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post #14911 of 37365

what adapter is needed to plug in xbox 360 control without mixamp? want to see if i can use this with my X1.

 

http://v-moda.com/vtf/

post #14912 of 37365
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Originally Posted by deanorthk View Post

I'm decided, Xonar U7, and the 3.5m jack to 2 RCA real cables cable to hook all that to the burson soloist, I'll cross my finger and hope it'll work as intended, so I can sell my HA 160 and minimise the amount of stuff on my desk:)

Yes that does indead work.
post #14913 of 37365
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Originally Posted by Happy Bullets View Post

The TH-600 came in today via Justin at Headamp. First off, if you don't know Justin he is a stand up guy. For anyone that does not know, he has a demo thread where he sends out quality headphones to those who sign up...  http://www.head-fi.org/t/645941/headamp-headphone-demos-audeze-fostex-hifiman-sennheiser-stax-sign-up-now

 

My very initial impressions of the Fostex with DH were extremely disappointing....until I added an amp to the mixamp. Then everything changed. Positional cues especially rear cues are the best I have ever heard. Better than the HD-800 even. The sense of space and sound stage is enormous and spot on. I figured these were going to be beast when I initially heard them a month or so ago at a head-fi meet, but I never expected this. Truly phenomenal for gaming. Off to listen more......

 

Did you pair it with the E12?

 

I am thinking about a TH-600 sometime for console gaming. 

post #14914 of 37365
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by deanorthk View Post

I'm decided, Xonar U7, and the 3.5m jack to 2 RCA real cables cable to hook all that to the burson soloist, I'll cross my finger and hope it'll work as intended, so I can sell my HA 160 and minimise the amount of stuff on my desk:)

I'm not sure the U7 is like the U3 in that the spdif out will retain Dolby headphone...

in either case, don't know why you'd spend the extra on the U7 when you'll be using an external dac/amp, and relegating the U7 JUST to Dolby duties. It's a waste of money. Unless you planned on using the U7's internal DAC which I doubt matches your legitimate audiophile DAC...
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 7/3/13 at 10:20am
post #14915 of 37365
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I'm not sure the U7 is like the U3 in that the spdif out will retain Dolby headphone...

in either case, don't know why you'd spend the extra on the U7 when you'll be using an external dac/amp, and relegating the U7 JUST to Dolby duties. It's a waste of money. Unless you planned on using the U7's internal DAC which I doubt matches your legitimate audiophile DAC...
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Didn't you just say the differences in DACs are exaggerated, as long as one of them isn't super crappy? I mean, if the U3 could send a line-out analogue signal to an amp, or if there's a volume setting that's basically just as good as LO to an external amp, then why bother adding another DAC? I'd be fine just double-amping, just plug it in and start enjoying some games biggrin.gif
post #14916 of 37365
Thread Starter 
The U7 cost what, like 3-4x the U3? If he's planning on using an external dac and amp, he's better off saving money and just using the U3. They're both gonna send a purely digital signal to his dac (assuming the U7 does this like the U3), so there is no benefit to using the U7 in that situation.

If he wants to double amp, and the U7 doesn't do what the U3 does, then he's spending extra for an unclean chain to Dolby Headphone. It makes no sense.

And I doubt it's a pure analog line out on the U3. For the piece of mind, and superior dac, this is exactly why I went with the spdif out option instead.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 7/3/13 at 10:53am
post #14917 of 37365

Hey I just have a quick question regarding the gain setting on the Asgard 2, theres low and high, I'm not really sure which setting I should be using with the Annies.

 

I've been mostly using it with low since the headphones are 62 ohms, but I've also tested high and it makes the volume and everything just much louder, basically on low gain i tend to leave the amp at 9-10 o clock but on high gain depending on the game i leave it lower or else it gets to loud lol.

 

although high gain mode almost sounds like everything is much more detailed and clear sounding.

post #14918 of 37365
Thread Starter 
Low gain has less distortion, high gain tends to make things sound dynamic. Honestly, the difference between low and high gain is so subtle with almost every amp I've used, that I stick to high gain just in case I ever have an accident and accidentally toggle the gain switch (potential to ruin a headphone by blasting super loud audio on accident).

I'd personally just use whichever gives you what you consider a good placement for the volume knob. I usually like mine as close to 10-12 o clock as possible.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 7/3/13 at 11:19am
post #14919 of 37365

How would the AKG K540 (semi open headphone) perform with the DSS?

post #14920 of 37365

Good point there Madlustenvy

I forgot to say that my Burson DAC is broken, and only work with coaxial input, used by my M2tech from my imac, for music. I bought it second hand, and the seller..Well, it robbed me, you could say that. Either way, since I'm in Reunion island, and FAR from everything, returning the Burson to Poland (where Burson european after sale is), well it was a no go (cost plus waiting).

So I'm forced to used the soloist second analogue input, thus, the U7 that got the analog out, but as you said, I'm NOT sure this will retain the whole dolby surround stuff.

Thing is, the U3 + Fiio is so close, money wise, to the cost of U7, it made me hesitate (less items, but as you said, they are so little, it can be hiden.

If the U3 is the only way to send the surround sound to the soloist, then, I'll go that way, but as I said, I hesitated because of the "one item" thingy..Hope you understand my point.

post #14921 of 37365
Thread Starter 
Is it a digital coaxial? You can just buy an optical to digital coaxial converter. I have one from monoprice, and it works just fine. Your Burson is still usable.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10423&cs_id=1042302&p_id=2948&seq=1&format=2

Something like that. So you'd put that between the U3 and your Burson.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 7/3/13 at 11:49am
post #14922 of 37365
Xonar U7 lists that it has a coaxial digital output in the specs page. Might be worth a try?
post #14923 of 37365
Thread Starter 
He can save a lot more money buy just buying an optical to digital coax converter and still getting the U3. I used mine for years, and I notice zero degradation of SQ. Sure, it's yet another device to hide behind the desk...

PC - U3 - Optical to Digital coaxial converter - Burson DAC - Burson amp - headphones... lol

They key here is that you're still keeping everything digital until it gets to the Burson DAC.

In my situation, it's:

Laptop - U3 - Fiio D03K (dac) - Compass 2 (amp portion) - Headphones

Note the U3 and Fiio D03K are hidden away. I don't need to touch them at all.

IF my Compass 2's dac worked properly with the U3, it would've been:

Laptop - U3 - Compass 2 (it's both dac and amp being used) - Headphones

If you want plenty of distance between the U3 and PC, I'd get a USB extension cable. That ot a USB hub with a lengthy USB cable, that way you can plug the U3 to the hub. The extension cable that come with the U3 is really short.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 7/3/13 at 12:02pm
post #14924 of 37365

Alright, I just received my Mixamp pro 2013 as I sent it for repair due to hissing/buzzing noise when you turn the knob to 2/3 of the way (between middle to MAX). However, although they said it was fixed and tested before shipping back to me the hissing noise was still there.

 

I've sent an email to them and they told I'll have to use different USB cable or different headset. Trying out different cables and headsets resulted in same problem.

 

With that being said, I would like a clarification if this is normal or not. I've asked this question before but after reps from Astro gaming confirmed that it is "not" normal (hence, that's why I sent it back for repair) I'm not quite sure if it is or not.

post #14925 of 37365
Thread Starter 
It's normal. Mixamp 2013 hisses when you go up past a volume level. I've mentioned this in the guide...

It's a waste to return it again, as they ALL do this.

If you want much less noise, find a 2011 Mixamp, or old school first gen Mixamp. Those barely hisss until you nearly max out the volume.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 7/3/13 at 12:04pm
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