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$350CAD HERUS: Asynchronous USB Audio 2.0, 24bit 352.8Ks/S, DXD and DSD64/128, 2.4VRMS Headphone DAC

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Thread Starter 
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Call me a fanboy if you like but this one is obviously another game changer for sure

http://resonessencelabs.com/herus/

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=149259.0

http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2013/09/resonessence-labs-herus-an-ultra-portable-dsd-dac/

Here's a link to OTG cable for Android devices

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Minro-usb-to-mini-usb-otg/774076790.html

Very excited about this product and looking forward to reviews in the near future.

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I already ordered mine last night when I saw Mark announce it on Twitter that it was on their product page. Looks like it'll be shipped Oct 4th smily_headphones1.gif. Funnily though I thought it was going to use the ESS 9018-M2 but its using the ESS 9010-M2 instead (which incidentally I didn't even know about until it popped up on his page - had to go to ESSTech's page to read up about the 9010-M2).
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That's awesome, I just realized that should have full-sized USB instead of mini USB found on similar products

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If that were the case, these cables are the correct ones for Android devices

http://dx.com/p/cmi-u2-203-micro-usb-otg-male-to-usb-standard-b-type-data-cable-black-30cm-239893

http://dx.com/p/micro-usb-male-to-usb-b-male-otg-data-cable-black-25cm-233994
post #4 of 250
Eh?? You mean the other way around that they should have used mini or micro but not type-B? There was a tweet about it back in July but I'll have to dig it up. Sasaki-san/music2go asked the same Q.

Edit: Sasaki-san's question about USB
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Is this like the most cost effective way to play dsd files with good quality on computers?

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Too late...went for the Geek.

 

And what's with the USB port? :confused:


Edited by m-i-c-k-e-y - 9/30/13 at 12:16am
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I wasn't so sure at first since they only showed one side of HERUS with that 6.3-mm headphone jack but not another.

I'm really glad that's full-sized USB. The size looked so small to me since day one and I just didn't even know that's actually large enough to go for regular one.

Given how little it is, the power seemed to be just fine when compared to the bigger brother

Concero HP
Power 32 ohms 270 mW
Power 60 ohms 206 mW
Power 300 ohms 45 mW
Power 600 ohms 22.75 mW

http://resonessencelabs.com/concero-specifications

HERUS
Power Into 32 Ohms 126 mW
Power Into 60 Ohms 95 mW
Power Into 300 Ohms 19 mW
Power Into 600 Ohms 9.5 mW

http://resonessencelabs.com/herus
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Is this like the most cost effective way to play dsd files with good quality on computers?

This one could cost roughly half the price of HERUS (about 1,000 RMB or so?) but not confirmed yet

http://www.erji.net/read.php?tid=1537012

http://www.audio160.com/news/2013/9/2013_20_23418.htm

http://www.head-fi.org/t/683406/ifi-audio-nano-idsd-announced

Korg DS-DAC-10 is going for as little as 400 bucks these days but reviews did not seem to be all that positive IMHO

http://kakaku.com/item/K0000430291/

http://kakaku.com/item/K0000506456/

That's why I'm thrilled to see HERUS with both DXD and DSD64/128 decoding for less than $400.

Add something like CuBox-i for $100 and we'll get a wonderful setup for just under 500 dollars

http://linuxgizmos.com/tiny-cubic-mini-pc-runs-android-and-linux-on-freescale-arm-cpu

They already tested iPad with iOS 6 and CCK so that's another great option. Some of us reported that iPhone with iOS 7 and CCK also worked with USB DACs if there were enough power provided.

Now my question is how we could combine two parts into a single cable? Lightning connector on one end, then eliminate the male/female USB type "A" connectors in the middle while having the necessary wiring for CCK to work properly, and finally USB type "B" on the other end

http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=19345979080
http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=24377332097

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post #9 of 250
Soooo, has anyone received their herus yet?
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Originally Posted by zerodeefex View Post

Soooo, has anyone received their herus yet?

 

Mark was supposed to have shipped mine on Oct 4th but I've not received any tracking info from him yet. I just sent him mail today to ask him if he had shipped it.

 

Edit: Mark responded and provided tracking. it was shipped and it's already in Japan shores :D.

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Interesting! I wonder when they're going to ship the non high profile orders!
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Actually I just ordered the minute I saw Mark's tweet that the Herus was up on their webpage.

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Location Date Local Time Activity
Tokyo, Japan 10/11/2013 15:17 The customer was not available on the 1st attempt. A 2nd attempt will be made.
  10/11/2013 8:20 Out for Delivery

 

Bummer I was in the office & UPS doesn't deliver on weekends.

post #14 of 250
Mine randomly arrived yesterday. Not silent with my IEMs, but otherwise pretty good.
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I got mine a couple of days ago and I am about as low profile as it gets.

I have been using Audiovana to play on my Macbook Pro.

 

I can't hear a hint of back-ground noise, totally silent on quiet sections, well apart from the vinyl rips where clicks and pops stand out a mile. No problems getting it working with DSD64 and DSD32 files. Listening with Earsonic SM64 (my favourite IEMs) and Shure SRH840.

Better than the iBasso DX50 for hirez FLAC files, DX50 is thin and tinny in comparison.

 

As good as the AK120 on DSF files, a little less bass but still well presented.

 

Kinda digging it!

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