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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

 

I had the same issue and it drove me nuts. Took me 2 solid hours but finally figured out it was a monitor program I had from Asus for my motherboard, that allowed overclocking, etc. Caused a spike every 5 seconds and every minute one of those was enough to clip the sound. Drove me nuts! 

 

good luck with it

 

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Originally Posted by KonaBear View Post

latest update:

 

found out the program that was doing it.  It's called EasyTune6, something that came with my motherboard and is used for overclocking, thermostat, fan control, etc.  It was set to monitor my temperature every 3 seconds which is what was creating all the annoying, yet consistent spikes...

 

Yup, been there :)  Glad it got taken care of. Hopefully no more drops!

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So I have another question, sorry if this has been answered before: is there anyway I can use musicbee with asio output and getting sound from any other application through my soundcard too at the same time?

post #3828 of 4958

Sorry to be posting this if ti was already posted, but I didn't find the answer...

 

I need a bit-perfect test for my Xonar Essence STX, so I thought about a internal loopback in Linux using the ALSA...

I would "play" a song and record it internally.

 

This way I would be able to verify (by subtracting the original track with the "recorded" one) if my computer setup is REALLY bit perfect.

 

Anyone has any ideas/thoughts?

 

PS: In case this doesn't work, is there a way to record DIGITAL signals by loopbacking the soundcard with a SPDIF to 1.4" (TRS) cable? I mean, is there such a cable and would it work? Or the soundcard wouldn't record anything ?

 

Thank you very much!
 

post #3829 of 4958
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Originally Posted by Magister Mundus View Post

 

PS: In case this doesn't work, is there a way to record DIGITAL signals by loopbacking the soundcard with a SPDIF to 1.4" (TRS) cable? I mean, is there such a cable and would it work? Or the soundcard wouldn't record anything ?

 

You cannot use the analog line input to record a digital S/PDIF signal. But it is possible to detect low quality software sample rate conversion and/or quantization to 16 bits by loopback recording the analog output.

 

If you want to avoid unwanted software DSP, just use the hw: ALSA devices, and bypass/disable PulseAudio or other software mixers.


Edited by stv014 - 10/22/12 at 9:37am
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Hey guys!  First post, still a newbie on audio and the like. confused_face.gif

Thanks to Mad Lust Envy's Headphone guide, I was able to narrow it down and decided with DT990 Pro.  After hooking this bad boy up and made adjustments, could not believe what I was hearing and was just in awe.

Recently bought 3x LME49720NA's and 3x LM6172IN's and here are my thoughts.

 

49720NA - Bigger soundstage and quality over stock op-amps, Bass was lacking although it was tighter

6170 - Improved bass over 49720NA but it just sounded very...unnatural, even mushy at some points for me.

Couldn't stand having less bass so I switched back to my stock op-amps.

 

Based on the inputs/reviews that everyone's given I'm thinking of getting these op-amps and giving them a shot.

LME49990 (need two of these on an adapter)

LME49860NA

OPA2107AP

 

I really just want better quality that the 49720 gave me but MORE bass.  I've heard 49990 delivers...but I'm quite not sure...anyways, if anyone would shed some light, it would be greatly appreciated. normal_smile%20.gif


Edited by Invisible - 10/24/12 at 3:50pm
post #3831 of 4958

2137P in the I/V

 

You're welcome.

post #3832 of 4958
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Originally Posted by Bojamijams View Post

2137P in the I/V

 

You're welcome.


Thanks!  Going to give this and 49860's a shot.  bigsmile_face.gif

I also have 2.1 setup and am wondering what's an ideal/decent buffer op-amp.   

post #3833 of 4958
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Thanks!  Going to give this and 49860's a shot.  bigsmile_face.gif

I also have 2.1 setup and am wondering what's an ideal/decent buffer op-amp.   

 

I think I used 2107's in the I/V and got terrible distortion. I thought the two were related. You may be getting a lot of distortion out the opamp, report back :)

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I also got the 49720NA in the I/V slots and the standard opamp in the buffer slot.

 

While is does sound very good, I was wondering if there is anything better in terms of bass.

The 49720NA are very good, but the bass is a little recessed.

 

Is there anything like it, but with better bass?

post #3835 of 4958
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Originally Posted by DamageInc77 View Post

I also got the 49720NA in the I/V slots and the standard opamp in the buffer slot.

 

While is does sound very good, I was wondering if there is anything better in terms of bass.

The 49720NA are very good, but the bass is a little recessed.

 

Is there anything like it, but with better bass?

49720 and 49860 are essentially the same, and they are a flawed chip (even TI admitted it) and the 49710 is also screwed. 

 

The top dogs for neutral are AD797 (which could oscillate and fail), THS4032, and LME49990.

post #3836 of 4958

I have 2 LME49990  and one OPA627AU in the buffer. With  another LME49990  in the buffer it will sound much better?

post #3837 of 4958
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Originally Posted by verde57 View Post

I have 2 LME49990  and one OPA627AU in the buffer. With  another LME49990  in the buffer it will sound much better?

Different yes, better... who knows

post #3838 of 4958
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

 

I think I used 2107's in the I/V and got terrible distortion. I thought the two were related. You may be getting a lot of distortion out the opamp, report back :)

 

I sure will once I get those op-amps!

 

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Originally Posted by WiR3D View Post

49720 and 49860 are essentially the same, and they are a flawed chip (even TI admitted it) and the 49710 is also screwed. 

 

The top dogs for neutral are AD797 (which could oscillate and fail), THS4032, and LME49990.

 

Since 49860 and 49720 are the same, the bass must still be lacking...is it better pronounced on LME49990?  Would really love a slightly detailed explanation on LME49990 since..well it costs high.  tongue_smile.gif
Thanks in advance.
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Which headphone would be better suited to the STX, the Beyer DT 990 250 ohm or 600 ohm?  The headphone amp in the STX is rated up to 600 ohms but I've seen people saying that the STX doesn't have enough to drive these 600 ohm Beyers...  So is the 250 ohm a better choice for it?

 

Input please.

post #3840 of 4958
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Originally Posted by jdip View Post

Which headphone would be better suited to the STX, the Beyer DT 990 250 ohm or 600 ohm?  The headphone amp in the STX is rated up to 600 ohms but I've seen people saying that the STX doesn't have enough to drive these 600 ohm Beyers...  So is the 250 ohm a better choice for it?

 

Input please.

 

I have T1s on the ST on highest gain. At about 50% power they are basically too loud to listen to comfortably. I think you'll have enough power. A lot of people who have been having issues with sound power have found they have a software setting somewhere that's limiting the volume.

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