So, with this setup is an Extreme worth investing in since my upscaler/Dac is not supported?
Welcome to the forum and this thread. As a DAVE and Extreme owner, let me just assure you that the Extreme is well worth investing in a DAVE setup, as Emile's already indicated, and as many other DAVE owners here have attested.
Are the new usb cards standard now or an add on ? And do they make sense for Dave owner?
I have the USB card burning in on my Extreme. I have purposely not written any impressions about it yet, as I like to let components burn in first. But I can safely say - YES, it makes sense!
Thanks for the welcome. Id love to hear some Taiko+ Mscaler+ Dave experiences from anyone here!
As @romaz hinted in this post from November,
https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threads/taiko-audio-sgm-extreme-the-crème-de-la-crème.27433/post-687661, many of us DAVE users are playing with a software alternative to M-Scaler. It is an off-line remastering tool called PGGB, currently in beta, that is optimized to accurately reproduce the music signal at the highest PCM rate and optimal bit-depth the DAC is capable of handling. For the DAVE, this means producing a 32-bit 16FS (705.6/768kHz) file.
Other DACs benefit too. For example, the Terminator+ works best at 20-bit/32FS, while the dCS DACs prefer 8FS.
I tried HQP and did not like it.
With PGGB, we don't have any need for real-time upsampling filters. We are only using TAS/HQPlayer as a music player, with no filters or noise shapers engaged. Why? It sounds way better than Roon, and even XD (this seems to be specific to DAVE), although I am confident that TAS/XD will soon surpass TAS/HQP for DAVE too.
PGGB is not publicly released yet, but anyone interested in trying it can PM me for details.