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Some interesting information for users of this JKDAC32 that I just discovered which will mean a better sound & full use of 32/384 from USB to DAC output. I posted this on the JKDAC thread but it bears repeating here:

Ah, I just discovered something of interest - use the JKDAC with the M2tech's Young DAC drivers, instead of the Hiface drivers - a big difference in sound. A richer, more laid back & less forward sound - no details missing just presented in a different way. It may be to do with these drivers being 32 bit compared to the Hiface 24bit or it may be the mysteries of software, computers & audio

The next person using this with a PC should compare the two drivers & report what they hear.

The Young DAC driver needs to be installed manually i.e through the control panel & Windows will warn that the driver may not be a correct driver for this hardware - ignore it & continue - it works & it works extremely well.

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Some interesting information for users of this JKDAC32 that I just discovered which will mean a better sound & full use of 32/384 from USB to DAC output. I posted this on the JKDAC thread but it bears repeating here:

Interesting indeed. Are the M2tech's Young drivers available simply from their website?

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I've been listening to the JKDAC32 for a day or 2, it only has about 20-30hrs on it. I'm using the original 24bit Hiface driver but have just downloaded the Young driver to try :)

There is a marked difference between the orig JKDAC and this one. The newer Dac has a fuller and "gutsier" sound in the mids. treble is silky soft and smooth never bright. The bass isn't as deep or detailed as the Sabre based unit, still fantastic and not lacking though.....perhaps the sabre is overly boosted by comparison?

I find the soundstage not as big or ethereal but more focused and defined.......my speakers don't disappear as well but the image bounces in front of them with startling reality when required.........

Bottom line for me is this Dac32 is far easier to live with and enjoy for long listening periods, far less fatiguing. This one certainly is not "Dry" to my ears........

Cant wait to hear more opinions as it goes around the country.....as it breaks in more.

Wonderful product John, the all in one solution is again fantastic......my toes are tapping :)

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thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one naggots. I have the JK Sabre DAC at the moment and find it thoroughly enjoyable to listen to. Unlike others I don't find it 'dry' sounding at all with two other SNA members of the same opinion. My system is transparent enough to reveal subtle differences in source, even playback software so this characteristic should have shown itself I would of thought.

I'm keen to hear the JK DAC32 in my system although I could happily live with the JK Sabre DAC.

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Lebowski, everything is system dependent. That's why it's hard to rely on reviews.

It's great that people are willing to send units around for people to try, as it's bound to reveal different experiences on different systems. Gotta love SNA !

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Thanks Naggots, glad you like it :)

Yes, this DAC was my answer to the "dry" attribute that some people attached to the JKDAC.

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I didn't find the first JKDAC dry either. I have all tube pre and power amps tho. This one is definitely meatier ... Dare i say warmer?? but at the expense of a bit of bass and treble detail/extension unless you're seriously listening for it..... It's not as pronounced or forward as the sabre, not a bad thing but just different.

Other people with more resolving systems may like the less analytical sound it offers I suspect....... But then again some love to analyze!!!!

I found the orig JKDAC opened up after a week or so...... So maybe another 20-30 hrs will do the same with this one?

I've been having a few issues with my Mac mini playing thru it. Audio midi says m2tech Hiface is selected ..... But no sound. Turn the dac on and off a few times and eventually it works....... Then works for hrs no problem? Hope the Young driver fixes this. I reinstalled the Hiface driver but made no difference. Never had this issue with the first dac.

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thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one naggots. I have the JK Sabre DAC at the moment and find it thoroughly enjoyable to listen to. Unlike others I don't find it 'dry' sounding at all with two other SNA members of the same opinion. My system is transparent enough to reveal subtle differences in source, even playback software so this characteristic should have shown itself I would of thought. I'm keen to hear the JK DAC32 in my system although I could happily live with the JK Sabre DAC.

Hi Lebowski

Interesting, very interesting. I tried it on a number of systems including my own and in every case it was dry. Even had an email from an overseas guy saying the same thing. The only common factor I can think of is they were all solid state. Are you using valves?

Thanks

Bill

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