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iDSD micro Black Label. Tour details (page 147). Release info (page 153).

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  1. iFi audio
    The iDSD micro supports DSD512 only via ASIO. If using WASAPI or core audio, DSD256 is the maximum since DoP must be used.

    Mac uses core audio drivers only (Apple deleted ASIO support from their OS with the release of OSX), there is no ASIO support on Mac.

    Playback software could in theory incorporate it's own ASIO subsystem. This has so far only been done under Linux as far as we know.
     
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  2. iFi audio
    Please make sure buffers are set correctly in the driver panel (Streaming -> Reliable / Buffers -> 8192).

    Be careful with USB cable quality, many "audiophile" grade USB cables are not the correct spec and hence can cause problems at high sample rates.

    If you use upsampling, this can be a very CPU intensive process. You can test DSD512 playback with suitable downloaded files instead:

    http://www.wechdomi.org/english/index.html
     
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  3. superuser1
    I believe 3rd party ASIO drivers can be used in Windows 10. I shall test and get back to you. Thank you for the clarification.

    P.s - Is your support down?
     
  4. Vartan
    Hi guys
    I have two type iPad chargers. One is output 5.1V 2.1A and other one is 5.2V 2.4A.
    Which one doesn't damage the battery?
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2017
  5. cardeli22
    Do you mean like for charging the BL. Neither should. The BL's usb port auto negotiates the proper voltage/amp.
     
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  6. superuser1
    Anyone else having a connection problem with the 1/4" connector??

    Are you guys using any protective case. I was thinking of getting the Pelican 1060. Any thoughts?
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2017
  7. Slim1970
    No issues here with the 1/4" connector. But the pelican case works great for transporting the iDSD BL around outside the house. I normally use the bag when I'm at home. But I feel safer carrying it to work in the 1060.

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  8. superuser1
    Looks perfect. Thanks
     
  9. jmills8
    I am carrying ot 6 hrs per week out doors in my jean pocket or Basket Ball shorts.
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  10. beowulf
    Been quite a while with the Black Label and I have to admit that the honeymoon is not over yet, in fact, I felt tempted to buy a second unit to take to the office... since the one I initially got for the office ended up spending a lot of time at "mobile activity" at home.

    If anyone hears of a really good promotion (for the US, I have a relative who can bring them to me, won't even bother to ask about the EU given the VAT) be sure to let us know where to find them. :p

    I suspect the Black Label have saved two of my fave headphones from being used a lot less often. The HD800 and the Z1R. The first benefit hugely from having X-Bass on and the second can sometimes become absolutely epic with 3D on. You just don't want to have them swapped and X-Bass the Z1R while 3D'ing the unmodded HD800s. That's going to hurt, in different ways.

    No amount of equalizer work has managed to match these two switches, which not only annoys me but makes me think there's some decent work going on in the ASP design.

    Now the CA Andromeda remain very BL neutral. They're perfect with everything off, but do need IEMatch in "Ultra-Sensitive" to keep volume under control (noise floor seems flat even without it tho, which is impressive given how the Andromeda reveal the slightest hiss in the source).
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2017
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  11. beowulf
    "Yesterday"?

    I send a support ticket for a manufacturer with a product costing 20x as much over a month ago and haven't heard from them since. :D
    "Yesterday" can be just a timezone slip.
     
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  12. George Taylor
    For me the one set I own that sounds great without either switch on is the DT 1990s. The 3D makes the highs too much, and unless I really feel the need for crazy bass, it too remains in the off position.I love using 3D for most off of my other cans though. And I'm right there with you in using it as my main home dac/amp as well.
     
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  13. beowulf
    Yeah, I bought it to use at the office, hoping no one would steal it, leaving it there most of the time. Then I started bringing it home now and then, and then I started putting it on my desk and not just the couch late night mobile listening.. and... well, I don't want to take it to the office anymore, I'll miss it here. Unless i move it around all the time, but it's too big for that (I'm lazy).

    Who would have known it would be this good?

    As for the 3D and X-Bass, it's true that the results can vary HUGELY.
    You need a mix of Headphone/IEM + Album recording/mastering.

    With SOME, the use of 3D or X-Bass will really improve the experience. I started by avoiding it but hell, after a while I stopped trying. If it sounds better and feels better, there's no harm in using whatever tweak you want (foam, equalizers, switches, duct tape...).

    Now I often use X-Bass on the HD800 (it's turned on perhaps 80% of the time) and 3D on the Z1R (helps with separation and gives a wider/taller space) maybe 50% of the time.
    I haven't found cases when XB+3D+Headphones/IEMs combine to perfection, but don't see why not.

    It's important to keep in mind that with some albums it just doesn't work well, regardless of headphone. Like the DT 1990, it can seem a miss but actually work great with some albums. No harm in flipping switches and trying. And don't be afraid to accept fate if it sounds better while On.

    When it does work, it really makes a difference and in this price range it's like having 3 DAC/amp setups in one. Neutral, bassier, brighter/roomier. I won't say "warmer" as the BL is still very solid state in general, but that's fine. Anyone wanting more of that can go for the iFi Pro iCan, for example.
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2017
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  14. Slim1970
    The iDSD BL works extremely well with the Z1R's. The 3D+ switch opens them up nicely and gives them 3-dimensional sound that's just unreal for a headphone. Just for fun I do turn on the XBass+ with the Z1R's and it's amazing that they don't distort or loss control. They just simply go deeper and the impact becomes more visceral, truly amazing! The HD800S's with XBass+ seems like a totally different headphone. I believe people who buy this headphone and thinks it's lacks bass need to purchase an iDSD BL to go with them. You'll be in for a treat because the HD800S's can do bass and do it very well. The 3D+ switch does absolutely nothing when switched on with the HD 800S's though. Their soundstage is so big already. But if you want to see what your headphones are capable of the try them on the Pro iCan. It's an iDSD BL on steroids!
     
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    Last edited: Aug 24, 2017
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