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  1. Patu

    Holo Audio Spring R2R DAC

    I mainly use DAC200 with upsampling to DSD256 through HQPlayer. Holo Spring 3 isn't R2R for DSD either. I have my TV connected through optical and that obviously outputs PCM but for music, it's pretty much always DSD. I think the DSD sections are quite similar on DAC200 and Holo, but somehow T+A...
  2. Patu

    Holo Audio Spring R2R DAC

    I just sold my Spring 3 (level 2 with the best USB module) after I auditioned T+A DAC200 and quickly decided to buy it. It's just better in pretty much every way IMO. I still use Holo Red as streamer and am in the middle of deciding if I keep Holo Serene as preamp or will I just use DAC200's...
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    Holo Audio Red Streamer

    You can run convolution filters in HQPlayer but they’re not running in Red. They’re running on the machine where you run your HQP server.
  4. Patu

    Holo Audio Red Streamer

    About the HQPlayer. You need to install the NAA image, not the OS if you want to run Red as HQP NAA bridge. And there is no configuration page for the NAA. That’s why you can’t find anything with the ip-address. Just flash the NAA image on the SD, put it in Red and boot. When the light is...
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    Holo Audio Red Streamer

    Does the lack of Roon support mean that this newer version doesn’t work with Roon at all or just that Roon is not ”officially” supported? I have the original version but I use it as a HQP NAA bridge only.
  6. Patu

    T+A HiFi - DAC 200 - Official Discussion Thread

    Exactly, this is what I've been doing with Spring 3 also. Every now and then I prefer to just play NOS, which to my ears has great timing but obviously lacks the depth and space of DSD256. Still it's a relaxing listen and nice every now and then.
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    T+A HiFi - DAC 200 - Official Discussion Thread

    Thanks, yes I have tried it and will try it more. With a brief listening, I prefer the DSD, just like I do with the Spring 3. But of course I will give the PCM side a try. This is completely new unit so it needs some hours on it. But plays great straight out of the box when it just warmed up...
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    T+A HiFi - DAC 200 - Official Discussion Thread

    I have DAC200 in home demo currently. It's directly connected to ATC SCM50ASL active speakers. I'm comparing it against Holo Spring 3 (lvl 2 + the best usb module) - Holo Serene preamp (lvl 1) combo. After playing with it since yesterday, I can already say that this is a special piece of hifi...
  9. Patu

    Dan Clark Audio E3 Review: Interview, Measurements, Impressions

    I went to my dealer today (again) to audition E3's again and compare against Aeon Noire's. My plan was to test them with Violectric DHA V226 since I wanted to test if the integrated DAC-module on that particular amp was any good. Well they had their V226 loaned out so that's that. They had V222...
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    Dan Clark Audio E3 Review: Interview, Measurements, Impressions

    Btw. Does E3 have same cable connectors than the rest of the lineup? Can I use the same cable with Aeon Noire's and E3's? I just realized that I didn't check this before ordering a 4.4mm balanced cable from audiophileninja. It works with my Noire's but the idea was to use the same cable with E3...
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    Dan Clark Audio E3 Review: Interview, Measurements, Impressions

    If we do movie references, Noire would be the Terminator 1 and E3 Terminator 2: The Judgment Day.
  12. Patu

    Dan Clark Audio E3 Review: Interview, Measurements, Impressions

    Good to know, I’m considering changing my Serene to Bliss and upgrading Noire’s to E3. That’s why I’m asking. Obviously with an adapter cable you could connect straighto to Serene’s dedicated headphone output XLR’s but I’m not sure how good it is compared to Bliss.
  13. Patu

    Dan Clark Audio E3 Review: Interview, Measurements, Impressions

    How’s the synergy with Holo Bliss?
  14. Patu

    Holo Audio Serene also for Headphones useful or another pre-amp?

    Has aynone compared Serene's low impedance XLR output with headphones vs Holo Bliss dedicated headphone amp? How do they compare? I might be making a slight comeback to headphones after I auditioned the new Dan Clark E3's and am wondering if I could do with Serene's XLR1 output, which should...
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    Dan Clark Audio E3 Review: Interview, Measurements, Impressions

    I visited my local dealer yesterday and they had received first shipment of the new E3's. They opened a box for me to audition so I auditioned a brand new pair for ~10 minutes against DCA Aeon Noire's (which I also own). Headphone amplifier/DAC was Violectric DHA V380² and source Tidal from...
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    T+A HiFi - DAC 200 - Official Discussion Thread

    @GoldenOne Thanks for the measurements of the DAC200, extremely interesting results. Now since I know you love Holo dacs, I’m dying to know how DAC200 compares to Holo Spring 3/May in your opinion? Were you able to compare them side by side? T+A and Holo are probably the two top designs used...
  17. Patu

    Holo Audio Spring R2R DAC

    This information (20 bits) is from Jussi Laako, developer of HQP. You’re mixing things with specs and measured performance.
  18. Patu

    Holo Audio Spring R2R DAC

    Are you using I2S for connection? I had some crackling/popping when I tried I2S with Holo Red - Spring 3. USB connection has no such problems and sounds better in my setup.
  19. Patu

    Holo Audio Spring R2R DAC

    It's really not that difficult. There is a learning curve but when you get into it then it's quite logical and easy to use. There's a decent manual installed on your computer with every installation of HQP. Maybe browse it through to get some idea of how HQP works. Basic stuff to know for Holo...
  20. Patu

    Holo Audio Red Streamer

    I tried RopieeeXL also but it sounded pretty much the same than Red OS. HQP NAA was the best sounding option and for HQP-only use, the lightest option since it only runs the HQP NAA. But obviously if you need other functionality than HQP-bridge then it's a no-go.
  21. Patu

    HQPlayer Impressions and Settings Rolling Thread

    I've been using HQP for around a year now. It runs on my server machine in another room where my listening happens. I stream over to Holo Red with HQP NAA image and from there with USB to Holo Spring 3. I have the older HQP 4 license on my desktop PC to be used with my modest headphone rig when...
  22. Patu

    Holo Audio Red Streamer

    I have and for HQP use, the dedicated NAA image sounded slightly better than OG Red image. Obviously with NAA image, you lose all other functionality but it’s ok to me since I only play through HQP.
  23. Patu

    Holo Audio Red Streamer

    I’ve never had a single problem with Red. iFi Zen Stream was way worse and I had many problems with it.
  24. Patu

    Ferrum WANDLA - Impressions Thread

    How did you compare them? Was it Spring 3 or older Spring? There’s two very different approaches to a DAC design in question. Sigma delta vs NOS R2R. Holo products benefit greatly from external oversampling with something like HQPlayer. Did you use one? Since May and Spring 3 should be very...
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    Holo Audio Red Streamer

    When comparing USB to I2S you have to take into account the quality of the cables. I know this is an extremely controversial topic, but between my Red and Spring 3, the USB cable really matters. I use Intona Premium, which I bought second hand and have compared it to around ten different cables...
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