Loaner: iFi Diablo Portable DAC/amp

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  1. CaptainCope

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    Arrived today. Package includes Forza pentacon to XLR, Power adapter, USB cord and lightening to USB cord.
     
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    There’s also a pair of female to female xlrs wrapped in bubble wrap, not in the Diablo box.
     
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    arrived safely today! thanks to others who included adapters, this will greatly help my listening experience with Susvara, Meze 109Pro and ETA Mini C.

    One timing update however: due to being out of town on weekend, and then multi day work conference- real listening of Diablo won't commence until approx Oct 12. thus I'll have these a bit more than usual, please let me know if this messes up the schedule for anyone remaining.
    cheers.
     
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    the red marvel known as Diablo is on it's way to @Tchoupitoulas as of Oct 19, Fed Ex.

    really glad to have heard this again. if ever stranded on a desert island with wifi, iPhone with Roon ARC and a pair of full sized headphones- the Diablo would stay with me to the end.
    (well, and solar power to recharge the Diablo battery)
     
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    I'm in possession of the Diablo (but have yet to be possessed by the demon).

    Thank you @jexby
     
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    The Diablo has departed this halloween for @atomicbob
     
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    Any way I can get in on this loaner last minute? If not I understand, looks like it's been all over the US so far, and headed for Canada.
     
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    Diablo arrived. Haven't opened box but the shipping container looks in reasonably good shape.
     
  10. rhythmdevils

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    Could I be added back onto this loaner after @atomicbob ? I've got a modded XD--5+ here I'd like to compare it to, they are similar size and the XD-05+ sounds fantastic with these specific replacement DAC and amp opamps (don't know what they are)

    Also, a reminder @atomicbob the Forza adapter is mine so should be shipped back to me regardless of whether I can be added after you or not.

    Thanks!

    @ChaChaRealSmooth
     
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    Ditto WRT the 2x XLR female-to-female adapters (for Diablo as an amp-only which I see no one besides @loadexfa tried so far I think, which is a shame because I think the BB DAC holds it back)
     
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    Yes. It will be measured immediately after completion of Holo Spring 3. See my profile posts for further information.
     
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    ping. this has been out quite awhile and would like to get back to iFi before the next world catastrophe.
     
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    Update: The iDSD Diablo has been on the lab bench for several weeks. Here have been some of the challenges:
    1) All-In-One required creation of new measurement sequences to handle both D/A lineup and amp measurement levels.
    2) Occasionally the DAC would experience phase reversal of one channel which would require throwing out hours of work
    3) The number of possible operational configurations is rather large. Necessary to prune to most likely use cases.
    4) The Diablo doesn't have an inherent earth ground. The output cable is sensitive to placement. If too near AC mains the measurements obtained will not reflect the performance of which this DAC/Amp is capable.

    Another few days to a week should put a wrap on it.
     
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    @atomicbob just a reminder that that Forza pentaconn to female 4 m pin XLR is mine and please ship it back to me when done.

    And I'd like to hear this again if possible to compare to a modded X-Duoo XD-05+ (DAC and amp modded by @uniqusrname and it sounds really really good, beats the Gryphon by a long ways.
     
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