• WANTED: Happy members who like to discuss audio and other topics related to our interest. Desire to learn and share knowledge of science required as is 20 years of participation in forums (not all true). Come here to have fun, be ready to be teased and not take online life too seriously. We now measure and review equipment for free! Click here for details.

Okto dac8 stereo DAC Review

vkvedam

Active Member
Joined
Apr 12, 2019
Messages
238
Likes
148
Location
Coventry, UK
#21
Why there is no drive from Panther @amirm?

Surprisingly I was browsing their website this morning :)
 

Racheski

Addicted to Fun and Learning
Forum Donor
Joined
Apr 20, 2020
Messages
706
Likes
885
Location
Chicago
#22
Does anyone know what D/S chip they used?
Probably also worth mentioning that the display is OLED...I would be concerned about burn in after long term use.
 

EchoChamber

Senior Member
Forum Donor
Joined
May 22, 2020
Messages
474
Likes
600
#25
Look at the price, I'm not seeing anything remotely close to what it offers. Small company, small output, and still within a "sane" pricepoint.
Oh yeah, I love it, I ordered one a few weeks ago! :-D
 

RichB

Addicted to Fun and Learning
Forum Donor
Joined
May 24, 2019
Messages
855
Likes
869
Location
Massachusetts
#26
Feels like a bit like hack, doesn’t it? I thought the whole DAC integrated with the Pi like a “hat”. I think they might have run into issues integrating the Pi that way. Should work just as well though. Good thing there are 2 USB inputs.
If Roon can Volumio can control the DSP volume it would be well integrated.
I posted this question twice on the Okto site with no response.

- Rich
 

PuX

Active Member
Joined
Feb 16, 2018
Messages
158
Likes
70
#28
Volumio allows you to stream files in basically any format the other way - not to Volumio, but from Volumio, using another server as source.

Just set up an DLNA server (very easy) and put some files in it. Then open Volumio interface and pick the files you want to play. Should not lose any resolution, bits etc - it's just a computer running Linux.
 
Joined
Mar 13, 2020
Messages
82
Likes
139
Location
Netherlands
#29
BTW, nice to know that since the review of the original 8-channel version DAC8 Pro by Amirm that unit got several improvements including a slightly better technical performance (a few dB higher SINAD) and an improved case. And some firmware upgrades too. Of course it can never reach the performance of this stereo version because of the benefits of combining the 8 channels to a stereo pair.
 

EchoChamber

Senior Member
Forum Donor
Joined
May 22, 2020
Messages
474
Likes
600
#31
They still taking forever with orders and communication though?
Well... Okto Research is a start up and they are trying to get a high end, high tech product out the door. It’s demanding, many details to get right. Especially during a global pandemic. But based on this review, I’d say Pavel and team are doing an awesome job.
 

RichB

Addicted to Fun and Learning
Forum Donor
Joined
May 24, 2019
Messages
855
Likes
869
Location
Massachusetts
#33
Volumio allows you to stream files in basically any format the other way - not to Volumio, but from Volumio, using another server as source.

Just set up an DLNA server (very easy) and put some files in it. Then open Volumio interface and pick the files you want to play. Should not lose any resolution, bits etc - it's just a computer running Linux.
Volumio also has a plug in for a Roon endpoint that supports the full bitrate and bit-depth of the DAC.

- Rich
 

EchoChamber

Senior Member
Forum Donor
Joined
May 22, 2020
Messages
474
Likes
600
#34
Volumio also has a plug in for a Roon endpoint that supports the full bitrate and bit-depth of the DAC.

- Rich
Since I’ve been only using Roon lately, I plan to set it up with RoPiee XL like I currently do with my Pi 3b+.
 
Joined
Feb 17, 2019
Messages
84
Likes
130
Location
Sestri Levante
#35

stunta

Addicted to Fun and Learning
Forum Donor
Joined
Jan 1, 2018
Messages
985
Likes
1,125
Location
Boston, MA
#36
This is great, but isn't the miniDsp SHD at $1200 USD a better value given it includes streaming (Volumio) and Dirac Live?
 

phoenixdogfan

Addicted to Fun and Learning
Joined
Nov 6, 2018
Messages
861
Likes
750
#38
Looks like my new electronics will consist of the Octo 8 Pro and a Purifi Eval 1 and the THX 789. The Octo 8 Pro would be absolutely perfect if they added on board DSP. Something like the miniDSP 2 x 8 Nanodigi maybe.
 
Last edited:
Joined
Jul 14, 2020
Messages
39
Likes
31
#39
Looks like my new electronics will consist of the Octo 8 Pro and a Purifi Eval 1. The Octo would be absolutely perfect if they added on board DSP. Something like the miniDSP 2 x 8 Nanodigi maybe.
Any DAC with a SINAD better than -105dB is pointless with those amps. As the amp SINAD is the bottleneck. In fact the $20 dongle I just posted measurements of is overkill as well with that amp.
 
OP
amirm

amirm

Founder/Admin
Staff Member
CFO (Chief Fun Officer)
Joined
Feb 13, 2016
Messages
29,138
Likes
80,722
Location
Seattle Area
Thread Starter #40
Why there is no drive from Panther @amirm?
What is a drive? You mean golfing panther? If so, I use the soccer one for European products to mean the same. :)
 

Similar threads

Top Bottom