Originally Posted by angle_sh00ter
I will look forward to your comparison of it to the STX and ST. I have very limited experience with this stuff, all i know is the musiland was a giant leap from my onboard realtek which I used to think was pretty damn good.
ok, I've ordered it for good this time! $140 shipped by EMS Express on ebay w/ a 1y warranty, very good price
I hope it won't be as agressive as the STX...which had a very forward and fatiguing sound, w/ very sparkly edgy trebles
the best I've heard so far was the Prodigy HD2 Advance DE w/ four AD797B opamps on the AK4396 output, and two LT1028A as final buffer...but many drawbacks:
-the HD2 PCB ground layout sucks...and my cd1k is very sensitive, so it was picking up quite a bit of random interferences..it was also making loud "pops" when turning on/off the computer
-the HD2 PCB layout being crap, it was making loud glitches when someone turned off the bathroom neon light(no other sound device ever did this to me
-neither the 797 or 1028 were stable on this board...as they are too pesky to be blindly rolled!
all this said, I will try my cd1k(32Ω/104dB) on the two HP outs and the RCA out w/ an adapter...and if I *really* miss the 797/1028 combo from the HD2, I'll grab a tube amp.
the sound these two opamps were giving together was simply astounding...tons of bass, 3D holographic SS, very creamy natural mids, nice non-agressive trebles...simply perfect, and from what I understand that's what tubes do to audio...they give a distorted "human" touch to digitis.