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Re: DAC discussions

Post by lejonklou » 2018-12-31 17:01

Sopper wrote:
2018-12-28 20:37
The DACs I like to try and test must have (all) the following specifications:
- The dac runs in adaptive isonchronous mode
- The dac is capable to play 24/96 or 24/192
- The dac has stereo output (and not 8 outputs like the ESI)
- The dac is affordable... ESI gigaport HD+ price point (+/- €160)
- The dac is not bad measured by Amirm (audiosciencereview.com)
I don't think there is any such DAC. And specification number 3 and 5 are IMHO completely pointless.

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Re: DAC discussions

Post by Sopper » 2018-12-31 17:25

lejonklou wrote:
2018-12-31 17:01
Sopper wrote:
2018-12-28 20:37
- The dac has stereo output (and not 8 outputs like the ESI)
I don't think there is any such DAC. And specification number 3 and 5 are IMHO completely pointless.
3 is not pointless imo, unless specific drivers are written for Linux.
Linux recognises the ESI gigaport as 8 channel dac, that’s why we can’t play 24/96

5 is open for debate, yes, but good measurements indicate a proper build unit. In the hype of DACs, it amazes me that some DACs of respected companies are plain bad and not capable to convert digital to analogue without distortion and added noise...
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Re: DAC discussions

Post by lejonklou » 2018-12-31 17:34

If Linux is the problem with point 3, OK then.

Measurements are vastly overrated and should never be a primary selection criterion. How well do you think an LP12 measures? Terribly! Still it will beat any DAC in musicality. That's how silly it is.

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Re: DAC discussions

Post by FairPlayMotty » 2018-12-31 17:36

My only issue with audiosciencereview is that many reviews ignore the most important measurement, i.e. how good it sounds. I value what my ears tell me.

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Re: DAC discussions

Post by FairPlayMotty » 2018-12-31 17:46

I asked them already and they are not putting any effort in Linux
I'll talk to the guy at ESI who was very co-operative before. God knows ESI is getting a lot of business from the Hakai project and it wouldn't take much effort from them.

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Re: DAC discussions

Post by Sopper » 2018-12-31 17:54

Alright, points noted
We have a different approach it seems.

In my world measurements are the first hints of a well designed unit.
Measurements of distortion in audible range can’t be stated as “musical” distortion...
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Re: DAC discussions

Post by lejonklou » 2018-12-31 18:51

Sopper wrote:
2018-12-31 17:54
Alright, points noted
We have a different approach it seems.

In my world measurements are the first hints of a well designed unit.
Measurements of distortion in audible range can’t be stated as “musical” distortion...
No, distortion is never positive. The issue is that the correlation between what we measure and what we hear is very low. So certain kinds of distortion can be easily tolerated by our ears, while other kinds are perceived as horrible even when the levels are miniscule.

This is the reason why the "near zero distortion" amplifiers of the 80's were horrible and an LP12, which measures terribly in many areas, is fantastic. In my opinion, any focus on distortion figures is likely to lead wrong unless you are an absolute expert in the field, know what you are looking for and preferably can make your own measurements.

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Re: DAC discussions

Post by Lego » 2019-01-02 17:37

Sopper wrote:
2018-12-31 17:54
Alright, points noted
We have a different approach it seems.

In my world measurements are the first hints of a well designed unit.
Measurements of distortion in audible range can’t be stated as “musical” distortion...
In your world there is some kind of weird belief system going on that you have failed to demonstrate to us as fact.I find it hard to believe in 2019 we are having an argument about sound quality and distortion measurements.Please don't drag things backwards Sopper
I know that tune

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Re: DAC discussions

Post by Sopper » 2019-01-02 19:33

???
What do you mean Lego?
I fail to understand your reply...
Lego wrote:
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In your world there is some kind of weird belief system going on that you have failed to demonstrate to us as fact.I find it hard to believe in 2019 we are having an argument about sound quality and distortion measurements.Please don't drag things backwards Sopper
Drag things backwards, what?
And what do I need to demonstrate as fact?
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Re: DAC discussions

Post by Sopper » 2019-01-05 17:46

Found the solution in another ESI dac.
Isochronous adaptive: ESI dr. Dac prime
24/96 Stereo via usb Input

https://www.esi-audio.com/products/drdacprime/
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Re: DAC discussions

Post by lejonklou » 2019-01-06 01:18

Sopper wrote:
2019-01-05 17:46
Found the solution in another ESI dac.
Isochronous adaptive: ESI dr. Dac prime
24/96 Stereo via usb Input

https://www.esi-audio.com/products/drdacprime/
Never tried it. But we did try UDJ6 (I think it was called that), which was very similar in construction to Gigaport, but it was nowhere as good.

If you try DrDAC, I'd be interested in your findings. And clips would of course be most welcome! Worth nothing is that it's completely different to Gigaport in design.

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Re: DAC discussions

Post by Sopper » 2019-01-06 09:40

lejonklou wrote:
2019-01-06 01:18
Sopper wrote:
2019-01-05 17:46
Found the solution in another ESI dac.
Isochronous adaptive: ESI dr. Dac prime
24/96 Stereo via usb Input

https://www.esi-audio.com/products/drdacprime/
Never tried it. But we did try UDJ6 (I think it was called that), which was very similar in construction to Gigaport, but it was nowhere as good.

If you try DrDAC, I'd be interested in your findings. And clips would of course be most welcome! Worth nothing is that it's completely different to Gigaport in design.
I will evaluate and make clips after some time.
It needs some warming up time :)
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Re: DAC discussions

Post by matthias » 2019-01-06 13:03

Sopper wrote:
2019-01-05 17:46
Found the solution in another ESI dac.
Isochronous adaptive: ESI dr. Dac prime
24/96 Stereo via usb Input

https://www.esi-audio.com/products/drdacprime/
Are you sure that this DAC is not discontinued?
It is listed on the ESI site under Archived Products and in contrast to the Gigaport not offered by Thomann, the biggest european seller.

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Re: DAC discussions

Post by Sopper » 2019-01-06 21:45

matthias wrote:
2019-01-06 13:03
Sopper wrote:
2019-01-05 17:46
Found the solution in another ESI dac.
Isochronous adaptive: ESI dr. Dac prime
24/96 Stereo via usb Input

https://www.esi-audio.com/products/drdacprime/
Are you sure that this DAC is not discontinued?
It is listed on the ESI site under Archived Products and in contrast to the Gigaport not offered by Thomann, the biggest european seller.

Matt
This specific dac is not available anymore; discontinued.
I found one on a German internet shop, new; so I was lucky.
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