The problem is, I lose pinpoint accuracy when using an amp after the mixamp. Surround is still there but I cant tell where the sound is coming from.
Anybody have the same experience? It sucks that I can't use my amp with the mixamp.
I've used an amp after the mixamp, and I know many others here have as well. I can't say I've come across this issue as the amps that I used never altered the positional queues. That said, I've never used the M-Stage with the mixamp. Chicolom has used that combination and may be able to weigh in more.
As for your setup, do you have a second amp you can use, even a portable one, to see if you can recreate the issue using a different configuration? Troubleshooting works best changing one link in the chain at a time.
With the Mixamp I've used the amp in my Aune T1 and Schiit Magni. I've since passed along the Mixamp but I've used the E12 and iCan with my Recon3D USB.
It pairs better with harder to drive headphones. I had it for a short while, and when I paired it with my easy headphones I didn't care for it at all. The humming never went away on my IEMs. But it's a nice amp. Sounded very nice with my HD650. The X1 is a good deal more sensitive, so it may not pair well, but I can't say.
Would there be a difference in games (FPS) with this situation?
from Soundcard > Headphones; moving to USB DAC > Amp > Headphones
I read here and there suggestions to go with SPDIF from soundcard into DAC but in another place I read that there won't be any difference.
I mean there would obviously be the difference in quality from a crappy onboard soundcard to a decent DAC. What I mean is, in terms of sound cues about players positions, would there be any difference?
Thanks a lot in advance!
Does your soundcard have surround sound DSPs? Because if so, the difference will be that you'll LOSE that surround sound when using a USB DAC.
If your soundcard does NOT have surround sound, then you may get a marginal improvement in soundstage and positioning with a USB DAC and amp. It won't be as much of an improvement as adding in virtual surround sound though.
I use the same setup with my M-stage. So does Change is Good.
The M-stage is one of the BEST amps I've used for double amping, and it's able to increase the soundstaeg size the most out of all the amps I've double amped with.
So something sounds off with your setup.
My M-stages does the exact opposite. It expands the soundstage size by several feet in all directions compared to plugging in directly into the mixamp.
So again, something seems off.
Check out the TCC TC-716 6-Way Stereo Source Selector:
I have this and I love it.
Just plug all your sources and all your amps into it, then mix and route them as you please. It's a completely passive device (no electronics inside) so it doesn't affect/degrade the sound. It's just like a box of switchable interconnects.
My two cents and best guess.
You might need to turn up the source and Mix-amps volumes up to as high as possible (75% or higher) and use the M-Stages volume knob to control volume.
So first turn down the volume on the M-Stage to zero, then turn up the source/mix-amp volume controls, then try turning up the M-stage's volume knob.