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In Reply to: RE: Further thoughts on RPi player posted by E-Stat on March 10, 2017 at 05:44:18
I've tried several HAT-Dacs and the answer is 'no' the best or even a very good stand alone dac still sounds better to my ears at least.
I also have a iFi power and ended up selling it because I could not hear a difference between the Jameco and the iFi...although the iFi has superior specs.
FWIW, Archimago's CRAAP settings makes a nice improvement
Either way, its fun to play around and try different things....its a hobby after all...
I recall some inmates flaming you a long time ago because you posted photos of the insides of an iFi product that had come apart. I think the glue or whatever they used didn't hold.
My first iFi product, the $50 iFi iPower had to be immediately sent back to the retailer because of poor manufacturing and/or QC. There was something rattling around inside of it. Perhaps it was a plastic piece that came lose or it could have been a metal screw. In any case I didn't want to chance having it cause damage to itself or to my gear. What a disappointment. It was promptly exchanged by the retailer for a new one but that experience (along with the iFi experience you shared) left a very bad impression with me of their products.
I still own the replacement iFi iPower (one of the many power sources recommended for the microRendu) but I hear no difference between it and a $10 wall wart I bought off Amazon.
Even though your Jameco LPS doesn't have stellar specs, most digital gear with their own onboard regulators don't need a thousand dollar LPS or UltraCap power supply. It's not like you're powering the high gain analog stages in a phono preamp. But audiophiles will be audiophiles and 'designer power sources' are easy add-ons, easy to tinker with, and easy to throw money at. ;-)
Yeah I remember that...imo that was 100% pure deception. Gluing a metal bar inside to add weight.
Anyhow, that rattling you heard was probably the same thing.
Yes Audiophiles do like to spend money to satisfy their mental issues. I was one myself. And to be honest its still slightly unnerving to look at the RPi connected to a $2k Dac.
who buy products without filtering the claims.
Manufacturers lurk over at head-fi and exploit the audiophile addiction.
Suffice to say head-fi put Audiogd, Schiit Audio and many others on the map....imo.
Granted, on the other end is that headfi'ers are so eager to buy that manufacturers are very receptive to their wishes. The whole audiophile community benefits.
Outboard DC Power Supply, no rattling, maybe that metal bar was bracing,
Micro USB 3.0 Power Supply,
Gemini USB Cable,
all with AQ Coffee USB Cable from Mac/HQ Player, playing everything in DSD 128.
It bumped up my Lampizator and McIntosh D150 sound quality very nicely.
When combined w/AQ Jitterbug, I've had the best listening experiences I've ever had on my Den System,
with the Mac D150, both Balanced and RCA into Mac 6900 Int Amp.
Really tangible, colorful, natural 3D Sound, I've been loving it, and I've had A LOT of other gear here to compare, including eXasound E22, at $3500, the most expensive Digital Product I've tried.
( I need to sell the Lampi...)
Is it as good as Rendu?
Maybe not, but I couldn't be happier with what I've got now, the Mac was a very big step up, even without the iFi stuff.
With it all, in combination, it's terrific.
I don't think it's Junk at all!
No doubt many people find iFi products to be great.
Looking at the specs they are top notch, outward appearance is pretty good too.
I don't think anyone here said iFi products are junk.
Just for kicks, would you mind opening up your product and posting a pic?
Oh, well, yes, actually.
The large metal bar in his iFi had no purpose other than to add weight and it was glued onto an inside surface of the enclosure. I saw the pics Dynobot posted. The glue let lose.
I have no idea what the rattling noise was inside my new iFi iPower but I sent it back immediately for a replacement.
No doubt the iFi products work. My doubt has to do with their construction and quality control.
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