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Audio GD Master-11(Combination from Master 7 and Master 9)

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by doyouknowsbmean, Jul 6, 2015.
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  1. pervysage
     
    Really? M11 in NOS mode sounds closer to the Yggy?
     
    I would think that default settings (8x OS) would sound closer and the NOS settings would take the sound in a different direction.
     
    I haven't tried any of the other settings yet after the update as I enjoy 8x quite a lot. Pre-update there was a lot of imbalance so it wasn't very testable. 
     
  2. Khragon
    I only been playing with NOS, will have to go back 8x... so sorry for the confusion, it's closest with 130dB stop band, but you're right I agree that NOS is perhaps too warm compared to Yggy.
     
  3. Kingwa
    Even both had working under NOS mode , the NOS7  made the sound less warm but still soft compare to the Master 7 .
    If you only like NOS mode, should try the NOS7's firmware.
     
  4. pervysage
    Kingwa, a question for you and anybody else that likes to keep their M11 on 24/7 to keep it "warmed up".
     
    I notice after 3-4 days of on time, the sound quality of the M11 changes (soundstage becomes narrow, worsening of sound quality). A restart of the M11 and 5-10 warm up again and the M11 seems to be back to normal sound quality.
     
    Not a big issue but just curious, what is the technological cause of this?
     
  5. Here2rock
    Can anybody please advise as to how does it sound compare to something like 
     
    Oppo HA-1
    Sennheiser HDVD 800
     
    I am looking to pair with Sennheiser HD800S and HiFiman Edition X V2.
     
    I am based in Australia and Sennheiser and Oppo are more readily available and easier to fix if things go wrong, whereas Audio GD, I am not sure how the repair process work. 
     
    I understand Kingwa has been very helpful around these posts. 
     
  6. munce31
    I only keep mine on for 5 hours max. If there is an improvement to keeping the m11 on 24/7, then I would say that its diminishing returns at the cost to longevity of the amp.
     
  7. Rockin_Zombie
    I am quite happy with my M11, over a year now. Does the new DSP offer anything useful, or is it just a "different strokes for different folks" type of situation?
     
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  8. pervysage
     
    Read the last couple pages of the thread. There are definitely benefits to be had and it's an improvement that everyone can enjoy. Would not say it's a different strokes for different folks deal. I'd say it's the same good ole' M11, just improved upon in a very good way.
     
  9. Khragon
    I went back to 8x, but thought that was a bit too bright for my taste, went o 4x with 130dB stop band, and wow, I think this setting is closest to Yggy.  I may try to change the stop band to tweak it a bit, add a tad more warmth.  Seriously thinking of selling the Yggy now.
     
  10. Rockin_Zombie
     
     
    Thanks! Just ordered the blaster. 
     
    My M11 is factory setting, do I need to do anything to special to prepare for the update, except installing the software, connecting the blaster, and booking a TeamViewer appointment? 
     
  11. heliosphann
    Yea, I'd like to know this as well. I've got a Blaster, just need to know the steps, etc...
     
  12. ehein324
    I am using J-River from a Windows 10 set : going USB out from computer to USB in on Singxer SU-1.
    Output from SU-1 to the I2S input via HDMI on Master 11.
    Can anyone share the correct J-River settings to communicate with the SU-1?
    I get RCA S/PDIF correctly from the SU-1 to the Master 11 input 2. Music sounds fine.
    I cant get HDMI I2S sound from input 5 on the Master 11. I only get a high pitched hum.
    Any settings advice?
    Thanks!
     
  13. pervysage
     
    If you look on the bottom of the SU-1, are all the dip switches set to the default position of OFF? That's what the settings should be for Audio-gd products.
     
  14. sahmen
    Same here:  I have the blaster, but I have the Reference 5.32, and I need a step-by-step guide for the dsp upgrade, and t would be good to have the steps all in one place.  So far, I have read bits and pieces about posters downloading this and that, but I need a step-by-step guide.  By the way, My Reference 5.32 is hooked up to a Macmini, in case there are guidelines that are specific to Macs.
     
    Thanks for the help.
     
  15. pervysage
     
     
     
    http://audio-gd.com/Master/Master-7_384/DSPupdataEN.htm
     
    Just make sure you have the 12.1 version of Quartus which can be found here: https://www.altera.com/downloads/software/prog-software/121.html
     
    That is a standalone version which is all you need. Otherwise you will end up downloading some version that is a couple gigabytes which is not necessary.
     
    Once the software is installed, you want to make sure you install the drivers that come with it so that your USB blaster is using these drivers. You can do this by selecting the USB blaster in Device Manager, updating the device drivers, and pointing Windows to the Quartus drivers folder (C:\Program Files\qprogrammer\drivers) or wherever that you installed the programmer to.
     
    Contact Audio-gd and schedule a time. Those times listed on the website are not the only times available apparently (which is good because those posted times end up being in the middle of the night for most people). Kingwa stated that other times are available:
     
     
    Once your time is scheduled, just have everything ready to go 15 minutes early.
     
    Prior to the whole process you may want to give your computer a fresh restart just in case and have background programs closed. Empty your recycle bin. These are all just precautions, probably not absolutely necessary.
     
    1. Turn off Master 11 before attaching the blaster to it! Otherwise you may damage your DAC.
     
    2. After Master 11 is turned off and blaster has been attached and connected to your computer, you can turn the DAC back on. The main thing is just don't push/pull the connector while Master 11 is on.
     
    3. Once DAC is back on, you can open up the Quartus programming software and have it ready. Open the TeamViewer software which is going to give you your Teamviewer ID and a password that is usually randomly generated everytime you start the program. 
     
    4. Audio-gd will contact you around your appointment time and ask for your Teamviewer ID and password.
     
    5. Once you send it, you should see Audio-gd take control of your computer shortly afterwards (message pops up in bottom right corner telling you someone is connected to your computer and your wallpaper might turn red.
     
    6. At this point Audio-gd transfers their firmware file to your computer and uses the Quartus programmer to install it to the M11. You can just sit back and watch. After the process is successful, Audio-gd will delete the file that they transferred to your computer and then delete it from your Recycle Bin. You probably want to make sure nothing important is in your trash bin in case the agent hits Empty recycle bin :p
     
    7. After firmware has been deleted from your computer, Audio-gd will disconnect the Teamviewer session and you are good to go! 
     
    8. Turn off your Master 11, remove the USB blaster, turn Master 11 back on and enjoy!
     
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