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  1. Patu

    Dan Clark Audio E3 Review: Interview, Measurements, Impressions

    Yeah I might sound overly negative about Liric 2. It’s not a bad headphone, definitely not. Fun to listen to and it’s slightly more comfortable and portable than E3. E3 feels heavier and little bit ”loose” on the head. The feel of Liric 2 is of very high quality. But still the overall sound...
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    Dan Clark Audio E3 Review: Interview, Measurements, Impressions

    The E3’s expansive staging, something I’ve never heard from closed back headphone before, is probably the main reason which made the Liric 2 sound more ordinary. Everything played more in-your-head. It’s the same with A2 Noire’s when you compare them against E3. Everything is packed tighter in...
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    Dan Clark Audio E3 Review: Interview, Measurements, Impressions

    I quickly auditioned the Liric II at the dealer today and I was somewhat disappointed. I must say that it sounded very ordinary compared to E3, which immediately striked me as something very special. Driven with Violectric V380, E3 sounds bigger, deeper and wider with stronger and more powerful...
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    Holo Audio Red Streamer

    Yeah it might be normal with it and it’s not a big deal. Just something I was wondering.
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    Holo Audio Red Streamer

    My Red is now one year old. I've noticed that the green power indicator led has gotten very dim during this period. When the unit was new, the green led was already dimmer than my Holo Spring 3 and Holo Serene green leds. Now it's gotten so dim that I can barely see it from the listening spot...
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    HQPlayer Impressions and Settings Rolling Thread

    After I wrote the message, I thought that this might be the case. I usually play one album at time and yes, volume levels differ betweem albums, but I've never had problems with it. I simply use the volume control of the preamp/headphone amp. I mostly play local files but also stream with Qobuz.
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    HQPlayer Impressions and Settings Rolling Thread

    Why do volume leveling in Roon? It's unnecessary and not recommended in combination with HQP. You'll want to feed bitperfect signal to HQP and you can adjust volume level in HQP.
  8. Patu

    Singxer SA-1 / Balanced Amplifier Fully Discrete Class A - beyond THX 888 ?!

    Sorry if it’s mentioned already, but how does the new SA-1 V2 compare to the original SA-1?
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    Dan Clark Audio E3 Review: Interview, Measurements, Impressions

    Someone wrote earlier in the thread that Aeon Noire's would have more bass than E3. This is simply not the case, not even close. E3 hits lower and harder with way more punch than Noire's. E3 is clearly more dynamic and open sounding out of the two. I own Noire's and currently have E3 at home for...
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    T+A HiFi - DAC 200 - Official Discussion Thread

    New firmware version released (v1.20). Release notes: (22.03.24) stable beta Main: V1.20 Main: V1.1A BL: BL...
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    Holo Audio Red Streamer

    HDMi cable was Chord C-View and USB cable was much more expensive Intona Premium (highly recommended USB-cable).
  12. Patu

    Holo Audio Red Streamer

    I use USB, it was better than i2s when I did some comparison (Red -> Spring 3). Of course, different USB and HDMi cables were used and cable matters also.
  13. Patu

    HQPlayer Impressions and Settings Rolling Thread

    Actually all current Holo DACs fit the bill, even the recently released Cyan2, which is their cheapest model.
  14. Patu

    HQPlayer Impressions and Settings Rolling Thread

    Sinc-MG/MGa and Sinc-M sound different from each other. I prefer Sinc-M and it has been my choice for DSD256 upsampling (along with ASDM7EC-light) for some time now.
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    T+A HiFi - DAC 200 - Official Discussion Thread

    I've been using HQP upsampled DSD almost exclusively with DAC200. On Holo Spring 3 I toggled between NOS PCM and HQP upsampled DSD, but still used DSD like 80/20. I feel like the quality gap between PCM and DSD is even bigger on DAC200 than it was with Spring 3, but then again the DSD section of...
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    T+A HiFi - DAC 200 - Official Discussion Thread

    New review: https://www.stereonet.com/uk/reviews/ta-dac-200-dac-preamplifier-review
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    T+A HiFi - DAC 200 - Official Discussion Thread

    Well that's weird for sure, no USB but I2S. Care to share which model is this?
  18. Patu

    T+A HiFi - DAC 200 - Official Discussion Thread

    Well my only experience with i2s is between Holo Red and Holo Spring 3. In that comparison, USB sounded clearly better. SPDIF optical works great for TV and there's even the optional HDMi module available, which is very rare on products at this level. I can only think of Linn and Lumin who offer...
  19. Patu

    T+A HiFi - DAC 200 - Official Discussion Thread

    No need for i2s, USB works just fine.
  20. Patu

    T+A HiFi - DAC 200 - Official Discussion Thread

    I use Intona Premium USB with the DAC200. I’ve compared it against ~ten different cables and nothing just comes close to how natural and ”right” the Intona Premium sounds. I haven’t heard the higher end versions of Intona USB though. https://intona.eu/en/products/4053 About HQP, normally it...
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    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...
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    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.
  24. 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.
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