Update: After a few hours of headaches, I realized my issue with not getting any sound output was due to outdated plugins with the newest foobar revision. I updated the SACD and ASIOProxy components. After that, we are now outputting sound!!
Going with dual transformers wasn’t my first pick for an optimal design, but trying to find a transformer that has twin 15V AND twin 6V secondaries inside the USA is nearly impossible. Well, unless you are ready to drop half the cost of the entire project, just on a transformer (~$120).
I plan on starting my listening tests today, especially my DSD256 tracks which now have native decoding with this DAC! Even the likes of Marantz, Oppo, Denon, Yamaha, etc. most do not offer native DSD (digital SACD) decoding, almost all of their lines just covert to PCM. Even the newest Oppo Ultra Blu-Ray players are using 2nd tier AKM parts. This is why DIY audio is taking off like never before. If you have the time, skill and patience to build something with so many pieces involved, you will be rewarded with higher quality audio than most of the biggest names in the audio business are achieving.
I only have a few more safety checks to go over before I put this in the enclosure and begin my A/B listening tests for reviewing discrete op-amps in comparison to the stock NE5534/NE5532
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Computer Engineering student with a background in IT. Such as dealing with large scale network infrastructure upgrades at Lowe's HQ and former lead hardware tech for the NC Government. My specialty has shifted over to audio hardware and vintage hardware re-certifications.