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iFi audio Pro iDSD (Official) - NEW Firmware - MQA and more.

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  1. flyte3333
    I’ve had this happen too.

    This version number sounds high? Did it come out of the box like this?
     
  2. KotBegemot
    Yes, indeed right out of the box.... Whats your situation regarding DSD mastering activation and filters?
     
  3. flyte3333
    DSD remastering and filters all work fine for me. As noted earlier in this thread I have soms small pops when using Roon bit perfect playback. I can’t say if this is a DSD remastering thing - I need to test with DSD remastering off to see if those pops disappear.

    No other issues for me. Sound quality is fantastic and reliability great when I feed it DSD512 with HQPlayer.

    I hope your issues are resolved. iF Support is first class, so no need to worry. They will sort everything out and you’ll be very happy in the end.
     
  4. KotBegemot

    We shall see.....
     
  5. SuperRex
    How to check my firmware and where can I upgrade it?
     
  6. iFi audio
    Folks, AMR will be demoing two machines in the Colorado Audio Society Hospitality Suite at RMAF. Room 6007.

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    Yup, we're giving away Fast Blow fuses for Magnepan speakers! 2.5A for Magnepan 3.6/3.7 and 4A for other Magnepan machines.
     
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  7. Bozzunter
    Are there any news about the MQA firmware? It was repeated ad nauseam that it would be released in September...
     
  8. iFi audio
    We're on it.
     
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  9. project86 Contributor
    My review of the Pro iDSD is LIVE over at Darko.Audio - have a look when you get a moment.

    Now to go read some other reviews and see if people came to the same conclusions or not. I always avoid other impressions until mine is finished, and I'm typically pretty confident in what I hear from a device... but with so many various sound tweaking options to explore, this is a bit different than the usual DAC experience.
     
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2018
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  10. SuperRex
    I have the exact same issue. Have you find a fix yet?
     
  11. flyte3333
    Great review. Any chance John will listen to it personally so that he can consider where it fits on his 'Darko DAC Index'?

    https://darko.audio/the-darko-dac-index/
     
  12. project86 Contributor
    Thanks!

    Darko probably won't be able to listen to it though. He's in Germany and I'm in California, so not easy to just hand it off or easily ship it. Also he would have to start from scratch on listening to a device which has already been reviewed... realistically, from what I know of his schedule, there probably isn't time for that.

    I think I discussed this somewhere around here recently, so my apologies if I'm repeating myself... but my DAC index would look something like this:

    Premier League
    Resonessence Labs Mirus Pro Signature
    Metrum Pavane
    Wyred4Sound DAC2v2SE 10th Anniversary Edition
    Aqua HiFi La Scala MKII

    Division 1
    ModWright Oppo 205
    PS Audio DirectStream
    Resonessence Labs Veritas
    Exogal Comet Plus
    BMC UltraDAC
    iFi Pro iDSD

    Division 2
    PS Audio DirectStream Jr
    Auralic Vega (original model, not the new G series which I haven't heard yet)
    Denafrips Pontus
    Stock Oppo 205
    RME ADI-2 DAC
    Mytek Brooklyn+

    Division 3
    Cayin iDAC-6
    Denafrips Ares
    Massdrop Airist R-2R DAC
    Stock Oppo 105
    Chord Hugo (original)

    These are just my general thoughts, with no particular attention paid to the order of each division (so iFi Pro iDSD is not inferior to the rest of Division 1 just because it appears on the bottom). Also most of these were only compared to a few other models at a time, and things may change if I had most/all of these here at once for direct comparison.
     
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  13. iFi audio
    Yes, we've seen it, great work! thanks!
     
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  14. doggiehowser
    *shivers* a DS Jr ranked lower than any Sabre32 DAC.
     
  15. project86 Contributor
    Can't tell if you are serious or not... but I'm sure you know that the DAC chip itself is just one small piece of the puzzle, and implementation is everything. There are great Sabre-based designs, terrible Sabre-based designs, and everything in between. Same for devices using chips from Texas Instruments, Wolfson, Cirrus, AKM, etc. That's akin to saying ALL amps using 6SN7 tubes will sound the same - not only are there many different 6SN7 tubes to choose from (just as there are many Sabre chips in the ESS catalog) but they can be used in wildly different circuit designs, which will obvious change the resulting sound.

    Note how there's at least one Sabre-based DAC in each of my tiers, an R-2R design in 3 out of 4, an FPGA-based solution in 3 out of 4, and a few other (non-Sabre) off-the-shelf designs in 3 out of 4 tiers. Pretty good spread I'd say.
     
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