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ether
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Oct 8, 2015
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Just got to try out my DACport Slim. Here are my experiences:
Firefox says that the CEntrance.com site has an invalid certificate, which wasn't a great start.
Using Win7 64bit, installed the CEntrance Universal driver (v7.4.18) like the instructions said, then plugged it in using the Massdrop USB cable. It wouldn't play anything but static until I restarted the machine.
The Control Panel says "DACport HD", btw. No mention of Slim. 352800 and 384000 Hz are listed in the control panel and selectable, but Foobar2000 just throws errors if those bitrates are selected. You can only select either 16bit or 32bit. The Slim does work with 192000Hz 32bit selected though, even though the specs on the CEntrance site said that it would only support up to 24bit.
I must say, the thing sounds great (and that's really what matters, right?). I'm using Beyerdynamic dt880 250 Ohms and Alpha Dog Pros. Very crisp, zero noise, great soundstage and beautifully clear. It's amazing the sound quality that you get for the price. It really shines with electronic music but has sounded great with anything I've thrown at it really. There's enough power for me even when set to low gain using either headphones.
It does get quite warm to the touch which I did expect. The case and hardware feels solid, with a nice metal case. I would prefer that the volume knob had a bit more resistance. It is printed with "DACport HD" in large letters. I find this slightly annoying as if I ever sell it, I'll have to explain to the buyer that it is actually not a DACport HD but a DACport Slim.
I just hope that CEntrance can sort the Driver problems out so others can enjoy what seems like a nice product. Also it doesn't feel like a super polished product when the driver and even the painted silkscreen on the case is for the HD, not the Slim.
Overall I'm very happy with the purchase.
Oct 8, 2015
m4rkbr0wn
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Oct 8, 2015
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You may have accidentally got sent a DACport HD because that is what the HD has printed on the side unless they gave you Slim innards and the HD housing because the regular Slim just has CEntrance printed on the side of it.
Which if that was the case and you scored a HD for $100 I'd consider you a very lucky individual.
*Also I wanted to ask since someone mentioned the DACport HD where in the world are people hearing/listening to 384kHz resolution files or even 32bit that must be on some orchestral type level studio or something along those lines and probably the average listener isn't going to get near those resolution ranges right?
What is the max resolution the Tidal subscription service streams the more premium one with lossless audio?
Oct 8, 2015
Kheos
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Oct 8, 2015
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If what you are saying is true that is a DACport HD you have there, no question about it.
Oct 8, 2015
CEntrance
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Michael Goodman
Oct 8, 2015
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Yes, there were a couple of "Easter eggs" in the shipment. You got one of them. Congrats. You can resell it as a true HD, worth $200.
Oct 8, 2015
ether
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Oct 9, 2015
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Wow! Thanks!! That's exciting.
I'm really liking my DACport HD, I'm sure the Slim sounds just as good.
Oct 9, 2015
mistaneat
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Oct 9, 2015
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Awesome. Wish I had gotten one of the "Easter eggs" lol
Oct 9, 2015
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