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Thanks for the feedback Bobb. Can you also please share your DSD Source settings with us?
I use the default for those settings.
I tried a Topping D70 (based on AKM) in my system. It was ok, but in terms of detail resolution and sheer potency it lost out big time to the LKS. For me, the LKS with a better clock is very hard to beat for detail, bass, dynamics and soundstage.
I was trying to make my mind up on going with the Lks da004 or the chord qutest. Originally I did purchase the LKS but the sale fell through. I live in the UK and in the end I went with chord as its sold locally so I could have a listen before purchasing. The chord dac is good but I it doesn't blow me away. I always wonder if the Lks would have been better but I was just put off by the fact that I was unable to listen before purchasing and any issues with the dac would involve shopping back to China.
What he said - seconded!
004 is still tops and even better with a few small mods?
I can understand the feeling that buying an LKS is a bit of adventure, perhaps more bother than you want to endure. But these DACs seem to work without issues. IIRC, the only issue reported here a long time ago was a problem with the Amenaro board, and LKS sent a new one quickly. If there were to be a major issue, I think one would only have to send back the main board which is pretty easily lifted from the unit. Jinbo at LKS has been a great help to many people here--great English and fast replies.
Did anyone try the new Topping DX7 Pro. Read some really good reviews. Same ESS as LKS and I think half the price.
Sory, I didn't express myself clearly. How are your settings in HQPlayer ( DSD source settings ) wenn converting DSD64 to DSD 512 ?
These are the settings I normally use
How to contact Jinbo directly? I have send the e-mail to email@example.com with no reply...
Thanks Bobb, a picture says more than a thousand words . Those are the same settings I prefer.
What's the setting "bit limit" for? And do you use the 004 as a 24bit DAC, even though it's a 32bit DAC?
did you ever change the caps in the signal path against "CGW glass caps for the analog bypass caps" ??
That is on the ALSA backend that is not connected to anything, ignore.
Not on the 004
Have you had a chance to try the newest SR Orange? Its supposed to be significantly better than Blue and isn't too much more expensive at $160.