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post #391 of 4229
Agree, dealer should exchange it for free, if not, I would complain. You don't want to RMA this and wait for iFi.
post #392 of 4229
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Originally Posted by RHMMMM View Post
 

 

OK, I think I'm set on charging.  I believe the battery has been capping itself off over USB as I have been using it that way.  I deliberately used the SmartPower charging port to charge a tablet and it ran the battery down a bit and the blue LED is staying lit much longer this time.  False alarm. 

 

Does it charge from an iPad when using it with the camera connector kit also?

 

Now I just need help getting rid of laggy playback via Jriver 19.  Any advice there? 

 

By laggy I mean slight gaps in playback.  I wouldn't say it's as bad as "stuttering" but I perceive some issues.


Just saw this on JRiver website...  Not sure if this is part of your Laggy/Stuttering problem... Just a thought...

http://yabb.jriver.com/interact/index.php?topic=90665.0

post #393 of 4229
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Well, after figuring out how this thing works and getting comfortable with it, I would buy it again. All of the issues I had were user-education related. There are so many features packed into this thing and it has a pretty manual/simplistic....let's call it "user interface"...consisting of a bunch of switches and one LED light, that it can be confusing at first. It really does sound great and it is about as versatile as you can get for $500.

 

Well, I was very intrigued by what read with the iDSD's acumen with high-res PCM including selectable filters and truly next-gen playback characteristics.  So, for its price point, my congratulations to the iFI team.

 

I design interfaces for a living, including hardware and packaging (I don't work for anyone in the audio industry).  An early, painful lesson I learned was NOT to overload LEDs (i.e. don't get carried away with alternating colors and winking/blinking/flashing modes).  You can see the results of that in this thread.

 

Additionally, the battery charging circuit, while clearly a crowd-sourced-design item, makes this device appear complex to me (IMO, YMMV).  I have an iUSBPower and from photos it looks like the iDSD Micro has the same enclosure dimensions.  So, I don't understand the use case: the iDSD Micro, for me, seems too large to be used as a portable DAC/amp, yet its design center was clearly for portable sources (e.g. the battery charging circuit, the OTG connector).

post #394 of 4229
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Well, I was very intrigued by what read with the iDSD's acumen with high-res PCM including selectable filters and truly next-gen playback characteristics.  So, for its price point, my congratulations to the iFI team.

 

I design interfaces for a living, including hardware and packaging (I don't work for anyone in the audio industry).  An early, painful lesson I learned was NOT to overload LEDs (i.e. don't get carried away with alternating colors and winking/blinking/flashing modes).  You can see the results of that in this thread.

 

Additionally, the battery charging circuit, while clearly a crowd-sourced-design item, makes this device appear complex to me (IMO, YMMV).  I have an iUSBPower and from photos it looks like the iDSD Micro has the same enclosure dimensions.  So, I don't understand the use case: the iDSD Micro, for me, seems too large to be used as a portable DAC/amp, yet its design center was clearly for portable sources (e.g. the battery charging circuit, the OTG connector).

iFi has a tendency to give the user too much information sometimes with all of their acronyms etc. But, this under the hood disclosure is part of what made the crowd-design thread so much fun. The first thing you have to do is decide how you want to use it

 

I am using the micro iDSD with the iUSB Power purely on the desktop for now. Using it is simple when it is to be used with the iUSB Power, just plug it all in, turn on the micro iDSD and leave it on regardless of what you do to the computer. When used this way the iDSD will regulate the battery in an ideal way. 

post #395 of 4229

So, anyone with a Micro iCan AND the Micro iDSD.....

 

 

How are you finding the combination? or does the iDSD do just as well on it's own?  I guess I'll find out in a couple of days when I get mine but was curious.  Apologies if this has been mentioned, not up to speed with the thread

post #396 of 4229
Radio: I increased some of the buffer in the iFi driver ASIO control panel and that solved the problem.  Someone suggested this earlier and it worked out.
 

Krutsch: Yes, I have had the iUSBPower in the past, it is the same enclosure type/dimension.  I can see it being a bit large for regular portable use.  You can see the relative size in the picture below to full size components and an iPad.  I plan on using mine mostly in my office speaker system until my Geek Pulse X comes in, then realistically it may go up for sale or into a drawer to save for long plane trips or vacations, or maybe on the bed stand for bedtime listening.  I think if someone wanted this for regular portable use, it would be overkill, but it depends on the person and how hardcore they are.  It's definitely a "swiss army knife" type of device with all the features loaded in and I really like that it can do so many things and that allows me to experiment with different scenarios in my system.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by RHMMMM - 8/17/14 at 9:16am
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post #398 of 4229
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So, it sounds like the issues so far with the battery is mostly just a matter of learning the led system?  The only real battery charging issue so far seems to be limited to one unit?  That is how I am reading things, anyway.  

 

Maybe the LED system could have been designed more clearly.  There are probably going to be a lot of little things pop up with a device that has this many features.  I hope people don't let small issues keep them from experiencing this unit.  iFi could have sold this unit without any of the extra crowd source features for the same price, and it would still have been worth the money, in my opinion.  That is how good it sounds.  

 

I want to throw a number at you.  

 

756. 

 

As in 756 possible combinations of features on the iDSD Micro.  That means this DAC is going to be used in a considerable number of varied configurations.  And again, there may be a few issues pop up form time to time.  

 

 

Sound quality, though, is what really makes this unit stand apart.  I think those that have had the chance to hear it will agree.  The features are really nice, innovative, etc.  But, it is that I would say intoxicating sound that keeps you coming back for more...

post #399 of 4229
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Originally Posted by MLGrado View Post
 

So, it sounds like the issues so far with the battery is mostly just a matter of learning the led system?  The only real battery charging issue so far seems to be limited to one unit?  That is how I am reading things, anyway.  

 

Maybe the LED system could have been designed more clearly.  There are probably going to be a lot of little things pop up with a device that has this many features.  I hope people don't let small issues keep them from experiencing this unit.  iFi could have sold this unit without any of the extra crowd source features for the same price, and it would still have been worth the money, in my opinion.  That is how good it sounds.  

 

I want to throw a number at you.  

 

756. 

 

As in 756 possible combinations of features on the iDSD Micro.  That means this DAC is going to be used in a considerable number of varied configurations.  And again, there may be a few issues pop up form time to time.  

 

 

Sound quality, though, is what really makes this unit stand apart.  I think those that have had the chance to hear it will agree.  The features are really nice, innovative, etc.  But, it is that I would say intoxicating sound that keeps you coming back for more...

Completely agree on the sound quality aspect of this device, it does really suck you in. I've auditioned an Auralic Vega in my system and will get it back again, and I will have the chance to do the same with a PS Audio Directstream in the near future. I'm not so sure that these two are going to pull me into the music in the same way that the micro iDSD is doing right now. I always find myself worrying about what I should be hearing, rather than just listening to music when I encounter the high-end DAC's.

post #400 of 4229
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Completely agree on the sound quality aspect of this device, it does really suck you in. I've auditioned an Auralic Vega in my system and will get it back again, and I will have the chance to do the same with a PS Audio Directstream in the near future. I'm not so sure that these two are going to pull me into the music in the same way that the micro iDSD is doing right now. I always find myself worrying about what I should be hearing, rather than just listening to music when I encounter the high-end DAC's.

 

Good to know.  Looking at your sig, it looks you have one of everything from iFi Audio.  What's your actual playback chain look like, right now, with the iDSD Micro?  Are you using an external amp?  Are you including the iUSBPower and/or the iTube?  Just curious...

post #401 of 4229
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Originally Posted by semeniub View Post
 

Completely agree on the sound quality aspect of this device, it does really suck you in. I've auditioned an Auralic Vega in my system and will get it back again, and I will have the chance to do the same with a PS Audio Directstream in the near future. I'm not so sure that these two are going to pull me into the music in the same way that the micro iDSD is doing right now. I always find myself worrying about what I should be hearing, rather than just listening to music when I encounter the high-end DAC's.

Do you mean it's smoother sounding than high-end DAC's?

Does it lack details?

post #402 of 4229
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Originally Posted by pearljam50000 View Post
 

Do you mean it's smoother sounding than high-end DAC's?

Does it lack details?

I'm listening to Muddy Waters right now on it with a TotalDAC usb cable and LCD2's - last time I heard this album like this was on a Brinkmann turntable/Vandersteen Quatro speaker system. Can't say yet if it's smoother than the high-end dac's I mentioned, but I definitely will check that out once I can audition them at home again. It certainly is approaching the smoothness of the above vinyl setup. It definitely is not lacking in details in this case.

post #403 of 4229

Thanks.

So in general, do you think it can compete with much higher priced DAC's like the Benchmark DAC1?


Edited by pearljam50000 - 8/17/14 at 2:59pm
post #404 of 4229
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Originally Posted by pearljam50000 View Post
 

Thanks.

So in general, do you think it can compete with much higher priced DAC's like the Benchmark DAC1?

I never found the Benchmark to sound smooth during the times that I'd heard it - didn't even want to audition it at home. It just didn't perk up my own particular interest.

post #405 of 4229
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Good to know.  Looking at your sig, it looks you have one of everything from iFi Audio.  What's your actual playback chain look like, right now, with the iDSD Micro?  Are you using an external amp?  Are you including the iUSBPower and/or the iTube?  Just curious...

I'm shifting the micro iDSD between 3 different setups at home (not counting using as portable with iPhone/iPad):

 

1) Macbook > Audirvana+ > TotalDAC Usb cable > micro iDSD > Audeze LCD2

2) iMac > Audirvana+ > Elijah Audio Isolaate USB cable with Kingrex Battery or TotalDAC USB cable > micro iDSD > 3.5 Watt tube amp with Mullard Nos tubes (like a modded Miniwatt N3) > Audeze LCD2

3) Macbook > Kingrex uArt split USB cable + iUSBPower > micro iDSD > iTube > Clones Audio 55 Watt Monoblocks with Preamp > Epos Standamount + REL subwoofer

 

Really nice tone and detail with all 3 setups. Setup 2 with the Tube amp driving the Audeze's really ups the energy level on top of the nice tone and detail characteristics - classic Black Sabbath or AC/DC never sounded so good.

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