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Old 21st December 2012, 09:08 AM   #131
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Hi all, great! This is what I needed.
I'm using an AD1865 based NOS DAC, fed by a crystal receiver now (and the output is Lundahl trafo and tube output, but that is not much interesting for the current subject :-)
So far I fed it from my cd, but planned to feed it from pc/media player also with high res audio as well. I can connect it to the PC but I can't connect to the media players. I run into several issues, but the outcome was that I has searching for possibilities to connect a usb-I2S (instead of spdif) to the media players and I found it should be possible. Even better, there are media player projects to the raspberry pi, and it seems there are libraries to connect usb audio output, also flac play possibility.
I have realized that I can not output directly signals for the AD1865 from the PI, that is not surprising, I was thinking of using USB>SPDIF connection, but I2S seems much better for me, I do not want all the hassle with SPDIF on high res.
First I want to use a PC play > this module > new AD1865 NOS DAC (removing the receiver), but my dream is to replace the PC and put a pi, this module and a clock module into a good isolated case inside the tube output 1865 NOS dac.

Also, a personal thing, another beauty of the project is that in the last 10 years I learned a lot on microcontrollers, but I do not know much on FPGAs. This seems to be a good start :-) Most friends suggested spartan to start with, but that was at least 5 years ago. I'm just looking at how to start with altera stuff, who supports it etc.

In general, in all my audio project, microcontrollers are sleeping, no clock most of the time, when I listen to music. I can not explain why, but I feel better with an FPGA in a signal chain than with a DSP or other controller.

Thanks a lot,
Gabor Jordan
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Old 21st December 2012, 02:27 PM   #132
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Old 22nd December 2012, 03:54 PM   #133
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His version of the D1 is much lower voltage and lower current, thus smaller, hes not even using heatsinks at all.... I admit its very cool indeed fitting in the empty space like that, neat idea, but in the NTD1 development thread you can see how profoundly different the performance is with NTD1 and ESS to stock D1 and ESS, no way in hell it will fit in that space. NTD1 uses no buffer but MUCH higher class A bias at more than double the voltage to push the transconductance of the mosfets up and thus bring the impedance down along with THD to match. this brute force uses space
His version works. The NTD1 does not work with the AD1865, its impossible to bias those mosfets to achieve a 0VDC on the I-out of the DAC and with the lower current output of multi-bit it just doesn't work. It serves no purpose for multibit DAC's at all, I've simulated it a million ways. Its cool for the ESS9018 but that's it unless you want to build an R2R from scratch R/2R ladder DAC !

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Old 22nd December 2012, 06:03 PM   #134
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Hi Zsolt,

Your DAC looks great! It's amazing how you could fit everything into a very compact space. You have SPDIF interface, FIFO, clock, daughter board, AD1865, D1 IV,shunt regs, controller with LCD... almost everything .

I like your 1865 core board, looks very clean, I almost couldn't help...

Why my Salas shunt reg is much bigger than yours? As well as my D1 I/V. Did I miss some wonderful group buy? What is the Hypnotize board? I'm interested in the board.Can you give me a bit more details?

Thanks Zsolt for sharing pictures of your system with us. It seems I need take some time to get understand every details.

Merry Christmas

Ian
Thanks for the positive feedback.

You're too polite about the almost empty 1865 core board... at least I left generous space for that : )

I think qusp summarized well enough the hypnotize board - actually I like more the Salas regs you have but I got tired always rebuilding my stuff.

Indeed I'm using the stock version of D1, dunno if more voltage or current would help in this specific case -maybe an active current source or different fet or jfet- might try if I got tired listening to this... but till then...

Merry Christmas

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Old 23rd December 2012, 02:34 PM   #135
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So if I just want to use this daughter board alone, without the FIFO, how should I supply the MCLK to the board? Any easy and quick way to do that?
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Old 23rd December 2012, 02:48 PM   #136
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The board has a u-fl connector for the MCLK.
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Old 23rd December 2012, 04:41 PM   #137
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Indeed I'm using the stock version of D1, dunno if more voltage or current would help in this specific case -maybe an active current source or different fet or jfet- might try if I got tired listening to this... but till then...

Merry Christmas

Zsolt
Mainly an active CCS helps the D1, I have some sims I could send you if you were interested.

I just can't wait for this, if we could share the eagle cad models for the different DAC's I would be willing to do a run of boards with the:
- PCM in from this daughter boar
- spots for SSHV reg connection
- the decoupling caps and I-outs.

That way we could have the pcb for the dac chip we want use and then we all go off and build our own analog stage.

Individuals would have to cut them, I would probably leave tda1541 to the experts since it is a mad science.

But PCM56k,58k,63K,1702,1704,AD1862,AD1862,65,
would be a nice board "octette" to own. Lifetime of multi-bit tinkering!
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Old 24th December 2012, 01:49 AM   #138
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I just can't wait for this, if we could share the eagle cad models for the different DAC's I would be willing to do a run of boards with the:
- PCM in from this daughter boar
- spots for SSHV reg connection
- the decoupling caps and I-outs.

That way we could have the pcb for the dac chip we want use and then we all go off and build our own analog stage.
I'm totally in for something like this with the AD1865 chip, just sick of the CS8416 in my DAC even better if everything is SMT and has the same size with this daughter board so that we could stack them together. I already has a bunch of 5vdc SSHV regs ready...

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Old 24th December 2012, 04:59 AM   #139
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such a pity ARDA became vaporware....
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Old 24th December 2012, 05:15 AM   #140
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such a pity ARDA became vaporware....
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Are you starting to see why I am such a reactionary when it comes to DAC's, tubes over solar mosfets, etc ?

Notice in spite of all the new stuff and begging customers to discontinue it, Ti is still making the PCM1704 and has yet to replace their pcm179x series.
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