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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

 

If this doesn't spark an argument I don't know what will.

 

Nah, audiophile usb cables and Mac vs PC. Done.

post #1142 of 3502
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

 

Nah, audiophile usb cables and Mac vs PC. Done.

 

You forgot jitter, OCC, loss of bits, flac, pots, solder, driver matching,.... thats all i got on the top of my head

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copper v. silver, aftermarket cabling, fuses, upsampling, spdif, nos dac chips, ladder v. multibit, the list goes on...

post #1144 of 3502
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Originally Posted by fejnomit View Post

copper v. silver, aftermarket cabling, fuses, upsampling, spdif, nos dac chips, ladder v. multibit, the list goes on...

 

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You forgot jitter, OCC, loss of bits, flac, pots, solder, driver matching,.... thats all i got on the top of my head

 

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

 

Nah, audiophile usb cables and Mac vs PC. Done.

... So a Reference 10.32 is good for my purpose right?

post #1145 of 3502
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Originally Posted by darkfireblade25 View Post

 

 

... So a Reference 10.32 is good for my purpose right?

I'd imagine if you have a power amp, you probably own a preamp to drive it already (with speakers). 

 

If you have an integrated amp, it's generally better to use the fixed output and control the volume with the integrated amp instead.

post #1146 of 3502
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

If this doesn't spark an argument I don't know what will.
The speaker rig is ran through a pre, the headphone/computer rig is minimalist so I'll live with the digital volume out of the Hilo. I can keep my digital out maxxed while controlling the input volume so my source is a bit different from the typical DAC.
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The speaker rig is ran through a pre, the headphone/computer rig is minimalist so I'll live with the digital volume out of the Hilo. I can keep my digital out maxxed while controlling the input volume so my source is a bit different from the typical DAC.

 

I was just poking fun. There were a few debates over the last few days where people were getting really worked up over digital vs analog attenuation. Heated cannot be emphasized enough here. 

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Originally Posted by khaine1711 View Post

I'd imagine if you have a power amp, you probably own a preamp to drive it already (with speakers). 

 

If you have an integrated amp, it's generally better to use the fixed output and control the volume with the integrated amp instead.

I don't have a preamp for my power amp. The thing is, my power amp is a speaker amp so it doesn't have volume control... so i'm looking for a preamp + DAC with volume control. Thought I would get some input but apparently meta-ing arguments are more important lol.

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Originally Posted by darkfireblade25 View Post

I don't have a preamp for my power amp. The thing is, my power amp is a speaker amp so it doesn't have volume control... so i'm looking for a preamp + DAC with volume control. Thought I would get some input but apparently meta-ing arguments are more important lol.

Then it depends on the power amp. Another way to do this is get a passive preamp (basically a volume pot in the box), but not all power amp will play nice with a passive preamp. You could try transformer passive pre too, but the thing will most likely cost as much as a (good) active preamp. 

 

The Ref 10 looks fine. It uses part of the Master 5/6/8 circuit as preamp and headphone amp. You may get better value purchasing separates though.

 

Choices, choices very_evil_smiley.gif

post #1150 of 3502

used eximus dp-1 would be my recommendation.  i've seen them for basically half-price.  that's a great deal.  with volume control. mine drives my blue circle monos quite well for the he-6...

post #1151 of 3502
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Originally Posted by darkfireblade25 View Post

I don't have a preamp for my power amp. The thing is, my power amp is a speaker amp so it doesn't have volume control... so i'm looking for a preamp + DAC with volume control. Thought I would get some input but apparently meta-ing arguments are more important lol.

 

What's your price range?  There are tons of options.  Look for low gain or a passive preamp.  If it will match with your amp, and you don't need long interconnects, then I'd suggest getting a Lightspeed attenuator.  There's also the Adcom GFP-750 which can be toggled between active and passive.  Outside of that, post a budget, and I'll try to come up with a bunch of options for you.

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Originally Posted by jazzerdave View Post

 

What's your price range?  There are tons of options.  Look for low gain or a passive preamp.  If it will match with your amp, and you don't need long interconnects, then I'd suggest getting a Lightspeed attenuator.  There's also the Adcom GFP-750 which can be toggled between active and passive.  Outside of that, post a budget, and I'll try to come up with a bunch of options for you.

below $800 would be really nice. I can take up to $1000 though.

post #1153 of 3502
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Originally Posted by darkfireblade25 View Post

below $800 would be really nice. I can take up to $1000 though.

 

Keep in mind that the 6 scales up better than any other dynamic headphone available. Consequently, each link in the chain is very important. Said another way, the better your source, pre-amp or linestage, and your power amp, the more enjoyment and higher quality music reproduction the listener experiences from the 6. In your price range, the headphone retails for more than you are willing to spend for a volume control of some kind.


Edited by Dr. Roberts - 4/26/13 at 7:01am
post #1154 of 3502
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Originally Posted by darkfireblade25 View Post

below $800 would be really nice. I can take up to $1000 though.

 

Cool.  I'll do some pricing and report back.

post #1155 of 3502
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Originally Posted by jazzerdave View Post

 

Cool.  I'll do some pricing and report back.

I'd help a bit.

 

LDR passive pre:

 

Geogre's Lightspeed attenuator = $490 Aud + shipping (claimed match quad LDR).

Paul Hynes Boards w/o remote = ~$150 (you have to buy your own LDR for 35, and misc stuff like pot, rca binding post).

The lighter note kit (based on the warpspeed) = $130 for the kit, 270 assembled (still need to solder your own rca post and IEC inlet + a case)

 

Passive pre (pot in a box basically):

 

Goldpoint SA : 200-ish

Glasshouse pre (DIY) ~ 300 

 

Transformer volume control:

 

Promitheus TVC (starts at 420, maxed version north of 1k I think)

Glasshouse TVC - (north of 900 bucks, more choices of parts than the promitheus - DIY)

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