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I wouldn't mind stopping by too. I'm actually out in seattle these days, but I will just happen to be back in the chicago area that weekend. Not sure yet what I'll be able to bring since I'm flying in though.
Quote: Originally Posted by Andrew_WOT Keep in mind that HagUSB is coaxial not optical SPDIF. Coaxial might not be a the best choice for computer to DAC wiring as it transfers all that electrical noises and creates ground loop. With optical you are free of all these issues. But based on reviews it sounds like a hell of a device for the money. Actually, the SPDIF output on the Hagusb is isolated with a transformer, so the ground loop issues are...
I don't think it's that entirely unplausible. Before they got hyped up by Vertigo-1 back in the headwize days, I saw a few pairs of hp-2's on ebay going for less than $150. After a few reviews, the price starting going up, and has steadily climbed to it's astronomical price today. Of course in retrospect I wish I had snapped up a pair, but back then hardly anyone knew anything about them. When the price got to $500, I already thought it was ridiculous. Never thought it...
oddball, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Just bring it, and work it out with your roommate. I doubt you will have any problem..most people aren't that disrespectful. That said, I definitely recommend the dac route. It's a pain moving and storing your cds/audio gear. Having all your music on a big harddrive(s) in flac format not only saves space, but is way more convenient and organized. Ripping/tagging everything took forever, but it was totally worth...
i think i'd be up for a meet as well; though like everyone else, don't have a proper place to host. how much would we have to pitch in for that jitters idea?
Thanks for the replies so far guys. So after some more research, I've decided to just bite the bullet and get a Minidac or Lavry DA10. Turns out that Lavry is in Seattle, so I'm going to head over there at some point and have a listen. So far, it sounds like most people are in favor of the Lavry, so I probably will just end up going with that. However, what should I use to I feed it? I only want to consider USB devices..I can't add any pci/pcmcia/anything that...
Thanks for confirming that the microdac and aria work with linux. That's good to know. I think I'll probably end up ordering an aria soon, unless someone helps me out and persuades me to spend more money. Anyone heard them both?
Can anyone compare the relative sound quality coming from the following dac/(builtin) amp combos? This will be for office use, with ety er4s'. corda aria headroom microdac/amp apogee minidac I'm mostly interested in minidac vs. aria.. can anyone give some comparative comments? I like the fact that the minidac is more versatile than just a headphone amp.. but the $1100 price tag is making me consider the aria more. btw, does anyone know if these work in linux?...
Yeah, it can. I've been using the 1616m for a few months now when listening from my laptop, and it sounds great from the break out box. The headphone out on the pcmcia card is better than my laptop's headphone out (Ibm T42p), but definitely not as good as the external one. It's significantly grainier and seems to have a midbass hump. The external headphone output is much more balanced and smooth, liquid in fact.
Quote: Originally Posted by dpippel Amazon tracks each user's buying habits. browsing habits, etc. and adjusts prices accordingly. No two people can be guaranteed to get the same price for the same item. Just to set the record straight, Amazon doesn't do any personalized pricing based on usage history. There were a few days back in 2000 where Amazon tried an experiment using randomized price testing to measure different customers' reaction to...
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