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CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by magiccabbage, May 14, 2015.
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  1. miketlse
    Happy New Year John, plus the rest of the Chord team.
     
  2. musickid
    is there any new product TBC at the january show?
     
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  3. naynay
    "I also tried a Chord DAVE with a pair of Ether 2s and was somewhat disappointed. While the resolving power of the DAC seemed greater than the Hugo TT 2, the headphone output did not seem quite as powerful and I didn’t have the same sense of musical engagement with this setup. Looking at the specs, the DAVE has quite a bit less power than the Hugo series, and a Cavalli and DAVE setup at the Mr. Speakers table sounded superb, so I suspect the DAVE benefits more from outboard amplifiers than the Hugo TT 2."

    Those were the words of Grover Neville InnerFidelity CANJAM RMAF and as i am considering upgrading my Hugo 2 TT for a Dave and only using Headphones direct and i am aware the output is much lower with Dave it still concerns me that he felt it was less engaging musically than the Hugo 2 TT?

    Update: I have read the review again and it looks as though the Hugo TT2 was used with M Scaler and the Dave without so maybe that explains his outcome?
     
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2019
  4. ufospls2
    What headphone will you be using?
     
  5. naynay
    Hi,Meze Empyrean.
     
  6. xxx1313
    DAVE has MORE than enough power for the Meze Empyrean. I am listening to it at -32db to -22db, so there is much more than enough headroom. The Emyprean ist just as easy to drive as the Focal Utopia. DAVE + Empyrean is pure bliss (and preferrable to Hugo TT2 + Empyrean, imo).
     
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  7. Thenewguy007
    Anyone know how to use a smartphone as a source?
    I think Rob said he even used his phone as a source connected to the Dave.

    I tried connecting my android phone via micro-USB to UBS to the back of another DAC that was also connected to a amp.
    When I played music, the music just played through the phone & not through the headphones that was connected to the amp.
     
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  8. miketlse
    have a read through the faq in post #3 of the mojo thread. the info about phone settings should be generic - i think the settings relating to output device are probably relevant.
     
  9. lcasadonte
    Was the cable an OTG cable?
     
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  10. musicday
    I have to admit that the Empyrean with Dave is something rather special, that I can live with for a long time.Very musical, engaging, addictive.
     
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  11. masterpfa
    I would imagine if you want to use your phone as a source you would need to have an app on your phone that can output music via OTG for example UAPP, Hiby Onkyo HF Player and many others depending on operating system iOS or Abdroid


    When connecting via an OTG cable you should be given an option to output from that installed app
     
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2019
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  12. skootb
    I use my iPhone with the Dave. iPhone > Apple camera adapter > usb to dave
     
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  13. musickid
    for dave owners if you had to live with a h2 or tt2 with hms vs a standalone dave what would you go for and most importantly why? im my case a dave purchase excludes the addition of the mscaler due to finances? feedback appreciated mk. i'm running h2/hms now and i am familiar through quick listening sessions to dave in store but only very short though and auditioning again is difficult. if i did go for a dave in the near future i would trade in my h2/hms towards it. but on reflection the mscaler is really great you would end up somehow adding one to dave!
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2019
  14. naynay
    Hi,have ordered a Dave should have it in next few weeks and would like to ask what users have for the mains side.
    I noticed looking at the online manual it takes the Kettle lead type power cable have any found an improvement changing this and if so what type?or is it better to go for a Power conditioner and use the supplied lead?
    Any info appreciated.
    Thank you.
     
  15. musickid
    will you be adding an mscaler nay?
     
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