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post #76 of 1026
Have a look at this

http://www.affordableaudio.org/issues.html
LL
post #77 of 1026
I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on this. Does anyone know what the customs charges(if any) are to the US?
post #78 of 1026
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I've bought many items over the years from all over Asia and have never been charged any customs fees.
post #79 of 1026
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Originally Posted by fenixdown110 View Post
I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on this. Does anyone know what the customs charges(if any) are to the US?
US people will more or less never get hit with custom fees. It is cheaper to import to the US than to other countries.
post #80 of 1026
Ok. Good to know. Now I need to find gear to sell to fund this thing.

When in pre-mode, the dac and amp are both working and outputting to the headphone out, right?
post #81 of 1026
I've purchased items in the $200-300 range a few times the past year from China and Japan and haven't been asked to pay a customs charge yet. Never really looked into the criteria for it since it hasn't come up.
post #82 of 1026
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When in pre-mode, the dac and amp are both working and outputting to the headphone out, right?
Yes.
post #83 of 1026
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Originally Posted by robzr View Post
But the finish is a little too shiny and heavily textured for my tastes, and it looks sparkly, and I'm guessing it's painted or powder coated? If you offer a chassis kit to swap it into a black enclosure for a reasonable fee I'd be interested.
I just ordered one and was given a choice between black or silver from CoolFunGadgets; I took black.
post #84 of 1026
Has anyone here tried to connect headphones directly in the balanced XLR outputs directly instead of the headphone out ?
Like a balanced HD650 for instance.
post #85 of 1026
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I will try when I buy some female to female adapters.
post #86 of 1026
Thats pretty much the only thing that is holding me back.. Let me know when you try it.
post #87 of 1026
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You do know that it is a line level output and not designed to drive anything like headphones.
post #88 of 1026
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You do know that it is a line level output and not designed to drive anything like headphones.
Those outputs work awesome for my JBL Control 2P Active Reference Monitors with balanced-inputs !

Best computer speakers I have ever heard in the near field, and they are 2.0
post #89 of 1026
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Thats pretty much the only thing that is holding me back.. Let me know when you try it.
Just made a set of cables so I don't have to go through a series of adapters. Didn't really sit down to carefully listen yet but it seems there is nowhere near enough voltage to drive a headphone. Although it does sound quite good, volume must be near max to be listenable.
post #90 of 1026
Has anyone had the chance to compare Matrix to the Little Dot Dac 1 purely from a DAC point of view (LDot has no headamp)?

I'm looking for an affordable balanced out DAC and these two are the prime candidates in my price league! Both seem really nice.
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