MSB Gold Link - anyone change pins to upsample 132?

Discussion in 'DACs' started by rruffin, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. rruffin

    rruffin New Member

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    Greetings. Finally found a pdf User’s Manual for the Gold Link. Is says there is a pin that, if changed, will allow an increase from 96 to 132 MHz as the highest upsampling rate. They admit that this rate is over spec, but suggest trying it anyway.

    Has anyone tried this? Thanks in advance.

    Rick
     
  2. Mamrak1

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    That is an old DAC from the early 2000s. I owned that and the power base that went with it. I did remember changing the pin configuration back then. I couldn’t hear any sound improvements.
     
  3. rruffin

    rruffin New Member

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    Thanks. Was wondering if it was worth the trouble...
     
  4. Mamrak1

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    It shouldn’t be much trouble to unscrew the top and change the jumper. That way you verify that it is an improvement or not. Just remember that unit is ancient compare to today’s DACs.
     
  5. rruffin

    rruffin New Member

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    Yes, little trouble... And thanks for reminding me about the improvements in dacs. We are very lucky that technology keeps giving us better sound reproduction equipment so rapidly. However, I must say that this ancient dac, used with an upgraded power supply (Monolithic HC-2b) and a modern usb to s/dif adapter, sounds pretty good. My buddies use Schiit Yggrasil dacs and they both have been positively impressed with the sound of the Gold Llink - especially after one of them "cleaned" the inside, including all the contacts. Frankly, I have not wanted to take them up on their offer to borrow one for a listen - didn't really want to compare until I was ready to upgrade (even to a Gungnir). Your statement is motivating me to give a modern dac a try.
     
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  6. Mamrak1

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    Depending on your wallet and what you need to use it for, there are plenty of modern dacs that would work for you. I am using the Oppo Sonica Dac at present. It sounds great but there are cheaper units to be sure.
     

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