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Old 29th April 2013, 11:00 AM   #4831
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What is the best method to inject 2 mA current to the DAC output? The Marantz solution is a 7.5k resistor from +15V. Here the cleanness of the PSU and the resistor noise could be an issue. Alternatively, a FET or transistor CCS could be used. Any other solution? Which is the best? What about thermal stability/drift?
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Old 29th April 2013, 11:17 AM   #4832
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What is the best method to inject 2 mA current to the DAC output? The Marantz solution is a 7.5k resistor from +15V. Here the cleanness of the PSU and the resistor noise could be an issue. Alternatively, a FET or transistor CCS could be used. Any other solution? Which is the best? What about thermal stability/drift?
Hi oshifis,

Im still using Johns old 2sk216 mosfet design from a while back now. When used in conjunction with a salus shunt im getting max drift of +-2mV on analog outputs.

While im at it - a quick question before i start trawling through this thread again. What was the cap value john is using from analog outputs to ground for the passive filtering? 2.2nF?

Ryan
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Old 29th April 2013, 12:47 PM   #4833
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What is the best method to inject 2 mA current to the DAC output?...What about thermal stability/drift?
The current generator can be built with use the current mirror or on FET. This is approximately equivalent alternatives.
The termal drift (in reasonable limit) is here not very important.
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Old 24th May 2013, 04:03 PM   #4834
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What is the best method to inject 2 mA current to the DAC output? The Marantz solution is a 7.5k resistor from +15V. Here the cleanness of the PSU and the resistor noise could be an issue. Alternatively, a FET or transistor CCS could be used. Any other solution? Which is the best? What about thermal stability/drift?
I have used a CCS (2SK170/200 ohm pot) [from plus 15 V; with a capacity multiplier in between] and that showed a small drift like about 2 mV slowly up and down; and of course I can't determine where it comes from. But 2 mV is quite acceptable of course!
One remark that I can't substantiate: I found this CCS solution to be a little brittle in sound, like an added harshness. But it can also be that I have just less second harmonics than I get with only a simple R for I/V - because the output generates seconds when not around zero. Question is what we like
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Old 27th May 2013, 06:56 PM   #4835
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hi everyone
I just want to tell my opinion of John's new sd1 sd player unit. I have used a buffalo dac for almost 2 year, a hifymediy sabre dac and a musical-fidelity V-dac.
None can even come close to the performance of the sd1 player.

Ive been listening to the sdplayer for 2 weeks now. I feel that I listen to the master tapes. The sound is natural in a way that you cannt find any default. The sound is totally transparent, detailed yet non fatiguing at all. The tone, the soundstage, everything is perfect really. I'm not good with those technicalities and words doesnt say anything. But everyday since Ive had it, I am amazed by every record. Jazz records I had heard a thousand time is revealing details, musical details that I had never heard. The little hi hats delicacy, naturalness is really amazing. I had never heard before such realistic highs, or such low bass. The impact of the bass, or the sub frequencies are stunning. I had never heard sub frequencies like that. They are like 3d. Im french, so my description really do not do justice, but damn this dac is exciting. I have never heard 10k dacs, but compared to anything I have used before, there is no contest.

The musicians, in some recordings, are really in my room. The depth of the soundstage is perfectly rendered, making the imaging so impressive. You can see how far the drums are to the piano. You could walk on the soundstage, almost.
The thing that I most enjoy about the dac, its the musicality of it. I dont know if its because of the dynamics, but its like you really understand the rapidity of the players. You really hear the musicians expressions, in a way its hard to explain. The timing between all the instruments is perfect. Its a totally envelopping musical experience because of this. This dac makes you listen to the music, you simply cannot care about the critical listening.


No matter what amp I use, either a tube amp, a cheap topping tp-20 class d amp, a headphone amp, a vintage marantz 2235b, its like the sdplayer cuts right through and you always get a amazing sound. The dac, I think, can suit anyone amp. I have also used the dac with my fonkens fe-127, dynaco a-25's, my 3-way, and thrue all of those, the magic was still there. The musical aspect never is hidden. Details, sure will be influenced by the elctronics, but the raw musicality never seem to be affected by the "system".

Sadly, I dont have a 10k vinyl playback system, so I cannot compare with a state of the art analog system nor a tape setup. I use a modified technic sl-1200 sitting on a suspension system with a stock arm and a denon dl-103. I use a opa627 op-amps phono stage modifed with the help of Thorsten Loesch. Anyhow, the sdplayer sounds better then my vinyl playback system overall.

I'm curious to know if theres other person in this forum who have bought the sdplayer and there impression...

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Old 27th May 2013, 07:26 PM   #4836
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Calm down

All your other DACs had modern chips with oversampling.
Every nonos sounds better than that.
I personally never heard a buffalo or ess at home, only one friend had a V-DAC for a very short time, which was very poor even after modifications.
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Old 27th May 2013, 07:53 PM   #4837
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Well you guys have convinced me to give this "NOS" with TDA1541A a try. So far I have pushed my 4X OS dac as far as I can really go. DIR9001/NPC SM5814/TDA1541A S1 single crown/ Pedja Rogic DDNF I/V / Passive filter flat to 20 Khz with 2nd order roll off. I'll post my thoughts. Dave BTW: Followed this thread for many years Thank you EC Designs!
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Old 28th May 2013, 02:30 AM   #4838
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Calm down

All your other DACs had modern chips with oversampling.
Every nonos sounds better than that.
I personally never heard a buffalo or ess at home, only one friend had a V-DAC for a very short time, which was very poor even after modifications.
the buffalo dac is considered one of the best kits around and I expected a "fair" comparison, not a total destruction.
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Old 28th May 2013, 01:19 PM   #4839
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Calm down

All your other DACs had modern chips with oversampling.
Every nonos sounds better than that.
I personally never heard a buffalo or ess at home, only one friend had a V-DAC for a very short time, which was very poor even after modifications.
Hi Bernhard,

Would you have please a shematic to make a DAC with a single PCM56 ?
I never find on the net how to feed spidf to I2S then to a single PCM56. I have a CD player with a Toshiba 4052BP chip with a single PCM56. Maybe if you have a link or a ref for google I will be happy with that.
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Hi MurphytheCat,

What chips are used for the buffer of the SD1 ?
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Old 28th May 2013, 06:16 PM   #4840
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Calm down

All your other DACs had modern chips with oversampling.
Every nonos sounds better than that.
I personally never heard a buffalo or ess at home, only one friend had a V-DAC for a very short time, which was very poor even after modifications.
bernhard!

why are you always so negative? you leave the impression that bad vibrations have somehow became your nature :-) ... too sad actually!

have you already heard/tested john's new sd1? if no, so please do not comment that way, even not in general! but if yes, so we would be very please to hear your opinion on the sd1 !

looking forward to reading anything supportive/constructive from you in this thread

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