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Old 22nd October 2012, 06:18 PM   #11
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May I ask what regulators are you using for the RD50?
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There are a total of 13 regulators on the board - LM350 and LM317 as pre-regulators, LM1117, 2 x LM317 and LP2992 for less-critical areas, 5x low noise TPS79101 and 2 x shunt regulators for ES9018 , XOs and other sensitive digital circuitry.
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Old 23rd October 2012, 03:08 AM   #12
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Interested!! able to read from solid state memory like USB stick?
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Old 23rd October 2012, 10:28 AM   #13
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Interested!! able to read from solid state memory like USB stick?
USB input is for streaming from PC. Usb stick playback will require a usb host, which is a different thing.
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Old 25th October 2012, 11:54 AM   #14
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This RD50 looks great for people with small diy experience. I have a few questions:

1) Why didn't you use Organic Polymer Capacitors? They have smaller ESR and higher ripple current than Electrolytics. Also maybe there is a sense to use bypass film capacitors with electrolytic ones in case where big capacitance is needed (power supply section) and use Organic Polymer Capacitors in all other places.

2) Is this a Kit or just the module displayed on picture in the first post? Does it include MCU to control es9018 digital volume and internal registers? Alphanumeric display with IR sensor? What will be the price for a Kit that consists of this board, MCU control unit and Alphanumeric display with IR sensor?

3) Does RD50 support all formats up to 32bit 384kHz (maybe 24bit) with USB input from PC?

4) Do you have Chassis enclosure with pre-drilled and cut face and back plates that can adopt such a kit (also with little place left for Transformer and custom I/V)? If yes than what would be the price?

5) Can RD50 show the lock status and what are the minimum settings of PLL with stable lock?
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Old 25th October 2012, 02:03 PM   #15
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This RD50 looks great for people with small diy experience. I have a few questions:

1) Why didn't you use Organic Polymer Capacitors? They have smaller ESR and higher ripple current than Electrolytics. Also maybe there is a sense to use bypass film capacitors with electrolytic ones in case where big capacitance is needed (power supply section) and use Organic Polymer Capacitors in all other places.

2) Is this a Kit or just the module displayed on picture in the first post? Does it include MCU to control es9018 digital volume and internal registers? Alphanumeric display with IR sensor? What will be the price for a Kit that consists of this board, MCU control unit and Alphanumeric display with IR sensor?

3) Does RD50 support all formats up to 32bit 384kHz (maybe 24bit) with USB input from PC?

4) Do you have Chassis enclosure with pre-drilled and cut face and back plates that can adopt such a kit (also with little place left for Transformer and custom I/V)? If yes than what would be the price?

5) Can RD50 show the lock status and what are the minimum settings of PLL with stable lock?
Hi TiEx,
let me answer point by pint.
1) We are using Rubycon ZLG which are ultra low impedance.
2) For now it's just the module, but it includes all the controls for the ES9018, remote sensor, display etc. No external MCU is needed. I will post a general diagram for better understanding of the configuration. Basically this module is 'plug and play'. Aside from the module price (about 400 euros), you need only trafos and display, eventually the remote.
3) Currently USB supports 192k (an upgrade to 384k is possible in the future) and DSD over PCM (DoP).
4) No chassis yet - it will come soon.
5) Yes, lock status and other relevant informations will be displayed. PLL setting can be set into the low range, (probably lowest - we are performing tests) because of the DPLL built into the FPGA in digital front-end.
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Old 27th October 2012, 05:30 PM   #16
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3) Currently USB supports 192k (an upgrade to 384k is possible in the future) and DSD over PCM (DoP).
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Hi,

Last month I've purchased from you the USB TO I2S converter (at 192k) which I'm using, with separate Power Supply and connected to a BII dac. I'm very happy with it and my BII sounds much much better with this module than any other SPDIF transports I've tried.
Will there also be an upgrade to this module for 384k in the future?
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Old 29th October 2012, 04:27 PM   #17
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Hi,

Last month I've purchased from you the USB TO I2S converter (at 192k) which I'm using, with separate Power Supply and connected to a BII dac. I'm very happy with it and my BII sounds much much better with this module than any other SPDIF transports I've tried.
Will there also be an upgrade to this module for 384k in the future?
Thanks.
Yes, 384k will we possible at the time.
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Old 3rd November 2012, 04:23 PM   #18
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Does it support ASIO for DoP?
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Old 3rd November 2012, 09:08 PM   #19
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Interested as well. Just found this thread after I've been on the audiobyte website. Does the USB support linux? I would very much like 32/384 support as well. I would also be interested in a multichannel version. Is a separate IV required? Otherwise, how good is the onboard IV? Your e-store has no mention of a suitable display, remote, etc. Is the ones for the RD30 compatible? I would be interested in a chassis as well, or at least a drawing of the back panel for me to order a custom case from elsewhere. Thank you.
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Old 5th November 2012, 05:44 PM   #20
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Interested as well. Just found this thread after I've been on the audiobyte website. Does the USB support linux? I would very much like 32/384 support as well. I would also be interested in a multichannel version. Is a separate IV required? Otherwise, how good is the onboard IV? Your e-store has no mention of a suitable display, remote, etc. Is the ones for the RD30 compatible? I would be interested in a chassis as well, or at least a drawing of the back panel for me to order a custom case from elsewhere. Thank you.
As I stated earlier in the thread, the RD50 firmware is not finalized as full functions or user interface. To make it quickly available we have chosen the same UI as for RD30 - same display and remote.
The board will need a IV - as the outputs are directly from ES9018.
The linux support exists and plays quite well - still some bugs are present though. For board mechanical drawing, see below.
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