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Old 20-06-14, 07:12 AM
davidavdavid davidavdavid is offline
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eXaSound e22

just brought it home
it is set up and configured
and was WELL WORTH the wait

after much agonizing and evaluating the e22 has landed safely

i listened and demo'd the Chord Hugo, Mytek 192, M2Tech Young DSD, Auralic Vega, and Wyred4Sound and when it came down to it eXaSound won.

the battle was tough and came down to the wire with the Auralic and Wyred4Sound. What clinched it for me was the following:

1, portability
2, external/universal power supply
3, integration with Apple remote
4, the GLORIOUS sound

i love my dear little FOSTEX HP-A4 to death, but with the e22 in the room, its much like the school bully who pockets your lunch money - NO COMPETITION. That being said the HP-A4 is going to be at home with my desktop computer system and since it powered over USB, i'll take it with me on my travels.
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Old 20-06-14, 07:55 AM
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Where did you demo the Young/DSD?
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Old 20-06-14, 09:31 AM
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just brought it home
it is set up and configured
and was WELL WORTH the wait
Congrats - nice choice.

I've been looking at this converter for some time, and there's an interesting AudioFest video staring George Klissarov I believe.

Best of luck,
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Old 20-06-14, 09:38 AM
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Keith,

A friend of a friend came over with his and we played a bunch of files through my system with his Young DSD.
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Old 20-06-14, 09:40 AM
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Peter,

The search is over, as 99.95% of my source material is digital, it made sense to really splash out on a DAC. Nice to give Canada some Audio Love
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Old 20-06-14, 09:51 AM
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Peter,

The search is over, as 99.95% of my source material is digital, it made sense to really splash out on a DAC. Nice to give Canada some Audio Love
Agreed.

It really deserves more attention.

I used to only have praise for Classe back in the day. Great product!

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Old 22-06-14, 08:57 AM
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just brought it home
it is set up and configured
and was WELL WORTH the wait
after much agonizing and evaluating the e22 has landed safely
i listened and demo'd the Chord Hugo, Mytek 192, M2Tech Young DSD, Auralic Vega, and Wyred4Sound and when it came down to it eXaSound won.
the battle was tough and came down to the wire with the Auralic and Wyred4Sound. What clinched it for me was the following:
1, portability
2, external/universal power supply
3, integration with Apple remote
4, the GLORIOUS sound
i love my dear little FOSTEX HP-A4 to death, but with the e22 in the room, its much like the school bully who pockets your lunch money - NO COMPETITION. That being said the HP-A4 is going to be at home with my desktop computer system and since it powered over USB, i'll take it with me on my travels.
Can you shed some light on:

Computer and OS
Software player
DSD or PCM
Your system

Thx
Matt
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Old 22-06-14, 09:24 AM
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Matthias - here you go:

The System is Comprised of:

Bel Canto Designs S300 Integrated Amplifier
eXaSound e22, Fostex HP-A4, Centrance Dacmini CX DACs (in order of preference)
Audio Physic Tempo Speakers
Project Carbon Turntable with Ortofon "Blue" Cartridge (for the occasional/rare vinyl)
Mac Mini 8 GB RAM, running Mavericks attached to 12 TB of RAID storage
Source Material: DSD (dsf/dff) SACD ISO, FLAC REDBOOK -> 24/192 (everything in between)

Cardas and AudioQuest Interconnects
Silver Stranded Speaker Cables along with Transparent Audio & Kimber copper

Listening room is 12 feet wide by 15 feet long and ceilings are 11 feet high
Speakers stand roughly 6 feet apart - allowing them each 3 feet from the side walls and 2.5 feet from the back wall

I've done the configuring, and I've done the tweaking. No doubt I've broken some cardinal rules of HiFi but it all works and that's more than you can ask of any man.

As for music am so thankful for HDTracks back home in the States as well as countless websites for hi-res WAV, FLAC and DSD files.
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Old 22-06-14, 11:21 AM
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Thanks, much appreciated.
Which software player did you use?

KR
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Old 22-06-14, 11:40 AM
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Matt

Audrivana Plus is my go-to software - i don't care much for JRiver although it does have ONE neat feature - the ability to upsample all of your files to 2x DSD.

You should also take a look at the very nascent HQPlayer for the Mac (Beta) from Signalyst.
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Old 22-06-14, 12:20 PM
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Matt
Audrivana Plus is my go-to software - i don't care much for JRiver although it does have ONE neat feature - the ability to upsample all of your files to 2x DSD.
You should also take a look at the very nascent HQPlayer for the Mac (Beta) from Signalyst.
Yes, regarding upsampling to DSD128 or DSD256 HQPlayer should give the best SQ.
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Old 22-06-14, 12:34 PM
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Mattias, HQPlayer is really fun to play around with, it would be nice if there would be a feature to tag albums with filter profiles so the software automatically recognizes the tracks and employes the desired filters.
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Old 22-06-14, 12:42 PM
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A good suggestion at HQPlayers Facebook site....
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Old 22-06-14, 12:59 PM
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Matt if your computer and DAC and support it you can set the custom audio upsampling in Audirvana Plus to play all your files at 384 mHz - adds a little something something to REDBOOK audio.
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Old 22-06-14, 01:40 PM
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Yes, but there are multiple reports on CA-Forum that converting RB to DSD256 is so much better than upsampling to PCM 384kHz. HQPlayer is the best software for this task and Audirvana is not able to convert PCM to DSD.....

Matt
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