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post #601 of 2244
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Originally Posted by musicday View Post

Best way to enjoy Tera is to use cards up to 32 GB as no format is needed,or if you plan to use SDXC format in windows 7 using a quality card reader.

 

Unfortunately I run into occasional blue light issues even with 32 GB cards (if used/loaded the way I described in my previous post).

post #602 of 2244
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Originally Posted by ThaPapper View Post

 

Maybe Charles knows the answer?

 

I suspect this may be due to some firmware bug related to buffer size and how it relates to reading SD cards. If true I doubt Charles could ever admit this because then he would potentially get a lot of Tera's sent back to him under warranty.

By the way, even though this is annoying and if true some may find it unethical, I would not even blame him for not advertising this even if it is a bug. He is a one man show and this particular issue still does not bother me enough to make me enjoy Tera any less - still consider it my best ever music hobby related purchase and the most amazing gadget I have ever had in my hands.

Perhaps Charles has even quietly fixed this in the latest firmware - which is why I'm really curious to hear if anyone who has new firmware still has any issues with blue lights.

post #603 of 2244
Thread Starter 
I had the blue light issue also before but only when inserting the card in the player.Took it out and put it back again and work fine.
Maybe the metal plate contacts inside don't read the card properly? Hope Charles used the best ones!
Edited by musicday - 1/12/15 at 12:30pm
post #604 of 2244
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Originally Posted by tgdinamo View Post
 

 

I suspect this may be due to some firmware bug related to buffer size and how it relates to reading SD cards. If true I doubt Charles could ever admit this because then he would potentially get a lot of Tera's sent back to him under warranty.

By the way, even though this is annoying and if true some may find it unethical, I would not even blame him for not advertising this even if it is a bug. He is a one man show and this particular issue still does not bother me enough to make me enjoy Tera any less - still consider it my best ever music hobby related purchase and the most amazing gadget I have ever had in my hands.

Perhaps Charles has even quietly fixed this in the latest firmware - which is why I'm really curious to hear if anyone who has new firmware still has any issues with blue lights.

 

+1    Unbelievable what this man has accomplished on his own and I simply love the story behind this player.

Ehhhhh, should you find out newer firmware doesn't have this problem, you will still have to wait until your Tera needs service... :-)

post #605 of 2244
Thread Starter 
Basically there is no ,,new'' firmware as the Tera Player doesn't need one ever.
All the programming was done by Charles in ARM language in a very small complicated way.New Teras benefit from double amount of RAM to minimise the effect of some slow cards.Also new algorithm for random was added, unfortunately i don't know if this was written from scratch or was the old modified.
Anyway there is not other DAP like Tera out there and Charles is a genius.
Imagine what he can make if had fully support let's say from Sony :-)
Edited by musicday - 1/12/15 at 12:59pm
post #606 of 2244
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Originally Posted by musicday View Post

Basically there is no ,,new'' firmware as the Tera Player doesn't need one ever.
All the programming was done by Charles in ARM language in a very small complicated way.New Teras benefit from double amount of RAM to minimise the effect of some slow cards.Also new algorithm for random was added, unfortunately i don't know if this was written from scratch or was the old modified.
Anyway there is not other DAP like Tera out there and Charles is a genius.
Imagine what he can make if had fully support let's say from Sony :-)

Maybe Charles would get along with their techs but I'm not so sure about their marketeers :-)
post #607 of 2244
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Originally Posted by musicday View Post

Basically there is no ,,new'' firmware as the Tera Player doesn't need one ever.
All the programming was done by Charles in ARM language in a very small complicated way.New Teras benefit from double amount of RAM to minimise the effect of some slow cards.Also new algorithm for random was added, unfortunately i don't know if this was written from scratch or was the old modified.
Anyway there is not other DAP like Tera out there and Charles is a genius.
Imagine what he can make if had fully support let's say from Sony :-)

 

Speaking as a software developer (which I am for last 30 years) I would be very surprised if when doubling RAM Charles did not also adjust/tweak the ARM code to read the card and fill the expanded buffer (just like he modified the ARM code to implement the new random algorithm - that was certainly all on software side). However, we don't even know for sure if the blue light is actually fixed or not even with this latest firmware - as far as I'm concerned not enough users who have the latest firmware have reported this one way or the other.

post #608 of 2244
Thread Starter 
No matter what Charles did.
The fact is that Tera is made to play music and it does it really well.
We don't need to worry about battery life or firmware update, as you do with other players.Ohh and the sound quality, especially with the Korta Koss moded,wow so natural.
post #609 of 2244
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Originally Posted by musicday View Post

Basically there is no ,,new'' firmware as the Tera Player doesn't need one ever.
All the programming was done by Charles in ARM language in a very small complicated way.New Teras benefit from double amount of RAM to minimise the effect of some slow cards.Also new algorithm for random was added, unfortunately i don't know if this was written from scratch or was the old modified.
Anyway there is not other DAP like Tera out there and Charles is a genius.
Imagine what he can make if had fully support let's say from Sony :-)

Well, my 2-year old Tera still working happily with all my Class 4 SD cards even on high res music files.  I never experienced with stalling while listening to the Tera and which means it is comfortable with the SD feeds.

 

Cheers

post #610 of 2244
I have revisited the Tera with a new Light version. I'm using a 128gb class 10 Transcend card. I formatted on my MBP and added all files at once, then added one more artist and song the next day. No issues. Card plays perfectly.
post #611 of 2244
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

I have revisited the Tera with a new Light version. I'm using a 128gb class 10 Transcend card. I formatted on my MBP and added all files at once, then added one more artist and song the next day. No issues. Card plays perfectly.

 

Thanks. If it's no trouble please provide few more updates down the road after you use it for a while longer (especially when you delete some albums and add new ones to the card). My Tera does not have the blue light issue all the time either even when doing this - it seems very random in terms of when it happens. So I'm curious if with new Tera's this issue is completely gone.

post #612 of 2244

Some enthousiastic homework on our kitchensink and voila, my latest "creation" ugh, ugh.

My first DIY pure copper interlink between the Tera and RS Shadow, only played for about 30 min's now but so far sounds nice.

Entire freq range is ok, soundstage is wider, bit deeper podium, instruments and vocalists are cleaner, not shure that is an advantage though.

Curious to compare with Ray Samuels mini after a couple of days and the Tera standalone. Probably will end up with just the Tera (again!) :-)

 

 

post #613 of 2244
^ why did you switch from the Pure II to the Shadow? The Vorzuge is much more capable amp and not too much bigger. I have one on loan. Also considering the Cypher Labs Picollo triode amp.
post #614 of 2244
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

^ why did you switch from the Pure II to the Shadow? The Vorzuge is much more capable amp and not too much bigger. I have one on loan. Also considering the Cypher Labs Picollo triode amp.

When i bought the Tera i wanted to use it standalone but found it difficult tot find matching IEM's because of the impedance.
So for me the soul purpose of an external amp was just to eliminate that giving me the possibility to use e.g. my beloved Grado GR10.
Started with a Fiio E6 wich worked quite well and then switched to the Pure II to try to gain a big improvement in one step.
Unfortunately I wasn't that impressed altogether and only need power for IEM's, so returned it within their 7 days. They accepted without a problem and were very friendly so i consider them a great company.

Afterwards I got curious about the Shadow of which I find it's size, SQ and battery life very impressive.

Using Shure SE846 now, makes me prefering not using amps anymore but since I have the Shadow anyway, I play with it every now and then :-)
In my opinion the Tera lacks a tiny bit power for the 846 and the Shadow delivers nicely but I lose some of Tera's organic quality.

It's just never 100% right... :-)
post #615 of 2244
The Shadow footprint is sure nice but over time I found it a bit too forward sounding and a little too much bass emphasis for my taste. Plus wasn't crazy about the volume control.

The Pure II is more laid back and relaxed with very wide stereo separation. I'm hoping the Picollo more matches the Tera's presentation.

I remember liking the Pico Slim with it in previous ownership but the turn on thump is off putting. The Meier Quickstep was very nice but a bit too big overall.
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