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Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by magiccabbage, May 14, 2015.
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  1. miketlse
    Have you considered downloading Windows 10? There are only a few days left of the Microsoft free upgrade offer.
  2. yamuling
    I compared win10 and win8.0 when I using my previous bricasti. 8 was better than 8.1 and 10. Caps was much better than my MacBook. Haven't try again after that. Do you using chord Asio driver?
  3. miketlse
    i use windows 10, and downloaded the windows asio driver from the chord site. Everything has worked fine.
  4. paulchiu
    hi all,
    I am reporting that this really inexpensive USB cable has some of the isolation and clarity characteristics when using the microRendu with DAVE.
    I do not know why this is, this USB is nothing special in specs except for the two Ferrite chokes on either end.
    It's light weight, thin tubes with gold contacts.  But heck, if you can get almost the microRendu sound without extra add-ons, why not.
    Been running non stop with this USB cable since yesterday a playlist of DSD64 to DSD256 tracks with no dropouts, pops or pauses.
  5. miketlse
    You don't need to spend a fortune on the USB cables (although there are many suppliers happy to persuade punters otherwise, and buy $500 or $1000 cables) - just make sure that the cable is well shielded, the connections between the cables are securely formed, and the wire properties fall within the specification limits of the USB standard.
    looks like you have found a cable that ticks all the boxes, and is relatively cheap.
    Mython and paulchiu like this.
  6. rkt31
    you are right, I have saying the same thing from past few days. use a good usb cable ( not necessarily extremely expensive) with a ferrite choke at both ends . use a laptop in battery mode and add audioquest jitterbug between the cable and in spare usb ports. ( audioquest jitterbug may not have much positive effect but then these are very cheap as compared to micro rendu and at least jitterbug will not degrade the sound. this will be a simple and hassle free setup without any extra emi rfi due to wi fi . what more even an Android in airplane mode using uapp with a very short usb cable having ferrite chokes at both ends (just like a dap with mojo and Hugo is used with a short usb cable ) can be a very cheap and yet extremely clean source for dave.
  7. esimms86

    Hi Roy. Just placed an order for the MC-6 Hemisphere. It sounds like they don't usually keep it in stock and I've been quoted a 2-3 week wait before receiving mine. I plan to get a CT-1 power cable as well but, since I have to wait at least 2 weeks anyway and the CT-1 is in stock, I figure I can wait another week before laying out the extra money. BTW, what cables do you (or Rick) recommend for  connecting the MC-6 Hemisphere to the wall outlet? As it stands, I have some Black Sand and relatively lower end Shunyata Venom cables lying around that I can use. Thanks.
  8. bigfatpaulie
    You are both legends. 
  9. romaz
    It's interesting that this cable fixed your dropouts, Paul, but it's hard to argue with something that works, especially something this cheap.  In my testing, as long as you keep the USB cable length relatively short (<2 meters), I was unable to distinguish a difference from one cable to another although dropouts have not been a problem for me for quite some time.
  10. romaz
    I will PM you, Esau.
  11. TheAttorney
     My 2nd and concluding impressions posted here:
    In short, the KE/DAVE/HRS sandwich has been unexpectedly successful for me, albeit not in the way originally intended. Although I'd still class the SQ improvement as incremental, it's a pretty big increment, and I couldn't get anywhere near the same improvement when the same tweaks were added to other components. This is the first time in my experience that any vibration control tweak has resulted in more than a marginal difference - and I would never have guessed that it would apply to something as solid feeling as DAVE. 
    Now, Beolab and probably many others may find this hard to accept, so I suggest that a DAVE owner in the US gives the KE pads a go and reports back with a second opinion. Apparently, you can get a set for $8 from Lowe's, although $20 may be more typical. The HRS Plate is much more expensive, so try to get that on trial basis.
    I didn't find the HRS plate unduly increased DAVE's outer temperature. In fact overall the temperature subjectively seemed slightly lower - presumably because the increased space between the shelf improved air flow.
    Aesthetically, the combination is acceptable, especially as my black DAVE is on a lower shelf and largely disappears in my dark corner of the room - probably won't be quite as acceptable on the top shelf with a spot light.
    Which leaves me with a question to DAVE's designers: why 8 feet? 
  12. paulchiu
    Hi Roy,
    This $5 USB cable https://goo.gl/VXWg6b  did not fix my dropouts issues when used with the microRendu.  (To that end, I am considering ordering more powerful computers in September or when Apple announce the new Macbook Pros.)
    What I was excited about is the quality of sound from this cheap USB cable when used directly with the DAVE and my 2014 mid Macbook Pro Retina. The sound was very close to what I loved with the microRendu when it did not drop or pause.
    I get the holographic vocals which made singers come alive, the isolation of instruments which made them easily identifiable and the slight expansion to the frontal sound stage I enjoys when using the microRendu with DAVE.  
    It is certainly not 100% as good as the microRendu, but it's darn close.
    Of course, I will not stop trying more things.  That's what we enjoy.
  13. bigfatpaulie
    I wonder if clip-on ferrite chokes would yield a similar result.
  14. miketlse
    I found them to help when I placed one on the USB lead from my phone to my Mojo. But they can only help remove RFI, they cannot remove clicks, pops, stuttering that are caused internally within the source - by this i mean caused by the resource problems or caching issues internal to the phone/laptop/media server/NAS etc.
  15. Mojo ideas
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