iFi iDSD Micro DSD512 / PCM768 DAC and Headphone Amp. Impressions, Reviews and Comments.
Feb 18, 2016 at 8:19 AM Post #5,326 of 8,991

sandalaudio

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Just tried the 5.10 for micro iDSD from the official website, and the update worked fine.
 
However, I notice a more distinct "blip" noise between song transitions and end of song for DSD tracks.
Tried ASIO, WASAPI, KS, all having the same blip noise.
 
I went back to 5.00 again, and there's no noise. Everything is fine, so I think I'll stay with 5.00 for the time being.
 
EDIT: To be more specific, it's Windows 10 with the latest JRiver. "Blip" sound occurs on 5.10 with DSD64 DSF files, regardless of ASIO, WASAPI, KS, ASIO(DoP)
 
Feb 18, 2016 at 9:08 AM Post #5,327 of 8,991

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I've been doing USB DAC for so long......I can't figure how I would test the DSD512 over S/PDIF.
 
Do I need a compatible digital i/o on my PC?
 
I figured I could change bitstreaming to S/PDIF in JRMC, and turn off DoP. But I only have a Realtek Digital output on the motherboard and it's not working...
 
I've got ASIO4ALL mapped to the Realtek but none of the JRMC settings will allow Native DSDx8 to be played...
 
Feb 18, 2016 at 9:45 AM Post #5,328 of 8,991

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I really like my micro iDSD very much.So I have now helped it provide even better sound quality by adding on the iUSB and iPurifier2 with associated Mercury and Gemini cables. Perfection? Well I thought so until ifi Audio gave me a loan of the new iCAN SE and I realised it was not perfect enough. So now I have added the iCAN micro SE and all is well and perfection has finally been reached.........or has it?
The one small stupid thing that annoyed me most was the USB adaptor that I needed to use between the Gemini cable and the micro iDSD which always looked tacky and as if it could fall out as the connection felt quite wobbly!!!
 
So finally with the help of Forza Audioworks (well known for their high quality and cost effective cables) I have got a high quality adaptor which clicks into place with great precision. Does it provide an improved sound quality..........hmmm not sure yet as It only arrived at lunchtime so I will try it out over the weekend and see if I can confirm.
 
In any event it looks so much better and doesn't wobble when connected up.....so finally life is perfect.......or maybe I could do with some shorter cables for my HD800s.......where did I put those Forza Audioworks details??????
 
Oh and here's a photo comparing the 2 adaptors for any other obsessive compulsive type folks here.   
 
 
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  It appears the ZIP file for the Mac download of 5.1A (for Nano) is not usable - I've downloaded it several times but various ZIP utilities report the archive is corrupt.
 
5.1 (for Micro) is fine.

 
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Can you try again? We re-loaded to the server.
 
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Feb 18, 2016 at 12:03 PM Post #5,334 of 8,991

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I also confirm the "blop" sounds from JRiver 21 on Mac between track changes in DSD upsampling mode!
I will not go back to 5.0 though because I think that there is a sonic improvement in 5.1!!
I will also try it with my Win 10 laptop and I will report...
With Audirvana Plus there is no problem, upsampling or not!
 
Feb 18, 2016 at 2:50 PM Post #5,335 of 8,991

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I've also experienced the clicking on track changes with 5.10 on my idsd. The pops are loud enough that I'm rather nervous about using it with the new firmware. I'm using Roon integrated with HQPlayer up sampling to DSD 512. I have no clicks with PCM. Edit: I'm using HQPlayer on a MAC to an NAA on a Linux machine so no DOP. I'll probably go back to 5.0 although I do like the more seamless switching back and forth with toxlink on 5.10 when watching movies etc.
 
Feb 18, 2016 at 2:51 PM Post #5,336 of 8,991

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  I also confirm the "blop" sounds from JRiver 21 on Mac between track changes in DSD upsampling mode!
I will not go back to 5.0 though because I think that there is a sonic improvement in 5.1!!
I will also try it with my Win 10 laptop and I will report...
With Audirvana Plus there is no problem, upsampling or not!

Same here with foobar2000 using Windows 10! And it even froze foobar2000! 
 
Feb 18, 2016 at 2:51 PM Post #5,337 of 8,991

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Not SPDIF-out, that's digital output. Sending digital signal to a tube amp of course won't give you any sound.
 
Analog output are the other two, the red and the white RCA socket.

I've done this with your advice and technical advice from iFi with no results...tried 2 different DAP's. I get great music from the iDSD when I'm listening through it, but nothing when I'm connected to the Raptor.
 
Is there any chance the Micro just isn't compatible with the Raptor? Very frustrated.
 

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