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post #76 of 115
I had the same issue, so I just bought a Mac. Problem solved. Glad to know Meridian is aware of the issue. I had recently installed windows 8.1 and thought that might have been the problem.
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I had the same issue, so I just bought a Mac. Problem solved. Glad to know Meridian is aware of the issue. I had recently installed windows 8.1 and thought that might have been the problem.


You had the exact same problem? As I described earlier?

post #78 of 115
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@schneller

 

Do you use USB3 by any chance? I *really* don't want to believe that I will end up with the same problems as iDSD (at the moment unusable on my MacBook Air (Late 2013) and dekstop PC with Intel xHCI USB3 platform).  Although your manifestation is a bit different as I can't stream with iDSD at all (it starts and then just everything is stuck after less then a minute). Anyhow, hardly doubt that they are clearing the stock as Sevenoaks was the only e-tailer with heavy discount. I do believe that Meridian is a bit overpriced and £299 was the price I was prepared to pay for the Director DAC.  In any case, Sevenoaks offer 30 day hassle-free returns so purchase is more or less safe.

 

@HiFiGuy528

 

Direct DAC is just the naming game as in the US, because of some reason, Meridian can't use the "Meridian Director" branding. Essentially, it's the same machine with different name.


I have used USB3 and USB2 ports. I also switched out my Z87 motherboard with a Gigabyte B85 board that has a dedicated USB2.0 gold-plated "DAC-UP" port. Among other things, the port allows you to switch off USB power but the Meridian needs USB power. But in the future this will be an interesting option to use with a DAC that has a dedicated power supply.

 

The Director sounds great in my chain: HTPC + JRiver19 > USB > Director > NAIM XS 2 amp > Dynaudio Focus 260 speakers.

 

But TBH I have nothing really to compare the Director to. My old setup involved SPDIF to my old HK3490 amp. What I have now is indeed light-years better but it's no way to compare DACs. I think my next foray will compare the new TEAC UD-301 ($500 version of the UD-501), the Schiit Bifrost Über USB2 (also around $500), and perhaps the Arcam irDAC ($700). 

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You had the exact same problem? As I described earlier?

Yes, If I remember correctly..
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Cool, even one of the Woo Audio guys likes it. What are your thoughts on it so far?  

 

Gotta check out the competition right? ;)  The one I tried was a friend's but I like it enough to source my own.  Waiting for my contact to get some in.  

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post #81 of 115

The more I listen to other DACs, the more I realize that The Director IS SPECIAL... it's like I could hear the "inside" of an acoustic guitar... even on compressed streaming pop radio stuff.... The Director is a very good DAC for sure.

 

 

 

My problem, is that I am not a good audiophile since I'm too much of a neat-freak.... I like things simple, clean, etc....

 

So I just got a UnitiQute to go with my Fritz Speakers...

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #82 of 115

How's the UnitiQute as a DAC sounds compared to Direct DAC?

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I listen to the same audiophile songs over & over for years, so it makes it easier to tell the difference between dacs most of the time.....

 

 

 

Director sounds better... hands down.  More detail, it's a fuller sound with more tonal color... acoustic guitar strings and piano sound more realistic!

 

Unitiqute Dac does have a similar LIQUIDITY, and is also similar in that it is sssllighhhtttlyyy forward sounding like the Director. But piano and guitar strings, although pleasant and musical to listen to, just don't compare to the way the Director does them.

 

 

- La Mitchell

 

 

 

I would like to point out that even though my UnitiQute doesn't possess the realism that The Director has, it is so nice not having to wonder about certain things while listening to music....

ie. "I wonder if I should have bought different USB/RCA cables for The Director?"

 

ie. "I wonder how much better The Director would sound if I bought a power supply?"

 

ie. "Does The Director look okay compared to other Dacs?"

 

lol


Edited by LAmitchell - 5/14/14 at 6:53pm
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^^^ Wow. I am impressed at your conclusions so far. Rather shocked actually.

post #85 of 115

Yep, that's the way I hear it. Just curious: why shocked?

post #86 of 115
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Because a $700 device shouldn't really hold its own against one costing 3-4x its price.

post #87 of 115

Oh, I see what you mean.

 

The Naim UnitiQute has a DAC inside it, but the whole device is not considered a dac. It's got an amp, an FM tuner, wireless streaming, etc, etc.

 

Not being defensive, just letting you know :)

post #88 of 115

I think the Director sounds pretty good next to the Chord Hugo @ 3.5x the price. Not better, but if I only had the Director, I wouldn't feel deprived, by any means. It's a great device for the money. But I'm a Mac user so I'm not screwing around with drivers for either of them.

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Oh, I see what you mean.

 

The Naim UnitiQute has a DAC inside it, but the whole device is not considered a dac. It's got an amp, an FM tuner, wireless streaming, etc, etc.

 

Not being defensive, just letting you know :)

 

Any chance you can borrow a NAIM V1 for a day or two?

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I think the Director sounds pretty good next to the Chord Hugo @ 3.5x the price. Not better, but if I only had the Director, I wouldn't feel deprived, by any means. It's a great device for the money. But I'm a Mac user so I'm not screwing around with drivers for either of them.

 

Another impressive comparison.

 

My latest email from Meridian is still that a fix for Windows is in the pipeline.

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