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post #151 of 642
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Originally Posted by charliex View Post
Just got my DacMagic today - having an issue and need your help. I use USB and RCA out and am getting a significant buzzing with music. No buzzing when there is no source, but as soon as source kicks in it starts and is continuous. Help!
Your next post suggest you've sorted it, but are your RCa well shielded? Any reasonable quality cable would be.
post #152 of 642
Lossless v lossy

Dammit, dammit, dammit. I can hear a difference but it's a strange one

The lower end is definitely more prominent with better extension. Now for the rest of it, it's hard to say. The lame MP3s certainly output at a higher volume but I cannot say whether that is the reason that vocals sound 'closer', but the flac files do seem more laid back and separated with a wider sound stage

Digital v USB

If it counts any, usb is at 48KHz whereas digital is at 44.1KHz. USB outputs at a higher volume but I am uncertain about the previous noted "sparkliness" to digital I noted before. It does seem that the digital connection has a slightly airier presentation. All ifs and maybes though
post #153 of 642
I've had a problem with the power supply. I changed my surge protector so I had to unplug the unit. I ended with half of the black plastic in my hand the rest of the power supply still plugged. The plastic screw holders just break. All the plastic looks deteriorated an cracky. Looks like something caused by heat. The interior of the power supply was yellowish instead of white.
I'll contact the dealer next week. Then CA if there's any problem.

I'm having a lot of quality related problems in my audio gear. The passive attenuator's potentiometer is giving some pops and cracks after 8 months of use. The Dacmagic power supply autodisassembles after 8 months and the headphone amp I bought was defective and ruined my new headphones (15 hours of use maybe) in less than 10 seconds. I've had way less trouble with all the cheap PC audio products I've owned. Waiting for a subwoofer now. I hope it doesn't explode or something.

PS is still working though and Dacmagic sound is still great through my monitors and new amp and whatever I connect it too. Haven't tried other Dac's but I'm satisfied with the DacMagic sound and that's not something easy to say in this (new for me) crazy audio world where there's always something with better numbers and quality and numbers in it's price.
post #154 of 642
Thank the lord it happened to someone else as well i thought it was just me being heavy handed . It does seem pretty flimsy doesn't it ? well at least theres a lot more ventilation in the power supply now eh.
post #155 of 642
Done some more listening time. Turning the bass dial on my stereo amp's equaliser about 10* seems to make the lossy bass equal to the lossless output. Not doing anything for the slightly crisper piano notes from the lossless file though
post #156 of 642
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well at least theres a lot more ventilation in the power supply now
Yep. It's intelligent aerospace technology plastic that gives more ventilation when the PS needs it. Although retun to original state is problematic yet .
post #157 of 642
Bypassing the lossless difference after plugging in my old-skool Technics SL-PG420A CD Player. It means the DM is not being used but the sound is crystal clear and sweet. And very much the same as playing lossless through the DM so I do not need to bother re-ripping
Well OK, actually I will only use it for 5 albums (good job no one here knows my last.fm alias )
post #158 of 642
LFC_SL, USB shouldnt be at 48Khz. You have to use ASIO and disable "Resample 44.1->48Khz always" option. Then you'll get a proper 44.1Khz signal through USB. This will be a better comparison with optical at 44.1Khz.
post #159 of 642
I am using my iMac for the usb v optical comparison. The HP notebook is currently... with HP
post #160 of 642
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Originally Posted by Drubbing View Post
Your next post suggest you've sorted it, but are your RCa well shielded? Any reasonable quality cable would be.
Thanks - thats exactly what it was - my RCA interconnects. I replaced them with better quality shielded connects and issue solved - still lovin' my DacMagic!
post #161 of 642
Been busy since my DacMagic arrived a few days ago. Will post in future about its (hopefully) improvement of the SQ coming out of my digital music server (Sonos). I just wanted to share, though, that to my great surprise, I noticed an obvious improvement in one place I did not expect -- the SQ coming from my NAD CD player.
post #162 of 642
I'm getting really excited over the DACMagic. The only
thing keeping me from buying one right now is that I
want to see what the Wadia DAC is going to have when
it comes out (hopefully) this Fall before committing to
a purchase.
post #163 of 642
I've just ordered a black DACMagic (price came back down to £230 and my beloved gave the OK) and am now really nervous about it living up to my expectations. I'll be using it with USB from my laptop and also to improve the SQ from my old Pioneer PS-S703 CD player.

Will keep you posted...
post #164 of 642
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Originally Posted by bjorkiii View Post
Thank the lord it happened to someone else as well i thought it was just me being heavy handed . It does seem pretty flimsy doesn't it ? well at least theres a lot more ventilation in the power supply now eh.
You guys might find these other threads of mine interesting.

diyAudio Forums - Warning for DacMagic owners (PSU related) - Page 1

and

What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision - How hot does your CA DACMagic run ?
post #165 of 642
Huh? Neither my DM not the power supply gets beyond lukewarm
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