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Old 02-06-2020, 06:58 PM
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Hello. First post here. I wanted to share that received my DA2 upgrade recently.

The cost included my dealer's installation services, to address one of the questions above.

And, some good news: The fade-in issue with the DA1 is no longer. Plus, my Linux-based devices can now directly stream DSD128 and DSD256 (I don't have any DSD512 content to try yet). I do love that.

The sound quality isn't appreciably different from the DA1. It does seem that it isn't as well level-matched as the DA1 (I seem to need 1.5 dB of gain to get it to be equal to the analog inputs), which is....odd.

It uses the ES9028PRO DAC, not the 9038, which might explain the lack of appreciable sound improvement over the DA1. It also has a Cirrus Logic CS495314-CVZ onboard, ostensibly to take care of the DSP and HDMI features that are touted. Lastly, it uses a XU216-256-TQ128-C20 to take care of I/O (including USB), which helps with device compatibility.
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Old 02-07-2020, 05:17 PM
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Old 02-08-2020, 09:33 PM
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Thanks very much for the review. I was considering this upgrade for my MA5300. I think that instead of going this route I may finally spend the money and go to the C2700. That or buy a non Mc DAC.

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Old 02-09-2020, 04:13 PM
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first post:
are you not happy with ma5300s DAC?
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Old 02-09-2020, 04:48 PM
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Old 02-09-2020, 11:44 PM
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I have the DA2 installed as well.
It's a minor improvement, perhaps slightly more in focus.
I'd say at first, it's worse sounding until it breaks in. The bass sounded weird but the problem went away.
If I were to compare a broken in DA1 vs a brand new DA2, the DA1 sounds better.
After a couple weeks, I think the DA2 sounds better but now it's audio memory which isn't the best.
The max res went from 192 on DA1 to 384 on DA2(or something that high), and my Roon upsampler slows down my PC now.
I don't regret the upgrade at all, but it isn't significant.
It also adds HDMI capability. I was told that HDMI may be the future for music now, LOL. There are so many cables and standards available, I don't know that any will be the future.
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Old 02-14-2020, 02:21 AM
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@Mouse: What are using as roon endpoint to stream to DA2?
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Old 02-15-2020, 09:19 PM
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My PC. It's a dell, I7 chip, 64 gb ram. I have da2 on my MA8900.
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Old 02-17-2020, 10:16 AM
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I'm running a less powerful nuc (I3, 16gb), but it's dedicated and configured for running roon, so I would not notice the slowdown. I was looking at settings for upsampling, but didn't really see anything, so may not be understanding. I am running DSD at native, which I was only able to do using the PC driver. The only performance issues I've seen have been with DSD512, where it skips. I have not chased it down much as I don't have a lot of 512.
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@Rob725
Go to the bottom right, right click on the device, in my case MA8900.
Select DSP
In the top left navigation bar select "Sample Rate Conversion" and enable it.
Play with settings, you can select DSD and make a setting for that.
My audio is unaffected, but my mouse pointer slows down and gets jumpy.
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