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post #31 of 38
i've been looking at the emu0404 external... its $230 cdn.

its a dac/amp , I can add a amp to it later.

but somehow whenever im about to decide something I see a thread with people talking about how they dont like it.


or i can just get that pci chaintech av one thats super cheap and get a amp.
post #32 of 38
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Originally Posted by MaloS View Post
Uraflit: You've already been through cheap amp not doing any good ;-)
you got that right

word of advice: don't go for budget!

also, i bought the 0404 usb through here:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...ace?sku=242516

i got it price matched to here: https://magnum-pc.com/Products/Overview/?id=M003363368

$165 shipped! (might be more for you since you're in canada)
post #33 of 38
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Originally Posted by Hermitt View Post
Take a peek at this Icarus has 4 digital inputs, 3 optional DAC daughterboards (I have the PCM1798) and my hd595s sound sooo much better than when they were unamped
its not cause of the amplification stage guy, its cause of the DAC board ;-). (I am absolutely serious, I've been testing this before, and tested with my microDAC today).

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Originally Posted by geestring
or i can just get that pci chaintech av one thats super cheap and get a amp.
Noooo not the chaintech av710, been there done that. The main issue is static and total lack of benefit from an amp, and it does not even really sound all that good, and adding an amp (I am getting sooo redundant) won't do anything. Ask uraflit, he is running av710 + pa2v2 and his results turned out to be better WITHOUT the pa2v2 (I used porta corda in my start up, and I might as well have not used it although there were no negatives). AV710 has hiss that hd595 picks up, I did not know that hiss could go away until I tried a more quality source. EMU-0404 USB if you can stretch yourself IS the way to go for this sole purpose. Also, it probably has the best DAC chip of all the products in the price range (the other ones - Zhalou(upgraded) and microDAC use a cirrus DAC chip which is not as good number wise, and consequently proved to not perform quite as well to my ears (IMHO). microDAC has some other advantages though, although I might be just telling myself that cause it costs more).

After a few experiments actually - the only benefit of using an amp I can find is that you don't have to use windows volume controls, which is a big plus, they introduce crackle when not maxed out, but emu 0404 and such come with their own analog volume controls, which is the objective anyways.
post #34 of 38
ah an impulse buy. just ordered the emu 0404 i hope i do not regret.

hope i see an improvement over my sound blaster live.
post #35 of 38
haha you will.
post #36 of 38
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Originally Posted by geestring View Post
ah an impulse buy. just ordered the emu 0404 i hope i do not regret.

hope i see an improvement over my sound blaster live.
You definitely will.
post #37 of 38
I am facing the same dilemma.
I first upgraded my soundcard to the X-Fi(I know, not the best around, but it also works for gaming).
Now I find the sound of the 595's, even after extensive burning-in, rather cold and thin on the X-Fi opamps. But I hesitate between the LD2++ and the LD MT tube amps. I don't care much about their portability.
I'd like to have a warmer sound signature with rounded lows, crisper highs and a wider soundstage.
post #38 of 38
Sync: consider getting a separate card for music, it is highly unlikely amp will do what you want.
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