Out of phase problem


#1

Hi,

I have had my DirectStream for a few weeks now and it came with the 1.21 software installed. I use a MacMini as source connecting to the dac using a Kimber USB cable.

My problem is that when playing music the singer that are supposed to be in the center is standing to the right in the soundstage and when checking this using a test record ex professor Johnson
XLO test record the left, right is ok but the focus in center and in phase is not that good and then when trying the out of phase everything more or less shifts over to the right channel.
Probably this is the imbalance that appears and this is what I am hearing.

I have checked my amplifier and speakers and their placement in my room and its ok.
If I play music from my Cd player or record player I don’t have this problem and my previous AMR DAC did not cause this problem either.

Best Regards.
Alf


#2

Just for grins, try hitting the filter button a few times. That cured an imbalance I had with the DS when it first arrived.


#3

Did you check the balance setting? After first boot mine was not centered, don’t know why. Press the balance button on the remote and check if display says “100” for both left and right.


#4

Same thing happened to me with the balance settings after my kit build was finished. Possible it could happen on a retail DS as well.


#5

What’s a ‘filter button’?


#6
aliaswolf said Did you check the balance setting? After first boot mine was not centered, don't know why. Press the balance button on the remote and check if display says "100" for both left and right.
I have checked the balance settings but it's ok..

#7
tony22 said Same thing happened to me with the balance settings after my kit build was finished. Possible it could happen on a retail DS as well.
Perhaps my DS just needs some more time playing and that will solve the problem..

How did you solve it?


#8

Paul, I presume lonson is referring to the “Filter” button on the remote. You know, for engaging/disengaging the 20 dB attenuation. Have no idea why it would effect balance, but that’s how I interpreted what he said.


#9
pmotz said Paul, I presume lonson is referring to the "Filter" button on the remote. You know, for engaging/disengaging the 20 dB attenuation. Have no idea why it would effect balance, but that's how I interpreted what he said.
Exactly. Engaging the 20 db attenuation by pushing that button sevreral times cleared my initial balance issues. Why that would be so I don't know but I'm glad it did.

#10

Right. I forgot. Thanks!


#11
Hififun said

Perhaps my DS just needs some more time playing and that will solve the problem…

How did you solve it?

Check the balance using the buttons on the remote. If the L and R channels don't match, use the remote to make them the same. Then use the volume buttons on the remote to go all the way to 100, back down to 0, back up to 100, and then wherever you want to set it.