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Review and Measurements of Amazon Link Amp

Shadrach

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#42
I consider this to be a decent value product and I think amirm is right to recommend it with reservations.
It probably outperforms many of the audiophile products around and does a reasonable job given its multi functionality.
No its not state of the art. I wonder how many people could tell this apart from their separates system in a DBT.:)
You can pay ten times and more the price of this unit for a bit of audiophile wire. What's not to like.
 

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What does this mean if you don't mind me asking?
Amazon is known lately for their refusal to sell books they consider politically incorrect. Most of these, if not all, are from the right political spectrum. If the right-left thing even makes sense anymore. Ironic that an outfit selling books, one that ostensibly relies on the protections of the First Amendment, isn't too happy with that idea.
 

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Amazon is known lately for their refusal to sell books they consider politically incorrect. Most of these, if not all, are from the right political spectrum. If the right-left thing even makes sense anymore. Ironic that an outfit selling books, one that ostensibly relies on the protections of the First Amendment, isn't too happy with that idea.
Ooh, I see what you mean now. You meant “turn right” in the political sense. Aside from the whole defense they have of “our store, our products on the shelves” I couldn’t care less what they stock. Also sort of perplexing why this needed to be mentioned on a forum like this, even if they banned every single conservative sort of book.. how does this have relevancy, or why is this sort of topic even warranted regardless of merit, on a forum like this.
 
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#46
so... is this better than the psaudio sprout 100?!
 

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For a budget PC gamer it seems to push all of the right buttons. Decent power for a set of monitors and a sub out. I was wondering how well did the headphone amp section of the device work? How does it sound with Dolby Atmos for Headphones enabled on a PC? Does the sub out have its own crossover? Can I limit the frequencies going to my desktop speakers and send the lows to the sub out?

I would have liked it to support higher bit rates though. I love Tidal.

Thanks!
 

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I just packed the bloody thing for the second time. :)
Hey Amir, sorry that it’s not related to this thread, but I think I found another way to keep you busy:
https://www.stereophile.com/content/dcs-rossini-transport-sacdcd-transport-measurements

“Eye” measurements of a $23,500 CD/SACD transport with a $7500 clock.

If I say pretty please, could you try to duplicate this with the digital out of a “cheap” CD player/transport (or even a DVD/Blu-ray player)?

JA’s test methodology:

eye pattern of the dCS Rossini SACD transport's single AES/EBU output, plotted over one "unit cycle" as it fed the Audio Precision a 16-bit AES/EBU datastream comprising the Miller/Dunn J-Test Signal for 60 seconds.
To make this a worst-case situation, the AES/EBU link was a 45' length of Canare 110-ohm balanced interconnect, which results in a somewhat lengthened risetime compared with the Audio Precision's own AES/EBU output using the same 45' datalink.
Instead of AES, you’d probably use digital coax for a long run, which makes it even more telling.

The error correction is the dSC also seems impressive, but I don’t care much about that, not gonna stop you though :).
 
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Hey Amir, sorry that it’s not related to this thread, but I think I found another way to keep you busy:
https://www.stereophile.com/content/dcs-rossini-transport-sacdcd-transport-measurements

“Eye” measurements of a $23,500 CD/SACD transport with a $7500 clock.

If I say pretty please, could you try to duplicate this with the digital out of a “cheap” CD player/transport (or even a DVD/Blu-ray player)?

JA’s test methodology:
My new Audio Precision analyzer is better than the old series JA uses and I used to have in almost every regard but this! While my old analyzer could generate the eye pattern, the new one cannot. While I had the old analyzer, I measured such in some of my reviews: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/...-s-pdif-digital-audio-filter.2189/#post-59445



I can use my digital scope to capture the same but it is a bit more work than my lazy self likes to embark on. :)
 

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#53
Soooo looking at the Echo Link.... for a pair of JBL 308P MKT ii with the Sub.... I really want to connect the sources: 1)Alexa via a decent DAC + 2)input from PC Soundcard + 3) Bluetooth option from any phone... This seems to check all boxes but is it really bad this DAC? (My PC Soundcard is Soundblaster AE-5).
I found the Echo Link DAC chip: "Cirrus Logic CS42526 audio codec for the Echo Link." Amazon Forum. Anyone familiar with this thing?
 
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#54
The Echo Link is $200, so the amp is bascially just $100... This for $100 is not too bad.
 
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#55
Amir, IMO 2dB isn't a "slight" droop :) That is easily audible to even the untrained ear.

2dB rolloff on bass and highs honestly sounds horrifying. These are the nightmares that chase me in my sleep. It's also the last thing I'd expect from any solid-state amp built with even the barest shred of competence.
 

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#56
I'm loading the Link amp almost daily, but the price kept appearing at $600 every time. I guess it will be at $300 on special sale dates. At $600, there are better alternatives.
Isn't the Link Amp $300 on amazon?
 
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