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post #166 of 445
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Originally Posted by kumaiti
For the BRavura owners: can anyone confirm that the little red-marked area has "SPDIF-IN" written on it?

And if so, any idea what it is capable of doing? Does it show up in the "recording devices" on Windows 7?
That picture is pre-production version, there are slight differences now. Anyway, yes, that's SPDIF-IN (you have OUT too). It's showed as digital recording device in windows, so effectively you can route the digital signal from other devices (ie graphics cards) to Bravura and vice versa. That's internal SPDIF connector. Currently, I'm using it in loop-back mode ... to route WDM to ASIO host.


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Originally Posted by shiznit
Thanks, do both the Forte and the Bravura allow for separate control of speaker and headphone volume?
Yes, headphone amp is separate (circuit) section on the card and it's showed as separate sound device (Headphones).
post #167 of 445
Thread Starter 
Yes, from testing you can actually send two different streams, one to the speakers (line out) and the other to the headphones (amp out). The S/Pdif output also shows as a seperate output so I would "guess" you can send three streams total. There is also seperate volumes for both line out and headphone which is very handy.
post #168 of 445
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Originally Posted by ROBSCIX View Post
There is also seperate volumes for both line out and headphone which is very handy.
Yes, VERY handy. For example, late at night my wife can control the HTPC volume for main speakers and I can control independently volume for my personal headphone listening pleasure (for the same source - movies let's say)
post #169 of 445
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Yes, or you can go with different sources. I tested it and it worked fine, I had Winamp playing a song over the speakers and Foobar playing a song over the cans.

The digital is also a seperate output. I do like the way Vista/Win7 handles audio routing, it is more professional and similar to recording cards I/O/
post #170 of 445
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Originally Posted by ROBSCIX View Post
Yes, or you can go with different sources. I tested it and it worked fine, I had Winamp playing a song over the speakers and Foobar playing a song over the cans.
I used JR Media Centre zones assigned for each output, for quick testing, A/B and some general auditioning.

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Originally Posted by ROBSCIX View Post
The digital is also a seperate output. I do like the way Vista/Win7 handles audio routing, it is more professional and similar to recording cards I/O/
Have to agree. I have ASIO mixer (Reaper VST host) on top of that ... and that's like really edging towards the pro I/O as possibilities are really endless. But even without ASIO complicity layer, it's pretty good for stock audio routing.
post #171 of 445
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Originally Posted by Incognito73 View Post
Well, I didn't audition the STX/ST and it would be unfair to comment anything ... but I really really doubt it sounds *that better for twice the price. I believe that Bravura is tremendous value for money. You have 7.1 support (for ST you need H6 daughter-board add-on and that's even more $), if not for 7.1 you can use other channels as normal stereo channels for other duties, excellent headphone amp section, redesigned power circuit (so no more special effects from your PC), better gaming support (some people reported actually very good gaming performance) ... and above all it's tweaking friendly.

With some good opamps it will deliver the warm analog sound signature ... if you fancy this of course. I've swapped the Audiotrak for Bravura and Bravura is still in my HTPC. Go figure!
So overall much better value; but overall SQ just a tad behind the ST + H6?
post #172 of 445
I'd like to ask a particular question...
We know that electrostatic headphones MUST run with an amplifier. Do you think u could use a stax with the bravura amp then? Is it only a matter of quality (ofc the bravura amp is not as good as stax amps), or do electrostatic headphones require specific amps?
Because u know, one may afford to buy the stax 404 at 500 euros, with lots of effort, and much later buy a 500 euros amp. but it's hard to have 1000 in the pocket to buy them together.
post #173 of 445
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Originally Posted by Cya|\| View Post
I'd like to ask a particular question...
We know that electrostatic headphones MUST run with an amplifier. Do you think u could use a stax with the bravura amp then? Is it only a matter of quality (ofc the bravura amp is not as good as stax amps), or do electrostatic headphones require specific amps?
Because u know, one may afford to buy the stax 404 at 500 euros, with lots of effort, and much later buy a 500 euros amp. but it's hard to have 1000 in the pocket to buy them together.
The amp on the Bravura is not really meant to drive those type of headphones. I do not have much experience with those type of headphones so I am going from memory. IIRC, they need a different type of amplifer with much higher voltages meant to drive electro-statics.
Electro-statics are also balanced and meant to be driven by a balanced amplifer.

Hope that helps.
post #174 of 445
Quick one.

Does anyone have problem with Bravura when resuming from standby ? I mean, sometimes when resuming from standby I don't have any audio, absolutely nothing. More interestingly, that slowly blinking red light diode on the card is not on at all. After power off/on everything is back to normal ...
post #175 of 445
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Originally Posted by jalyst View Post
So overall much better value; but overall SQ just a tad behind the ST + H6?
Guess it's not a simple yes or no answer?
Surprise, surprise!
post #176 of 445
Nope Incognito I havent had that issue. My card is working fine for me.
post #177 of 445
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Originally Posted by Incognito73 View Post
Quick one.

Does anyone have problem with Bravura when resuming from standby ? I mean, sometimes when resuming from standby I don't have any audio, absolutely nothing. More interestingly, that slowly blinking red light diode on the card is not on at all. After power off/on everything is back to normal ...
nope , no problems here
post #178 of 445
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jalyst View Post
Guess it's not a simple yes or no answer?
Surprise, surprise!
They are in totally different price classes so how can you compare them?
They also sound totally different...
post #179 of 445
Now that the review is out I suppose we can ask for MORE info:


Does the control panel on the Bravura show an option like this?


LL
post #180 of 445
Thread Starter 
Are you asking if the card has a control panel like that or if the card decodes DD or DTS streams?
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