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post #166 of 597
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Which may or may not be similar to the one he had on the show.  It could look vastly different than what was shown.  

Exactly, It will be very interesting to see the final product!

post #167 of 597

I'm wondering how Sony have solved the software when connecting to a computer, playing DSD especially. Will it work with JRiver or Foobar2000? Or have Sony made up a new music player? I love Foobar and it's my favorite player, I hope I don't have to replace it with something Sony quickly have thrown together.

 

I guess we will have all the answers on the 17 this month!

post #168 of 597

Sony has the program named "Hi-Res Audio Player" for playing DSD and 24 bit 192 kHz through their USB DAC. Also the program can't run if it doesn't detect any Sony USB DACs.

post #169 of 597
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Originally Posted by AT1987 View Post
 

Sony has the program named "Hi-Res Audio Player" for playing DSD and 24 bit 192 kHz through their USB DAC. Also the program can't run if it doesn't detect any Sony USB DACs.

 

 

Do you mean it wont work if I just play 24/192 flac using foobar and set the output to Sony drivers e.g. wasapi?

post #170 of 597
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Do you mean it wont work if I just play 24/192 flac using foobar and set the output to Sony drivers e.g. wasapi?

 

Sony make their program to work with their DACs only. The DAC should work with other programs like the earlier model.


Edited by AT1987 - 10/7/13 at 9:36am
post #171 of 597
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Originally Posted by AT1987 View Post
 

Sony has the program named "Hi-Res Audio Player" for playing DSD and 24 bit 192 kHz through their USB DAC. Also the program can't run if it doesn't detect any Sony USB DACs.

Damn, if DSD playback is limited to Sonys program only I can't buy the PHA-2 :(

post #172 of 597
It’s using xmos solutions just like other USB DACs and of course DoP is supported. What troubles me is that they are still using TPA6120 which means output impedance is still a issue.
post #173 of 597
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Damn, if DSD playback is limited to Sonys program only I can't buy the PHA-2 :(

 

He said the program can' run if it doesn't detect a Sony DAC, not that the Sony DAC will only play DSD through their own program.

post #174 of 597
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He said the program can' run if it doesn't detect a Sony DAC, not that the Sony DAC will only play DSD through their own program.

Oh I see, my mistake! Then there is still hope ;)

post #175 of 597

looks to be XMOS XS1 for USB and PCM1795 for the DAC with an opamp output stage and a separate chipamp for the headphone out.

 

Appears to be quite well made. 

 

post #176 of 597
My post elsewhere regarding the PHA-2:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/680853/sony-nwz-zx1-35th-walkman-anniversary-model/540_20#post_9873261

So where is the Sony portable amp with S-Master Pro technology? The ZX1 Walkman uses it (for only a 16mW output).

Mike
post #177 of 597

Do they have a good track record with PHA-1? I see that there are so many PHA-1 being offload in 2nd hand market but not Fostex HP-P1....

post #178 of 597
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Do they have a good track record with PHA-1? I see that there are so many PHA-1 being offload in 2nd hand market but not Fostex HP-P1....

The PHA-1 is good, but I do think Sony over produce it which cause the price to drop.

post #179 of 597
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Originally Posted by DrSheep View Post
 

The PHA-1 is good, but I do think Sony over produce it which cause the price to drop.

 

 

Not 100% convinced with that explanation

post #180 of 597
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Not 100% convinced with that explanation

Me neither but who cares, as long as it sounds good, functions well, and the price is right, people will buy it.

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