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post #646 of 1888

Is everyone using their VEGA's in "Exact" clock mode? I am trying to and it certainly sounds better in this setting.  My issue is that with my mac book pro I would get occasional dropouts in sound and frequent static like sounds in exact mode.  I don't get them at all in Auto clock mode but the music doesn't sound as good in that mode.  I researched and and learned that jitter may be the issue and that the VEGA is having a hard time locking in while in exact mode.  So I switched from the MBP to an Antipodes DS server http://www.antipodesaudio.com  I still get drop outs especially for 24/192 and DSD files.  The only format that gets no dropouts in exact mode is when i use the Spotify plug-in through the antipodes.  

 

I have tried various USB cables including AQ Diamond and nothing helps.  

 

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you.

post #647 of 1888

The static is EMI. Make sure your cables are not crossed. I had it with my MacMini but resolved it with some cable management.

You will get some dropout in exact mode when comes out of sleep. It usually resolves in 10-15 minutes as the unit warms up. It is not much of a big deal for me so I just leave it in exact mode. It definitely sounds better.

post #648 of 1888

It could be EMI, but it can also be a poor USB port or cable, or using a hub instead of a DAC-USB port direct connection.  

post #649 of 1888

Hi thanks for the replies.  Which cables are you referring to when you say the cables may be crossed?  As for the USB cable quality, I am using AudioQuest Diamond cable and i have also tried a few others and the results are consistent. 

 

As far as cables being crossed, are you referring the the USB cable being crossed with other cables in the system?  I am pretty sure the dropouts and the EMI sounds are being generated buy the DAC and the only cable upstream from the Vega DAC is the USB cable connecting the Antipodes DS reference Music server with the VEGA DAC.  From the VEGA DAC, i have all AudioQuest Niagra Balanced cables.  Anything I need to be concerned with related to those balanced cables being "crossed"?


Thanks

post #650 of 1888

I have been playing with the filters.  I use Audirvana a lot with this DAC because it up samples really nicely.  I find it works really well with Filter 4.  Pure Music 1.98 didn't work with DSD for me.  Haven't tried 2.0 yet.  Has anyone?

post #651 of 1888

Folks, what good amp do you recommend matching my LCD-3 alongside with the Vega in the chain? like proper best?

 

And what do you think, is Auralic gonna work on something higher end than Taurus or continue improving it?

post #652 of 1888
The pairing with the Cavalli Liquid Glass is pretty amazing, I bet the Cobalt would be as well.
post #653 of 1888
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Originally Posted by mrspeakers View Post

The pairing with the Cavalli Liquid Glass is pretty amazing, I bet the Cobalt would be as well.

 

 

Cobalt?

 

Edit: Nevermind, found it.

 

But those are tube amps...


Edited by XVampireX - 5/17/14 at 3:06pm
post #654 of 1888
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Cobalt?

Cavalli Liquid Cobalt
post #655 of 1888

Taurus mkII is a stunningly nice amp and.... guess what? Looks killer stacked with the Vega. Why not? 

post #656 of 1888
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Cobalt?

Edit: Nevermind, found it.

But those are tube amps...

Exactly . You will not believe how this pairs with tubes. The soundstage of the Vega with my Cavalli is exceptional. I've tried a few solid state pairings and enjoyed them but this is worth hearing.
post #657 of 1888
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Exactly . You will not believe how this pairs with tubes. The soundstage of the Vega with my Cavalli is exceptional. I've tried a few solid state pairings and enjoyed them but this is worth hearing.

Yup, I have to agree. The Vega >Cavalli combination sounded wonderful at Axponia in Chicago last month. After llistening to this system with the Beatles 24/44.1 hi res files, I was compelled to purchase a pair of Alpha Dogs on the spot. Now if I can just get the Beatles USB to to retain the its 24 bit rate after convertion to AIFF with Media Human.
post #658 of 1888
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Originally Posted by XVampireX View Post
 

Folks, what good amp do you recommend matching my LCD-3 alongside with the Vega in the chain? like proper best?

 

And what do you think, is Auralic gonna work on something higher end than Taurus or continue improving it?


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Edited by jibzilla - 6/2/14 at 10:37pm
post #659 of 1888
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Originally Posted by Vangelis View Post

Yup, I have to agree. The Vega >Cavalli combination sounded wonderful at Axponia in Chicago last month. After llistening to this system with the Beatles 24/44.1 hi res files, I was compelled to purchase a pair of Alpha Dogs on the spot. Now if I can just get the Beatles USB to to retain the its 24 bit rate after convertion to AIFF with Media Human.

Try converting to Alac?
post #660 of 1888
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Try converting to Alac?
I have thousands of rips to AIFF so Im reluctant to change. I think I did the converstion wrong, from the Media Human converter drop down menu I selected 44. 1. as it was the closestt fit. With the Mac version there is no bit rate selection or settings, just sampling. I think I should have chosen "original" from the selection in the drop down menu instead of 44,1000, and perhaps that would have retained the 24 bit rate. Want do you think? Before I can retry it, I have clean out the Media Human converted folder which is jammed up with my first Beatles bad converion files and no matter how or what I select I cant get rid them. I think its a nice programs your right, its simple. I appreciate your recommendation. I just have these two huddles to get past. Any thoughts?
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