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post #1696 of 1705

The explanation on the subject of bass seems logical. As far as the volume level or volume knob position is concerned I'm not so sure that it could be explained with lower loudness of rdac. As i've mentioned before i tried connecting the cd player directly to the amp and i had to increase the knob just about exactly to the same level to hear the same loudness. and connecting rdac to my integrated and comparing it to other sources didn't reveal any major differences in volume level. so there are two facts here that matter:1. the volume knob on asgard is about three degrees (12 o'clock compared to 9) higher as on my rotel for the same loudnes of the same source, trying different sources. and in addition 2. there are people who listen to their asgard about three degrees lower than i do. although our sources can not be compared, nor can headphones, until this moment at least. it is kind of unusually big and similar gap...my purpose in debating this is strictly to explain this phenomenon that i haven't been able to witness until now. and to of course exclude any possibility of auditioning fawlty unitS. ok I know it is highly unlikely that there would be something wrong with both units...
 

post #1697 of 1705
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Originally Posted by manifesto31 View Post

The explanation on the subject of bass seems logical. As far as the volume level or volume knob position is concerned I'm not so sure that it could be explained with lower loudness of rdac. As i've mentioned before i tried connecting the cd player directly to the amp and i had to increase the knob just about exactly to the same level to hear the same loudness. and connecting rdac to my integrated and comparing it to other sources didn't reveal any major differences in volume level. so there are two facts here that matter:1. the volume knob on asgard is about three degrees (12 o'clock compared to 9) higher as on my rotel for the same loudnes of the same source, trying different sources. and in addition 2. there are people who listen to their asgard about three degrees lower than i do. although our sources can not be compared, nor can headphones, until this moment at least. it is kind of unusually big and similar gap...my purpose in debating this is strictly to explain this phenomenon that i haven't been able to witness until now. and to of course exclude any possibility of auditioning fawlty unitS. ok I know it is highly unlikely that there would be something wrong with both units...
 

 

1. This is normal because integrateds and their volume pots are typically tuned for speaker use. Comparing the volume pot on integrateds to dedicated headphone amps, headphone amps will typically have to be set 'louder' to match volumes. Even with my Little Dot on max gain setting, my integrated gets louder much earlier.

 

2. Difference in loudness of the DAC signal, differences in software volume settings, differences in what is considered 'loud'.

post #1698 of 1705

thaks for these clarifying answers. but I still find it hard to believe that skyline315's setup:

 

foobar-hrt music streamer-asgard

 

vs. mine

 

foobar-arcam rdac-asgard

 

produces such different loudness (different perception taken into account).

post #1699 of 1705
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Originally Posted by manifesto31 View Post

thaks for these clarifying answers. but I still find it hard to believe that skyline315's setup:

 

foobar-hrt music streamer-asgard

 

vs. mine

 

foobar-arcam rdac-asgard

 

produces such different loudness (different perception taken into account).

 

As a side note, I have also run my Project Debut Carbon turntable-->Pro-Ject Phono Preamp-->Asgard combo and have pretty much the exact same results as far as listening in the 10 o'clock region for normal listening.  I will say that I have to crank it up to around 12 for quiet classical music, but that's a rarity.

post #1700 of 1705

Just got an Asgard to go between my HRT Microstreamer and HD650/DT770 LE, and I'm LOVING it! Definitely tightened up the bass from using the Microstreamer on its own, also helped out separation and overall soundstage performance. For $140 shipped off ebay I couldn't be happier.

post #1701 of 1705

Has any one used Fiio D07 as a DAC for the Asgard 2?

post #1702 of 1705

Also is the Asgard a good amp to drive the HE-500?

post #1703 of 1705
Yes but lyr is better
post #1704 of 1705

I just got my HE-500, I simply amazed. I plugged it into "Laptop >> Fiio D07 >> Schiit Asgard 2".

 

For now, I am satisfied with the D07/Asgard-2 combo and enjoying my HE-500.

post #1705 of 1705
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Originally Posted by K-Otar View Post
 

I just got my HE-500, I simply amazed. I plugged it into "Laptop >> Fiio D07 >> Schiit Asgard 2".

 

For now, I am satisfied with the D07/Asgard-2 combo and enjoying my HE-500.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/650092/new-schiit-asgard-2

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