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    Soulution 590 USB Converter



    Anyone here have experience with Soulution USB Converter? I am currently using it between a Mac Mini and the Soulution 541 SACD Player with Streamer DAC upgrade.

    The good news is that the music sounds better when the USB cable from the Mac goes into the 590 converter and AES/EBU goes out and into the 541. It plays the 1T of music I have on the dedicated Mac Mini server and streams Spotify.

    Here's the wrinkle: For some reason it won't process Tidal HiFi. Ya, a real head scratcher for me. It won't pass thru the signal. Not sure why. Ideas?
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    Chicagoland : Soulution 725 preamp, 711 stereo amp, 541 SACD/560 DAC w/ Network Streaming, Raidho D5.1, Naim UnitiServe 2TB, Aurender W-20 Ansuz d-tc Loom (complete), Teac X1000 R2R, QNAP TS-451+

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    Re: Soulution 590 USB Converter

    Le Roy,

    Congrats on the 590, it looks like a nice piece of gear. I think you were very wise to go with all Soulution components in your system. They will mesh together perfectly. I hope you figure out how to get the Tidal to work with the 590. I'm also hoping to get Tidal in the near future once I figure out how to use it with my Mac Mini.

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    Re: Soulution 590 USB Converter

    590 inside.



    You've upgraded 590 with the latest firmware?

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    Re: Soulution 590 USB Converter

    Quote Originally Posted by wizard View Post
    590 inside.



    You've upgraded 590 with the latest firmware?
    Wizard, that is a great question. This is a loaner from my dealer David Baskin. It says serial #001. So I suspect...maybe not.

    I will tell you that it is making a huge difference in the sound quality on the sources that it will play.
    Le Roy

    Austin, Tx : Soulution 520 preamp, 501 mono blocks, 541 SACD/560 DAC w/ Network Streaming, Raidho D3.1, Lumin U1, Uptone Audio Modded Mac Mini w/ MMK fanless kit & JS-2 LPS, Regen, Ansuz Diamond Loom, Oppo 105D, QNAP TS-451+

    Chicagoland : Soulution 725 preamp, 711 stereo amp, 541 SACD/560 DAC w/ Network Streaming, Raidho D5.1, Naim UnitiServe 2TB, Aurender W-20 Ansuz d-tc Loom (complete), Teac X1000 R2R, QNAP TS-451+

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    Re: Soulution 590 USB Converter

    Quote Originally Posted by Odyssey View Post
    Anyone here have experience with Soulution USB Converter? I am currently using it between a Mac Mini and the Soulution 541 SACD Player with Streamer DAC upgrade.
    Why bother with USB and converters, if your CDP has a superior interface onboard (Ethernet) ?

    I have had this Soulution converter. In fact, the pic Wizard just posted was taken by me. It is a good converter, but waaaay overpriced for what it is.

    I belive there are better alternatives nowadays, at a fraction of a cost.
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    Re: Soulution 590 USB Converter

    FWIW, I compared the Berkeley converter against the 590, and others, and much preferred the 590. We all have personal preferences, and much can also depend on the system and room involved.
    Jon

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    Re: Soulution 590 USB Converter

    Quote Originally Posted by Elberoth View Post
    Why bother with USB and converters, if your CDP has a superior interface onboard (Ethernet) ?

    I have had this Soulution converter. In fact, the pic Wizard just posted was taken by me. It is a good converter, but waaaay overpriced for what it is.

    I belive there are better alternatives nowadays, at a fraction of a cost.
    Hello Adam, thank you for responding. I am not exactly tech savvy when it comes to computer audio. I am attempting to learn. I am trying to get my Mac Mini to play to the Soulution 541 with its onboard streaming DAC. For some reason the direct connection via USB from Mac to Soulution was not working. My dealer loaned the the 590. I've gathered that direct USB is not optimal but that's the way I've done it in my experience.

    I have seen your post about USB converter shootouts here:

    15 USB/SPDIF converters shootout

    I found it very informative. It does sound like there is a better way via ethernet as you suggest. I have to figure out how to mate the Mac to the 541 when the Mac has one ethernet port that I am using as an input.

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    Chicagoland : Soulution 725 preamp, 711 stereo amp, 541 SACD/560 DAC w/ Network Streaming, Raidho D5.1, Naim UnitiServe 2TB, Aurender W-20 Ansuz d-tc Loom (complete), Teac X1000 R2R, QNAP TS-451+

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    Re: Soulution 590 USB Converter

    Quote Originally Posted by VT Skier View Post
    FWIW, I compared the Berkeley converter against the 590, and others, and much preferred the 590. We all have personal preferences, and much can also depend on the system and room involved.
    Indeed. I have prefered the Soulution over BADA on a TotalDAC too. However you look at Soulution product, you cannot escape the fact that this converter is overpriced.
    Adam

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    Re: Soulution 590 USB Converter

    Quote Originally Posted by Odyssey View Post
    It does sound like there is a better way via ethernet as you suggest. I have to figure out how to mate the Mac to the 541 when the Mac has one ethernet port that I am using as an input.
    You need to connect the two via your router. I do not think a direct connection is even possible.
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    Re: Soulution 590 USB Converter

    Quote Originally Posted by Elberoth View Post
    However you look at Soulution product, you cannot escape the fact that this converter is overpriced.
    Perhaps. But couldn't we say the same about your amplifiers? And many other products in this hobby?

    Beauty is in the eye (or ear) of the beholder, wouldn't you agree?
    Jon

 

 
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