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I saw the unit promoted over on the iFi forum - looks very impressive. I'd want to know whether the unit is verified as UAC2 compatible, irrespective of platform, including Linux. Some manufacturers extend the capability of their USB receipt, invalidating true UAC2 compatibility; they will then endeavour to ensure compatibility for only a few platforms, excluding one/some you may need. I'd want to know how universally USB compatible the DAC is before purchase.Good luck.
Hmmm, I probably shouldn't post this now, because it's not available yet. But I've gotten on the list to do a review of something I'm very excited about, the iFi iDSD Pro. As anyone here on AC knows, I'm pretty darned jaded about most things audio related at this point. So it takes a lot to even catch my interest, let alone generate any excitement. Well, it's happened, courtesy of the iDSD Pro. Here's some things that to me look very cool.1. I own the iDSD Micro and I love the house sound of iFi. I figure the iDSD Pro is going to be a serious step up.2. Fully balanced design - which means it should be QUIET, something very important in my system with hyper efficient speakers.3. TUBED OUTPUT!!!! Yeah, you can never have enough tubes in your system, IMO.4. Native DSD up to 1024. Pretty much crushes the DSD512 I am able to currently stream.5. Native PCM up to 768. Wait, you may ask, how does it do Native DSD AND Native PCM? Because they built 2 DACs into a single box. Holy crap that's genius. 6. Supercapacitors! I heard what super caps can do in Vinnie's LIO (which is amazing). I love the LIO but I don't need a preamp, so I'm very curious to hear a super cap powered DAC. 7. Digital Source selection and streaming, all in one box. For me this is huge - I have 3 DACs I use in my system right now. One for my music server, one for my 4k Bluray player, and one for wireless streaming & Roku. Gah. This would let me get rid of ALL those boxes and clean up a massive amount of clutter in my equipment rack Of course, the proof is in the listening. And I'm always a bit skeptical and a bit jaded. But I have a good feeling that this will seriously challenge my other mid-priced favorite DAC, the Auralic Vega. Even though the iFi is a thousand bucks cheaper.
Glad your excited - But live and listen with the "pro" for at least 2 -3 weeks - before you start gushing about its virtues or letdowns - you of all people should know better - but again im glad your excited
Maybe one day IFI will actually publish measurements of their gear rather than give BS responses.
how dare you? this is a jaded audiophile here. he is jaded but he got excited about this one. this is a rare, once in a month phenomenon. he is better than you and he doesnt give a crap about other people's "obscure" problems. this is jaded man. he goes to shows and takes pictures of shiny boxes. bow before him.
Tough language , people have been put in the bin for less.Good Day.
“My clearly biased review thread”I basically consider this an ad.
I have used the IFI Pro Ican with the Maraschino Chery Mono amps for a year now and still very happy. I doubt if I will ever change. The Pro IDSD might be one to think about.
Good luck? Uhm OK. You're running a fairly obscure platform (linux) and you're pissy that some manufactuers (not even iFi necessarily) don't fully support it, and you come into this thread to bitch about it? Jesus Christ if it's that much of a PITA for you, just switch over to Windows or a Mac like the vast majority of people. It's like what, $100 or $200? That's chump change. And stripped down Windows Server sounds outstanding. So, with your obscure problem on your Linux platform - good luck.
...he is better than you and he doesnt give a crap about other people's "obscure" problems. this is jaded man. he goes to shows and takes pictures of shiny boxes. bow before him.
?!No need to fret Tyson. So, your excitement wasn't universally endorsed, your beliefs and expectations not validated. Relax, it's just audio. Strong reaction - sincerely, are you okay?Not sure how you get "pissy" and "PITA" from my post. Please, just take my post at face value. Don't attempt to read between the lines - I've put nothing there. The "good luck" was genuine - I sincerely hope it works for you. Yeah, I don't know how a Linux-based server is "obscure"... it wasn't even about my problem - I was just suggesting that if UAC2 compatibility is needed, check it.Cheers,Ray
Sorry about that - I mistook your intentions.
Really! - The "i doubt if i will ever change" are the 6 words - that are the most untrue ever. Im not saying thats a bad thing or a good thing
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