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post #676 of 1599
Nice! If I could do it again I would have gotten the da8 instead of the the wa7. Not that I regret the choice, still enjoy the pairing but you get what I mean.
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Originally Posted by SolidVictory View Post

Just pulled the trigger on this beauty in black!!! With the D230 power cord! Before my HE-500's arrived, too. I guess I'll try the DA8 out with my AKG K702's before my HE-500s arrive! Can't wait! cool.gif
post #677 of 1599

Thanks brunk!  Looks like all I need is a smart player :D

 

Just downloaded Audirvana, and turned out no setup was needed at all. 

I just used Audirvana to play a DSD file, and the DAC automatically switched into DSD mode.  Thanks!

 

Only downside is that none of the players you listed is free.

I don't have a lot of DSD files, so I don't think I'll buy Audirvana for $74.  

I'll try JRiver once my 15 day Audirvana trial runs out :) 

 

 

P.S.  Took a phote of my DA8 in DSD mode, but it doesn't let me upload >,,<

post #678 of 1599
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Originally Posted by yz616 View Post
 

Thanks brunk!  Looks like all I need is a smart player :D

 

Just downloaded Audirvana, and turned out no setup was needed at all. 

I just used Audirvana to play a DSD file, and the DAC automatically switched into DSD mode.  Thanks!

 

Only downside is that none of the players you listed is free.

I don't have a lot of DSD files, so I don't think I'll buy Audirvana for $74.  

I'll try JRiver once my 15 day Audirvana trial runs out :) 

 

 

P.S.  Took a phote of my DA8 in DSD mode, but it doesn't let me upload >,,<

Glad you worked it out! Once you make a few more posts, you can submit images here. You can try Korg AudioGate player if it runs on Mac, it should be free. I really recommend JRiver though, it has so many wonderful features that blow the rest out of the water.

post #679 of 1599
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Originally Posted by Angelbelow View Post

Nice! If I could do it again I would have gotten the da8 instead of the the wa7. Not that I regret the choice, still enjoy the pairing but you get what I mean.

 

I was in exactly the same position, and had a hard time picking between WA7 and DA8 for my HE-500. 

 

In fact, I actually went with WA7 since WA7 was just more popular in the US (also because of its charming look).

Too bad they couldn't ship my order before X'mas so I canceled my order and went with DA8.  Loving it.

 

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive balanced cable I can use with HE-500 & DA8? I don't want to spend a few hundred dollars on cable, but I would love to try the balanced output, which is something WA7 doesn't have.  Thanks!

 

One more question: does the balanced output bypass the amp section? Do I need a separate amp with balanced input if I want to use the balanced output?

post #680 of 1599
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Originally Posted by yz616 View Post
 

 

I was in exactly the same position, and had a hard time picking between WA7 and DA8 for my HE-500. 

 

In fact, I actually went with WA7 since WA7 was just more popular in the US (also because of its charming look).

Too bad they couldn't ship my order before X'mas so I canceled my order and went with DA8.  Loving it.

 

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive balanced cable I can use with HE-500 & DA8? I don't want to spend a few hundred dollars on cable, but I would love to try the balanced output, which is something WA7 doesn't have.  Thanks!

 

One more question: does the balanced output bypass the amp section? Do I need a separate amp with balanced input if I want to use the balanced output?

You would need a 2x XLR to a 4-pin female XLR adapter, along with recabling your HE-500. You can snip off the TRS adapter, put a 4-pin XLR on the end, plus you have a BAL-to-SE pigtail adapter :) I don't think too many companies make the first adapter, but I can make one for you if you wish. I made one for DarKen23 and he enjoys it.

 

Yes, the balanced output bypasses the amp section. You're running directly off the I/V which is 2x OPA1632 which are very high quality. You don't need a separate amp, but you may get better quality and more power with one.

post #681 of 1599
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post
 

You would need a 2x XLR to a 4-pin female XLR adapter, along with recabling your HE-500. You can snip off the TRS adapter, put a 4-pin XLR on the end, plus you have a BAL-to-SE pigtail adapter :) I don't think too many companies make the first adapter, but I can make one for you if you wish. I made one for DarKen23 and he enjoys it.

 

Yes, the balanced output bypasses the amp section. You're running directly off the I/V which is 2x OPA1632 which are very high quality. You don't need a separate amp, but you may get better quality and more power with one.

" You would need a 2x XLR to a 4-pin female XLR adapter, along with recabling your HE-500. You can snip off the TRS adapter, put a 4-pin XLR on the end, plus you have a BAL-to-SE pigtail adapter :) "

 

Please excuse my ignorance, but I totally don't understand what they are :D

What kind of TRS adaptor do I need?

What's a BAL-to-SE pigtail adaptor? I assume BAL-to-SE means "balanced to single end"?

What does "recabling my HE-500" mean?

 

I enjoy making things too, are there detailed instructions on head-fi or the Internet about how to do this?

If you link the components I need, that'll greatly help me understand what they are.

If I can't figure out how to do this, I'll likely bug you for help. 

 

Thanks again for all the help from you tonight!


Edited by yz616 - 12/10/13 at 10:49pm
post #682 of 1599
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Originally Posted by yz616 View Post
 

" You would need a 2x XLR to a 4-pin female XLR adapter, along with recabling your HE-500. You can snip off the TRS adapter, put a 4-pin XLR on the end, plus you have a BAL-to-SE pigtail adapter :) "

 

Please excuse my ignorance, but I totally don't understand what they are :D

What kind of TRS adaptor do I need?

What's a BAL-to-SE pigtail adaptor? I assume BAL-to-SE means "balanced to single end"?

What does "recabling my HE-500" mean?

 

I enjoy making things too, are there detailed instructions on head-fi or the Internet about how to do this?

If you link the components I need, that'll greatly help me understand what they are.

If I can't figure out how to do this, I'll likely bug you for help. 

 

Thanks again for all the help from you tonight!

I'll have to answer your questions later, I'm hitting the sack for the night. Maybe someone else can help you in the mean time.

post #683 of 1599
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Originally Posted by yz616 View Post
 

 

I was in exactly the same position, and had a hard time picking between WA7 and DA8 for my HE-500. 

 

In fact, I actually went with WA7 since WA7 was just more popular in the US (also because of its charming look).

Too bad they couldn't ship my order before X'mas so I canceled my order and went with DA8.  Loving it.

 

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive balanced cable I can use with HE-500 & DA8? I don't want to spend a few hundred dollars on cable, but I would love to try the balanced output, which is something WA7 doesn't have.  Thanks!

 

One more question: does the balanced output bypass the amp section? Do I need a separate amp with balanced input if I want to use the balanced output?

 

The WA7 would have definitely been a nice choice too, I'm enjoying it more and more. And maybe its because I'll being more diligent about trying to notice the bass, but its becoming more and more robust.

 

I did order the DA8 too so I'll have both units soon. I wanted to upgrade the DAC portion of the WA7 and eventually wanted to add a solid state amp as well. The DA8 seemed too good to pass up.

post #684 of 1599
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Originally Posted by yz616 View Post
I don't have a lot of DSD files, so I don't think I'll buy Audirvana for $74.  

Audirvana Plus is a player for PCM & DSD, 2CH & MCH, files
Plus a lot of advantages :L3000:

post #685 of 1599

uh yeah Audirvana is awesome. SQ is great. Support is also great.

post #686 of 1599
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post
 

I wouldn't be too concerned with it if you noticed it quickly. Cheers for your new toys! Something you may want to check out with your combo is TB Isone and Isone Surround. The plug-in has a free trial and is only $20 to purchase for life. I think you'll be shocked what it can do for the LCD-2 :)

 

http://www.toneboosters.com/tb-isone/

http://www.toneboosters.com/tb-isonesurround/

 

head-fi thread about it here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/473885/isone-pro-the-best-thing-you-could-ever-get-for-your-headphones-on-your-computer

 

:beerchug: 


Thanks, Brunk! When it comes to the voltage switch, if it was damaged, it would be more catastrophic in the case of damage like it just doesn't work, correct? It would be like it just doesn't sound as good but is still working? Just want to make sure I am in the clear.

post #687 of 1599
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Originally Posted by dermott View Post
 


Thanks, Brunk! When it comes to the voltage switch, if it was damaged, it would be more catastrophic in the case of damage like it just doesn't work, correct? It would be like it just doesn't sound as good but is still working? Just want to make sure I am in the clear.

Unless you notice some serious buzzing, stuttering, distortion etc. I wouldn't worry about it. It's not like you were having it like that for a long time were you :blink:

post #688 of 1599
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post
 

Unless you notice some serious buzzing, stuttering, distortion etc. I wouldn't worry about it. It's not like you were having it like that for a long time were you :blink:


No, I figured it out pretty quickly. When I first plugged it in, the power was already in the on position and everything looked fine as it was in pure dac mode. I only saw there was an issue when I tried to activate the pre-amp mode. At that point it would go into a protection mode screen that would cycle every few seconds. I did not let it do this for long. It would just display the Yulong logo on the LCD. It would make the same click as an amplifier going into protection mode, so I figured it was power related. I then remembered it came directly from Hong Kong and probably needed to be reset.

post #689 of 1599
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by yz616 View Post
 

 

I was in exactly the same position, and had a hard time picking between WA7 and DA8 for my HE-500. 

 

In fact, I actually went with WA7 since WA7 was just more popular in the US (also because of its charming look).

Too bad M couldn't ship my order before X'mas so I canceled my order and went with DA8.  Loving it.

 

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive balanced cable I can use with HE-500 & DA8? I don't want to spend a few hundred dollars on cable, but I would love to try the balanced output, which is something WA7 doesn't have.  Thanks!

 

One more question: does the balanced output bypass the amp section? Do I need a separate amp with balanced input if I want to use the balanced output?

You would need a 2x XLR to a 4-pin female XLR adapter, along with recabling your HE-500. You can snip off the TRS adapter, put a 4-pin XLR on the end, plus you have a BAL-to-SE pigtail adapter :) I don't think too many companies make the first adapter, but I can make one for you if you wish. I made one for DarKen23 and he enjoys it.

 

Yes, the balanced output bypasses the amp section. You're running directly off the I/V which is 2x OPA1632 which are very high quality. You don't need a separate amp, but you may get better quality and more power with one.

Still using that adapter and loving it!

 

On another note-- I will be purchasing the Sennheiser HDVA600 2 weeks from now. The amp will be paired with DA8 and the HD800 ofc. :popcorn: 

I was waiting for Yulong to release the balanced amps but I dont know much longer Id have to wait and I feel like getting myself a xmas gift.

post #690 of 1599

I picked up the Questyle CMA 800R Headphone Amplifier for Xmas to pair with my Yulong DA8. Stoked!

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