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About NwAvGuy, ODAC's creator

Postby ACX » 15 Mar 2014, 15:49

An interesting article on his history here:
NwAvGuy: The Audio Genius Who Vanished

Here another viewpoint:
NwAvGuy...Troll or Hero?

While I don't agree with every statement or design choice expressed on his blog, I believe him as a strongly positive influencer in the DAC industry and in the way customers look at these products.
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Re: About NwAvGuy, ODAC's creator

Postby tux » 15 Mar 2014, 18:34

I am new to dacs and when I was doing my research I found his blog. His blog post named 'what we hear ', it's one of my favourites and I think that everyone should read it:

http://nwavguy.blogspot.gr/2012/04/what ... r.html?m=1
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Re: About NwAvGuy, ODAC's creator

Postby ACX » 15 Mar 2014, 20:35

He's always been straight in telling his opinions and measurements, something that could be unpopular in a place where subjectivity is king (the audiophile world). His lifeban from HeadFi is an example of that :)
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Re: About NwAvGuy, ODAC's creator

Postby tc-fi » 16 Mar 2014, 14:00

+1

You might also enjoy Monty Montgomery's excellent tutorial and article on digital audio.

Digital Show and Tell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIQ9IXSUzuM

24/192 Music Downloads ...and why they make no sense
http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html
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Re: About NwAvGuy, ODAC's creator

Postby voxxonline » 24 Aug 2014, 09:31

Myself coming from diyaudio world (though I m more assembly man than real diy'er), I ve heard about him and this ban from so called "audiophile" forum is a good reference for being objective.
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Re: About NwAvGuy, ODAC's creator

Postby voxxonline » 24 Aug 2014, 09:45

followed down the development of story, here is video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCZ-AJQOiDg

Peak DC Voltage when turning
on: -0.103v ~ 2.799v
off: -2.246v ~ 0.971v
measured with 300ohm(HD600) load.
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Re: About NwAvGuy, ODAC's creator

Postby Downunder55 » 31 Aug 2014, 01:36

Have always been a little curious about the potential for "Snake Oil" claims with the likes of $ 10K speakers and amps, super kryptonite power cables, $ 1,000 speaker cables and the rest of the high end gizmos in the "Holy Grail" quest for super sound .... I am sure my aging ears ability to hear any improvement would deteriorate more in a couple of months than these improvements could ever make ! ...... but if it rocks ya boat .......

Came across NwAvGuy when recently looking for a new Dac and read some of the articles his blog, very interesting reading indeed.

I decided on a ODAC (great reviews & good price point for me), one of the comments I read that did make sense to me was the potential for noise from the USB power source from the host computer etc.

I found another recent development in conjunction with Yoyodyne (http://www.yoyodyneconsulting.ca/pages/OEM.html) the consultant who originally collaborated with NwAvGuy in the development of the ODAC, for a DAC that is effectively an ODAC that is powered by a separate power supply and not the USB. This is known as the cDac+ http://www.yoyodyneconsulting.ca/pages/cDAC+.html.

As only marginally dearer than the original ODAC ..... I now have one on its way downunder to join the expanding range of stuff to play with :D

This stuff is so addictive :oops:
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Re: About NwAvGuy, ODAC's creator

Postby Downunder55 » 02 Sep 2014, 05:04

Downunder55 wrote:a DAC that is effectively an ODAC that is powered by a separate power supply and not the USB. This is known as the cDac+ http://www.yoyodyneconsulting.ca/pages/cDAC+.html.


The cDac+ plus arrived today, a nice looking board and oh so small ....

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