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Old 5th November 2010, 03:12 PM   #401
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And rightly so.

You still have my number? I'll be playing with this tomorrow unless John decides that he doesn't want me to do the basic measurements after all. Bring over whatever DAC you like.
Let's leave the DAC argument alone for now, at least.

Yes bring over a DAC & have at least a second opinion! I presume some listening will be done & not just measurements?

SY, I presume you will also post your SPDIF waveform scope shots?
 
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Please show me in the spectra of noise and distortion where my DAC is "crap." Noise, distortion, and freedom from jitter-induced sidebands are impeccable.
So far You had shown RMAA loopback tests with your dacs.
Looping back means that the dac / adc are using the same master clock, and even extremely high jitter in this master clock is eliminated in the process.
I have seen it many times before.

Please, try to do the same thing by simply cross-linking them: audiofire to M-audio or vica versa. Or any external very low distortion generator would do it.

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Old 5th November 2010, 03:19 PM   #403
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George, certainly. Thanks for the suggestion.
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So, letís sum up the good news.

After endless bitching on my part we are finally going to get what we should have had from jkeny before he ever started touting his RF attenuator mod.; a documented test, although not a test of the attenuator mod.

jkeny has revealed the equipment with which the result can be obtained:

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Reviews were done using PASS D1 DIY DAC, Buffalo DAC, Audiosector NOS DAC, Audio-gd DAC19 DSP, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC

End-users have used a wide range of DACS - some listed here: Hegel HD 10 DAC, Chevron Audio Paradox 8i dac, Beresford 7520 DAC, Abrahamsen V6 DAC, lots more to list.

I have used various implementations of the Sabre DACs - the Buffalo & AckoDAC
ThorstenL has agreed a technical standard:

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Folks, as a POST SCRIPVM,

I would probably recommend using a Manufacturers eval board with documented jitter performance (e.g. the Cirrus Logic CS4398 demo fixture) and using a non ASRC based receiver for measuring the analogue output.

If an AP2 is too hard to come by, some external sound cards have converters with reasonable resolution and their clock systems can be modified (stock not very good) to allow reasonably low levels of jitter to be measured (still not patch on an AP2, but it will serve), the EMU1616M is one example.

As said, my view on listening tests with a small N is that they are statistically speaking completely non-significant, so I would probably not bother. The minimum I accept for "good enough for internal use" has an N of around 50 and at least three experienced listeners...

Ciao T
This is particularly good news for me, as the Emu 1616M is well within my price range, and Iíve fancied one for a while.

Heís even been good enough to state acceptable conditions for a blind test.

And Joseph K, having replied in this fashion:

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Sy,

So far You had shown RMAA loopback tests with your dacs.
Looping back means that the dac / adc are using the same master clock, and even extremely high jitter in this master clock is eliminated in the process.
I have seen it many times before.

Please, try to do the same thing by simply cross-linking them: audiofire to M-audio or vica versa. Or any external very low distortion generator would do it.

Ciao, George
Is deemed to accept the technical standard set down by ThorstenL.

Not only that, tomorrow, hopefully, we get a perfectly good report from SY which I for one will not dispute if it shows an effect.

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Please, try to do the same thing by simply cross-linking them: audiofire to M-audio or vica versa. Or any external very low distortion generator would do it.
Good idea, I'd like to see that. And I'd go further. See if you can mess up the spdif signal. Run it thru zip line, or unterminated, near a transformer or SMPS or something. Would be interesting to see if the FFT shows anything.
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Just to have some ideas for comparison -
This was taken while I was playing around with the same kind of "analog output" jitter tests:
The card is mine, an EMU1616m, not modified. This is the signal in loopback.
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Waki, I just want to say I hang on your every post. They are always interesting, contribute greatly to the community here - no matter what level they are at. Please please post even more in this and other threads.


Sy: really looking forward to the results and impressions.

Can I ask a question of you guys? Can any harm be done by putting in one of the attenuators? Like physical damage?

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This was another shot at it, emu spdif out > sabre spdif in > sabre analog out > emu in. A very close closein. Yellow is the sabre, green is EMU1616.
After this I gave up because was not satisfied by the test's "resolutive power". All this quite some time ago.
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