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The current W4S DAC2 DSDse eliminates that problem. I just sent mine back in for the new Femto clock upgrade.....Life is good in W4S land...

 

I've been wondering about this. I had the original W4S DAC2 and liked but did not love it -- for example, I didn't think its performance was head and shoulders above my Oppo BDP-83SE (another Sabre device).

 

I am thoroughly enjoying the BDA-2 these days, but if and when I get bitten by the DSD bug, the DSDse will be one of the DACs I strongly consider.

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post #122 of 130

Olias, I would expect the W4S and the BDA-2 to be in a similar category. Personal taste would push one over the other. Top sabre implementation vs top AKM. Both firms have great post purchase service....I know it would be tough for me as I also like the AKM 4399's...

post #123 of 130
Is there a huge difference between the sound coming from usb compared to out of spidf? Most of my source are digital and I'll be using usb around 80% of the time so this is extremely important.
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Is there a huge difference between the sound coming from usb compared to out of spidf? Most of my source are digital and I'll be using usb around 80% of the time so this is extremely important.

With the BDA-1, yes there was. The BDA-2 is so much better in that regard it's really amazing. And with blind testing, hard to tell the differences.

post #125 of 130
Great. Only reason why I'd shy away from master 7 is the fact that its usb isn't up to par.
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Talking about the USB performance. I picked up my BDA-2 - BHA-1 pair from a dealer this week.

I'm trying to understand if I have to do something with the way I play my flacs and mp3s. The thing is, I am confused with the enabled digital volume control. Is there any way to disable it and send "raw" digital stream out of a PC?


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post #127 of 130
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Talking about the USB performance. I picked up my BDA-2 - BHA-1 pair from a dealer this week.

I'm trying to understand if I have to do something with the way I play my flacs and mp3s. The thing is, I am confused with the enabled digital volume control. Is there any way to disable it and send "raw" digital stream out of a PC?

Your BDA-2 should have come with a driver for the PC.  Once that is installed, you should be able to set that in the settings of your playback software (I use JRiver Media Centre 19).  This will allow you to output digital signals matching the song file (16/44, 24/192 etc) directly to the BDA-2 via USB.  

post #128 of 130
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Your BDA-2 should have come with a driver for the PC.  Once that is installed, you should be able to set that in the settings of your playback software (I use JRiver Media Centre 19).  This will allow you to output digital signals matching the song file (16/44, 24/192 etc) directly to the BDA-2 via USB.  

Yes. I've got the playback, but I'm concerned about the enabled digital volume control. I think this is redundant, and does not help the sound quality.

post #129 of 130
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Yes. I've got the playback, but I'm concerned about the enabled digital volume control. I think this is redundant, and does not help the sound quality.

Sorry, I misunderstood the question.  With my Chord QuteHD, the volume controls in Windows have no effect.

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Interesting, ASIO and WASAPI plugins in Foobar2000 do not disable windows volume control. WASAPI readme specifically point out that it bypasses Windows mixer. Funny enough, but I can move windows speaker volume, but can't change WASAPI volume.  

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