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Originally Posted by Chris J View Post


Hey man, just curious, what kind of cable did you use from PC to DAC?
No flames here!

 

I started with a very cheap $5 one. . And upgraded it to a Chord Prodac. I think any upgrade from the cheap original would have made some difference though, the original was pretty suss and dac lost its input lock once or twice which would come back with a wiggle of the cable. Haven't had that problem since at least... 


Edited by tolame4aname - 5/23/12 at 1:31pm
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Hello guys.

My set up is Asus ST - - > Q701 and Altec's Speaker now.
It is very easy to switch between speaker and headphone through Xonar software. However, the Amp inside ST couldnt drive Q701 properly.

After I read this thread , it is appears that M Stage is a good mate with my AKG, but im afraid of inconvenience in switching between Headphone and Speaker.

The question is:
1. The M Stage has Headphone out and Line Out right? So can I plug both my speaker and Q701 in it then choose which one will be operate through the M Stage Hardware.

2. Should I purchase the 1/4 to RCA? This way I can Plug the converter to my xonar's 1/4 and have a RCA from there to MStage input. Then my speaker can plug into xonar directly. I can still manage switching between device through software this way though.

Answer to any of the question or suggestions is appreciate though.
post #2929 of 4888

The M-Stage has a preamp output, yes.  Line-out is for DACs/soundcards.

So you would plug your Q701 into the headphone jack and your speakers into the preamp output on the back of the M-Stage and control the volume with the M-Stage.  However, the preamp output cannot be shut off, so the speakers need to be off when using your headphones or you get sound from both simultaneously.  Likewise, your Q701 must be unplugged or you will get sound from them while using speakers.

The adapter is unnecessary.

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Originally Posted by Mad Max View Post

The M-Stage has a preamp output, yes.  Line-out is for DACs/soundcards.
So you would plug your Q701 into the headphone jack and your speakers into the preamp output on the back of the M-Stage and control the volume with the M-Stage.  However, the preamp output cannot be shut off, so the speakers need to be off when using your headphones or you get sound from both simultaneously.  Likewise, your Q701 must be unplugged or you will get sound from them while using speakers.
The adapter is unnecessary.

Thx for ur reply.

Anyone has a 2012 model? How does it sound compare to the old one?
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Originally Posted by SPEKker View Post

Thx for ur reply.

Anyone has a 2012 model? How does it sound compare to the old one?

 

Should be the same.  The changes are a ventilated case and a optional USB DAC, but the amp is the same AFAIK.

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Thanks for clarify me
post #2933 of 4888
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Originally Posted by chicolom View Post

 

Should be the same.  The changes are a ventilated case and a optional USB DAC, but the amp is the same AFAIK.

 

I don't understand. Wouldn't the newer Matrix M Stage headphone amp sound "airier"?

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Originally Posted by Chris J View Post

I don't understand. Wouldn't the newer Matrix M Stage headphone amp sound "airier"?

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Yes, actually it does have increased airiness and a cooler sound (sounds lukewarm now).

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I made mine sound warmer by changing the cold blue led to a nice warm red one.... wink.gif hehe

 

Matches my rega dac better too :-)

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I prefer the sound of my non vented M Stage, it has a nice warm vintage tone to it!wink.gif
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Got my HRT MS2+ yesterday and my Matrix M-Stage today... Is it normal to hear little staticky blips throughout all of your FLACs? So far I am pretty disappointed... I don't know if the problem is with my FLACs, with the DAC, with the stock opamp that came inside the M-Stage, or with some setting on my computer... What do you guys think?
 

Also, Foobar2000 is constantly freezing at the start of my songs whenever I select a song to play. It doesn't always do this, maybe about 80% of the time. It will play the first second of a song, then cut off. I will have to right click the song, hit Stop, hit Play again, and sometimes repeat once or twice until finally the song plays. When it toggles between tracks automatically on an album, it doesn't have this problem. I have right clicked the volume/playback devices icon in the bottom right corner of Windows 7 and chosen 24 bit/96 khz playback, but so far I have only tried playing 16/44.1 songs. However, when I toggle those WIndows settings to 24/44.1 or 24/48, Foobar still has the same difficulty playing songs.


Edited by wilky61 - 5/26/12 at 4:38pm
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Probably the software settings.  What are you using?

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Hi Mad Max,

 

How do you mean software settings? Windows settings? Foobar settings? What specifically?

 

EDIT: Okay here's something, in Foobar2000 when I change it from WASAPI (HRT MS2+) to DS (HRT MS2+), the blips go away. DS for Direct Sound.

Also, I don't have the problem with Foobar refusing to play my songs when I take it off WASAPI...

 

EDIT2: Tried to download a Kernel Streaming plugin for Foobar... still hear blips.

Tried to download an ASIO plugin for Foobar... Foobar doesn't even execute.

 

Guess I'm stuck with Direct Sound?

Maybe I should try posting in a thread about the HRT Music Streamer rather than here?

 

EDIT3: Just found this, looks like I have some reading to do:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/593826/hrt-headstreamer-wasapi-woes-in-foobar

 

EDIT4: Thinking of dropping Foobar in favor of MusicBee, which doesn't seem to have any problems with my HRT MS2+.

 

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Originally Posted by Mad Max View Post

Probably the software settings.  What are you using?


Edited by wilky61 - 5/26/12 at 5:59pm
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Originally Posted by wilky61 View Post

Hi Mad Max,

 

How do you mean software settings? Windows settings? Foobar settings? What specifically?

 

EDIT: Okay here's something, in Foobar2000 when I change it from WASAPI (HRT MS2+) to DS (HRT MS2+), the blips go away. DS for Direct Sound.

Also, I don't have the problem with Foobar refusing to play my songs when I take it off WASAPI...

 

EDIT2: Tried to download a Kernel Streaming plugin for Foobar... still hear blips.

Tried to download an ASIO plugin for Foobar... Foobar doesn't even execute.

 

Guess I'm stuck with Direct Sound?

Maybe I should try posting in a thread about the HRT Music Streamer rather than here?

 

EDIT3: Just found this, looks like I have some reading to do:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/593826/hrt-headstreamer-wasapi-woes-in-foobar

 

EDIT4: Thinking of dropping Foobar in favor of MusicBee, which doesn't seem to have any problems with my HRT MS2+.

 

 

I use and LOVE MusicBee.  I use WASAPI straight to the HRT MS II.

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