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Old 19th May 2012, 07:12 AM   #1
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Default WEILIANG DAC5 - WM8741 & Tenor TE7022

I recently bought a WEILIANG DAC5 from China.

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It sounds quite nice to me, but I expected better-looking square wave outputs from the MFSL test CD square wave tracks. I used a Win7-64bit machine and standard Windows drivers to drive the USB input to the Tenor TE7022 board, which, in turn, I think, drives the DAC5 via I2S.

1 KHz square wave as seen on my old 100MHZ Tektronix 454 scope at the phono connector output:

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and 5KHz square wave:

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I've never played with DACs before, but I think there must be some problems with this DAC. Can anyone with more familiarity with DACs give me a clue what might cause such distorted wave forms?

Dave

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Old 28th May 2012, 11:12 AM   #2
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Hi,
square wave require a very large bandwith to be perfectly reproduced. That's not what you expect from an audio dac.

To measure it's performance, at least with the USB entry, you can use the RMAA (rightmark audio, free) software. Then perform a loopback measurement. You need a good soundcard with line level input to do that accurately. The performance of soundcards (distorsion) are much better than the best scopes.


BTW, I am interested by the "simplified" version of this dac with only USB input. It's named DAC6. (search ebay for USB DAC TE7022 WM8741)
I have some questions but ebay vendors are ... vendors !

Did you get the schematic of your dac ? if yes, from which vendor ?
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Old 29th May 2012, 02:29 AM   #3
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I would be quite concerned about those waveforms, myself. Setting aside the fact that I am convinced that Wolfson dacs are terrible, it certainly looks like there is something wrong with the output section design, as the 1k wave shows a clear audio range frequency response problem. If you do a simple 20Hz-20kHz sinewave sweep(or at 1/3 octave steps), I think you will see a quite less than flat response curve. You can, and should, also look at your squarewaves directly at the output pins of the dac chip. That will, of course, tell you right away if it's an analog or digital fault, and/or if the Wolfson chips suck even worse than I thought.:-).
And I would never, personally, depend on a computer soundcard to be half as clean & reliable a waveform display tool as a good scope(and I have owned a 454, now have a far newer & nicer Tek). Computers are horribly noisy environments, electrically.
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Old 29th May 2012, 02:45 AM   #4
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Hi alkasar,

Interesting...thank you. I will give RMAA software a try.

I could not find the DAC6 on ebay, but I did find it on taobao. This is probably what you're looking at:

http://www.smalltao.com/product/16447812283/DAC6 extreme pure USB decoding TE7022 - span classHWM 8 741-span finished boards non-kit

I'd be interested in seeing the schematic of the DAC6, if you happen to find it.

I found a schematic of my DAC5, but the taobao vendor I bought from refused to give it to me. I had originally thought about buying the kit version of the DAC5 from

http://www.nutsAudio.com

but finally decided to buy the assembled version. Anyway, Pan at nutsaudio.com was kind enough to send me the schematic of the DAC5.

I have since replaced the NE5532 and NE5534 op amps in my DAC5 with LME49860 and LME49870. Unfortunately my tweeters blew out, so I haven't had a chance to listen yet.

Dave
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Old 29th May 2012, 10:55 AM   #5
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I would be quite concerned about those waveforms, myself. Setting aside the fact that I am convinced that Wolfson dacs are terrible, it certainly looks like there is something wrong with the output section design, as the 1k wave shows a clear audio range frequency response problem.

If you do a simple 20Hz-20kHz sinewave sweep(or at 1/3 octave steps), I think you will see a quite less than flat response curve. You can, and should, also look at your squarewaves directly at the output pins of the dac chip. That will, of course, tell you right away if it's an analog or digital fault, and/or if the Wolfson chips suck even worse than I thought.:-).
And I would never, personally, depend on a computer soundcard to be half as clean & reliable a waveform display tool as a good scope(and I have owned a 454, now have a far newer & nicer Tek). Computers are horribly noisy environments, electrically.
Let me disagree. Square wave is not what you want to measure to qualify a dac. This dac has an output LPF that limits -on purpose- the bandwith to eliminate HF noise. Eventhough you seem to dislike wolfson for some unclear reason, the datasheet of WM8741 is pretty clear.

Sinewave sweep is indeed more accurate to measure a dac. This is what RMAA does. It does also a bunch of other stuff. It's not the only software doing that, I like because it's free, accurate and automated. Of course, you need a soundcard at least as good as the device you measure.

A good Audio soundcard has limited bandwith but has much better distorsion & noise floor figures for a fraction of the price. I have an EMU 0204 usb soundcard used with a soft-scope on a notebook. No way for the scope to beat 117dB SNR / 0.0008% THD. You must have a very bad pc if the noise of the pc pollutes the sound card!
I own a digital Scope as well , it's strengh is the bandwith
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Old 29th May 2012, 10:59 AM   #6
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Hi alkasar,

Interesting...thank you. I will give RMAA software a try.

I could not find the DAC6 on ebay, but I did find it on taobao. This is probably what you're looking at:

http://www.smalltao.com/product/16447812283/DAC6 extreme pure USB decoding TE7022 - span classHWM 8 741-span finished boards non-kit

I'd be interested in seeing the schematic of the DAC6, if you happen to find it.

I found a schematic of my DAC5, but the taobao vendor I bought from refused to give it to me. I had originally thought about buying the kit version of the DAC5 from

http://www.nutsAudio.com

but finally decided to buy the assembled version. Anyway, Pan at nutsaudio.com was kind enough to send me the schematic of the DAC5.

I have since replaced the NE5532 and NE5534 op amps in my DAC5 with LME49860 and LME49870. Unfortunately my tweeters blew out, so I haven't had a chance to listen yet.

Dave
Thanks Dave for the links. I don't dare go direct ot taobao. Many vendors have these dacs on ebay Good to know that the schematics is available. I have to find a vendor that will agree to send it to me.

My concern about DAC6 is the output Low Pass Filter. It is there on DAC5 but seems missing on DAC6 (only one opamp on board, probably used as buffer).

Al
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Old 29th May 2012, 01:31 PM   #7
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I must confess that I am a bit confused. I wish I could measure the output of this DAC in the time domain, but I do not own a spectrum analyzer. Would RMAA give me this ability? It looks as if it does FFTs. Would RMAA also give me hints as to how to interpret its results?

I have downloaded both the executable file and the user's guide for RMAA (which I have briefly looked at), but I fear that the built-in ADC in my computer is not as capable as the DAC I'd like to test.

How could a swept sine wave show different results from a square wave on a time domain plot?

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Sinewave sweep is indeed more accurate to measure a dac. This is what RMAA does. It does also a bunch of other stuff. It's not the only software doing that, I like because it's free, accurate and automated. Of course, you need a soundcard at least as good as the device you measure.
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Old 29th May 2012, 02:28 PM   #8
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[QUOTE=dhalbakken;3028950]I recently bought a WEILIANG DAC5 from China.

Hi,
I also bought the same DAC (only diff. is mine output IC is a AD827).As seller asks ,i connect it with a transformer 15VAC (50VAC output),and a 12 Volt DC (i don't have a 9 Volt AC) by pass the LM317*.Once power it up ,
the red pilot light is on .Hooking it to a computer USB output ,the other led
now is on too (i guess the power from the USB computer )
BUT NO SOUND COMES OUT
I can't leave it ON any longer ,it may harm the unit and seller is NO help :all he offers is how to adjust the output ,and that is it .It is brand new unit ,and this is my 1st DAC from China .

SOMEONE HELP , PLEASE .
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Old 30th May 2012, 12:23 AM   #9
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Sorry, where I wrote "time domain" above, I should have written "frequency domain."

HOPHANTHIET/SANTA, I think you must have the DAC6 board if there's only the AD827 at the output. That is not the same board I have. I have the DAC5.

Comparing the photos of the DAC6 with my knowledge of the DAC5, I think you need two 15VAC transformer secondary windings, plus one 9VAC secondary winding. One 15VAC winding most likely feeds an LM317 circuit to produce +12VDC, and the other 15VAC winding most likely feeds an LM337 circuit to produce -12VDC.

If you're bypassing the LM317 with your own +12VDC, are you feeding your 15VAC to the LM337 circuit?

I believe you MUST also have 9VAC to feed a 7805 circuit. Without this supply, I don't think there is any way to make the DAC6 work.

This is all conjecture on my part, of course. I suggest you try to obtain a schematic for the DAC6 and go from there.
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Old 30th May 2012, 02:43 AM   #10
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Let me disagree. Square wave is not what you want to measure to qualify a dac. This dac has an output LPF that limits -on purpose- the bandwith to eliminate HF noise. Eventhough you seem to dislike wolfson for some unclear reason, the datasheet of WM8741 is pretty clear.
My point about the squarewave is that it is CLEARLY showing skewed frequency response WELL within the audio band, in fact mostly at the lower end of the audio band. This is NOT due to any LPF function intended for the dac hf noise. This shows something is not right somewhere. And that 5kHz wave is really very disturbing in character, again showing audio band response problems.

And my Tek scope can easily do -120dBV, and distortion there is simply not present in any significant way. I'm old, and I simply don't trust any computer to not pollute results. If you actually look at the noise levels on the power supply lines inside any computer, you wouldn't trust the results either. And supply line noise is FAR from the only noise source in a pc.
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