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Holo Audio May DAC
I think that Jeff Zhou’s comments are true in general, but the May (and likely Spring 3) are in fact ideal candidates for digital volume control under the right conditions. The May has a very high SNR which allows for a lot of extra headroom when ... 
Holo Audio May DAC
@eckie77I didn’t notice a big initial difference with the Balanced to Single Ended transformer to be honest but I also haven’t done any A/B testing yet. I put it in and have left it there. I think that the reason that the Lampizator had a more “ho... 
Holo Audio May DAC
@redwoodaudio as per my prior posts above, I have been comparing the May against a Lampizator Amber 3. In pure NOS mode with no external upsampling I generally would agree with you - the Lampizator held its own and was better in that natural/organ... 
Holo Audio May DAC
@luisma31 Pi's are their own architecture/hardware. As far as Holo firmware vs chipset drivers, I think it's a mix of effort on both sides of the equation. Right now, the only combination that really works is 3.12 Holo firmware + intel USB chipset. 
Holo Audio May DAC
@luisma31 no you can't do 1.536 with the Pi. Basically has to be Intel USB. Also note you will need to black flash to 30.12 firmware if you want to try 1.536. But it was easy to flash the firmware to 30.12 and then run the HQP NAA image off of a u... 
Holo Audio May DAC
I don't think USB cables should be making a difference given the May's implementation unless they are simply out of spec. I use a Supra USB cable without issue. And again, I have not noticed a difference between 3 low-powered (and LPS powered) end... 
Holo Audio May DAC
@nquery did you tried the EC modulators as well? do you still like the pure NOS over EC mods with HQPlayer?I ask because per your post I noticed you are using PCM not SDMI’m just curious that’s all@luisma31 I have not yet as my current core server... 
Holo Audio May DAC
@jcarcopo I go back and forth with HQPlayer - not all of the filters are better than pure NOS. I am really loving the recently added sinc-mx with LSN15 upsampled to 768hz pcm. I also have a $140 intel pc stick arriving this week that I will use as... 
Holo Audio May DAC
I should provide an update after another 10 days of testing the May alongside my Lampizator Amber 3. In straight head-to-head comparisons there are pros and cons to each. But where the May has shined for me is with HQPlayer upsampling and digital ... 
Holo Audio May DAC
@dvdboulet So with that in mind... is there an affordable preamp or "analog volume attenuator" that is affordable? It would seem that in its most pure sense all I’m really after is a way to attenuate the sound without degrading the quality (i.e. w... 
Holo Audio May DAC
A few days later and what I have done is create an A/B setup with Roon playing to two endpoints as a grouping, one going to the May and one going to the Lampizator. Each of which is connected to different inputs on my Line Magnetic 805ia SET amp. ... 
Holo Audio May DAC
So I have acquired a slightly used Holo May ( 200 - 300 hrs in mint condition) and have been listening to it for the past few days, comparing it to my Lampizator Amber 3. I am on the fence so far to be honest. Earlier in this thread, more than one... 
Holo Audio May DAC
@tinear123 thanks. I am currently using a Lampizator Amber 3 with my LM SET amp. I want to either upgrade to the Lampizator Baltic 3 or the Holo May. Lampi's have a certain house sound that is palpable and vivid but possibly a little too much at t... 
Holo Audio May DAC
Thanks for pointing that out @georgehifi. I am thinking about a Holo May to front my single ended Line Magnetic 805ia and was concerned that I would be missing out on optimal connectivity, that the SE connections would be compromised. 
Recommendations on Integrated Tube Amp around $5k
A little late to this thread but in my house I have had the Rogue CM, PrimaLuna Dialogue HP (or whatever the precursor to the Evo300 was), and LM 805ia. As @facten states, the Rogue has a very "solid-state" sound and didn't offer enough differenti...