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by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-10 14:18
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24298

Re: DAC discussions

Odd indeed that two separate builds using different motherboards run into the same, unusual issue. Glad it’s solved! Checked the Hegel DAC interface for sake of good order and that’s at 100%. This warrants new DAC comparisons - being digitally reduced to 41% is unlikely to have worked in the Gigapo...
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-08 20:19
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24298

Re: DAC discussions

Odd indeed that two separate builds using different motherboards run into the same, unusual issue. Glad it’s solved! Checked the Hegel DAC interface for sake of good order and that’s at 100%. This warrants new DAC comparisons - being digitally reduced to 41% is unlikely to have worked in the Gigapo...
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-08 18:19
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Absolute Bargains!
Replies: 130
Views: 113575

Re: Absolute Bargains!

Good to know Matt. How does it measure up to the Gigaport? Sorry Brian, I do not have one. Maybe I buy the new eX if the first reports are good. Matt No worries. My thoughts are that I'd have to be blown away to move from the Gigaport. The various players I have based on a variety of motherboards e...
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-08 10:20
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Absolute Bargains!
Replies: 130
Views: 113575

Re: Absolute Bargains!

It's highly rated by the site that recommended Sopper's 2K DAC. I'm sceptical of all reviews, I worked for a company who gave junior journalists articles and brown envelopes - I believe that practice is widespread, Yes, I know this site and the measurements. They are a nice by-product. But anyway, ...
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-08 09:20
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24298

Re: DAC discussions

I think you either have a faulty Gigaport or amplifier issues. I have no low output from the Gigaport unless it's with the Tinker Board S. I get high output as soon as I plug in a windows PC, so there’s nothing wrong with the amplifier. It can indeed be the gigaport somehow misinterpreting what it ...
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-07 17:23
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24298

Re: DAC discussions

I’ve just finished another build, using an intel DN2800MT motherboard to use as a dedicated Spotify Connect player. This unit also plays “not loud” through the Gigaport. Tinkering will continue... That aside, I found the positive response to the Hakai + Hegel DAC in the playground very interesting....
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-06 20:21
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Absolute Bargains!
Replies: 130
Views: 113575

Re: Absolute Bargains!

I like to recommend this DAC: https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/diy-dac/khadas-tone-board-generic-edition-es9038q2m-dac-module-usb-xmos-u208-spdif-32bit-768khz-dsd256-p-13062.html USB and SPDIF inputs. USB Vbus powered, for SPDIF you need a 5V PS. This DAC needs at least 20h burn in. Tuneful, musical,...
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-05 22:59
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Harting Switch, Klimax Katalyst and QNAP
Replies: 16
Views: 1640

Re: Harting Switch, Klimax Katalyst and QNAP

Spannko wrote:
2020-03-05 22:18
FairPlayMotty wrote:
2020-03-05 16:17
One Harting switch on the way from Australia. BNIB for £40 convinced me. I have a Netgear switch, expect clips.
Great FPM, I’m looking forward to them!
Me too. I needed another switch and read this. The eBay timing was perfect.
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-05 16:17
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Harting Switch, Klimax Katalyst and QNAP
Replies: 16
Views: 1640

Re: Harting Switch, Klimax Katalyst and QNAP

One Harting switch on the way from Australia. BNIB for £40 convinced me. I have a Netgear switch, expect clips.
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-05 15:28
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: Cables
Replies: 29
Views: 10979

Re: Cables

I'm a fan of cinnamon buns, had great ones in Malmö and Copenhagen. :D I just bought five brands of CAT8 cable from Aliexpress for £15. Suck it and see policy. Sounds like a bargain, good luck! And if you find one that's really good, I hope you can order it again and get the exact same spec. Me too...
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-05 15:25
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: Cables
Replies: 29
Views: 10979

Re: Cables

I'm a fan of cinnamon buns, had great ones in Malmö and Copenhagen. Which ones did you prefer? For those who haven’t visited the wonderful Swedish-Danish border region (extreme bias alert) I might add that the Danish variety is typically a (you guessed it) danish, i.e. using puff pastry, whereas th...
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-05 14:32
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: Cables
Replies: 29
Views: 10979

Re: Cables

I'm a fan of cinnamon buns, had great ones in Malmö and Copenhagen. Lots of conjecture on Supra ethernet cables here: https://hifiwigwam.com/forum/topic/132474-throw-away-your-ethernet-cables-and-audition-some-cat8-ethernet-cables/ I just bought five brands of CAT8 cable from Aliexpress for £15. Suc...
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-05 13:05
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: Cables
Replies: 29
Views: 10979

Re: Cables

Interesting review of Supra Ethernet Cable: https://audiobacon.net/2017/05/31/supra-cat8-ethernet-cable-review-an-amazing-spotify-and-tidal-experience/3/ I've seen them... reasonably priced (at least 'round here) and (unsurprisingly) available from the same place that sells the Supra USB cables. I ...
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-04 15:58
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: HAKAI playground
Replies: 543
Views: 72176

Re: HAKAI playground

If the clips sound distorted, perhaps the volume was too high? Lower it and record again. I don't quite agree with your conclusions. I have tuned subwoofer settings with the help of clips and had a 100% agreement with what we heard in the room. There was close to zero difference between the sound o...
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-04 14:39
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: HAKAI playground
Replies: 543
Views: 72176

Re: HAKAI playground

Kith did a comparison of his phone recording the same track via the same equipment with a good quality microphone using his DSLR. It's on the Snakeoil website. It reveals what he already knew by his ears. The top end and bass aren't picked up by a smartphone mic. People on here assume the poor reco...
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-04 02:19
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24298

Re: DAC discussions

Within Snakeoil OS on the Music Player tab Alsa Output Devices is "SET VOLUME TO 100%" by default.
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-04 02:15
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24298

Re: DAC discussions

fatjulio wrote:
2020-03-04 01:34
I know, but there might some equivalent device levels somewhere.
Within Snakeoil OS or Ubuntu?
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-03 23:34
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24298

Re: DAC discussions

fatjulio wrote:
2020-03-03 21:36
I know with a plain Debian install, alsamixer levels aren't at full for the gigaport device channels. See if you can check.

Oscar is using the Snakeoil OS.
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-03 23:27
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: HAKAI playground
Replies: 543
Views: 72176

Re: HAKAI playground

Yeah, I’m holding back the reveal a bit longer, hoping for a few more players to join. What I can reveal is that I find these comparisons very difficult myself. Kith did a comparison of his phone recording the same track via the same equipment with a good quality microphone using his DSLR. It's on ...
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-03 13:39
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24298

Re: DAC discussions

OscarH wrote:
2020-03-03 10:26
the Hakai+Gigaport volume is sufficient for the vast majority of circumstances. But something strange is going on.
Oscar,

Try all your USB ports on your Hakai.
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-03 02:39
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: Cables
Replies: 29
Views: 10979

Re: Cables

Interesting review of Supra Ethernet Cable:

https://audiobacon.net/2017/05/31/supra ... erience/3/
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-03 00:02
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: HAKAI playground
Replies: 543
Views: 72176

Re: HAKAI playground

Two for me.
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-02 16:42
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: Control Apps
Replies: 23
Views: 1203

Re: Control Apps

In fairness to Kazoo I tied apps by Marantz, Pioneer, Yahama, Sony, Denon, Cambridge Audio etc, when trying to get a reasonable streamer for my daughter. They were all flakey, I don't think any mainstream manufacturer app is likely to be great. If you look at the system choices given by Antipodes Au...
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-02 16:25
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: Control Apps
Replies: 23
Views: 1203

Re: Control Apps

I tried Lumin, Kazoo etc. Flakey at best.

HiFi Cast is streets ahead and is regularly updated and enhanced. It even makes Volumio usable!
by FairPlayMotty
2020-03-02 16:15
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24298

Re: DAC discussions

Just out of curiosity - which DACs have people actually tried? I certainly don't doubt that the ESI Gigaport recommendation is well founded, but since I have a number of USB DACs at home I won't be able to resist testing them with the Hakai anyway... Maybe the comparisons will be futile, maybe ther...