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VOLUMIO soundcheck invitation for Hamburg, Germany

Postby judydudi » Fri Nov 16 2018 09:46

Hi music lovers :)
hi fide!
this is your soundcheck invitation for december 6.
everybody is invited to come and join the next volumio come together here in hamburg, germany.
It's free and start's at 8pm. please write a mail to linux @ kompage.de for better planning.

This is my wishlist to check:

01 Katana v1.2 ? (allo will send again)
02 Orchard Audio’s ApplePi DAC with Orchards Reclocker
03 Volumio 'Primo' (ES9028Q2M)
04 Piano 2.1 with Kali reclocker
05 IQaudio DAC pro
06 DACBerry Pro or DACBerry ONE+
07 Terraberry Dac 2
08 Boss 1.2
09 Mamboberry HD+ DAC with Crystek Clock and Kali reclocker
10 Mamboberry HD+ DAC with Crystek Clock
11 Mamboberry HD+ DAC with IDT Clock
12 ?
All devices powered with one or more allo 5V3A psu and same cinch cable...
i will measure the power consumption of each device :)
cu - more soon...
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Postby orchardaudio » Mon Nov 19 2018 21:32

20% off all ApplePi products until Nov 30th. Get yours now:

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Postby mezcalf » Wed Nov 21 2018 02:35

Hello all,
what do you think about hifiberry boards? Are they bad comparing the list of boards above.
There is a new card with digital input:
https://www.hifiberry.com/shop/boards/h ... y-dac-dsp/
Has someone tried it?
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Postby judydudi » Thu Nov 22 2018 12:19

Hi mezcalf
the hifiberry boards? i did not try them.
I simply have no impulse to ask for a hifiberry or even to buy.
the soundcheck here is a come together - so you are very welcome to come and put your device in the competion ;)
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Postby judydudi » Thu Nov 29 2018 11:33

here is a short update:

our next soundcheck (next thursday, dec.6 8pm) have these candidates confirmed:

01 Katana v1.2 sound stage
02 Katana v1.2 THD stage
03 Orchard Audio’s ApplePi DAC with Orchards Reclocker
04 Volumio 'Primo' (ES9028Q2M) on Tinkerboard S
05 Piano 2.1 with Kali reclocker
06 IQaudio DAC pro
07 DACBerry Pro
08 DACBerry ONE+
09 Terraberry Dac 2
10 Boss 1.2
11 Mamboberry (best one)
12 Justboom DAC zero ;-)

the warm up round does have these candidates
01 Mamboberry HD+ DAC with Crystek Clock and Kali reclocker
02 Mamboberry HD+ DAC with Crystek Clock
03 Mamboberry HD+ DAC with IDT Clock
04 Mamboberry LS

more detailed info later.
We are located in Hamburg, Germany. The soundcheck is free and open for everyone.
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Postby judydudi » Fri Dec 07 2018 13:20

Hi friends,
you may interrested in what we find out yesterday. We had a big, long session and Ronald bringed his Curryman DAC (a ES9023DAC). Before competition,i was preparing all setups to the same soundlevel ( The biggest differenece is between Terraberry2 and DacBerry pro) . I had to put the Terraberry to 100% and the Dacberry Pro to 60% volume!)
All setups powered with the same, the allo 5V3A psu. Katana, Terraberry and Piano where powered by two psu’s, applePi with three psu:

01 Katana v1.2 with sound stage and Isolator 1.2
02 Katana v1.2 with THD stage and Isolator 1.2
03 Orchard Audio’s ApplePi DAC with Orchards Reclocker
04 Volumio 'Primo' (on Tinkerboard S)
05 Piano 2.1 with Kali reclocker
06 IQaudio DAC PRO
07 DACBerry PRO
08 DACBerry ONE+
09 Terraberry Dac 2
10 Boss 1.2
11 Mamboberry HD DAC+
12 Curryman DAC

volumio 2.502 was used for all setups. piano 2.1 with dual mono and 32bit upsampling. katana THD with Linear phase, fast roll-off Filter enabled, katana SQ with Linear phase, slow roll-off Filter enabled (recommendation of allo)
We played 8 music tracks in a loop. Flacs in 96/24, 44/16 and mp3 320.
watch the soundcheck playlist at Tidal.

It was really not easy to find a clear winner! So many great boards. It was easier to say for us what are not best.
So, at the end we had 3 winner: ApplePi, DacBerry One+ and Katana (THD Version)
followed by Piano 2.1 on place two and IQaudio DAC PRO sharing with Mamboberry (IDT Version) place three.
we liked Dacberry PRO also, but we could not agree to a place. Should be similar to Piano 2.1
Curryman was good too, detailed, a bit to shrill.
Boss and Terraberry where to dull. Katana SQ disappointed with a diluted, to mixed sound. I had no time to burn in Katana SQ. so i’ll keep it for a next try. primo disappointed this time. remember, in the past it was a beloved winner. the sound had problems with continous speed and realistic playing. I think this is an issue to the tinkerboard. Last Soundcheck we played primo with a RPI3+.

The winner of the Es9023 warm up round was to my suprise the mamboberry with idt clock and the curryman.

Soundcheck is an independent and non profit association of HI-FI enthusiasts, gathering together to evaluate with double-blind methodology several Audio equipments. (typically I2S hats for Raspberry PI)

we heard in the past:
DAC:TauDAC-DM101 with TauOUT-TP101, Dial-DAC, HIFI Shield & HIFI Shield2, SabreBerry Z, JustBoom DAC HAT
PSU: Raspberry, allo 5V3A, allo Dual, ifi Ipower, SBooster, Thel NT-25HQ-09, MamboPower
Reclocker: Kali, ApplePi Reclocker, 3R USB Renaissance, iFi iPurifier2
USB-DAC: iFi nano ione, Elac EA101EQ-G
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relaxed soundcheck event...
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Sound level calibration with smartphone app
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Postby orchardaudio » Fri Dec 07 2018 13:48

Thank you very much for arranging these sound checks. Great to see ApplePi DAC at the top again.
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Postby michelangelo » Fri Dec 07 2018 13:55

Great writeup Jens. You're right about the Primo issue: we discovered a clock problem on the driver for Tinkerboard on 2.502 and we're fixing it.
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Postby allo » Fri Dec 07 2018 13:56

Hi Jens

thx you very much for taking the time and give your feedback on all those great DACs.

Can I suggest a shootout on all the winners with the good LPS to extract maximum SQ ?

In any case , congrats to all.
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Postby judydudi » Fri Dec 07 2018 14:47

allo wrote:Hi Jens
thx you very much for taking the time and give your feedback on all those great DACs.
Can I suggest a shootout on all the winners with the good LPS to extract maximum SQ ? In any case , congrats to all.


Thank you ioan for support so generously the soundcheck!
You are brave. you can suggest a shootout in beginning 2019 ;-)
(keep in mind, the guests change every soundcheck...)
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