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fidaudio 0404 adapter arrived

post #1 of 73
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today my fidaudio 0404 adapter arrived.


i can tell you, fiddler did a nice job: that's a rock-solid but nice construction. it is too early to post even first auditive impressions. that cable needs at least 120h of break in. i'm quite familiar with my cantus, fiddler made for me a year ago. so i'll give the 0404 breakout a similar break-in period.

take it as a sort of appetizer: there are well audible differences between the stock breakout and fiddler's hq-solution....

i also have the 0404 breakout IC here, but will focus mainly on the adapter for the next two weeks. stay tuned....
post #2 of 73
Wow! Pretty nice looking. I may just have to get one of those. Looking forward to hearing some impressions/comparisons to the stock breakout.
post #3 of 73
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after 2h testing the 0404 breakout adapter, one special aspect becomes clearer: that slight midbass hump the emu 0404 suffers from, disappeared immidiately with fiddler's adapter.

when you search for my comments on the emu 0404 itself, you'll notice that i always complained about "a little too much bass" / midbass or poorly resolved deeper tones. for musical reproduction i prefer resolution over "warmth" and always tried to compile a more analytical rig. with the wna-ha i was right on my way. so... it was my main concern to "draw that prickle", when i commisioned that custom breakout adapter back in december. obviously fiddler was successful with his design.

remember that most head-fiers who had the chance to listen both to the 1212m and 0404 described the 1212m as the better resolving big brother. maybe that difference is partly related to the stock breakout cable, the 0404 comes with. the 1212m has 6,3mm jacks on the card itself and therefore avoids the drawbacks of cheap cables in the signal path...

i'm really anxious to hear how this adapter develops during its break-in. for my ears there is already a quite noticeable improvement, especially in the bass department. but i'll bet, that it will even get better...
post #4 of 73
Good to hear, I ordered the adapter a few days ago and was kind of afraid because there weren't any impressions given on it by people.

- Steve
post #5 of 73
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Originally Posted by Steve Coal
Good to hear, I ordered the adapter a few days ago and was kind of afraid because there weren't any impressions given on it by people.

- Steve
that's simply due to some delays with parts sourcing etc. i think, i'm in fact the first customer who received its adapter.

a note for all future buyers: i'd recommend to order at least a total length of ~30cm of the adapter when you're using 50-60cm ics and own a regular midi-tower pc case. best thing you could do: measure exactly the length necessary to reach your amp, subtract the length of your favourite ics and add some reserve cm. i missed that point and have to rearrange my whole rig.
post #6 of 73
hmm that stereo mini input option for a few bucks more looks cool too - on the rare occasions I want to record some guitar licks in there, or even record some records - i do have a magwires rca to mini cable so that would work. hmmm...
post #7 of 73
Yeah I noticed the 3.5mm input connector was added since I checked the site last time, tempted to get the breakout adapter with the 3.5mm input jacks.
post #8 of 73
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Originally Posted by Jahn
hmm that stereo mini input option for a few bucks more looks cool too - on the rare occasions I want to record some guitar licks in there, or even record some records - i do have a magwires rca to mini cable so that would work. hmmm...
Looks like I held out for a few weeks. Not too bad - hid away 20 bucks a week to be able to get the breakout cable terminating in a 1 meter male rcas with fid-audio. and a little mini plug input too, just in case i feel like recording a bit, with either my vinyl or a mic (or palmtop studio, tho i dont do that much anymore).

looks like there are no impressions here on the interconnect, just the cable terminating in female rca, so i'll leave some impressions when they come. after 120 hours burn in as suggested. which shouldnt take long, the way i listen.
post #9 of 73
I've bought the adaptor with the 3.5mm input option, the L/R input was accidently wired the wrong way, still need to send it back for rewiring.
post #10 of 73
I am surprised anyone could think the EMU 0404 has too much bass!!! Each to their own I guess!
post #11 of 73
hmm i hope i'm not fooling with a good thing. i like the bass. and the warmth. and the active nature of the 0404. if the cable doesn't screw with that, but adds resolution, we have a winner.
post #12 of 73
So cables need break in too? Hmm news to me
post #13 of 73
I can understand how driver units loosen up by a very slight degree over time, but breaking in cables?!!
post #14 of 73
Yes, it sounds very far fetched to me... but I dont know if we are allowed to say it on this forum
post #15 of 73
Only the cable forum is "double blind test free"

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