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  1. MLGrado

    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    if I could do it over again, I would have just paid the extra money and gone with a P6 (sans cart. I prefer AT carts for their tracking and their latest under 1k MC's are amazing and work extremely well with the Rega.) Instead I went with the RP3 in 2015 with plans to upgrade it. So far I...
  2. MLGrado

    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    of course I meant hifi man HE-560. ooops
  3. MLGrado

    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    My head-fi setup is now the listening and test lab of euphonicreview.com, it is more in flux than ever. Here is what is currently in the test lab, listening area, and control room for the main home theater and other A/V throughout home. SMSL D300 DAC that I just can't let go of with its unique...
  4. MLGrado

    iFi audio Pro iDSD (Official) - NEW Firmware - MQA and more.

    Not that a new review is needed for the iDSD PRO... but I did a review to offer perspective on how well this DAC still performs today. It is still near/at the top for equipment that reproduce audio in the kind of way that creates an indescribable emotional connection and pure enjoyment that...
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    iFi audio Pro iDSD (Official) - NEW Firmware - MQA and more.

    I have had the WE 396A in my iDSD PRO. I tired a pair of NOS Tesla 6CC42 (not JJ--- the real Tesla from the golden age of tubes). They are 5670 equivalents. BEST sound I have heard yet out of the iDSD PRO. Especially in the tube plus no/low feedback mode.
  6. MLGrado

    iFi Audio Pro iDSD discussion thread

    Not that after all this time a new review is needed... but perhaps it can put some perspective on how GREAT this DAC still is compared to today's market. https://www.euphonicreview.com/reviews-home/-ifi-idsd-pro-44mm-pentaconn-jack-of-all-trades-the-master-product
  7. MLGrado

    Mytek Liberty THX AAA headphone Amp Impression Thread

    sorry, I am going through back threads on head-fi to catch up on tech I have neglected. Listening to THX AAA amp for the first time ever (SMSL sp400) but I have a question for you. why would setting filters to slow or NOS on your DAC help with an amp that has rolled off treble already? NOS...
  8. MLGrado

    Eversolo DMP-A6 Network Streamer/DAC

    Yes, agreed on quality over LAN. I use an iFi ZEN Streamer, and any DAC I own, borrow, audition or formally review can be far, far away from the noisy EMI/RF environment of my test station. I know it has a rather mediocre software streaming platform if its own, however, this was never my...
  9. MLGrado

    How many DACs do you own?

    I would like to find an original iDAC, just for being the overboard collector of electronic 'stuff' that I am. If I recall correctly, the first one was built on ESS chipset, then the very NEXT one to come out was the iDSD nano, which is when the Burr-Brown DSD1793 came on board and started...
  10. MLGrado

    iFi audio iPower X - The Official Thread

    yeah NEVER use a higher voltage than recommended. I was specifically talking about CURRENT, which while of course related, is a different beast. Bottom line, if it says it needs a certain voltage, give it that voltage. Don't give it more.. you may end up with a fried component.
  11. MLGrado

    iFi audio iPower X - The Official Thread

    The iPower series were good; the X Power stuff is another level. I know it greatly increases the cost of the ZEN CAN, but if you are thinking of upgrading your ZEN CAN to something else, especially if you are using rare headphones with impedances lower than 20 ohms, get a 5v Xpower, which has...
  12. MLGrado

    The Lina Headphone Amplifier: Linearity

    off topic sorry, but revelvant to the Ring Dac. With 1 bit DSD, is there a bypass around the onboard Delta-Sigma modulator, that allows 1 bit DSD to be filtered by the Ring output? The shift registers and switches(taps in this case) act as the moving average filter for DSD. This is how direct...
  13. MLGrado

    iFi audio iPower X - The Official Thread

    it is meaningless because SMPS (Switched-Mode Power Supply) uses an AC voltage that is converted to DC internally. The AC input is rectified and then filtered to produce a DC output. The polarity of the DC output is determined by the circuit design, and it is not affected by the polarity of the...
  14. MLGrado

    How many DACs do you own?

    go VOLS WOW I would like to get into the 'entry level' lampizator someday. I have almost pulled the trigger on the Amber DAC several times... just never could quite justify it, i bricked my nano iDSD years ago on a firmware upgrade. Around 2014-ish, also have a dead iDSD Micro.. one of the...
  15. MLGrado

    How many DACs do you own?

    I think I am developing a problem haha Added another today, a unique one. The Signalyst DSC1 (DSC2 balanced upgrade) pure DSD DAC, to go along with an iFi iDSD PRO, SMSL D300, iFi ZEN DAC V2, and RME ADI-2 PRO FS R Black Edition If the Signalyst DAC works out to my liking, then I think I...
  16. MLGrado

    iFi audio NEO iDSD - The Performance Edition is here! (INFO: Post 837, Page 56)

    NOT the performance edition, but my review of the NEO is complete. Better late than never! It is part one of a multipart comparison with measurements (Cosmos ADC and Notch hardware, RME ADI-2 PRO hardware, REW, ARTA, Multitone and Rightmark Software) comparing the NEO with ZEN DAC V2 and iDSD...
  17. For Sale  iFi NEO DAC/HEADAMP in near perfect condition

    Price
    500.00 USD
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    Excellent/Like new
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    For sale is a iFi NEO DAC with built in Headphone Amp. upgraded to latest firmware 3.33, so it has all the same filters as the NEO-performance edition. (STANDARD, MINIMUM, GTO, Bit Perfect) All original accessories, boxes and containers, manual etc. Very little use: this is a demo...
  18. MLGrado

    S.M.S.L D300 with ROHM MU-SIC DAC... review and measurements

    oh yeah. its a true native DSD DAC. No DSP before conversion at the bitswitches. The switches are the FIR filter in these kind of designs. Perfect for listening to DSD 'bitperfect', or using with software DSP from HQPlayer. The Topping is a great DAC, but it seems Topping chose to not...
  19. MLGrado

    S.M.S.L D300 with ROHM MU-SIC DAC... review and measurements

    yeah, the current generation of Chi-Fi DACs all measure very, very well. State of the Art, even. But they all have kindof a similar sound. This one is different. The silicon inside is only one part of all the factors that sum together into a final sound, but I have to think the ROHM chip...
  20. MLGrado

    S.M.S.L D300 with ROHM MU-SIC DAC... review and measurements

    I have made some updates to the original review. After taking a closer look at some things (basically taking more and more measurements and looking deeper into what this DAC is doing) I have made some changes to my original review. Nothing major has changed, but it may be worth a re-read...
  21. MLGrado

    iFi audio iCAN Phantom - Vanish into the music!

    So, the question is... DAC to match? Successor to the PRO? The Signature may be great for new buyers, but for those of us sitting on our venerable iDSD PRO, anything in the works? In industry time, the Pro is now a dinosaur lol. Any hints, iFi? Thanks and keep trucking.
  22. MLGrado

    S.M.S.L D300 with ROHM MU-SIC DAC... review and measurements

    you will have no issues. it will behave perfectly.
  23. MLGrado

    S.M.S.L D300 with ROHM MU-SIC DAC... review and measurements

    just my personal opinion. I would take the SMSL after spending many hours with both. The ONLY issue with the SMSL? Is if you need to use DoP for DSD playback. That requires firmware update, and causes some noises when switching formats from PCM to DSD. Loud noises at times. But this...
  24. MLGrado

    Topping E70 Velvet DAC Review, Measurements and Comparisons

    yes I have done that! But with a 'lesser' ADC. I am now using an ADC that is strictly for measurements using the latest ESS ADC with incredibly low noise and distortion. Only the very, very best measuring DACs are its equal or better. An iFi NEO IDSD (1.1 version with headamp) arrived today...
  25. MLGrado

    Topping E70 Velvet DAC Review, Measurements and Comparisons

    not with this Dac, but yes, I can perform some tests in the future with external files converted to DSD. The Cosmos ADC is my interface of choice now adays, and I am falling in Love with Multitone, which, I just noticed does allow for external test signals.. (ahem DSD LOL)
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