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Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by ChordElectronics, Jul 25, 2018.
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  1. Triode User
    I was talking about hires files that can be bought as downloads, ie 48, 96, 192. Those compared to 44.1 do sound better to me through MScaler and Blu2 compared to the 44.1 versions through them.

    Rob did not say that a 768k recording is that same as an MScaled 44.1, just that it has the same virtues.

    I will carry on buying the hires versions where available.
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  2. musickid
    Have you compared mH2 to mDAVE Jlbrach?
  3. musickid
    Not too sure about that Triode did Rob really mean a native 768kHz file is identical in timing at least to a rbcd/48kHz file upsampled? Timing is key here as we don't really 'hear' a 768kHz file but rather derive the increase in the quality of the timing of the track. That is my understanding.
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  4. Amberlamps
    Des Arme

    Some more french

    Des Arme, Des Arme, Des Arme

    It’s times like this that I wish I took french at school instead of spanish.
  5. musickid
    What's the relevance here....des arme?
  6. Amberlamps
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2019
  7. musickid
    Looks like an interesting artist...double platinum.

    Glad to see you're feeling better these days. Mk.
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2019
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  8. iDesign
    Its also important to remember that the advent of services like iTunes, Pandora, Spotify wasn’t about choice, it was about piracy and monetization. Also consider the last real format breakthrough the industry had was the Red Book CD and streaming is not a new format, it’s merely a different method of delivery. I’m optimistic that with advances in bandwidth and data storage, lossless streaming sound quality will improve. The question will be what direction the studios take streaming.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2019
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  9. Ciggavelli
    I've been listening to a bunch of DSD tracks I just purchased. I then went back to normal 16bit /44100. Those CD-Quality tracks sound terrible now. I think I'm going to have to buy the M-Scaler, if it makes all of my 44100 sound like DSD. I'm kind of blown away at how much better DSD sounds. Wow
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  10. Amberlamps
    The dsd tracks I’ve got don’t sound uber good, the highest ones I have is dsd 256, I play them through roon and jriver, but I wondered why when trying to play a few of them in roon, I couldn’t understand why roon would always freak out.

    It turned out to be Roon was trying to play a 3 gigabyte dsd track, 3 gigabytes, What huge, no wonder roon took a schiit.

    I downloaded them all without realising just how big they were. I can’t see 3gig music files catching on anytime soon.
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  11. STR-1
    Yes, a highly respected poster. High praise for the battery supply in sound quality terms even though it was found to still fall short of the SR7. But I would think it was risky running the M Scaler at 16V (it is rated for supplies between 9V-15V) given the so-so reputation these battery supplies have with voltage regulation. Rob runs his battery supply at 12V.
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  12. miketlse
    @Rob Watts has already warned that using above 15V will blow the protection diode, which will be a clear indication to chord, that the owner has used a non recommended power supply. Search the thread using the term diode, will probably find the posts.
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  13. STR-1
    I’ve seen many of Rob’s posts about this, and I certainly wouldn’t take the risk of running the M Scaler at 16V. But at least one experienced poster appears to have done so and some might be persuaded by this to try themselves. If you had a power supply that supplied at 16V with absolute certainty that it would not drift above 16V, the risk might be negligible as there is bound to be a little headroom above 15V on the M Scaler. But what battery power-bank comes with that certainty. Reviews of that Poweradd Pilot Pro model I have read on Amazon are very mixed with only a little over half the reviewers giving it a clean bill of health. Best not to go there.
  14. miketlse
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  15. naynay
    Agree the CD/44.1Khz sound great through M Scaler but a High Res takes things further.
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