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post #421 of 1110
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Originally Posted by Newk Yuler View Post
 

 

Thank you for helping me discover this alternative ADuM board.

 

Go to eBay and copy/paste search this in bold: Teralink ADuM4160 USB Isolator board.

 

Or use this link (same seller):

 

http://www.ab-system.hk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=63

 

That board is made for audio.  It uses a linear regulator to supply power to the downstream side of the ADuM chip and downstream peripherals (that you won't use with the Schiit gen 2 USB board).  It's also cheaper than the others I've seen.  If you aren't going to use an Ultravox, this is probably the next best one (IMO).  The jumpers should be set for full speed.

 

Go to Jameco.com and search for 170245.  That's a 12v 1 amp linear regulated wall wart.  I'm not sure about the plug configuration but the rest of it is proper.  I have one of those and a similar 5v version on order that won't ship until the 5v is available again in late October.  There is no option for the supply connectors and they may need modifying.  You might consider putting a ferrite bead close to the connector if there isn't one on it from the manufacturer (RFI filtering for sensitive equipment).

 

Don't forget to get one of the little USB gender adapters I mentioned in my last post (the one you quoted).  Use a good quality USB cable, especially not a cheap utility grade cable.  Preferably one specifically for audio USB.  Go to Amazon and search Pangea USB PCOCC.  Those look like a great value.

 

I have to again say that I take no responsibility for you trying anything I've mentioned.  Computer audio systems usually have unique component synergies and some will undoubtedly behave differently.  Please tell us how it works for you.

 

Very good, thank you. I will report my findings. FYI, I am using a quality Audioquest USB cable. One more question... is there any reason for me to believe that such a set-up would not work in Mac OS X on a Macbook Pro?

post #422 of 1110
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Originally Posted by Scallywag View Post
 

 

Very good, thank you. I will report my findings. FYI, I am using a quality Audioquest USB cable. One more question... is there any reason for me to believe that such a set-up would not work in Mac OS X on a Macbook Pro?

I have a friend using alternative ADuM and CM6631A boards connected to a Mac laptop.  Mac doesn't require installed drivers.  It works as long as OSX is past a certain version.  If you're up to date you're good to go.

post #423 of 1110
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Scallywag: Sent you a PM.

post #424 of 1110

i'm about to attempt the uber swap myself !

post #425 of 1110
Boards swapped, pretty easy, only had one glitch, one set of pins missed the mark, but got it straightened right out
post #426 of 1110

I will buy your USB gen 1 board.

post #427 of 1110
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Originally Posted by djdonis View Post
 

I will buy your USB gen 1 board.

me ? my bifrost came with gen 2 usb, i added the uber board

post #428 of 1110

Is Uber-upgrade beneficial for HE-400? If it extends highs, I am afraid it may not be so good for already high highs in HE-400...

post #429 of 1110
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Originally Posted by korzena View Post
 

Is Uber-upgrade beneficial for HE-400? If it extends highs, I am afraid it may not be so good for already high highs in HE-400...

i can't comment specifically to the he-400, but the biggest thing improvement i noticed, was a more quiet background, the music is more fleshed out, this is what i noticed with my grado ps500, and alessandro ms2 , that my take

post #430 of 1110
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post
 

i can't comment specifically to the he-400, but the biggest thing improvement i noticed, was a more quiet background, the music is more fleshed out, this is what i noticed with my grado ps500, and alessandro ms2 , that my take

 

Thanks for your comment!

 

Anybody has experience of Uberupgrade specifically with HE-400?
post #431 of 1110
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Originally Posted by korzena View Post
 

Is Uber-upgrade beneficial for HE-400? If it extends highs, I am afraid it may not be so good for already high highs in HE-400...

 

 

 

The Uber Frost I was able to borrow for a while had the smoothest highs of any affordable digital product I've ever heard. I would say there should be no issues there.

post #432 of 1110
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Originally Posted by korzena View Post
 

Is Uber-upgrade beneficial for HE-400? If it extends highs, I am afraid it may not be so good for already high highs in HE-400...

 

I have the HE-500 and I can say that the Uberfrost upgrade is beneficial to the HE-500. It doesn't make the trebles harsh or sibilant, its more like it becomes more transparent, and even less noise. I had the Bifrost prior to upgrading to the Uberfrost, so I've heard both.

post #433 of 1110
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Originally Posted by jmsaxon69 View Post
 

 

 

The Uber Frost I was able to borrow for a while had the smoothest highs of any affordable digital product I've ever heard. I would say there should be no issues there.

 

 

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Originally Posted by ngyu View Post
 

 

I have the HE-500 and I can say that the Uberfrost upgrade is beneficial to the HE-500. It doesn't make the trebles harsh or sibilant, its more like it becomes more transparent, and even less noise. I had the Bifrost prior to upgrading to the Uberfrost, so I've heard both.

 

Thanks for sharing your opinions!

post #434 of 1110
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Originally Posted by korzena View Post
 

 

 

 

Thanks for sharing your opinions!

 

you're welcome! for a pair of detailed headphones like the HE-400/500, i feel like the uber upgrade is worth it. the upgrade isn't AS noticeable on my HD650, but still an improvement. but I could hear the biggest change on a can that could reveal that amount of detail. 

post #435 of 1110

Hi, for those of you that sent this in for the upgrade internationally (Canadian), how long did it take? I might be getting irrationally worried but I sent mine 2+ weeks ago and it said it arrived 9 days ago but I haven't heard anything. I emailed them 2 days ago and haven't gotten a response. I got an RA number and everything and my status says "Upgrade Queue" :(

Appreciated.


Edited by Exidrion - 9/25/13 at 11:51am
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