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Gustard X16 Balanced MQA DAC Review

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Hi buddy - I'm in the UK and ordered mine on 1st November from China - arrived 17th. So far no issues whatsoever. Before ordering I read through this entire thread, all 154 pages which will give you masses of information.

However things to note: - Turn NOS off (unless you upsample your files) : Choose the L-Fast PCM filter (this seems to be the popular choice but let your ears choose) : there are no filters when playing DSD files : there's no Standby option, you need to turn off the switch at the back after your sessions - think it will utilise circa 15kwh otherwise : adjust volume using your amp - leave the X16 on "0db" : enjoy! - it certainly knocks the pants off my previous Chinese Kit-DAC, despite its es9038Pro chip and Singxer C-1 USB interface card and utilising a ISO REGEN/USPCB/Linear PSU - this straight out of the box. If you can avoid Fedex, they're absolutely c**p with their tracking and "operational delays".
What's the issue with using it as a pre-amp?
 

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I'll let others to advise as I don't use mine as a pre-amp. I only know that the X16's volume control is a Digital one, not Analogue and I prefer to use the volume control on my Amp. But I didn't say anything about not using it as a pre-amp. Keeping it on 0db plays nicely with my Amp
 
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X16 accepts raw mqa only through usb. I'm thinking of trying some mqa cds. I have read somewhere that any ordinary cd
transport/ player with digital out can output mqa stream from mqa cd. If that so, can anyone suggest good quality cd player/ transport with usb output?
 

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What's the issue with using it as a pre-amp?
The volume control of X16 is digital data processing based and ruining signal/noise ratio and signal details.
Analog volume control over potentiometer or switched resistor ladder in your (pre)amplifier hasn't such negative impact on the signal.
 

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I noticed such a bug. The handle-twister on the case inaccurately fulfills the switching. It should be like this: one click - one choice. But in fact: one click - 0, or 1 choice. It is not clear what it depends on at all.
You can see, for example, when adjusting the volume. If you turn it slowly, one click at a time, then the operation (value change) occurs randomly - 1,1,1,0,1,0,1,1,1,0,1,0...
Check on your X16.
 

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Sorry for off-topic but ... anyone noticed Gustard has a new dac? X18:
 

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Sorry for off-topic but ... anyone noticed Gustard has a new dac? X18:
It actually has a power button on the front.:)
But also more expensive because ... MQA.:(
 

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On first sight I see no glaring difference to the X16?
 

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On first sight I see no glaring difference to the X16?
It has a different DAC chip. In how far that is audible is the question. I doubt it is.
But the power button is an upgrade.
Seems there is also an H18 coming. (there is one shown in the pictures)
 

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Sorry for off-topic but ... anyone noticed Gustard has a new dac? X18:
@ceausuc There is also an accompanying H18 headphone-amp/preamp. #speculation

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It has a different DAC chip. In how far that is audible is the question. I doubt it is.
But the power button is an upgrade.
Seems there is also an H18 coming. (there is one shown in the pictures)

It looks like Gustard's response to Topping D90SE. It's advertised as having the same 123 sinad but 150$ cheaper :)
Will see :)
 

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Sorry for off-topic but ... anyone noticed Gustard has a new dac? X18:
Ah, well, companies have to iterate and come out with new products - even if in this case it's pretty unnecessary, but we live in an age where you really don't need to push out new dacs multiple times a year (like Topping). But more options is nice to have as consumers I guess - just find it all less and less interesting.
 

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Go along and check more details on the product page here, and there will be measurements of this DAC from Audio Science Review, we will update it accordingly. As always, all the purchasing from us comes with a 30-Day Lowest Price Guarantee, 30-Day No Reason Return, 7 Days DOA Product Guarantee, and Global Free Shipping. You could contact us via live chat online or email us at [email protected]. "
it may seem that @amirm , may have 1 already or is on it way :p

really interested on that Measurement/review :)
 

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Go along and check more details on the product page here, and there will be measurements of this DAC from Audio Science Review, we will update it accordingly. As always, all the purchasing from us comes with a 30-Day Lowest Price Guarantee, 30-Day No Reason Return, 7 Days DOA Product Guarantee, and Global Free Shipping. You could contact us via live chat online or email us at [email protected]. "
it may seem that @amirm , may have 1 already or is on it way :p

really interested on that Measurement/review :)

of course it is on its way, every new dac needs amir's blessing before sales begin :)
 

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X16 accepts raw mqa only through usb. I'm thinking of trying some mqa cds. I have read somewhere that any ordinary cd
transport/ player with digital out can output mqa stream from mqa cd. If that so, can anyone suggest good quality cd player/ transport with usb output?
I'm looking for such player too ie with usb output but for now, I'm using sony bluray player to play cd/sacd and a hdmi/iis board in between the sony bluray player and gustard x16 (via iis input)

Refer to this link for more info.
 

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I connected PA5 to D90SE - A90 - Elac BS314 through XLR.
When I raised the volume of both A90 and PA5 to max, there was absolutely ZERO hissing noise even when I put my ears right in front of my speakers. Incredible.
 
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I left my Gustard x16 unplugged for a few months. I just plugged it in, and now most of the inputs display "UNLOCK". I am unable to discover Gustard on my Android Bluetooth. Any thoughts how to "UNLOCK" this little DAC?
 

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I left my Gustard x16 unplugged for a few months. I just plugged it in, and now most of the inputs display "UNLOCK". I am unable to discover Gustard on my Android Bluetooth. Any thoughts how to "UNLOCK" this little DAC?
I see UNLOCK if no signal for the selected input. So I think seeing UNLOCK is normal.

Regarding BT, did you already make sure BT antenna is connected and BT is turned on via x16 menu option?
 
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