Do you have the Gen 1 or Gen 2 USB?
is there a date after which the Gen 1 was replaced by the Gen 2 that you know of ? I bought mine in July 2013 but I've no clue. Any light on this would be welcome. On the other hand, after I bought it, Schiit has not announced any USB upgrades for the Gungnir. So hoping mine is a Gen 2.
if you bought it new in June 2013 from Schiit, it's gen 2.
sorry for off topic but I would like to try this myself.
this is from the first page. I assume he means stax sr009? so how does he drive them from the hp out which is 1/4"?
Just purchased a Master 7 based on this thread, will be arriving mid-Feb.
Just want to say a big thankyou to purrin for making me drop $2k+ on a dac. Hopefully I wouldn't have to think about dac upgrade for the next few years.....
Now you need to save up for the dcs stack.....
One thing I suddenly realized is that I may have not have even heard the second to latest firmware (2013 V 2.9) for USB. I purchased my M7 new in September 2013, and my USB evaluation of the M7 was probably that of an earlier USB version, possibly 1.1 or 1.12 (it was on loaner from another Head-Fi'er.) The AGD M7 USB impressions in the rankings were based on the earlier 1.1 or 1.12 version since I never bothered seriously listening to my own M7, which would have been the 2.0 (2013). It's quite possible that the 2.0 version on my unit sounded better than then 1.1 or 1.12 versions.
As of about a week ago, firmware 2014V2 was released. So this time around, I compared the 2014V2 to the 2013V2 and I can say the sound quality is slightly better. The image isn't as flat, and mostly, the overall tone is better without the treble stridency I remember from the 1.1 or 1.12 version. The USB is still bassier, thicker, and slower compared to the OR5, but it isn't as "lazy" as it sounded before. USB still has compressed microdynamics and a slight haze - typical of USB. The important thing is that the tone is better with slightly better depth. The M7 coax (from the OR5 or even my PC mobo out) still sounds better to me though.
I'll directly compare M7 USB 2014V4 vs the Uberfrost Gen 2 USB and see which one I like better. We'll see how much the M7 USB moves up. Give me a week though.
Purrin: I keep sticking the TEAC to you. I keep reading positive reviews about it with you being the only outlier.
Would you be willing to re-test with USB instead of coax?
a lot of people that actually have the teac don't like it. it is really good for the money I think with usb. I shied away from it because I only use coax. if we are speaking of the same one it is half the price of other brand name dsd dacs and not half the performance I am told.
btw, I still would like to know how I plug the sr009 into a 1/4" jack!