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Old 5th January 2012, 10:48 AM   #1051
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Would you be kind enough to describe the sonic difference between the SilmicII and the Nichicon PZ ?
Curious. Thanks
First difference is massive bass. It is obvious. I think this standard kind of caps revealed 4396's actual bass performance. Second is detail rise with highs. Maybe this is benefit of ceramics. Very enjoyable, relaxing experience overall. I must admit that, I'm thinking it is not special effect of Nichicon PZ, the point is trial with many different parts even cheap standard types. You can face with unexpected things in this manner. I have to admit that worst one from those I tried was Sanyo SEPC. I'm using them only digital side.
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Old 5th January 2012, 09:35 PM   #1052
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Off topic, please forgive me.

I just saw this new DAC on ebay which looks interesting, although only USB input.

TE7022 WM8761 24Bit/96Khz USB DAC Decoder RCA Coaxial Out + USB line | eBay
I wonder how this does as a transport. It looks interesting.
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Old 5th January 2012, 09:38 PM   #1053
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While we are at a little off topic for opinion, how about this:

New DIR9001+PCM2706+WM8740 Parallel Mono DAC Coaxial board +USB | eBay

This costs just $10 more than the AK4396.
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Old 5th January 2012, 10:01 PM   #1054
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While we are at a little off topic for opinion, how about this:

New DIR9001+PCM2706+WM8740 Parallel Mono DAC Coaxial board +USB | eBay

This costs just $10 more than the AK4396.
I was also looking at that a few days ago. There's another thread on here which pretty much stats that the capacitors are fakes and same with the regulators I believe but it sounds really good once you address those issues.

Wolfson WM8740 DIR9001 PCM2706 DIY DAC

Gigaworks WM8740x2 DIR9001 DAC.
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Old 6th January 2012, 12:59 AM   #1055
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I was also looking at that a few days ago. There's another thread on here which pretty much stats that the capacitors are fakes and same with the regulators I believe but it sounds really good once you address those issues.

Wolfson WM8740 DIR9001 PCM2706 DIY DAC

Gigaworks WM8740x2 DIR9001 DAC.
I also suspect the authenticity of Elna Cerafines caps as the extra $10 for the parts they listed are too good to be true. It sounds like it still offers a good platform to mods.

Thanks for the reference!!
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Old 6th January 2012, 01:19 AM   #1056
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FWIW, the Cerafines that I ordered from Handmade Electronics a few weeks ago were gold on black instead of classical gold on red. The date code was week 18, 2007. Handmade is a pretty reputable online parts shop, but the 4+ years old parts really upset/worry me a little.
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Old 6th January 2012, 01:29 AM   #1057
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gold on black is correct colouring for the later ROHS complient cerafine
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Old 6th January 2012, 01:33 AM   #1058
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Old 6th January 2012, 02:16 PM   #1059
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Heyyas

sorry for the late replies and thanks again for your answers.

While i'm aware that the parts i've chosen are not as highend as they could be i always try to find the balance between what can be measured and/or read from the datasheets (and, if a friend who helps me ALOT with understand those things, the parts i understand) and what could be voodoo. I'm NOT stating that higher quality caps are voodoo - i'm sure theres parameters that can be measured. But i've used those panasonics in my LM3886 PA-100 circuit as well as in my CMoy mini headphone "amplifier". I'm very content with the sound already.

So while i thank you very very much for your explainations and the work you've put into tuning the last out of thise cute little DAC i think i'll try the (presumabily) lower quality parts first. If anything at all isn't to my liking, first thing i'm doing is ordering those regulators and new caps ;P.

Thanks again, will report back when i have my parts.
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Old 10th January 2012, 07:21 PM   #1060
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Hi,

just tried replacing the V regulators with the ones recommended from the BOM. The sound is kind of "drier" now and lost its dynamics a bit, but I hope it gets better afetr burn in.

I also bought HER602 fast diodes. I will try changing the default rectifiers with these and tell you about any audible difference.
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