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post #9166 of 9361
My zero dac does not work

I have a simple multimeter
and soldering station
NOTE no Oscilloscope

This I know
There is digital signal in but i get no sound out of the zero
The dac seems to detect the coax signal (red led lights up) when a signal from my soundcard i start

All transistors/voltage regulators has the right voltage as far as i know
Nothing looks broken, burnt, loose
no leaking or swollen caps
post #9167 of 9361
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Originally Posted by stang View Post
It's only $45. Funny thing is the AV-40 are $230 there I think and after paying $45 for membership, they are only $169. Cheaper to register and buy them, as opposed to just buying them straight up If only they accepted PayPal. Oh well, I hope the speakers that I ordered are good. I already wasted $30 on speaker wire and a 3.5mm to RCA cable for the AV 40 which I will not be recieving now. I gotta spend another $30 for a pair of 1.5M RCA cables and TS adaptors and right angled RCA adaptors and another DAC.
Just get a debit card from your bank.

The Audioengine A5 would be my other option.
post #9168 of 9361
Quote:
Originally Posted by ckghagen View Post
My zero dac does not work

I have a simple multimeter
and soldering station
NOTE no Oscilloscope

This I know
There is digital signal in but i get no sound out of the zero
The dac seems to detect the coax signal (red led lights up) when a signal from my soundcard i start

All transistors/voltage regulators has the right voltage as far as i know
Nothing looks broken, burnt, loose
no leaking or swollen caps
Actually, the red light is optical, blue coax and green USB. Push the Input button until the light goes blue (I assume you are using COAX). If no luck, fiddle around with the Preamp section. If you are using your headphones straight from the Zero's headphone out, press the Pre amp button and turn the volume up to the volume which is comfortable for you. If you are just using it as a DAC to another amplifier, then turn off that Preamp function.

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Originally Posted by nsx_23 View Post
Just get a debit card from your bank.

The Audioengine A5 would be my other option.
I am going to get something like that soon, after my birthday in a few weeks. My pick would be to go back to the AV 40 if I dislike these ESI nEar 05 monitors. I should be able to sell them for a reasonable profit, considering they usually sell for $400 brand new here.
post #9169 of 9361
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Originally Posted by nsx_23 View Post
Just get a debit card from your bank.

The Audioengine A5 would be my other option.
what are some better bookshelf speaker than some klipsch Rb51's,, they sound great but i need a bit more punch,,,,, amp is probably part of it but none the less others can punch harder??

also here a good one ,,,, zero or dr. dac or nuforce hdp also isnt there a dac1 overature,, i worry there are copy's of these out there ...and will the STock Zero suffice, or must one roll opamps?

thanks
post #9170 of 9361
Has anybody played any games with the Zero? Im not expecting much, but how do basic games sound like Counter Strike.
post #9171 of 9361
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Originally Posted by Zoltan99 View Post
Has anybody played any games with the Zero? Im not expecting much, but how do basic games sound like Counter Strike.
I use it with my Xbox, and I play competitive Halo along with some other casual games. It works extremely well.
post #9172 of 9361

Sorry is this has been asked already, but how would you compare a zero dac 2009 with upgraded opamps to a FUN audio-gd amp/dac?

I know they have different prices, but audio gd has just released the sparrow headphon amp/dac, wich costs about like the zero dac. It has the same sound of the fun dac. I asked about the fun dac because i guess no one has tried the sparrow yet.

post #9173 of 9361

Even the Sparrow will surely be far better than the Zero.  The Compass was considerably better than the Zero, and the ACSS Fun is quite a bit better than the Compass.  The purpose of getting Audio-gd to make the Compass in the first place was so that people would have an alternative to the unreliable and poorly-made Zero. 

post #9174 of 9361

Was the compass the old version of the c2? Because i can't find anything for about the same price of the zero dac, with rca outputs, except the sparrow, wich is not good if you have speaker monitors too.

post #9175 of 9361

The Compass was the predecessor to the Fun.  It was sold at cost ($260) initially, while the "fully upgraded" Zero was about $220.  

post #9176 of 9361

Way back in the first post, Penchum mentions this thing picking up interfearence from wifi, does anyone have any details over this?  Giving up Wifi on my desktop wouldn't be easy.  Also, I see some rumblings that the Audio gd Sparrow is better than it at a similar price point, does this hold true when used as an Amp/DAC combo?

post #9177 of 9361

Hi guys..

My zero developed problem .

Im running optical from cd player and there was no problem until last night .There is only little sound coming from dac ,very low volume.

I,ve changed opamps but its still the same.

I wonder if you guys come across same problem.

thanks in Advance.

regards

post #9178 of 9361
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Originally Posted by techenvy View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by nsx_23 View Post
Just get a debit card from your bank.

The Audioengine A5 would be my other option.
what are some better bookshelf speaker than some klipsch Rb51's,, they sound great but i need a bit more punch,,,,, amp is probably part of it but none the less others can punch harder??

also here a good one ,,,, zero or dr. dac or nuforce hdp also isnt there a dac1 overature,, i worry there are copy's of these out there ...and will the STock Zero suffice, or must one roll opamps?

thanks


If you don't mind a little DIY this kit from partsexpress.com is very very good for the price.  http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=300-640

 

Peete.

post #9179 of 9361
So if I want to connect it to my pc as a dac(usb) I need the 2009 version? Also is it possible to use it as as a dac and amp at the same time?
post #9180 of 9361
No one?
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