I already asked Marty about that earlierRoon determines whether the DAC is Native DSD or not.
If the DAC doesn't report it as such, then Roon won't enable that option.
I've asked Marty for the firmware version of the USB card installed in his DAC, as I've read that not all Amanero firmware versions do Native DSD, and we can take it from there.
I'm REALLY glad you like your new GG2 as much as you obviously do now in the meantime
This is valid with which Output tubes? 242 or PX25?
What Rectifier do you have?
Not sure. But Fred gave me the info on the correct one for decoding DSD256/512 using Win10. I was intimidated by the instructions, so our friend LD from the UK is going to help me with the flashing, hopefully this weekend.Larry which FW version you have in the Pac?
What OS does your Server have?Not sure. But Fred gave me the info on the correct one for decoding DSD256/512 using Win10. I was intimidated by the instructions, so our friend LD from the UK is going to help me with the flashing, hopefully this weekend.
What OS does your Server have?
Or do you have an Endpoint with another OS?
My DACs are optimised for Linux (Lampi SuperKomputer) but I have no problems playing up to DSD256 natively over an Win10 endpoint.
Hi MartyCurrently using 242 and the KR5u4g. will get to the PX25 eventually but not until I wrap my arms around what I have that has me so transfixed already
Fred Ainsley is an absolute Gentleman and IMHO the best possible Lampizator "Ambassador" I could think of!Enough time has now passed that my Lampi GG2 is fully broken in and it might be useful to share some listening observations. To begin,I want to extend my deepest thanks to many of the forum members that have provided assistance and suggestions both publicly and privately to help me extract the most from my unit.
I purchased my unit with 2 pair of output tubes, the PX25 and the much hyped 242. Both are made by Kron, the preferred tube provider for Lampi these days. The PX is an RK Anniversary model although it’s not exactly clear to me what this signifies. I also bought the RK “Anniversary” model of the KR 5U4G rectifier.
Unfortunately, I thought the new 242s I received with my Lampi had excessive microphony. I wrote to Lukasz about this and his response was that the 242 is a high gain tube, and although many users prefer them, microphony is the price one pays for their high gain. (The Lampi was actually designed around the use of low gain tubes such as the 300b and PX4. The use of the 242 was an unintended surprise but once it happened, its use understandably spread like wildfire.) Although I understood what Lukasz was telling me, my feeling was that the microphony I experienced was still above and beyond what I thought was reasonable. This is not only easily testable by tapping the tube or chassis at low volume (even that is a bad idea by the way) but if you are playing music files at concert hall levels for fff and higher passages and suddenly stop playback, you can actually hear the tubes ring (rather harshly) followed by a fairly rapid delay of about 250-300 msec until they quiet again. Frankly, I can't see how anyone can avoid this unless 1) their Lampi is in another room; or 2) you're just not playing very loudly as then it would be a minimal or non-issue at moderate levels or below. Or, option #3, you have a bad set of tubes.
Enter Fred Ainsley Jr., the North American distributor for Lampizator, who reached out to me because he heard about my tube issue through the grapevine and even though he didn’t have a damn thing to do with my purchase, offered to help me rectify the issue. So Fred kindly offered to lend me his 242's for comparison. (Now that’s what I all customer service! How many people do you know that will lend you tubes, especially if you didn’t buy from him? Nobody I know!) As far as the loaner 242’s, it was no contest. They were far better than mine, especially for microphonics and thus concomitant distortion. Here is the email I sent Fred:
"I received your tubes on Thursday. I inserted them on Fri and burned them in for about 36 hours with music before doing any serious listening last evening. There is no question they are significantly superior to the 242s that came with my Lampi. The difference in microphony is significant. On loud passages, my 242's just sound nasty and harsh. Yours hold together beautifully. This is not surprising to me as my tubes actually rattle when I tap the chassis of my GG2. Yours do not. It's no surprise to me that a tube that rattles will not sound good if the music is loud enough to vibrate the tube. And yes, I play music loud enough to do that. Mahler 3 1st movement is an orchestral torture test for this. Your 242s passed w flying colors. Mine failed miserably as their microphony is unacceptable. BTW, my RK Anniversary KR PX25's do not rattle either and do not have the microphony issues of my 242s (although they are hardly not microphony free, as most high gain tubes are not) . I should add that there is no contest between the PX25's and the 242's sonically. I've now spent considerable time with the 242s and the PX25. Although both tubes are excellent, there’s no question that in my system, the 242's are the far preferred tubes. The transparency of the 242 is unrivaled. The PS25 is a damn good tube. However the 242 is in another league. It's not a surprise that it is the preferred tube of many Lampi lovers. The "window pane" to the music is just clearer and more transparent to the source than with the PX25. Not by a football field, but it is quite noticeable. "
The bottom line is that Fred arranged to send my 242’s back to Lampi for credit and I'm keeping his, which is good since I had no intention of ever returning them even if I had to pay for them and throw mine away! (just kidding Fred…or am I? )
I also think the 242's offer specifically better definition of the 40-80Hz range than the PX25. Subterranean bass is also adequate and satisfying, but honestly, it's not a strength of either tube compared to the Meitner DA2. Fortunately, that's not where most of the music lives. But one listen to a piano and you will never want to listen to another DAC ever again.
An additional step that reduced the microphony even further and fortunately, to an almost imperceptible level, was the use of Herbie’s tube rings. This tip was provided by Leif Swanson of Von Schweikert Audio and was such a revelation that I would consider them mandatory for any Lampi, regardless of tube choice. I was told to use the Ultrasonic Rx for the bottle shaped 242 (at its widest part) and the HAL-O-III for the square shaped 5U4G rectifier (placed a little higher than the waist). They are extraordinary little devices with no down side that I can hear especially in comparison to the myriad of tube dampers I have used in the past with other products. They are also extremely inexpensive (but well-made). Don’t leave home without it!
A few critical comments are in order. In my view, Lampi is just not a finished product from a chassis damping perspective. While the copper chassis may be excellent at shielding EMI/RFI, it is an embarrassment that it is not lined to prevent vibrations. Tapping the chassis and high preamp volumes results in feedback that is unacceptable and could easily be minimized or eliminated with proper chassis damping. Between the lack of chassis damping and the microphony of high gain tubes such as the 242, the chassis rattles like an empty garbage if you so much as touch, tap, or slide your finger along the chassis when the gain of your preamp is high and the resultant system howling is extremely disturbing. Let me be clear, before anyone tells me their GG doesn’t have tube microphony or excessive vibration to touch which comes through the system, I want to be clear this occurs with my Soulution 725 preamp wide open at full gain. If you try this at low volumes, it likely may not occur, but with max system gain I’d be shocked if your entire system doesn’t start howling like a wind storm when you tap the chassis. This is disappointing because it’s probably fixable. The best solution I have ever seen to rectify this issue is the chassis damping on Shunyata power conditioners. Caelin once showed me the difference to tapping and vibration with and without dampling and it was remarkable. That's a very easy and low cost improvement and I'm both surprised and disappointed Lukasz doesn't do that. Perhaps he will on future models. It’s an aspect of the unit that can certainly use improvement.
Because the chassis coupled with possible tube microphony has the potential to vibrate and cause system feedback, the Lampi absolutely must be put on a shelf that has significant mass.An ideal environment would first be one where the unit is located where it is not susceptible to music in your listening room, but that is typically not possible. In my view, there might be a benefit of putting it in a closed area such as a cabinet or closet. Next, If you have the resources, you can certainly buy passive and active anti-vibration platforms to minimize the chassis/tube feedback issues, but there are certainly very benefical solutions available at much more affordable prices. One example of an effective and cost efficient base is a good solid piece of butcher block such as this
There are surely other plentiful options but you get the idea. Shelving with high mass and or good damping can be a great asset here. As always, YMMV.
To be continued due to word limitations......
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