SGCD Question

Quick question. When I’m playing DSD files/SACDs through USB/the ChiFi i2s converter should I get an indication on the screen as to the encoding or do I just trust Roon (at least for the files)?

i.e. does the SGCD have a source format indicator on the screen in any situations?

Thanks very much.
Mike in Dayton

It should. However, the USB readout on the GDAC is less than consistent, that’s for sure.

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Thanks. That’s what I thought. It’s not really in the manual but I seem to recall seeing signal info sometimes.

I only ask so I don’t drive myself crazy trying to find a setting that isn’t there or wondering what I’m missing. I always appreciate your help, @jamesh.

Mike in Dayton

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Less than consistent in displaying accurate information, or less than consistent in displaying anything? I haven’t installed my brother’s hand-me-down Aurender N100H yet, and I’m wondering what to expect. I’ll do it one day soon when I get a decent USB cable and get over my network fears. :wink:

The pragmatist in me says it shouldn’t matter what the display says since I can’t read it from my listening chair anyway. [I’d insert another wink emoji here, but I hate redundancy.]

Depends. There are some which aren’t able to display it at all over USB. Then there are some that do really well but sometimes struggle to hang tight to the info and display it.

I recently bought and changed the XLR cable connect the CXN-V2 DAC to SGCD with new AudioQuest XLRs MacKenzie to have all interconnect and speaker cable to be entirely AudioQuest, i notice there a pop sounded, not loud enough but hearable when play/pause the DAC, before the new Mackenzie, i have no issue/pop sound with old XLR cable from DAC to SGCD - the un-branded less than $60 ddid not create any pop. i think there is no any issue with grounding, since i have no hum issue with the Rel sub from first place when i unboxed and used the stellar stacks. it does not impact to my listening, but the idea of “something had happened” still around in mind whenever i start the music.

Anybody have any ideas ?



On SGCD, I disable DAC funtion, shutdown it down (power off), turn it on, then turn on and play the CXN DAC, no pop.

Enable DAC function on SGCD again, saved, turn off and play the music, no pop at all !!!
don’t know why, i guess there need to clear something has been remembered on SGCD ?

Now, NO POP → mean GOOD, waiting for couple weeks to break in the new Mackenzie, currently i see nothing different at first place compare to the old un-branded XRLs cable less than 100 bucks

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Glad the pop seems to have gone away. Hopefully it stays that way. Enjoy the new XLR cables!

Just to close the thread, my USB port no longer likes the output of my Raspberry Pi running RoPieee. Which is fine. I’ll just connect my iPad when I want to try and play DSD files which Roon says is going into the SGCD. I have no screen indicator but Roon says it’s straight DSD which is good enough for me.

Everything sounds great through it so I’ve learned to stop worrying and just enjoy the music.

Do you like the CXN? I’ve been back and forth on buying one and would love to hear real experience with it.


well, i would love to tell the true about my experiences, i hope i will not spoil your intention if had

  1. if you are the fan of crisp high and crystall clear mid then the CXN-V2 may not be for you. Mine is V2 version 2 with lunar gray color which is the upgrade of the CXN - V2 verison 1 ( silver and black color )

  2. if you are planning to enter the DSD native world then it may not be for you , since the dual wofson chip just support DoP 64 only, there is no 256/512 or even 64-128 native decoding.
    the combo CXN-V2 and CXA-A81 are good and best match when going together, my case is ti ultilize the current CXN since getting the PS-Direct Stream DAC is too much to afford at present

I bought the TEAC NT-505 2 months ago to go with teh stellar stacks ( M700 + SGCD) to find my old favorite taste of DSD sound , the TEAC is higher level compare to CXN-V2 with truely crystall clear, full of details in high and mid , deeper bass, but much digital air than the CXN

The CXN is OK if you are not deamanding too much about it compare to the higher level DAC, just like the $1200 vs $3000-5000 DAC, right?

I’m now just using the CXN with it digiatl radio stations, its radio is really good.
by the way the StreamMagic app on mobile of Cmabrigde is really good which i love most

i some time use the built in dac on SGCD via usb and play with roon, it’s just OK i think.

I hope my old experiences will not impact to your intention.
If you have time, go to listen the CXN youself before you decide .


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