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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. FredA
    Yep i meant the he-9. It is indeed splendid with my he-560. And as a pre.
  2. remoss
  3. JaMo
  4. Tango Sierra
    Fortunately, I never got an answer to this question which would have started people wasting time trying to help with a non-issue. It turns out a thought struck me yesterday that maybe my headphone cable connections were reversed so I pull my headphones off my head to take a look. DOH! What an idiot.
  5. DACLadder
    Audio GD update the shipping log yesterday. Sure are a lot of HEs shipped versus the standard DI-20 but had to wait a month as I ordered around Nov. 1st.

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  6. Matias
  7. FredA
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  8. DACLadder
    My tube amp measures much worse than that and still my favorite. Is this the same guy that has a Topping DAC?

    What are the test conditions? Sampling rate, OS/NOS, balanced/ singled ended out,input, firmware, and device used to measure and its setup....? Give us the facts before flaming.
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  9. Matias
    Consider this link an FYI. Each of us may find it useful or ignore it altogether. Specific questions about the methodology just ask the person who tested it. In this case this user, Wolf, is not the ASR owner, Amir.
  10. FredA
    And i see that you are indeed just a good samaritain.

    I should try a Topping dac since their ratings are so good on ASR.

    But then no i guess. A guy at the office just bought one, a 200$ one. I have to say that for him, contempling specs is the real deal. But he somehow can't figure out why the Topping's sound is so dull.
  11. FredA
    On the other hand, a friend of mine who just bought my M1 pre says it beats his old Moon P-3, no contest. I trust my friend's ears.

    I trust also my brother in law, who can assert instantly when a guitar is ever slightly out of tune. I sold him my Nfb-1amp, and again it trounces his Moon i-5 pre's out.

    Life is good for them. And for me.
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  12. borrego
    It is just amazing how people still do not realize what aspects these so called "audio measurements" floating around the internet are missing. I can immediate name two: imaging and resolution, which no audio measurements available are measuring.

    An army ration bar will be easily "measured" to have better nutrition ingredient than a Michelin 3-stars restaurant dish. So go treat your guests with army ration bar next time when you arrange your business dinner.

    I recall Kingwa put up a video before showing how those SNR measurements can be faked to be bad by just crossing input cables. Kingwa even make a "measured good" DAC called the AS-1 to silent the criticisms of those measurement freaks (http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/dac/AS1/AS1EN.htm). But it seems almost no one had bought that DAC. Also for discrete component circuit designs like audio-gd's, the measurements would sure look bad before fully warm-up.

    Yeah, go try convincing people that the stick drawing by a 2 years old is more worthy than a Monet painting, because it looks much "cleaner".
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  13. FredA
    Excellent points. A proper burn-in, warm-up and power cord are all needed and are things that any serious reviewer will take into account after ideally getting in touch with the manufacturer.

    Depending on believes about burn-in and cables, some can be inclined to ignore any recommendation but the fact is these things matter.

    Facts matter, believes are just obstacles to the truth.
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  14. UsoppNoKami
    ASR hahahahahahahahahaha .... My useful reply to anyone in the least bit intrigued :wink:

    Day 3 of DI-20HE burn in today, I have hooked up my Master-11S via regular coax to run with it overnight.

    When actively listening, I switch to the R7HE and my Glenn OTL headamp.. Not going to rely on memory for an A/B of the R7HE fed by SU-6 or U16, but i can say that I'm enjoying a very realistic listening experience with the DI-20HE feeding the R7 :)

    The AGD DI has been very stable so far on all PCM and DSD sample rates, and I am thinking to get a BNC coax cable to connect the M-11S to it too (mine is the 1st gen with RJ45 IIS, no HDMI).
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