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Originally Posted by Gradius View Post

Keep in mind you need 100h burn in to get the top performance.


'burn-in' (the 'audiophile' term not the electronics manufacturing term) for opamps?

 

uh...just no.

Anyway, Sabre, get the 2111KP instead of 2107.

post #2447 of 4899

Great thread! Horribly long. ;)

 

I have a problem with my STX, see here for details: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/559963/problem-with-2-channels-with-asus-xonar-essence-stx

 

The software isn't working when in 2 channel mode! :( Please reply over there or PM me if you know anything that could help.

post #2448 of 4899
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Originally Posted by chinesekiwi View Post




'burn-in' (the 'audiophile' term not the electronics manufacturing term) for opamps?

 

uh...just no.


Have you tried them yourself? My experience was they initially fluctuated from rather poor to average sounding and only started sounding excellent (well above any IC op-amp) after weeks of playback.

 

post #2449 of 4899

Anyone got these and the DT990's? Like to see some EQ settings if possible. For inspiration.

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Originally Posted by walsh View Post

Have you tried them yourself? My experience was they initially fluctuated from rather poor to average sounding and only started sounding excellent (well above any IC op-amp) after weeks of playback.

 


proper IC opamps that suit the circuit are very good these days. Really. Ask any electrical engineer.

 

post #2451 of 4899
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Originally Posted by chinesekiwi View Post




proper IC opamps that suit the circuit are very good these days. Really. Ask any electrical engineer.

 


I disagree, otherwise I wouldn't hear THE difference!  ;-)

 

Try out them yourself before talking nonsense. :-)

 

PS: FYI, I used metal cap types first (the best available on IC opamps atm).

post #2452 of 4899
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Anyone got these and the DT990's? Like to see some EQ settings if possible. For inspiration.



Dunno, they can beat HD650 (is just $50 more than DT990) ?

post #2453 of 4899
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Originally Posted by chinesekiwi View Post




proper IC opamps that suit the circuit are very good these days. Really. Ask any electrical engineer.

 


If he tells me they are very good, that won't make them sound any better to me. I think ears are the best measurement, better than any theoretical concepts.

 


Edited by walsh - 6/28/11 at 2:04am
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Doing my sound engineering course suggests that the only thing that 'burn-in' applies to and is readily able to be ABX tested sufficiently is things of mechanical nature such as headphones and speakers for sure. Anyways, my setup if you have looked at it has a rather 'bright amp' and 'laid back' speakers, and so far the combo with the 2107's + 1364's is not too bad. @ chinesekiwi will the 2111KP's be as revealing, yet neutral on my setup as the 2107's that I have atm? I have tried the 49720's that came with my friend's 'Deluxe' version of the card and was disappointed by the weirdness of the bass, which was very off putting. In my loft atm I am quite happy with the linear frequency response that my new speakers (the DALI's that I mentioned in my setup) display in sinesweeps going right down to where the suggested frequency response of the speakers say they go down to and a little more as they are backed against a wall, and any extra 'oomph' I can then then add via the sub which I seldom use unfortunately. Personally I'm not quite sure I could do any better, but I would really love to hear any ABX difference(s) that you have noticed in the 2111KP's vs the 2107's which I have heard were a cheaper alternative to the metal capped OPA 627's. As with the DAC's I am indeed a fan of the 'Burr-Brown' sound so I would like for all intensive purposes to stick with them. Any insight is greatly appreciated,

post #2455 of 4899

New drivers are out?

 

ftp://ftp.asus.com.tw/pub/asus/audio_card/

post #2456 of 4899

Hey guys i just bought this card together with a pair of Beyerdynamics Dt 990 Premium 600 OHM + Matrix M-Stage Amp

I'm planning on using this mainly for Dolby Headphones and games

So my question is how should i plug the amp?

 

Should I use the headphone amp which will force me to use an adapter ( the amp inputs are RCA ) or should i use RCA cables?

 

I'm asking because I don't know if Dolby headphone works through the RCA outputs of the Xonar, and besides the Xonar is supposed to amp through the headphone out, wont I be using two amps if I plug the M-Stage Amp in there? Wont I lose signal quality with two amps?
 

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If anyone feels the urge to summarise the past 164 pages, please feel free.

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Originally Posted by sancco View Post

If anyone feels the urge to summarise the past 164 pages, please feel free.



G.O. R.E.A.D. I.T. Y.O.U.R.S.E.L.F.

 

(Get Organized, Read Everyday And Discover Interesting Text You Overlooked Unambitiously, Read So Eventually Learning Follows)

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I don't have time, I was just hoping someone who's been following it might be able to give me any good tips on how to use my STX.

 

so G.O. T.O. H.E.L.L.

post #2460 of 4899

@sancco .. the very first post on this thread summarizes the whole thing pretty well .. at least for a starting point ...

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