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Gustard X20 DAC

Discussion in 'Dedicated Source Components' started by stuartmc, Sep 8, 2015.
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  1. GioF71
    No, I meant exactly DAC, although I should have said "next DDC for my next DAC"...
    As I said the USB interface quality is very relevant to final audio quality so I will probably continue to have a DDC before my current/future best DAC, if not all DACs I use.
    I will be waiting for your impressions of the new X20, congratulations for your purchase!
  2. guilders0
    please share your experience with Gustard X20 and if you haev the opportunity to test it against any other device :)
  3. stuartmc
    My system now uses a windows tablet almost exclusively for my source. The Lenovo tablet I use has Windows 8 pre-installed and it has a full size usb port.  I eliminated the unnecessary processes by running Fedilizer pro software.  Using the "extreme" setting, it will shut almost everything down except wifi streaming for Tidal and the bare essentials for playing music files with JRiver.  I haven't found any real limitations in software since all manufacturers provide appropriate windows drivers.   Bottom line, this Tablet playing through my Tanly USB-DDC sounds so good that I never use my Rega Apollo R anymore.
  4. GioF71
    Good to know, thanks.
    So in facts, you dedicated the tablet to the audio playback function, didn't you? :wink:
  5. GioF71
    @stuartmc, do you always use the tablet with batteries when playing music?
    If this is not the case, did you notice any difference when using the tablet in charging mode?
  6. Joong
    Could you guys let me know the link for Tanly USB-DDC converter vendor or product?
  7. stuartmc
    Yes, that would be correct.
  8. stuartmc
    I have gone back and forth between battery and charging mode many times and quite frankly, I really don't hear much of a difference. Its very subtle, if any.  I attribute this to how well I have conditioned the power feeding the tablet.
  9. Shenandoah
    Can the dac X-20 drive an amplifier with the balanced outputs ? Is the volume adjustable by remote control ?
  10. GioF71
    Out of curiosity, is the charger a linear or switching PSU?
    Good to know a table can do its job as a digital transport.
    It seems that dedicated devices are better, in fact you dedicated your tablet to the task with Fidelizer... it seems not so different in principle from having a dedicated pc. Anyway, I didn't really thought a tablet would be up to the task, will consider it from now on.
  11. Wynnytsky
    Quality aside, there is no getting around the fact that you need a proper hard-wired seated workstation for plundering the internet for free audio, and then the crazy amount of time you'll be spending organizing and tagging that music.  I've already fell behind with 150gb in my download folders and yet to be imported.  Stepping down to a laptop would cut my productivity in half (and invite carpal tunnel).  You don't need serious ergonomics for playback so the 2nd computer can be anything with a reliable network connection and quiet cooling.
    If there wasn't this cornacopia of free'ish music and the internet enabled 2nd hand audio market, I would likely be wrapped up in Atmos HTPCs.
  12. Joong
    Finally X20 was ordered.
    One of the reason for this was the relative High voltage swing on output.
    I wish it outperforms Matrix x-sabre, Yulong DA8 mk1/2, or Gungnir Multibit because of Chinese efficiency.:D
    I do not agree with R2R Dac as the best dac because Delta Sigma modulator is one of the most elegant Adc/dac implementation.
  13. guilders0
    May I ask you the benefit of this ?
    Why is it important ?
  14. Joong
    My Soloist has beautiful tone but has not enough gain for my phones.
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