Denafrips FPGA Firmware Update

In case there are any Denafrips DAC owners out there that are not aware of the FPGA Firmware Update, here's the link:

I did the update on my Ares II earlier today and am currently enjoying the results.  It is definitely an improvement without question.


Does/do these firmware upgrades work also on the newest Ares (anniversary) dac or do those come with the updated firmware already?

From reading the procedure for installing the firmware, again; I would say it applies to all the Ares II DACs.

I purchased the Enoy (Ares II) in November and have enjoyed it since then. But there was the occasional reverb effect. It was a great improvement over my DENON AV built in DAC via HDMI. I wasn't expecting anything earth shattering, but... It was night and day! The very first thing I noticed was the much larger and 3D soundstage. The balance of the audio was majorly improved and much more detailed without harshness at all. Finally the minor reverb effects I noticed in some songs was gone,

Listening to Beth Hart's vocals were just as raspy and strong, but with absolutely no artifacts which allowed me to listen without fatigue. Pink Floyd Shine on You Crazy Diamond was as clear and detailed as my vinyl CBS half speed pressing (the second corrected version). I have a very good vinyl setup, but I just can't stop listening now. My wife has to remind me she wants to watch something. Haha.

I hope everyone has the same experience. Alvin and his team deserve massive praise for the way they take care of the customer! And that the update really did make a major improvement.

One note for the Windows/USB users. After rebooting to allow unsigned drivers, you must install the Configuration driver which is separate from the FUT tool. If you don't the USB HiRes F-20 Configuration device will show up, but you will have the yellow exclamation triangle that is isn't functioning and the FUT tool will fail. Once that is working the update is instantaneous. I rebooted my Windows system and cycled the power completely on the DAC. I believe you will be very happy with this upgrade/ 

@audibleguy - all Denafrips anniversary models have the new firmware. From what Alvin said, only II models can get the update. Double check, but that’s my understanding.


I find it interesting that some here are reporting an improvement in sound stage dimensions after the upgrade. While I really like my Pontus II, the one area I would like to see improvement on is the sound stage. I am looking forward to this upgrade in a big way!