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Would you recommend just purchasing the Compass 2 over the 15.32 then?

If you're a console gamer that want's to use their amp/dac with something like a Mixamp, yes, the Compass 2 is the way to do it. If you're a PC gamer only, then the 15.32 will be fine.
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So I'm using Razer Surround for my virtual surround sound. In the game what should my audio settings be? There are usually choices between headphone, 2 speaker, 5.1, and 7.1.

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Originally Posted by funnyguy123 View Post
 

So I'm using Razer Surround for my virtual surround sound. In the game what should my audio settings be? There are usually choices between headphone, 2 speaker, 5.1, and 7.1.

I'm guessing you want 5.1 or 7.1. Seems like Razer Surround is about downmixing actual surround sound signals, and making them suitable for headphones. 

http://gizmodo.com/razers-surround-software-could-turn-regular-headphones-571816919


Edited by Eric_C - 11/11/13 at 6:54pm
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Originally Posted by jtsanabria View Post

So after a good amount of research and questioning what to purchase to power my AKG K712 Pros, I'm narrowed it down to the following list:


Audio-GD NFB-15.32

FiiO E17

iBasso D42 Mamba

JDS Labs Objective 2
Matrix M-stage


I understand these are of different price ranges for the most part, but what are your opinions on this list? If you had to choose ONE to purchase, which would it be? 


Thanks.

 
Arrow 4g
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Any news about a new exciting external device that is not priced like the Headzone? 

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Originally Posted by Fegefeuer View Post

Any news about a new exciting external device that is not priced like the Headzone? 
Unfortunately no. I don't think anyone has pestered FiiO about it though.
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Hey ya.

 

Today I want to upgrade a DAC to convert Digital Dobly, DTS signal from my computer to an amp to make my HD598 become a surround headphone for games and movies. I search and read a lot and saw many people recommend Asus Xonar U3 usb for a low budget and a Fiio D03 but after search and saw the  sound system configuration on my laptop I saw this.

 

 

So it could be that my Toshiba Satellite M300 supports SPDIF output and support DD and DTS too but I do not know which type of SPDIF output (which could be toslink, coxial or optical and I am really confused here) but they use the same 3.5mm analog output plug on my laptop too ah I mean my laptop only has one 3.5mm hole, weird?

 

Addition, I saw Fiio D07s on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/D07-Advanced-Digital-Analog-Converter/dp/B00BB4AECI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384267221&sr=8-1&keywords=Fiio+D7 which support

 

  • Converts coaxial or optical digital audio input to analog stereo output over RCA and 3.5mm mini jack
  • Supports all popular sample rates including 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz and 96kHz, at up to 24-bit resolution
  • Decodes Dolby and DTS signals for excellent compatibility with modern HDTVs.
  • Switch selectable coaxial or optical input.

 

So my question is if I am correct, I just need to buy a cable to connect from the 3.5mm plug on my laptop to Fiio D07 then use the line out to my amplifier then to my headphone but what type of cable do I have to buy? The toslink or optical cable? More, I can not see the red light inside my 3.5mm plug. Do not know what do do so that's why I ask you, guys for help.

 

Thanks and see ya. Have a nice day.


Edited by LoveKnight - 11/12/13 at 7:30am
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Unfortunately no. I don't think anyone has pestered FiiO about it though.

 

Well, I wrote them a mail months ago and they sent it to R&D but this is nothing compared to action we could take here. 

 

We need Must Lust Envy aka Shinji Czech right here, right now to talk to the resident FiiOist!

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Hey ya.

Today I want to upgrade a DAC to convert Digital Dobly, DTS signal from my computer to an amp to make my HD598 become a surround headphone for games and movies. I search and read a lot and saw many people recommend Asus Xonar U3 usb for a low budget and a Fiio D03 but after search and saw the  sound system configuration on my laptop I saw this.




So it could be that my Toshiba Satellite M300 supports SPDIF output and support DD and DTS too but I do not know which type of SPDIF output (which could be toslink, coxial or optical and I am really confused here) but they use the same 3.5mm analog output plug on my laptop too ah I mean my laptop only has one 3.5mm hole, weird?

Addition, I saw Fiio D07s on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/D07-Advanced-Digital-Analog-Converter/dp/B00BB4AECI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384267221&sr=8-1&keywords=Fiio+D7 which support


  • Converts coaxial or optical digital audio input to analog stereo output over RCA and 3.5mm mini jack
  • Supports all popular sample rates including 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz and 96kHz, at up to 24-bit resolution
  • Decodes Dolby and DTS signals for excellent compatibility with modern HDTVs.
  • Switch selectable coaxial or optical input.



So my question is if I am correct, I just need to buy a cable to connect from the 3.5mm plug on my laptop to Fiio D07 then use the line out to my amplifier then to my headphone but what type of cable do I have to buy? The toslink or optical cable? More, I can not see the red light inside my 3.5mm plug. Do not know what do do so that's why I ask you, guys for help.

Thanks and see ya. Have a nice day.

You need to understand something: Decoding Dolby and DTS is just that, it decodes it and converts it to stereo. THIS IS NOT THE SAME as converting it to Dolby Headphone virtual surround.

This is only useful for something like connecting your headphones directly to a TV with an optical out that doesn't have a PCM option (PCM aka conerting it to 2 channel stereo). For example, my ST30 plasma that I sold recently had an optical out, but it didn't convert over the air feeds to PCM, instead leaving them in Dolby Digital. So when I connected it to my own optical DAC to it (Compass 2, E17, or D03k), all I got was garbled noise. Had the ST30 come with a PCM option in the menu, I would've been able to use my headphones with it (although in just stereo).

The D07k just makes it that any and every optical output on any device will be converted into a signal your headphones can understand.

Toslink cable = optical cable

Even the Fiio E17 has those Dolby and DTS boxes checked in. I dunno why, as it can't read those signals.

You absolutely need something like the Mixamp, Xonar U3 to get DOLBY HEADPHONE. THAT IS WHAT GIVES YOU SURROUND.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 11/12/13 at 8:43am
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I gave a shout out to this thread on my AD700X review. Keep it up :3 I'd love to hear your thoughts on how the AD700X compared with the AD700. I didn't find much difference myself.

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Originally Posted by LoveKnight View Post
 

Today I want to upgrade a DAC to convert Digital Dobly, DTS signal from my computer to an amp to make my HD598 become a surround headphone for games and movies. I search and read a lot and saw many people recommend Asus Xonar U3 usb for a low budget and a Fiio D03 but after search and saw the  sound system configuration on my laptop I saw this.

So it could be that my Toshiba Satellite M300 supports SPDIF output and support DD and DTS too but I do not know which type of SPDIF output (which could be toslink, coxial or optical and I am really confused here) but they use the same 3.5mm analog output plug on my laptop too ah I mean my laptop only has one 3.5mm hole, weird?

Addition, I saw Fiio D07s on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/D07-Advanced-Digital-Analog-Converter/dp/B00BB4AECI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384267221&sr=8-1&keywords=Fiio+D7 which support

 

Converts coaxial or optical digital audio input to analog stereo output over RCA and 3.5mm mini jack

Supports all popular sample rates including 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz and 96kHz, at up to 24-bit resolution

Decodes Dolby and DTS signals for excellent compatibility with modern HDTVs.

Switch selectable coaxial or optical input.

So my question is if I am correct, I just need to buy a cable to connect from the 3.5mm plug on my laptop to Fiio D07 then use the line out to my amplifier then to my headphone but what type of cable do I have to buy? The toslink or optical cable? More, I can not see the red light inside my 3.5mm plug. Do not know what do do so that's why I ask you, guys for help..

It looks like your Toshiba laptops 3.5mm output jack is dual use, it functions as a line-out/headphone jack (analog audio signal) and a S/PDIF optical (digital audio signal).

It does not seem like your laptop comes with Dolby or DTS software.

At the website Codecguide, you can get their Media Player Classic, which I should work fine for DVD movies.

Your laptop comes with a low cost built in sound card, not sure if it supports any kind of gaming surround sound?

 

Check out the Creative Labs Omni 5.1 USB sound card.

post #17892 of 23058

Great review of the AD900X vs. MA900. Interesting to see your further review of the 1000. Does Audio Technica still get a lot of love here on Head-Fi?

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Great review of the AD900X vs. MA900. Interesting to see your further review of the 1000. Does Audio Technica still get a lot of love here on Head-Fi?

 

My review of the AD1000X is on the bottom of that post haha. I think AT gets a lot of love from certain parts of Head Fi, but it seems to depend on the country...

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I'd give them a lot more love if they would just stop using the 3d wing design. It turns me off completely. Every single headphone with that design that I've worn is just awkward to wear and doesn't feel secure on my head at all. It's a constant balancing act.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 11/12/13 at 9:14pm
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Originally Posted by a_recording View Post

I gave a shout out to this thread on my AD700X review. Keep it up :3 I'd love to hear your thoughts on how the AD700X compared with the AD700. I didn't find much difference myself.

Thanks for the plug! I reaponded with my Shin CZ account.

Hmm, not sure I'll ever have a chance to try the AD700x, but it seems that if you already own the AD700, it's probably not worth upgrading to the AD700x if they're that similar. I've heard they were very similar from other people, so I'm guessing the AD700x is just a slight retuning, with better aesthetics, since the color scheme put off a lot of people.
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