L.K.S. Audio MH-DA004 Dual ES9038PRO DAC - Van Damme's double impact?

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  1. tracer5
    Last Device Instance Id: USB\VID_16D0&PID_071A\413-001
    The 413-001 is the serial number
  2. Lennym
    Don't know how to do that.

    I wonder , before I hear from factory, whether after updating firmware it is necessary to erase and the reinstall the Amanero software.
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2017
  3. tracer5
    The Windows 10 driver is 1.0.62
    The Windows 7 driver is 1.0.57
    From Device Manager -> Sound, video and game controllers select Amanero Technologies USB Driver 1.0.62 (for Windows 10).
    Under Details tab select Property. The drop down menu is lengthy. Near the top of the list is Hardware Ids.
  4. Lennym
    What I get is almost the same as yours:

    So the firmware REV_0197 would appear the firmware I installed on mine. I installed in in mid-September.
    Do you think that creates the problem?

    Driver is given as 1.0.62 for my Windows 10.

    Device instance path is given as: USB\VID_16D0&PID_071A\413-001
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2017
  5. tracer5
    Yes... REV_0197 may cause a problem.

    If possible please use Maintenance Tool 1.17:

    CPLD Firmware Selection: CPLD_for_1080
    Flash this version associated with CPU firmware 1.080 with prescaler option

    CPU Firmware Selection: firmware_1096c
    Long mute 100-200 ms F0-F3 already enabled fixed compiler optimization problem

    This should solve your issue.
  6. Lennym
    Thank you.

    OK. I see I made a mistake the first time around installing firmware. Just did it again using Jinbo's easy instructions--absolutely correctly, as far as I can tell.

    After which I looked for Hardware IDs and it comes up, as does yours:

    Device instance path: USB\VID_16D0&PID_071A\413-001

    So now everything is back to normal through JRiver. Thanks again.
  7. tracer5
    Great to get you back to a stable situation.

    If you want to experiment a little you could try:
    Flash this version associated with CPU firmware 1.080 with prescaler option


    Alternate settings 2 Little Endian Native DSD
  8. aggielaw
    Lenny, I have all my stuff ripped to FLAC, so all I really need is a network player to feed the LKS. I can live without playing my SACDs. I don't see many options for players, though. It seems most players also have their own DACs, which drives up the cost unnecessarily. The USBridge that several here recommend and use looks interesting, but I need to learn more about it - and I think I'd prefer to use coax between the player and DAC rather than USB with all its troubles.

    Now that you've had more time playing ripped files from your laptop, do you still think they sound better than spinning discs on the Oppo?

    Thanks again!
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  9. Lennym
    For me, on my system, here's no question that using the lap-top for red book provides more low level information that provides spatial cues. More depth, greater width, instrumental separation. Of course the degree of improvement varies considerable with the recordings. I use it with the USB cable that came with the LKS. I actually tried a highly touted solid silver cable (with return privilege) and it turned out to have a very gritty sound to my ears, so it went back. The lap-top I use, which I originally bought for other purposes, may be a good performer for this use. It's not very sophisticated, does not have a spinning hard disk (It uses SS little more sophisticated than a zip drive.) and goes 7-8 hours on battery which is how I use it playing music. It seems dead quiet but I really don't know what high frequency noise it may be making. I'm pretty satisfied. Of course there's no comparison when playing ripped SACD through the LKS as compared to SACD disks through the Oppo. That being said, I have no idea how a set-up using a dedicated music server of some sort would compare. I've been reading about the less expensive options like Sotm and microRendu. The USBridge is very inexpensive and seems to be sort of a computer CPU to which you have to add inputs and output: keyboard, screen, etc. Very little info on the site. I've written them for more info, but to no avail. Perhaps someone who uses a USBridge could evaluate its sound and point us to a url where its use is explained in detail, Sparky, Raspberry Pi and all that stuff.

    I'm sure others on this thread use music servers. Maybe we will hear from them. I'm, certainly open to trying something better. There are those who write that it's best to have all the music, CPM and DSD, to go in directly to I2S or through the coax.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2017
  10. Lennym
    Does the Allo USBridge work like a USB Regen?
  11. Whitigir
    I have tried Coax nd usb on 004, and it could be the source, or could be the implementation of the 004 or both. I prefer the Coax input better than usb. I tried usb with Wm1z and dock, then Dx200 Coax direct into 004.
  12. littlexx26
    anyone tried turn the vol of your amp to max with l.k.s.004 and play nothing? is your noise obvious? my one is quite obvious. if i switch to other vacant input in amp, much quieter.
  13. Lennym
    No such issue here, neither on USB nor on coax.
  14. littlexx26
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    i just tried upsample to 48k 512. it plays normally but just showing un-lock. if play 44.1 512, it shows 512 as usual. any idea?
  15. Whitigir
    Does anyone has problem getting the BW lower to BW1 BW2 or BW5 ?
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