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post #211 of 567
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Originally Posted by One and a half View Post
 

 

As far as the hours go, I can guarantee at least three hours working, haven't had the DAC that long, I could try in the next few days to see when the battery goes flat.

 

The sound quality compared to the PHA-1 is like cassette and DSD that much of a difference. The DAC section is very, very detailed. See more here

Can I possibly connect my AK120 as a source for DSD files?

post #212 of 567
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Can I possibly connect my AK120 as a source for DSD files?

Yes, but either with toslink or analog, the DSD to PCM decoding is done via the AK120.

post #213 of 567
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Yes, but either with toslink or analog, the DSD to PCM decoding is done via the AK120.
Any way if native DSD playback?
post #214 of 567

PC DAC mode only as far as I know, just like the VC SDT.

post #215 of 567
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Originally Posted by One and a half View Post
 

 

As far as the hours go, I can guarantee at least three hours working, haven't had the DAC that long, I could try in the next few days to see when the battery goes flat.

 

The sound quality compared to the PHA-1 is like cassette and DSD that much of a difference. The DAC section is very, very detailed. See more here

The sound quality differance you post is like night and day and I have to question such radical differance. I own the PHA-1 and its a damn good sounding unit. I do not doubt the

PHA-2 may sound better of different but the magintud of your claims are such that I am hesitant to believe.

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Edited by seeteeyou - 11/4/14 at 10:59pm
post #217 of 567
That is what I was wondering but it appears its needs dedicated software from what I have read.
post #218 of 567

It looks like the PHA-2 is on sale using PriceJapan.  Has anyone ordered one yet?  I'd like to get it now, but am curious whether the Japanese model is the same as the US model.  If there are significant differences, I'll wait.

post #219 of 567
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Can I possibly connect my AK120 as a source for DSD files?

If you want to play DSD digitally? Hmm. I don't think so, the PHA-2 is setup for iDevices for digtial playback (PCM only), or the yet to be released Hires portable players from Sony also in PCM only.

 

You can certainly connect the analog from the AK120 to the PHA-2, remembering that the AK120 performs a DSD2PCM conversion first.

post #220 of 567

Everyone has perceptions differently. A fine DAC to me is say the Mytek, or EXA series. An exceptional DAC is PD, Meitner, Luxman. Same with amplifiers, you regard the PHA-1 as a fine amp, I have no problem with that, it's just the difference between the two, I own both, is very dramatic fed with a DSD file.

post #221 of 567
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Originally Posted by Alligator View Post
 

It looks like the PHA-2 is on sale using PriceJapan.  Has anyone ordered one yet?  I'd like to get it now, but am curious whether the Japanese model is the same as the US model.  If there are significant differences, I'll wait.

The only differences will be with the carton, and the instruction manuals will include English/Spanish and others. The drivers downloaded from Sony.jp work on English Windows 7, no issues. Perhaps a warning sticker of some kind obligatory with anything sold in the US?

 

An order was placed on PriceJapan late September and was despatched mid October. I am not aware of any delivery schedules currently, so I guess send an email to PriceJapan to find out. Am using the PHA-2 everyday as a DAC/Amp with Jriver and it sounds very nice indeed.

post #222 of 567
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Is PHA-2 able to accept DSD / DoP from an iPhone after installing this new app from Onkyo?

 

https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/onkyo-hf-player/id704139896?mt=8

 

http://www.eu.onkyo.com/en/articles/onkyo-hf-player-app-offers-precision-equalizer-192-24-playback-on-ios-devices-96729.html

 

 

Setting Jriver to DoP (not the Legacy) in either DSP or Bitstreaming plays music, DSF/FLAC doesn't matter, so the PHA-2 can receive DoP. Whether the Idevice will transfer this or not, dunno. 

post #223 of 567

Does PHA-2 enough to drive LCD-2? I am still struggling between  hifi-m8 + D100 and PHA-2, because I want to play DSD but not sure about the amp of pha-2.

 

I've read a review online said that the PHA-2 performs quite well with LCD-3, but that's the only article I can find now. 

post #224 of 567
Pardon my ignorance on DSD but why is sony releasing a DSD capable DAC? Is there some channel for people to get -Sony- DRM DSD content? My limited knowledge tells me DSD lives on SACDs and ripped tracks. I don't think sony would promote ripping and since they are also a music label I would think they would have some mechanism to publish DRM DSD music from their own label before releasing hardware that can play it.
post #225 of 567
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Originally Posted by shaocaholica View Post

Pardon my ignorance on DSD but why is sony releasing a DSD capable DAC? Is there some channel for people to get -Sony- DRM DSD content? My limited knowledge tells me DSD lives on SACDs and ripped tracks. I don't think sony would promote ripping and since they are also a music label I would think they would have some mechanism to publish DRM DSD music from their own label before releasing hardware that can play it.

 

You can buy DSD soft format online at places such as e-Onkyo in Japan but other sites overseas too.

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