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post #16 of 184

Will these dirvers work in windows 8?

post #17 of 184
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Will these dirvers work in windows 8?

I have Windows 8 ( Pro 64 bit ) and it works perfectly. Also, Audiobyte just released the Asio drivers. I tested the 64 bit version (with the 64bit asio drivers checkbox checked in foobar2000) and it works just fine.

 

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16.06.2013 - A few important upgrades regarding Hydra-X usb interface:- native ASIO is now supported by Hydra-X. You can go to the product page and download the ASIO package. 
- DSD over PCM (DoP) support is now enabled on S/PDIF and AES/EBU outputs. DSD64 and DSD128 rates are supported.
- DSD256 and DSD512 native dsd output is now enabled via I2S/HDMI output (via ASIO driver).


Edited by dan.gheorghe - 7/7/13 at 9:31am
post #18 of 184

Cool thanks,

 

I would really like to see it compared to some other TOTL converters.  

post #19 of 184
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Cool thanks,

 

I would really like to see it compared to some other TOTL converters.  

I hope Adam will get it soon too.

post #20 of 184

A few other questions for ya.. biggrin.gif

 

What are you using to power the device?

 

Does it need the +5V power from the PC?

post #21 of 184
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A few other questions for ya.. biggrin.gif

 

What are you using to power the device?

 

Does it need the +5V power from the PC?

It is completely isolated from the usb. It comes with a external power supply that recharges the battery when needed. The device only works from battery. 

post #22 of 184
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It is completely isolated from the usb. It comes with a external power supply that recharges the battery when needed. The device only works from battery. 

 

 

Cool,

 

Nowhere did I see it came with an external PSU.  That's a good deal..

post #23 of 184

please welcome a new Hydra-X user.. :D

Got it 3 days ago, first day I let it warm up for 2 hours and then sit for a long 4 hour listening...

Oh my...this thing changed my system quite drastically!

First thing that i noticed was a very black background, complete silence between audio notes, its like crowded music is not crowded anymore, now every single note has its own space in the soundstage, imaging is a lot better than using USB from my DAC.

Secondly DAT BASS, holy smokes I never thought my HD800 can be bass monsters with just a S/PDIF interface and not ever touching the EQ.

on LCD-3 is just yummy on some old and new rock.

Thirdly, sound became smooth like butter on the frying pan :)

Now I can finally forget what grain and sibilance mean.

I'm very pleased with changes brought to my system, it's really special to me.

 

I had few times M2tech HiFace EVO + battery supply (without the clock) and while it was nice, it is nowhere near the performance of Hydra-X.

 

...goes hunting for a good coaxial cable....


Edited by DarKu - 7/12/13 at 4:40am
post #24 of 184

Interesting.  So what was your previous converter?

post #25 of 184

M2tech Hi-Face, AD Labs Mars (the same guys form Audiobyte) and then M2tech HiFace EVO +  EVO Power battery supply.

EVO +battery supply was pretty nice, but it is not even close to Hydra-X


Edited by DarKu - 7/12/13 at 4:40am
post #26 of 184

Good to know.  So what DAC are you using with the Hydra-X?

post #27 of 184
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please welcome a new Hydra-X user.. :D

Got it 3 days ago, first day I let it warm up for 2 hours and then sit for a long 4 hour listening...

Oh my...this thing changed my system quite drastically!

First thing that i noticed was a very black background, complete silence between audio notes, its like crowded music is not crowded anymore, now every single note has its own space in the soundstage, imaging is a lot better than using USB from my DAC.

Secondly DAT BASS, holy smokes I never thought my HD800 can be bass monsters with just a S/PDIF interface and not ever touching the EQ.

on LCD-3 is just yummy on some old and new rock.

Thirdly, sound became smooth like butter on the frying pan :)

Now I can finally forget what grain and sibilance mean.

I'm very pleased with changes brought to my system, it's really special to me.

 

I had few times M2tech HiFace EVO + battery supply (without the clock) and while it was nice, it is nowhere near the performance of Hydra-X.

 

...goes hunting for a good coaxial cable....

Hey Darku! Welcome to the club! :D 

 

It will get better with a good coax cable. It sure did for me. I bought this thick baby : http://www.hifi123.nl/nl/w-m-audio-dc-01-digital-interconnect.html

 

The bass gets even better with it, and not only that but details, dynamics, clarity, etc 

post #28 of 184
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Good to know.  So what DAC are you using with the Hydra-X?


I have the same setup that Dan has: Burson Conductor (as DAC and Amp) + LCD-3 and HD800.

HIface 1 and Mars were maybe slightly better than USB input of the Burson, but Hydra smokes any s/pdif interface or other transports I have tried

post #29 of 184
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Hey Darku! Welcome to the club! :D 

Thanks man!!!

That cable looks sexy, I should try it first at your place.

Funny thing is that I had that cable in my home for one week, but didnt have the Hydra to try it out, now I dont have it but I have the Hydra biggrin.gif

 

Offtopic: I should learn how to do multiple quotes in one post..

post #30 of 184
Have you tried optical vs coax?
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