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post #16 of 27
No it doesn't. It means that core-audio controls the volume.
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by grawk View Post
No it doesn't. It means that core-audio controls the volume.
So you're suggesting that the digital signal is going out at 100% into the Duet, through the DAC and then is subsequently attenuated by Core Audio? How does that work?
post #18 of 27
The duet is tightly coupled to core audio. Where the attenuation happens, I don't know. But given who apogee is, I wouldn't automatically assume that it's done in the mac.
post #19 of 27
Thread Starter 
I've still been sticking with the output sample rate of 96000 kHz with my full-size headphones, as it sounds the best to my ears. It's been a couple of days now since I've used the ER-4S with my Duet, as I've been enjoying them with my Hornet. Old habits are hard to break.

What I would like to know, and I'm trying to avoid creating a new thread for now, is which home/desktop amps others have tried while using the Duet strictly as a DAC. I'm in the market for a new amp, and am leaning towards an XP-7, but really want to hear if other Duet users are finding that their (other) amps are making any sort of a decisive improvement over the Duet's built-in amp. I have nothing negative to say about the built-in amp at all, but would still like to stretch the quality of this setup if possible (within reason).

I definitely have upgradeitis
post #20 of 27
I'd say my m3 is a big step up from the internal amp, but well, it's a little overbuilt
post #21 of 27
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I'd say my m3 is a big step up from the internal amp, but well, it's a little overbuilt
A picture ?
post #22 of 27
post #23 of 27
Thread Starter 
Whoah, you're not kidding around with that rig! I had no idea what an m3 was, and I seriously was expecting to see a portable of some kind... You must be the only guy on the whole block with an amp like that.

P.S. If you were looking for your shotgun cleaning rag, I think I found it on top of your Apogee Mini
post #24 of 27
heh. The rig doesn't look anything like that anymore. It's a balanced m^3 that puts out about 24watts.
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by Jaska View Post
What I would like to know, and I'm trying to avoid creating a new thread for now, is which home/desktop amps others have tried while using the Duet strictly as a DAC. I'm in the market for a new amp, and am leaning towards an XP-7, but really want to hear if other Duet users are finding that their (other) amps are making any sort of a decisive improvement over the Duet's built-in amp. I have nothing negative to say about the built-in amp at all, but would still like to stretch the quality of this setup if possible (within reason).

I definitely have upgradeitis
I'm going to get a Duet soon, and regrettably have to use 1/4 mono to RCA adaptors until I can get something of better quality made up, but I'll post my impressions once I've got it all going with and without my LD MKV. There looks to be enough cabling on the Duet to just use jumper cables or the like if it's placed close to an amp.
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post
regrettably have to use 1/4 mono to RCA adaptors until I can get something of better quality made up
This works well, and doesn't cost much:



I agree, however, that as long as you place the Duet strategically near enough to an amp, you can probably get by with adapters placed between the breakout cable and the amp's RCA jacks.
post #27 of 27
Jaska, I had pondered getting a BJ cable made up. I bought the Apogee today and both 1/4 -> RCA adaptor plugs and a bog-standard music-shop adaptor cable. The duet is sitting on a shelf above my MKV, so even my shortest RCA-RCA cables are too long, but that's ok.

First impressions are a very noticeable, much more life-like sound with a wider sound-stage than my MacBook Pro. I have felt that the sound from my MBP was a tiny bit lifeless and the Duet seems to have brought back that life. It can drive my re-cabled 701's ok, but doesn't really have enough grunt for them. Would be fine for easy to drive headphones though or low listening levels.
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