Discussion in 'Loaner Programs' started by ChaChaRealSmooth, Feb 21, 2022.
I took pictures today.
yes all taken care of thank you! The outer box looks like it will be good for a few more trips but then May need replacing.
Arrived safe and sound from @StandUp713!
On its way to @penguins!
received today from @futbutts . Powers on, I2S in, SE out, sound comes out.
1. I want to document that there are several very thin and superficial (hard to see without the right lighting and angle) scratches on the front left of the DAC. There are also similar scratches on the front and rear ends of both of the bronze colored panels on the sides. Not blaming any one person, it's a heavy package that has made it's away around to 14 people minimum. It could even be from something trivial like dust or debris rubbing against the weight of the DAC during shipping given that the scratches are so shallow but I want to document this regardless.
2. Apologies in advance if this is talked about in the loaner thread, I'm trying to not read it as much as I can, but is this DAC NOS only? Spring 1, 2, and May can switch between NOS and different OS modes. V1.12 firmware installed right now per boot up display if it matters. I didn't see anything mentioned in the manual either.
Yes it is NOS only since that sounds "best" anyway and external resampling is encouraged (if desired).
The likely real explanation of the lack of it though, lies in the fact that it was an AKM chip and since the factory fire they can't really be sourced anymore.
Thank you. Yes, NOS is the best in Spring 2 about 75% of the time and on the times I tried the May it was about 90% of the time. I imagine this 3 will be the same. Mostly wondering to make sure it's not "DAC is broken" and for the small % of the time something would sound better in one of the OS modes.
I will probably have this until the next of end of the upcoming week but Pm'd @cskippy earlier and he is too busy to give the DAC a fair listen right now.
Will send to the next person @Grattle unless site staff [[not sure who is officially managing loaners for now, tagging @ChaChaRealSmooth @CEE TEE ]] want me to send to someone else for now given that Grattle is in Alaska and the tour continues back on the US mainland afterwards.
edit: I've been instructed to send to @Mystic
I am in Arkansas.
Oops. Perhaps the initial post should be edited, it says AK (Alaska), not AR (Arkansas), common typo I think.
Anyways, if that's the case, mods, please instruct.
I should remain last on the list for two reasons.
1) I tend to take a long time with many measurement suite operations
2) This particular DAC I can hand deliver back to Tim at Kitsune as he lives not far from me.
Changes reverted. @penguins send it to @Grattle.
Sorry for the confusion all; we're still trying to figure everything out
Sent to @Grattle today via fedex.
Ready to send to @Cellist88. Are they the next recipient of this wonderful piece of hardware?
@Grattle Please send to the next person. Sort of swamped right now. Drop me from the loaner for now if possible.
Conversation started with Grattle and atomicbob. I am coming up on travel plans, and do not have the time to listen properly. Perhaps after mid November, if the piece is still on tour. Thank you.
I am last on the list for several reasons.
First, I tend to take a lot of time with measurements of components at this level. The yggdrasil LIM took two months for the extensive number of measurements posted:
Second, I live close to Kitsune Audio and have arranged to hand return the Spring 3 to Tim when measurements are finished. It is off the road after that unless other arrangements are made.
I can get this shipped out to the next person, I just need to know who that person is.
@Grattle did this ever get shipped to @Zimmer266 or @atomicbob?
It is going to @atomicbob tomorrow.
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