Rockna Wavedream DAC: Awesomesauce

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  1. Ake_Y

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    Thank you... TomNC.

    Note : I also asked about Wavedream volume in other forums. Intially, I thought Vpp and Vrms are the same as V.

    So Volume I set up on Wavedream Edition at that time is 0 dB = 6.6 Vpp per spec = 2.33 Vrms, which is roughly recommended Vrms for single ended input sources.
     
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    This trend absolutely sucks, especially for headphones.

    I have the output of my DIY DACs set below 1 VRMS, and still have fidgety volume control on most headphone amps. I mean, I know I listen at lower volumes than most people, but it is very easy to get well beyond deafening sound levels with virtually all the equipment we buy.

    Recommended by who? I'd like to slap them in their silly faces.
     
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    Sorry if the information is wrong. Please suggest the correct value. Thank you.
     
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    No, I'm sure someone told you that. 2 VRMS has become the convention for some insane reason. I have many faces to slap.

    Output levels should be set to match your amp's gain, such that you can use a reasonable amount of the volume control. Usually, this will be way lower than 2 VRMS.
     
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    Just want to update that I demoed Dave yesterday. Dealer contacted me last Sunday that a customer left one for burn-in. I spent an hour at distributor. Dave sound is more lively than Hugo TT2, but it's not musical like Rockna Wavedream. I still prefer Rockna Wavedream to Chord Dave. Right now, my choices are narrowed to either Rockna Wavedream / Denafrip Terminator Plus / Audio-GD R7-HE.

    I'm trying to find a way to deal with over-emphasize bass/drum of Wavedream. For Terminator plus, Denafrips distributor in my country has only Terminator 2 available. If I could not deal with Wavedream bass/drum and don't like Terminator sound signature, I might go with R7-HE.
     
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    I shared similar impression on the Wavedream, the bass on some tracks seems overwhelming. I was able to get it under control with the Psvane Acme tubes which I saw you already own. Did you test audition the Rockna Wavedream with your own amp yet?
     
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    Thank you very much for sharing.

    I hope so, but my Cayin HA-300 is too heavy ( 30 kg. = 66 lb. ) . I think I will demo Wavedream again in couple weeks.

    May I ask which Amplifier and Wavedream model you are using now?
     
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    Make sure to set the filter to linear, or hybrid which is default when I received my Wavedream two months ago.
     
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    I am using the DNA Stratus which uses the 2A3 power tube instead of the 300B which I heard is more bass prominent than the 2A3 counterpart. 300B is higher power output as well probably can handle power hungry planar better.

    I am using the Linear filter, local clock, USB to pc foobar2000 music player and set to 0dB running off RCA single ended cable.
     
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    Dear Randos.
    You should always mention the amp and also the tube compliment if relevant. The DAC and the version, in this case balanced or regular, edition or signature and most importantly the transuducer to give your opinions some context.

    This sort of rambling is head-fi level discussion.
     
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    I just demoed Wavedream again yesterday. I also tried Audiobyte Hydra Stack ( Vox/Zap ) for the first time.

    - Setup : Spotify on my iPhone connected via WIFI -> Lan Interface -> Wavedream Edition / Hydra Stack via Coax -> Leben CS600X EL34 mode via RCA -> Focal Utopia Headphones

    Note : Staff and me could not find the way to enable headphone output on Hydra Vox so we use Leben instead. I just found out later that DSD Direct must be disabled to enable headphone output.

    - Rockna Wavedream Edition ( v. 4.80 Firmware / Linear Filter / Local Clock / Normal Phase / Dither On ) : I spent about 2 hours with it. I could say that Wavedream sound has texture, upfront, spatial and lush. However, bass and drum impact is still quite too aggressive for me, especially R&B and dance music like Earth, Wind & Fire, Christina Aguilera. If the bass/drum impact could be reduced around 1 - 2 steps out of 10, I will buy it without any hesitance. I think it is suitable for speakers and might pair well with bass light headphones, such as Audio technica ATH-ADX5000 / Sennheiser HD800s.

    - Audiobyte Hydra Stack ( Linear Filter / Normal Phase ) : I spent 30 mins with it. I think Hydra Stack sound is in the same tone as Wavedream, but laidback and less bass/drum impact. I prefer its sound to Wavelight. I mean Hydra Stack sound is closer to Wavedream than Wavelight. To tell the actual differences, I have to test A/B between them again. I did not do this time because I would like to spend time with Wavedream, which I like most among them.

    Next step, I will contact both Denafrips and Audio-GD distributors for demo ( Terminator 2 and R7-HE ) . Thank you for reading.
     
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