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post #106 of 1083
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I strongly suspect you'll need a OTG cable with a Y splitter and a separate power source.  Assuming it works with OTG...


well, yeah, haha. but i don't think the nexus 5 has native usb audio support on the stock rom and also doesn't on the rom i'm using (omnirom). supposedly cyanogenmod 11 has some limited support for it but i read about some issues with the hrt microstreamer. maybe i'll get the geek out and switch over to cm11 and see if it works.

post #107 of 1083
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well, yeah, haha. but i don't think the nexus 5 has native usb audio support on the stock rom and also doesn't on the rom i'm using (omnirom). supposedly cyanogenmod 11 has some limited support for it but i read about some issues with the hrt microstreamer. maybe i'll get the geek out and switch over to cm11 and see if it works.

Early on they had a prototype hooked up to a Samsung SIII I think, so hopefully some Android support is still there.  If the Nexus doesn't support it, though you will definitely have to look at a custom rom.  You should also take a look at the GEEK Aria project on the LHlabs forum.  They are planning to make a basically a GEEK with a battery that attaches a bit like a shell on an Android phone as an alternative to a fancy DAP.

post #108 of 1083
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well, yeah, haha. but i don't think the nexus 5 has native usb audio support on the stock rom and also doesn't on the rom i'm using (omnirom). supposedly cyanogenmod 11 has some limited support for it but i read about some issues with the hrt microstreamer. maybe i'll get the geek out and switch over to cm11 and see if it works.

 

until native usb audio support shows up in whatever follows kitkat, many folks use UAPP with an OTG cable.........no rooting needed.

post #109 of 1083
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until native usb audio support shows up in whatever follows kitkat, many folks use UAPP with an OTG cable.........no rooting needed.
For the Nexus 5 or any Android device there is both a hardware consideration, and also a software (music player app) compatibility concern. They are two seperate issues, added to those are the DAC's power requirement and whether the device can power it from it's own battery or not.

For the software or player app, thats the easier one, as another post stated the UAPP app will allow for hi-rez file playback on most Android devices whose stock/included music player app is incompatible. The developer doesn't promise it will work with all Android devices however, and I think they offer a trial version to avoid disappointment.

The hardware/device firmware issue is the one governing whether or not USB Audio is supported. The device has to support USB Host mode in order for the OTG cable connection to a DAC (or any other supported USB device such as a thumb drive) to work. I believe the OP's Nexus 5 does support USB Host mode, but I'm not certain.

The DAC also needs to support this mode of USB operation, and I'm relatively sure the GO does. But the issue of power requirement and/or the need for a split USB cable and external battery for powering the DAC remains.

I've only tried this set-up with the LG G2 smart phone, and everything was supported natively with it. The stock/included music player app supports up to 24/192 natively, and the OTG function worked flawlessly in connecting to a thumb drive to import .flac files, and then connecting to a Resonessence Labs Herus DAC for hi-rez playback.

I am not a huge Android fan, this was a friend's phone, but I had to admit the entire process was smooth and very fast, the sound quality outstanding. I was even impressed with the G2's sound quality through it's own headphone jack and onboard Wolfson DAC, the best I've heard from a smart phone.
post #110 of 1083

How does the Geek Out (any version) compare with the Dragonfly version 2?

 

Anyone?

post #111 of 1083

 

The Geek Out 1000 held its own. It is certainly a very capable unit and a joy to listen to.

post #112 of 1083
Dear Phil,

How does the GO 1000 compare with the Herus?

I have heard the Herus before and I thought it's a nice DAC. I only lament that there is no volume control as it gets too loud when connected the computer.

It'll be great if the GO is comparable or is better.
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The Geek Out 1000 held its own. It is certainly a very capable unit and a joy to listen to.
post #113 of 1083

I am curious as how the Geek Out 1000 compares to a full sized, state of the art desktop amplifier. The DAC section seems to be excellent, but is there any gain in using a dedicated amp for dynamic circumaural phones?

post #114 of 1083
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I am curious as how the Geek Out 1000 compares to a full sized, state of the art desktop amplifier. The DAC section seems to be excellent, but is there any gain in using a dedicated amp for dynamic circumaural phones?

 

Yeah, me too.  I'm wondering if it's comparable to something like the Magni/Modi stack, which is also supposed to be 1000mW, or if its being portable makes it in a different (worse?) league.

post #115 of 1083
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The Geek Out 1000 held its own. It is certainly a very capable unit and a joy to listen to.

Thanks for sharing.  You wouldn't happen to have a Concero HD or HP to compare to, would you?  Both are based on the same chipset and it would be interesting to see how they stack up in implementation and resulting sound quality.

post #116 of 1083

i just saw my first geek out for sale on the b/s/t thread

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Geek 1000 for $200 is a bargain!
post #119 of 1083
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Geek 1000 for $200 is a bargain!

 

Well it's certainly cheaper than asking price.  Whether it's worth it seems to be unknown as there isn't much real-world info on it yet...

post #120 of 1083
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Well it's certainly cheaper than asking price.  Whether it's worth it seems to be unknown as there isn't much real-world info on it yet...

The first couple reviews seem to show it is worth it.  Beating out a Microstreamer and holding its own with a Herus is a very good start.  

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