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New Audio-gd R7 (R2R 7) & R8 Flagship Resistor Ladder DACs

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by Currawong, Jun 30, 2017.
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  1. Wynnytsky
    On the left with the silver face is a 200watt HDPlex powering an iFi iUSB3.0 and a computer that's in a black SilverStone SST-VT01B case.
    I stacked my computer on the Tanly which is currently out of the chain -- forgot to remove before filming.
    In the computer I used an STX AsRock mobo with a 35watt i5-7600T cpu (low profile stock cooler).

    Mobos with DC input (100/200 series thin mini-ITX and STX) put the M.2 SSD in very close proximity to the northbridge and easily overheats in a fanless case.
    So I had to choose between having an M.2 NVMe boot drive with active cooling (splashing air on SSD), or a 2.5" SSD boot drive with passive cooling (which I've done twice before using HDPlex's case).
    Turns out Intel's stock cooler runs VERY quiet when cooling a 35watt CPU (especially with the quiet setting in the BIOS) so I have no regrets.
    I also have a 7th gen i3 NUC (15watt) and that's way quieter than the 4th gen equivalent. I recommend using a NUC until the skies clear up for the Intel scene (10nm cannonlake, optane, etc). What a mess.
  2. remoss
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  3. mocenigo
    My experience with the Soekris dac1541 and the Gustard x20 as well. The Gustard x20 sounds better if I upsample in the computer, the Soekris dac1541 sounds better if I do not upsample.

  4. FredA
    Thanks for sharing. :thumbsup:
  5. gk2013
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  6. D2Girls
    Is this better or worse sounding then the schiit yggrisdal?
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  7. Fatdoi
    well waiting on Currawong to do this comparo
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  8. drez
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  9. Wynnytsky
    I interpret Drez's empty msg as a drum request
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  10. D2Girls
    I don't trust him
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  11. HoloSpice
    Lol.... Hes not that bad.
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  12. HoloSpice
    I want to see a comparison between r2r7 vs Denafrips venus and Pontus dac
  13. Wynnytsky
    It was the r2r7 or Pontus for me, but in July I didn't see any paypal support on vinshineaudio (it's there now)
    So, that made my choice easy.

    R2R7 is $1000 more, twice the power consumption, twice the weight
    So that right there tells me the R2R7 is gonna have a richer, warmer sound, with more weight behind it
    (but I've been wrong before)
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  14. FredA
    I would be inclined to say you need at least the Venus to have a competition. The r2r 2 is probably a better match for the pontus. On paper at least (less Thd+noise), the r2r 7 even beats the Terminator.
  15. HoloSpice
    "R2R 7 beats the terminator."

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