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post #241 of 958
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Originally Posted by john57 View Post

Hey do not put down your Kef's! beerchug.gif   Almost brought a pair of Kef speakers a while back. I do find that the3D in speaker mode more useful than in headphone mode.

beerchug.gif i had a micro iCan a while ago, with 2 levels of 3D. i did not use it a lot , and it was confusing, more 3D... less 3D, not my kind of thing, but with on/off on the iDSD works for me. the ears can decide what sounds best, and listening to music is highly subjective anyway
post #242 of 958

My micro iDSD is currently doing battle with my other two much more expensive DACs for supremacy in my desktop system. For comparisons I'm using the direct-mode with no headphone plugged into the headphone jack. Its got an ifi iUSB Power->Gemini-> iDSD->RCAs->amp. The iDSD is holding its own and it actually wins with DSD material. The iDSD does absolutely nothing wrong. Its sins are those of omission, the only possible criticism so far is that might be a bit too polite. But still, has a very natural sound that is intriguing. I will plan for the mini iDSD which will hopefully have a form factor allowing far more connectivity. Still, the micro iDSD is really brilliant as a dedicated DAC. 

post #243 of 958

Can you compare the Micro to your NAD M51, with PCM?

Thanks.

post #244 of 958
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Originally Posted by pearljam50000 View Post

Can you compare the Micro to your NAD M51, with PCM?
Thanks.

Dude will you ever post something besides a request to "compare A to B", in any thread here?
#tiresome
post #245 of 958
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Originally Posted by MLGrado View Post
 

 

 

Hearing differences in filter settings can be a difficult task, imo.  I think to do so requires sufficiently revealing gear.  Combined with my Grado RS1 headphones, or with my Bowers & Wilkins bookshelves, the iDSD Micro is quite able to reveal differences in filters.  Not so much with my Sennheiser HD558 headphones, which are a quite forgiving and not very revealing headphone.  

 

That said, the biggest difference to be heard is between 'Standard' and 'Bit-Perfect'.  In standard, well, it sounds more, ahem, digital.  Things with a lot of high frequency content, like cymbals, sound a tick less natural, with a certain 'edge' or 'digital fuzz' that is just characteristic of digital.  In bit perfect, much of this is remedied.  It sounds smoother, more natural, less dirty.  Decays are smooth, not 'noisy'.

 

It is actually a difficult observation to put into words.  You just have to hear it for yourself to really understand. 

 

Thanks!

Somehow the naming for those filters are not common, and I can't seem to find the technical explanation for those filters.

 

Really appreciate if ifi could give use some technical explanation for those filters.

post #246 of 958
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Originally Posted by earfonia View Post
 

 

Thanks!

Somehow the naming for those filters are not common, and I can't seem to find the technical explanation for those filters.

 

Really appreciate if ifi could give use some technical explanation for those filters.

 

This should help a bit. Gives a bit of background to the minimum phase and bit perfect filter.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/711217/idsd-micro-crowd-designed-phase-2-measurements-of-the-nano-idsd-for-a-bit-of-fun-page-119/1050#post_10662147

post #247 of 958

Like all the impressions with speakers. Keep em coming guys.

 

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Originally Posted by john57 View Post
 

Hey do not put down your Kef's! :beerchug:  Almost brought a pair of Kef speakers a while back. I do find that the3D in speaker mode more useful than in headphone mode.

 

Well from all the good feedback here... one cannot help but wonder what the micro idsd does for your jbl lsr3xx. Does it strengthen it's midfield performance, widen the sweet "area" etc?

post #248 of 958
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Originally Posted by sonixen View Post
 

 

This should help a bit. Gives a bit of background to the minimum phase and bit perfect filter.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/711217/idsd-micro-crowd-designed-phase-2-measurements-of-the-nano-idsd-for-a-bit-of-fun-page-119/1050#post_10662147

 

Thanks a lot for the link!

:beerchug:

 

Still, it is not a very technical explanation :wink_face:

Maybe the technical info is confidential.


Edited by earfonia - 8/9/14 at 9:28pm
post #249 of 958

Slightly more info on two of the digital filter as shown for the nano.

http://ifi-audio.com/audio_blog/does-the-nano-idsd-measure-good-bad-or-ugly/


Edited by john57 - 8/10/14 at 12:39am
post #250 of 958
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Originally Posted by jexby View Post

Dude will you ever post something besides a request to "compare A to B", in any thread here?
#tiresome
OK,i'm going to shut up now...
post #251 of 958

Having so much fun with this!  :L3000:    I think I will download more MP3 albums... Just look for the Magenta (DSD256/512) light on nano/micro iDSD...

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/711217/idsd-micro-crowd-designed-phase-2-measurements-of-the-nano-idsd-for-a-bit-of-fun-page-119/1380#post_10714034

post #252 of 958

Has anyone have a problem like me?

 

I got the micro idsd. When play a DSD file, sometimes it makes a pop noise. the ifi's led turn to yellow, and return cyan.

 

I don't know when the noise appear, but it appears only DSD. 

 

I use a iMac > audirvana > micro idsd.

 

Is it a audirvana setting problem? or just my iMac problem..?  

post #253 of 958

You getting the pop because it is changing from PCM to DSD.  This does not always happen and can vary depending on the software and hardware. I noticed that audirvana tries to fix the popping noise from version  1.5.8

post #254 of 958
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Originally Posted by john57 View Post
 

You getting the pop because it is changing from PCM to DSD.  This does not always happen and can vary depending on the software and hardware. I noticed that audirvana tries to fix the popping noise from version  1.5.8

 

I also get the pop when playing files from the Onkyo HF Player on iPad, even when changing from one DSD song to the next or pausing and restarting a song (when the album plays through the tracks itself i only get the pop at the beginning of the first song).

I think the problem is that the software loses synch with the DSD file. I hope software like the Onkyo HF Player will catch up with that.

 

Right now I have to mute my system before I press play because the pop is quiet loud. 


Edited by roamling - 8/11/14 at 8:11am
post #255 of 958

Yeah, the problem is that pop noise appears during the playing. I don't know why does change dsd>pcm>dad. 

 

I use ver. 1.5.12.  I think it is my iMac problem.. I changed a setting and it disappeared until now.

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