I consider the chips change as an alternative or compromise. Due to the supplement issue with AKM chips.Why, please? Can you elaborate? The time-start from your YT link is related to how to use Clarett software and the lack of Line/Instrument physical buttons, same as previous version, so it's what Focusrite was choosing for Clarett design).
The channel balance of the headphone output is pretty bad. Could it be like that across the Clarett+ 2Pre line, or just an issue with Julian's specific interface?The Clarett+ 2Pre review from JK is out.
ADC and DAC chips both have changed to Cirrus Logic's flagship products.
Pray for AKM btw.
Pretty sure it's only my particular unit. In the video I shortly mention it at 13:48. It seems the potentiometer is defective and I expect the channel balance of other units to be more in line with my previously measure Clarett 2Pre USB.The channel balance of the headphone output is pretty bad. Could it be like that across the Clarett+ 2Pre line, or just an issue with Julian's specific interface?
Sorry, a late night post and I think I was confused about what you "were uncomfortable with" which, together with my own experiences, led me to all-too-hastily misinterpret a graph. Re-reading, you were looking at the headphone jack after there was a discrepancy mentioned on another post and found it behaves well for you, so neither a problem, nor the thing I was talking about. Please correct me if I'm still misunderstanding your post I linked, I find a lot of posts on this site presume a lot more familiarity than I have.Not sure I fully understand your issue, is it related to Thunderbolt device? I'm also not sure what's wrong with the 10 kHz measurements too.
SINAD is 105 dB, so it's quite OK for most folks and distortions will definitely not be audible.
Awesome! I kept reading Amir's reviews and seeing him mention how much his analyser cost I thought this stuff was the reserve of people with much more to spend than I have. The fact you can just download some software and get measuring makes me wonder why so few audiophiles and even professional reviewers don't bother to check these things...Maybe your unit was having some hardware issues or, why not, software issues (related to both firmware or driver). You can also try using another laptop/computer and recheck, but best thing to do in such cases would be using ARTA or REW or Multitone or RMAA and investigate what the issue is about, then you can update this thread (or create a new one) with your findings.
I have also checked this now, with a slightly long winded setup, but it looks like my ears were correct. No big distortion peaks on analog monitoring:it monitors analogue input fine, only having this issue with digital
I don't think I have another ADC of sufficient quality to test with. I have a supposedly OK-quality consumer sound card in my old PC, but probably not worth wiring up. Similarly my Behringer UCA 202 is pretty badly distorted for analog - I bought it just for cheap USB Toslink output.You may need to find an external ADC to test your DAC, just in case there's an odd incompatibility/loopback_issue on your Focusrite.
Anyway, I have had some fun getting familiar with ARTA and checking my Clarett in the looping-back-to-itself configuration (using a decent Mogami cable so that shouldn't be a limitation). Here's what I found with the monitor dial at half-way (around where I'd typically be listening):
Good spot. Yeah, that's where the worst of the distortion comes from. It was actually the software settings causing the clipping. I might've realised that straight away 15 years ago, back when I knew the Fourier series of a square wave is just the odd harmonics...That's straight up clipping. Odd harmonics 3/5/7/9 etc.