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  1. gvl

    SMSL D-6 DAC Review

    https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/use-windows-on-your-mac-mh11850/mac
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    Advise about DAC

    Sorry, this is American slang, means “not much”.
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    Advise about DAC

    The only thing that’s certain is that’s a lot of parts for $30, but it means squat.
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    Review and Measurements of WesionTEK Khadas Tone Board DAC

    If you’re looking at the Tone Board also look at the Topping D10S, if its connectivity is sufficient it’s a better device overall for not much more $. FWIW I think it sounds a tad cleaner, but don’t quote me :)
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    HDMI to IIS/Coax DoP Converter

    Is DSD affected by jitter same as PCM, more or less? It’s much higher sampling, so my guess is the same amount of jitter time-wise will cause more damage to the resulting analog signal for DSD data than PCM? Considering the clock is not properly recovered on the DAC as it’s often the case when...
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    HDMI to IIS/Coax DoP Converter

    The SACD use case is mainly why these devices are getting attention. At least there’s DOP in this one, but earlier devices only had I2S, so all this jitter would go direct to the DAC chip. Can we speculate about how much this jitter affects DSD streams? In any case using internal SACD DAC...
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    Review and Measurements of Okto DAC8 8Ch DAC & Amp

    I have an early DAC8 prototype, in fact it’s the one that Amir originally reviewed here that ended up in my hands. It uses MiniDSP USB streamer for USB input, it’s XMOS based. Any hope the DSP code can be loaded on it?
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    Minidsp SHD and Okto Research DAC8 Pro

    Turns out you can do DSP on the DAC8, with some effort anyway. Post in thread 'Review and Measurements of Okto DAC8 8Ch DAC & Amp' https://audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-and-measurements-of-okto-dac8-8ch-dac-amp.7064/post-1967758
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    Minidsp SHD and Okto Research DAC8 Pro

    Audible improvements are unlikely, plus you’ll need to run EQ upstream of the DAC, which might be one reason in favor of the DAC8 as you probably could do some fancy EQ that way. As for DAC performance alone not worth it IMO.
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    Electrostatic Headphone Amplifier Review & Comparison

    The review concluded it wasn’t clipping, just inability to deliver power without distorting badly.
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    GoldenSounds passes apparently ABX test for DACs (NOT Really)

    Isn’t it reasonable to assume if two DACs have a similar deviation due to different filters he would be able to hear them? Not saying this test proves anything apart from the fact certain humans can hear differences between filters if they have different frequency response.
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    GoldenSounds passes apparently ABX test for DACs (NOT Really)

    These are the results of upsampling not digitized on DAC output, right? Pardon my ignorance perhaps, but what kind of clock drift are we talking about here?
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    GoldenSounds passes apparently ABX test for DACs (NOT Really)

    It’s a Swiss Army knife for anything audio filtering, it can covert to DSD yes.
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    GoldenSounds passes apparently ABX test for DACs (NOT Really)

    Are we getting a glimpse into the actual “quality” of HQ Player processing?
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    GoldenSounds passes apparently ABX test for DACs (NOT Really)

    Oh wow, you don’t really need to have a bat gene to be able to hear those frequencies. What’s happening here?
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    GoldenSounds passes apparently ABX test for DACs (NOT Really)

    I thought a high enough rate would effectively disable the filter. He could also disable the filter on the May, but I didn’t hear he said he did.
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    GoldenSounds passes apparently ABX test for DACs (NOT Really)

    So differences in the frequency response that land in the frequencies that we humans can hear are potentially audible, how old is this news? Also I was waiting he would mention intersample overs and if any attempt was made to control them but no, so unless I missed it there’s reasonable doubt...
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    Review and Measurements of Schiit Sys Passive Pre-amp/Switcher

    It means the tube doesn’t amplify the signal hence the unity gain, It also means the tube is working in the cathode follower mode which allows low noise and distortion, for a tubed device anyway, which in turn means there’s no tube sound coloration here, so in other words the tube is kind of...
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    Hi-Fi Streaming Device with headphone jack

    Hi-res vs. lossless CD quality or even high rate compressed mp3s there’s very little difference in sound, so it’s important to have correct expectations. The Apple dongle is rather weak so you may want to try adding a headphone amp for more power. If a desktop setup works you can get a JDS Atom...
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