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post #421 of 1331
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Think you should include a NOS dac

afaik the metrum is in the shootout.

post #422 of 1331
30 pages and not even to the comparisons yet.

As an old Head Fier would say........ GOOD STUFF!
post #423 of 1331
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Think you should include a NOS dac

 

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Originally Posted by brunk View Post
 

afaik the metrum is in the shootout.

 

The Metrum Octave II is in the field and in my dining room, in its box, as are the Benchmark, Yulong, Emotiva, Dangerous Music, Chordette, Arcam and NAD. 

 

The Gungnir is reportedly at my post office, though the woman behind the counter failed to give it to me when I picked up the Metrum this morning.  I handed her the paper that was left in my mailbox yesterday, and after she messed up the street number (it's "4321"... kind of hard to mess up, if you ask me), she moved a bunch of boxes around and then handed me one with the Metrum in it,  She seemed quite confused by the whole episode, but told me to sign the screen so I did.  I'm guessing that means I've confirmed delivery... of the wrong box, since when I just checked the Gungnir's tracking number on the USPS site it says they attempted delivery and left a notice yesterday... which I used today to pick up the Metrum.  Sigh.  There's a reason why UPS and FedEx use barcoded tracking systems... and why they are making lots of money while the USPS is going broke. 

 

I'll go back tomorrow and try to find whatever other boxes are there for me.  But the moral of this story is that from now on I will ask that all things being sent to me go by one of the competent delivery services, not the USPS.

post #424 of 1331

Got the Dangerous Source and a Focal Spirit Pro as a work Xmas gift today :D

 

So far, I really like what I'm hearing with both.

The DS is more the object here and, as you understood, I'm liking it a lot.

 

It's smaller than I expected and fit perfectly between my two 24" screens. Happy worker for sure :p 

 

Edit: oh, and I ship the Ciunas and TeddyPSU tomorrow. You'll get that in the middle of the week. The octave and chord should have received proper burn-in by then.

The DS also has an external 12V power supply, by the way. You might be able to use the TeddyPSU with it, if the plug is compatible!


Edited by Clemmaster - 12/13/13 at 11:39am
post #425 of 1331
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The Gungnir has now joined the others on my dining room table. 9 DACs are now in the house.  The furniture is mostly set up how I think I want it (had to rearrange some stuff to make all of this work... the non-existent wife did not complain).  I expect to get at least some of them up and running later tonight to start break-in, and the intention is to have 7 running continuously from tomorrow morning until ~Wednesday, when they will have ~100 hours on them and I can start comparisons.  Schedule is subject to significant change if I can't get all 7 up and running at one time. 

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Can... Can we see?
post #427 of 1331
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Can... Can we see?

I second that, it must be quite a sight to behold :)

post #428 of 1331

Gary,

 

UPS tracking shows an Exception of "Late Trailer" for the Concero.   I guess that means you won't be getting it today, as scheduled.

 

Mike

post #429 of 1331
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I hope "Late Trailer" doesn't mean it's dead...

 

And speaking of dead, I can't get my computer to recognize either the NAD or my Emo XDA-1 via USB.  I've tried multiple cables, multiple ports, which work fine with phones and printers and such, but when I plug in a DAC it's as if they don't exist.  What am I doing wrong????:blink:

 

Note that optical works fine.  Including through the optical splitter (yaaayyy!!!!) but that isn't good enough.

 

And here's a picture of a bunch of boxes for those of you who get off on that sort of thing.  Note that the 2 on the upper left are my new Senn HD600 and HD650, both still in their boxes because one is a present, and the person gets to pick which one she wants... I get the other one.  And the black case in the middle is my Koss ESP 950s that have been in there for 6 months.  Hey, it's a nice case, I'm sure they are comfortable

 

post #430 of 1331

Lol Gary, you have a knack at making the most mundane things hilarious and interesting :tongue:

post #431 of 1331
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Originally Posted by Gary in MD View Post
 

I can't get my computer to recognize either the NAD or my Emo XDA-1 via USB.  I've tried multiple cables, multiple ports, which work fine with phones and printers and such, but when I plug in a DAC it's as if they don't exist.  

 

Most DACs work out-of-the-box with Mac,  but for Windows, 99% of them need factory driver installed.

Assuming you are using Windows PC,  have you installed NAD and Emo usb drivers?

post #432 of 1331
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Yeah maybe, but I can't get my computer to recognize these DACs... which is not making me a happy camper...  So now what?

 

Grumble, snarl, whine...

post #433 of 1331
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Most DACs work out-of-the-box with Mac,  but for Windows, 99% of them need factory driver installed.

Assuming you are using Windows PC,  have you installed NAD and Emo usb drivers?


I tried the NAD drivers, but it wants to see the DAC connected, and it doesn't, so it won't work. 

post #434 of 1331
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Just tried the same thing with the Emotiva XDA-2 drivers (hoping they'd work with the XDA-1...).  Same problem,  It doesn't see the DAC, so it won't run.

post #435 of 1331
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I tried the NAD drivers, but it wants to see the DAC connected, and it doesn't, so it won't work. 

Sometimes a good ol' computer restart is all you need. Have you tried that yet?

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