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?
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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.