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Can someone PLEASE give me some suggestions on my Apogee duet 2?

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Hey guys.

 

I am really a beginner as a audiophile. Just got my apogee duet 2 yesterday. They worked amazingly on my recording. If I am not wrong it can also be used as a DAC right? I only use MacPro or iphone for listening to music (flac or 320 kbps). I have a Denon adh5000 and a ultrasone edition 8. At the moment I am just using the Nuforce HDP.  Since I got this duet 2, so I thought I can pair it up with a proper hp amp (I can right?). The built - in hp amp in duet works really well on my denon 5000 (because it's a better impedance fit?).But edition 8 gives me a lil bit brighter sound.  I believe duet 2 is sort of same as original duet. So anyone who used duet 1 can also answer my questions .So here are my questions.

 

1. Is it really necessary to get a proper amp to pair up with duet? Will it make big difference?

 

2. If it is necessary.  I wish to generate some more warm sound to my edition 8, so what suggestions you can give me on amp to bring out the best of my hps? (or just can pair up really well with duet? I say under $1000)

 

3. Sorry I have to ask this specific one since I have never had a full size amp before (So I am stupid here^^). So how can I connect a amp to my duet? (I assume through the breakout cable of the duet?) And what kind of cables do I need? (Since I found almost all the amps on the market only come with a power supply)

 

 

Thank you very much for the help in advance

regards

Jason

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

Edited by tupac0306 - 5/22/11 at 2:14pm
post #2 of 6
Thread Starter 

anyone? frown.gif at least that third question is easy..

post #3 of 6

The Duet 2 has balanced 1/4" TRS line-out jacks from the breakout cable. This is a new feature that wasn't available in the Duet v1. You will need a pair of cables to connect the Duet to an amp, but the actual type of cables needed depends on what amp you plan to use.

 

A typical balanced amp has two 3-pin XLR inputs. So you would need a pair of TRS to XLR cables for that.

TRS to XLR cable

 

Some balanced amps have two TRS inputs. So a pair of TRS to TRS cables will work for those.

TRS to TRS cable

 

 

Most amps, such as your Nuforce HDP, are not balanced but single ended. They typically have two RCA inputs. You might be able to use a pair of 1/4" TS to RCA cables (note that this is mono TS and not stereo TRS). Best to double check with Apogee about this one first because this method basically converts the balanced output to single-ended by shorting the negative phase directly to ground. Some DACs may not take well to that.

TS to RCA cable
 
 
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thank you very much man.That was a very detailed and understandable demonstration!
 

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Originally Posted by Yoga Flame View Post

The Duet 2 has balanced 1/4" TRS line-out jacks from the breakout cable. This is a new feature that wasn't available in the Duet v1. You will need a pair of cables to connect the Duet to an amp, but the actual type of cables needed depends on what amp you plan to use.

 

A typical balanced amp has two 3-pin XLR inputs. So you would need a pair of TRS to XLR cables for that.

TRS to XLR cable

 

Some balanced amps have two TRS inputs. So a pair of TRS to TRS cables will work for those.

TRS to TRS cable

 

 

Most amps, such as your Nuforce HDP, are not balanced but single ended. They typically have two RCA inputs. You might be able to use a pair of 1/4" TS to RCA cables (note that this is mono TS and not stereo TRS). Best to double check with Apogee about this one first because this method basically converts the balanced output to single-ended by shorting the negative phase directly to ground. Some DACs may not take well to that.

TS to RCA cable
 
 


 

post #5 of 6

Thank you so much tupac0306. I also have a duet 2. I am thinking to hook it up with PreSonus HP4 and wasn't sure if I needed TSR speaker cable or TS cables. I thought all TSR cable are stereo, but I did read some poeple say that TSR can be used as mono for balanced ports, is this true?

post #6 of 6

Actually I meant to thank Yoga Flame for the detailed explanation. But thank you too tupac0306 for asking the question I wanted to ask. :-)

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