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Review and Measurements of Okto DAC8 8Ch DAC & Amp

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Thanks for the responses on the power-off save uncertainty!
In all FW versions, the menu settings are only stored when a soft power-off is performed (no matter if using knob or remote) in order to save flash memory write cycles. The settings from the last session are lost if power cord is pulled, so this behavior is normal.
I initially interpreted stored as kept, which lead me to think the settings would be lost on a full power-off. Judging from the responses, I think what they were saying is that a soft power-off is used to save the current configuration to memory. Once saved, a full power-off can be performed without losing the current settings. If however a full power-off is performed with 'unsaved' changes, these changes will be lost.

Actually that leads me to a (hopefully) final question on this issue:
Once the settings are saved with a soft power-off, can multiple full power-offs be performed and the settings kept? Thanks.
 
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Thanks for the responses on the power-off save uncertainty!
Actually that leads me to a (hopefully) final question on this issue:
Once the settings are saved with a soft power-off, can multiple full power-offs be performed and the settings kept? Thanks.
I really hesitate and have never done (will never do) full power-off (power supply cut off by unplug or full switch-off by power distributor) while DAC8PRO is actually working. I always, everyday, do soft-off by the dial push or by the remote, and then full power-line off by central power distributor. The memorized settings are always reload and reflected on next power-on.
 

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(Sorry if this has been answered already)
Have a look at the MiniDSP DDRC-88D.
The thing that kills me in this product design is the straddling between pro-audio and consumer audio that all these vendors are doing. One can blame the content industry for going via the DRC enabled HDMI route but why isn't the rest of the industry not directly catering to the copyrighted DRM industry making it easier for other use case instead of trying to straddle the middle between pro-audio and consumer?

Would it have killed the miniDSP guys to have provided a USB-in/USB-out DDRC-88D? Sure you can use a UDIO-8 but that is another $300 and another power supply to plug in. For what benefit?

Would it have killed Okto to provide a 8 channel DAC with the option of a TOSLINK instead of AES/EBU? So you can connect your stereo streamers or players? And even switch between them?

Earlier I tried looking at a Motu as multi-channel DAC. It has balanced TRS out for 8 channels. But if you want to stick it into an unbalanced RCA inputs of an amp, you need to find a TRS to RCA jack in which the ring is disconnected (while every such cable available has the R and S shorted) or use a TRS to dual RCA and leave one RCA hanging disconnected.

All these seem like self-inflicted wounds in the industry and they wonder why the all-in-one convenient AVRs are purchased by most people than deal with this crap. This has nothing to do with DRMs and the evil content industry or the greed of the mass-market brands.

Not saying hobbyists cannot do any of the above work-arounds but that is not a very large market requiring these vendors to straddle the pro and consumer audio which decreases the market for the latter in the first place. A very cyclic situation.
 
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