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Feb 28, 2019 at 4:39 PM Post #13,021 of 18,194

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Kabeldirekt from amazon is normally recommended as Rob W himself use one of their cables he said (maybe not their optical). I have one to my Chromecast Audio. I also have a Sysconcept 24/192 from Canada from my CD transport that arrived quickly and is cheaper than lifatec I think but have not compared (but sounds much better to me than the stock cable I got for my Hugo 2) others say that QED Reference Quartz glass cable is best... but again not cheap. Maybe try the Kabeldirekt first as so cheap and then consider alternatives?

I think I know why Rob does not recommend the kabeldirekt optical and it may have to do with his laptops 3.5mm port. On my Msi labtop the the 3.5mm can occasionally get stuck and a few times it even popped out the metal ring. Since the OP’s source is using a standard jack this won’t be an issue..
 
Mar 1, 2019 at 2:31 AM Post #13,023 of 18,194

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I think I know why Rob does not recommend the kabeldirekt optical and it may have to do with his laptops 3.5mm port. On my Msi labtop the the 3.5mm can occasionally get stuck and a few times it even popped out the metal ring. Since the OP’s source is using a standard jack this won’t be an issue..

Hi, I did not say in my post that Rob W did not recommend Kabeldirekt optical. I referred to an old post where Rob said along the lines that any good quality cable will do the job and that he had good experience with Kabeldirekt. Rob may use the stock cables for all I know...

Edit: Found the post from Rob: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/cho...official-thread.831345/page-156#post-13378988
 
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I picked up my silver DAVE at the distributor late afternoon today. Hooked it up...pressed play...and was stunned. The timing of this little demon is amazing. I have been using a Resolution Audio Cantata dac for many years and had it upgraded to 3.0 in 2017...no puppy either. I like both very much :) but I wanted to simplify my system for headfi/2 channel. Gave my gf a quick demo with the track ‘Liberty’ from Anette Askvik....got a loud WOW in return :) Mission accomplished (surely I’ll add an m-scaler in summertime).
 
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I picked up my silver DAVE at the distributor late afternoon today. Hooked it up...pressed play...and was stunned. The timing of this little demon is amazing. I have been using a Resolution Audio Cantata dac for many years and had it upgraded to 3.0 in 2017...no puppy either. I like both very much :) but I wanted to simplify my system for headfi/2 channel. Gave my gf a quick demo with the track ‘Liberty’ from Anette Askvik....got a loud WOW in return :) Mission accomplished (surely I’ll add an m-scaler in summertime).
Congratulations. What headphones are you using and have you heard the TT2? Let us know more about what you hear in your setup once you have more time:)
 
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Congratulations. What headphones are you using and have you heard the TT2? Let us know more about what you hear in your setup once you have more time:)

Thank you, musicday. I mainly listen with the Focal Utopia (I also have some midrange Grado headphones but I use these more for 'fun' and portable listen with Mojo/Poly). I didn't hear the TT2 as my mind was set on getting a DAVE one day. Seems that TT2 + HMS possibly/certainly(?) beats a solo DAVE but for me adding an HMS would be the next upgrade path and something to look forward to in a couple of months. I did listen to the DAVE/Utopia last night..and just didn't want to stop :) I'll report back when I had some more time to get used to my new setup (In my 2 channel setup at first glance the Cantata sounded a bit darker but DAVE certainly sounds more 3D).
 
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Thank you, musicday. I mainly listen with the Focal Utopia (I also have some midrange Grado headphones but I use these more for 'fun' and portable listen with Mojo/Poly). I didn't hear the TT2 as my mind was set on getting a DAVE one day. Seems that TT2 + HMS possibly/certainly(?) beats a solo DAVE but for me adding an HMS would be the next upgrade path and something to look forward to in a couple of months. I did listen to the DAVE/Utopia last night..and just didn't want to stop :) I'll report back when I had some more time to get used to my new setup (In my 2 channel setup at first glance the Cantata sounded a bit darker but DAVE certainly sounds more 3D).

The design of the RA Cantata is beautiful, i wonder if thats where Mytek got their inspiration from especially Manhattan2 or a unlikely coincidence.
 
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So it’s been a few days days now since I have DAVE....this is such a great dac :) For completeness on the ‘toslink compatibility’ I can confirm that the stock cable streams 192kh without issues with a BlueSound Node 2. However, my Audioquest Diamond is limited to 96khz. That has been reported here before but with the Audioquest-BlueSound-Resolution Audio Cantata I was also limited to 96khz. As the Audioquest ‘locks’ on DAVE end and not on the BlueSound I suspect it’s the streamer which causes the khz limitation. I didn’t bother to further troubleshoot this with The Cantata as I only had a few 192khz albums but somehow DAVE compelled me to $ on a Qobuz highrez subscription :).
 
Mar 12, 2019 at 4:33 PM Post #13,030 of 18,194

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RCA Cables .jpg Anyone thinking of trying Dave direct from RCA to Banana terminal speakers at a low cost these sound great at £11.50 each.
 
Mar 19, 2019 at 12:06 PM Post #13,034 of 18,194

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If anyone is is in NYC, has a Dave, and wants to hear a SR1a (I sold my Utopia after hearing), I am trying to do an A/B test of my Qutest vs a Dave. I have an Mscaler too. I might be able to get my friend to bring a Pavane as well, which really impressed me on first listen (see @Torq review)
 
Mar 19, 2019 at 1:19 PM Post #13,035 of 18,194

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If anyone is is in NYC, has a Dave, and wants to hear a SR1a (I sold my Utopia after hearing), I am trying to do an A/B test of my Qutest vs a Dave. I have an Mscaler too. I might be able to get my friend to bring a Pavane as well, which really impressed me on first listen (see @Torq review)
I had compared my pavaneL3/ambre with my friends hms-Dave on headtrip->Abyss phi/susvara/AT adx5000. I enjoyed Dave more with mscaler than Dave alone.It was a nice experience.
Btw I prefer NOS sound signature.(sold my hugo2 after listening to Metrum Onyx) Both hms-dave & pavane sound stellar to me.
SR1A has gathered rave reviews. I like their design concept & tech.
 

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