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post #76 of 159
I'm not beefy but I did have the buffalo dac for a little while and own the gamma dac now. Besides the obvious more detail, the buffalo is smoother, less bright and has more and better controlled bass.
post #77 of 159
I still haven't ever sat them side by side for a direct comparison, I'm sorry

I listen to the y1 when I'm working, and the Buffalo when I'm relaxing. And to be honest, I don't know that my phones or ears are good enough to tell any significant differences. The y1 is a significant improvement over iPod plus LOD, and that is enough for me to be very happy.
post #78 of 159
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Originally Posted by jinp6301 View Post
I'm not beefy but I did have the buffalo dac for a little while and own the gamma dac now. Besides the obvious more detail, the buffalo is smoother, less bright and has more and better controlled bass.
Two aspects of the gamma I really do like are that it isn't bright and that it's smooth. That's through a Bijou amp and AD2000.

From your description, I think I'd like the buffalo. And, I sure do like the gamma for the money.
post #79 of 159
if the gamma1 isn't bright, you can always lower the series LED resistor.

oh, wait, you did't mean that, did you?
post #80 of 159
heh, MisterX did a special request and lowered the brightness of my led, much nicer!
post #81 of 159
Just want to give another plugin for how great this little DAC is. I remember it was so much smaller than I expected it to be. Sounds great too. Love it very much.
post #82 of 159
so you bought it than
is it the full or the lite ?
I'm thinking about buying this, but bright sound is something I do not want.
guess you found out if it is bright or warm...
post #83 of 159
Has anyone done a comparison of the γ1 vs the Keces DA-151 ? I'm interested in building one so that I can have a totally DIY rig
post #84 of 159
CAn anyone answer me the wuestion that if you're able to adjust volume in windows for the y1?
post #85 of 159
yes you can
and use the gamma as a low power headphone amp too
post #86 of 159
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Originally Posted by selkin View Post
CAn anyone answer me the wuestion that if you're able to adjust volume in windows for the y1?
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Originally Posted by smeggy View Post
yes you can
and use the gamma as a low power headphone amp too
Preferably though, you should use ASIO or kernel streaming which will disable the Windows volume control. Then combine the y1 with a quality amp that intergrates an analogue volume control.
post #87 of 159
^ what he said.

My gamma lite + xp portable amp + W10VTG is killing me right now. What a great transportable set up.
post #88 of 159
yes I'm planning to get headphone amp, but I'm afraid I wont be able to adjust kernel or aiso volume with the +/- control buttons on my keyboard.
external volume control is important to me (for active speakers)
post #89 of 159
oh I almost forget.
how about using optical cable for y1.
the same plug and play thing as the usb? everything the same, just better SQ ?
post #90 of 159
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Originally Posted by selkin View Post
oh I almost forget.
how about using optical cable for y1.
the same plug and play thing as the usb? everything the same, just better SQ ?
Assuming you have a sound card that has an optical output, it's as simple as plugging in optical cable and putting the toggle switch on the y1 to optical.
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