Head-Fi.org › Forums › Summit-Fi (High-End Audio) › High-end Audio Forum › End Game Rigs?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

End Game Rigs? - Page 3

post #31 of 35

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by DaveBSC View Post

Do all of those DSP features work over S/Pdif, or for that matter with a stereo DAC that only accepts stereo PCM signals? I think the best option is to use a dedicated player for computer audio anyway. Something like the Auraliti PK90 USB is very affordable. You can connect it to a DAC that has both asynch and S/Pdif inputs (DacMagic Plus, etc), and just switch the DAC back and forth between sources as necessary.


Yes, at least on X-Fi cards. I confirmed it myself with an SU-DH1, running in straight DAC mode. No Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect on the computer side, no Dolby Headphone or Pro Logic II on the SU-DH1 side. Hardly an audiophile DAC (analog output's hissy and worse than the X-Fi Titanium HD itself, though I never bought it for PC use), but that combined with RightMark 3DSound's positional test tells me all I need to know regarding the DSP effects over S/PDIF.

 

The PK90 USB seemed really expensive at first, being $600 $750 (wait, they INCREASED the price?), but then I realized that it's not a DAC, but a Linux-based silent HTPC with some USB ports given their own power supply and all. Might be neat to have if I could put it in a room upstairs, network it and draw the music files from my desktop downstairs, free of all the fan and hard drive noise...but I'd want a significant discount first. (My wallet's even thinner than most here.)

post #32 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by vvanrij View Post

 



 

 

Put on a baseball cap, extend the k1000 temple pads, put it on the baseball cap, I swear, you won't even know its there anymore!



You can also reduce the headband tension so they don't clamp at all.

post #33 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by NamelessPFG View Post

 

The PK90 USB seemed really expensive at first, being $600 $750 (wait, they INCREASED the price?), but then I realized that it's not a DAC, but a Linux-based silent HTPC with some USB ports given their own power supply and all. Might be neat to have if I could put it in a room upstairs, network it and draw the music files from my desktop downstairs, free of all the fan and hard drive noise...but I'd want a significant discount first. (My wallet's even thinner than most here.)


The Auraliti is about 1/3 the price of a similar Sonore server. Granted there is no internal mass storage, but an external drive does not cost $1300. The USB output is provided by the SoTM USB card, which costs $300 alone if you buy one for you own DIY server, which puts the price of the server at $450, so it's not like Auraliti is making a fortune off you. It would be quite difficult to do one yourself for less.

 

post #34 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fitz View Post



You can also reduce the headband tension so they don't clamp at all.



I have a really small head so in my case that won't be necessary. My only comfort problem with the k1000's is when wearing them while sitting back in a comfy chair. When you lean back, they shift and pretty much fall off.

post #35 of 35

Although I'm close to what I feel will be my end game rig, it's been a long journey getting there. I only joined Head-fi the back end of 2010 but I've been listening to music via headphones seriously for over 16 years. To what I can remember the first headphone system I had was Sennheiser HD650's + Musical Fidelity X-can + Musical Fidelity CD player but I can't remember which one, I changed the X-can for a Grace M902 but in 2000 I got the SR-007mk1's + SRM-007t and 2007 I got the Esoteric x-03se. Late last year I upgraded my source to the Esoteric K-01 and January this year I got the SR-009's. Hopefully this month maybe next I'll receive the BHSE and then my journey should be close to the end.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: High-end Audio Forum
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Summit-Fi (High-End Audio) › High-end Audio Forum › End Game Rigs?