The All Purpose Advice Thread - Part 2

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  1. Greg121986

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    Are there any Bluetooth receivers that will output (in order of preference) USB, AES/EBU, or coax SPDIF? I would like to have an easy Bluetooth connection for people to feed my DAC but I am already using the I2S from my Holo Red and optical from my TV. Most Bluetooth devices output optical and I would like to not disconnect my TV if possible.

    The only thing that seems to be available is the Eversolo DMP-A6 but that's a lot of power just to make a Bluetooth tx into my DAC. The IFI streaming offerings look great but they do not seem to have Bluetooth.
     
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    The iFi ZEN Blue V2 takes in Bluetooth and outputs SPDIF via coax/rca.

    Please note that the new V3 does not have digital outputs. So don't order it by mistake!
     
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    The Shanling ET3 has Bluetooth capability, on top of being a CD transport and a few other tricks. I haven't heard one, but it's been well received in this thread, and is priced somewhere between the Eversolo DMP-A6 and the Zen Blue.
     
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    I ordered what may be the last Shanling ET3 on Amazon. Hopefully it gets here fast like they say it will. I've been wanting a CD transport for awhile so hopefully this thing works well. Other sources are showing a 1 month preorder with no ability to cancel which is frustrating.
     
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    I am currently testing a Wiim Pro as a streamer and I can confirm it will take BT input and output via spdif coax. However, it is basic BT, nothing like LDAC or even aptx-HD.

    I know that FiiO has a BTA30Pro that can do LDAC in and out and has spdif out as well, but I'm not 100% sure it can be just a straight converter. I used one for a while as a usb DAC to BT transmitter and it worked well for that.

    Edit: Just saw you bought the Shanling, so this is more for reference for others. Looks like FiiO has a BR13 that can do LDAC in and spdif out. 1Mii also has a 3 or 4 options that do the same. I have some 1Mii BT adapters for airplane flights and a cheap LDAC capable speaker amp and they all are great for the prices, but no idea how they would hold up in an audiophile system.
     
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    So I just got a set of headphone cables re-terminated with connectors (Furutech FT-H800(R)) to be able to use with an HD8xx headphone. My only experience with Furutech connectors are the 4-pin XLRs that are smooth like butter when plugging into an amp. I guess I was expecting the headphone connectors to give me a similar experience. What I got was about 5-10 minutes just trying to get the connectors into the headphone, and another 10-15 minutes wrestling and struggling to pull them out.

    When I asked about this, the person/company who did the re-termination said they tested this in their hd800s and it went smoothly, that further, this is common of aftermarket plugs (slight misalignment), and solution is to keep it in for a couple of weeks.

    Has anyone had similar experience, and will simply keeping them in for a long length of time help with this issue? I'm almost afraid to try using this cable again for fear of breaking the headphone cups, the cable, or both with the way I struggled. Yeah I know I'm not swole, but I am currently using a nice chi-fi cable whose regular generic connectors easily connect on and and off, easy peasy.
     
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    Oh, I definitely had the same issue. Luckily the vendor I bought the connectors from was willing to let me return them and they mentioned that they had similar complaints from other customers about the Furu HD800 connectors. Everything else I’ve used from furutech has been great, otherwise. Also, the witness marks and measurements with some calipers on my connectors indicate an issue with tolerance stacking and not misalignment.
     

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