power supply if/when it became available, but for $1500, it seems overpriced as an amp, which is what i'd use it for.

 

thanks for everyone's thoughts on the taurus, btw. great reading...and i'm hoping to have the HD800/taurus pairing soon. 

post #433 of 1077
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Originally Posted by kugino View Post
 

i have a pair of HD800 coming my way and i'm seriously considering the taurus as its playmate...any thoughts on how the taurus might also pair with the d7000 and various grados? i know people recommend tubes for the HD800 but i honestly don't have the patience for tubes these days. 

 

fwiw, i used to own the gs-1 and the original gs-x and would also love to hear some comparisons b/n the taurus and the headamp offerings. the gs-1 spent most of its time with the k701 and rs-1 and i picked up the gs-x to power my k1000, which i thought was a terrible match (much preferred the moth amp and the signature 30 for the k1000). anyway, i was thinking about picking up the WA7 and the tube power supply if/when it became available, but for $1500, it seems overpriced as an amp, which is what i'd use it for.

 

thanks for everyone's thoughts on the taurus, btw. great reading...and i'm hoping to have the HD800/taurus pairing soon. 

You will enjoy the HD800's with the Taurus but you will want to get some balanced cable to go with that. I think it sound best from the xlr output. That is assuming you have a balanced source. I don't think you will miss the tubes. I have two tube amps sitting here and I haven't even turned them on since I got the Taurus.

post #434 of 1077

Well it seems like my post yesterday telling you I was taking delivery of the Taurus today was invisible as nobody even acknowledged it!

Don't worry ...I am thick skinned and it takes a lot to upset me! :o2smile:

Anyway......Straight out the box it is apparent that this a superbly made and finished amplifier with a real heft to it. As good a build quality as I have seen......definitely on a par with my Benchmark Dac which is made in the U.S. Some people I know decry made in China but if this is the quality they are turning out now I think people who find this a barrier to buy from there should have a swift rethink. From the get go once I had hitched it up and plugged in my LCD-X's, this amp has an iron grip on the headphones and the whole sonic picture can be summed up in one word.......Stupendous.

I am listening to spotify via my Sonos connect and using my Benchmark Dac for pre amp duties which is connected to the Taurus.

The big advantage of keeping the Benchmark for pre amp and Dac duties is that I can control the volume of the Taurus through the BM which is a huge bonus as the BM has a remote control.

I have set the Taurus volume knob at about half and then control that up or down with the BM remote.

If it sounds this good straight out of the box I am in for Audio Nirvana I would say...once the Taurus has flexed and loosened its muscles when it has a few miles on the clock.

I am trying to source a longer balanced 4 pin XLR cable for the X's as the ones that Audeze supply .although very good quality, are just a tiny bit too short for when I am listening the other side of the room.

I have emailed Frank at Toxic cables to see if he can make me up a 10 foot silver poison balanced 4 pin XLR.

I read somewhere that silver cables were better with the Audezes and the Taurus as opposed to copper which is what Audeze supply with the headphones. You do get two though...one balanced and one normal which is perfect for the Taurus......I suspect they can be bettered though.......hence my enquiry to Toxic cables.

I have also ordered a couple of XLR interconnects for the Taurus to Dac2 connection.

Is this likely to change the sound or increase the volume if I use the balanced cables in tandem with the balanced Headphone socket?

Finally even after just a short listen I can detect a huge difference in the sound from the Taurus amp and the Benchmark headphone amp. There is just more oomph and more forward propulsion to music and better clarity.

I listened to part of the Rachmaninoff legendary 'Symphonic Dances' on Reference recordings and it blew my socks off. The transients and dynamic swings in this wonderful recording have never sounded so lifelike to my ears.

Its early days yet....but apart from my jaw dropping on first listen the biggest nice surprise is that the Benchmark DAC appears to complement the Taurus superbly with the added bonus of volume control via remote!

post #435 of 1077

Gray -- that's excellent! Definitely a nice combo that you have there. 

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