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Hey guys. Just a quick question.

I'm looking to buy the Fidelio X2, to be used for gaming/music/movies.
To power it I've been thinking of buying the Creative SB Z and the new schiit magni/modi uber.
Is this over kill and is it possible to output from digital to the schiit dac to keep CMSS?

Cheers, Jimbo.
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Yes to both your questions.

But honestly, with SB Z alone, you are more than good to go if all you plan to use is the X2. Easy to drive headphones that even your phone can drive them nicely.
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Originally Posted by rudyae86 View Post

Yes to both your questions.

But honestly, with SB Z alone, you are more than good to go if all you plan to use is the X2. Easy to drive headphones that even your phone can drive them nicely.

People have done tests with non amped X2's and amped/tube amp and have noticed differences. "mid sound deeper and the bass really come alive"...Though guessing this is all down to personal taste really and might not even be needed.

 

I'm going to bite the bullet and do the soundcard/dac/amp and if I don't like the difference I will see send it back. Will just lose out on postage I guess.

 

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For others who have done the same and I need some clarification if possible can you look at this setup and will it work correctly? Setup is for Games, Movies and Music

 

Soundcard* -> Optical -> Modi -> Magni/Vali (can't decide yet) -> Philips Fidelio X2. (Using DSP info from "What U Hear"... Is that correct?)

 

* = Can't decide yet Soundblast Z or the xonar... (I like SBX pro so probably the creative card)

 

I got a nice Christmas bonus so money ain't really a thing and would like to spoil myself so might buy both the Magni/vali and try them out and keep the one I like the most.

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Originally Posted by Nijjion View Post

People have done tests with non amped X2's and amped/tube amp and have noticed differences. "mid sound deeper and the bass really come alive"...Though guessing this is all down to personal taste really and might not even be needed.

I'm going to bite the bullet and do the soundcard/dac/amp and if I don't like the difference I will see send it back. Will just lose out on postage I guess.
If you buy from Schiit Directly, there's also a 15% restocking fee. Keep it and resell on the FS Threads here for less of a loss

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Originally Posted by Nijjion View Post

For others who have done the same and I need some clarification if possible can you look at this setup and will it work correctly? Setup is for Games, Movies and Music

Soundcard* -> Optical -> Modi -> Magni/Vali (can't decide yet) -> Philips Fidelio X2. (Using DSP info from "What U Hear"... Is that correct?)

* = Can't decide yet Soundblast Z or the xonar... (I like SBX pro so probably the creative card)

I got a nice Christmas bonus so money ain't really a thing and would like to spoil myself so might buy both the Magni/vali and try them out and keep the one I like the most.
You don't need to use "What U Hear". That's for outputting to a USB only device. Since you're going optical, DSP will get converted to PCM and output into the Modi that way.
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Originally Posted by MrEleventy View Post


You don't need to use "What U Hear". That's for outputting to a USB only device. Since you're going optical, DSP will get converted to PCM and output into the Modi that way.

 

Oh ok, is DPS to PCM automatic? I've been trying to read through info about all of this what other people have done but it's all quite confusing :) And not a lot of info I can find about it as well.

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Does anyone have experience with SoundBlaster Audigy SE?  I bought it because Newegg says it has a S/PDIF output, which I wanted to feed to my D100 Dac after adding CMSS processing.  The D100 takes optical and coaxial inputs, but the card's outputs are all 3.5mm.  Is there a way to connect the digital 3.5mm output on the Audigy to my DAC?  If not, I'm going to return the card and get something else with a coaxial/optical output.  What's the cheapest soundcard that can do this?

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Originally Posted by Za Warudo View Post

Does anyone have experience with SoundBlaster Audigy SE?  I bought it because Newegg says it has a S/PDIF output, which I wanted to feed to my D100 Dac after adding CMSS processing.  The D100 takes optical and coaxial inputs, but the card's outputs are all 3.5mm.  Is there a way to connect the digital 3.5mm output on the Audigy to my DAC?  If not, I'm going to return the card and get something else with a coaxial/optical output.  What's the cheapest soundcard that can do this?
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RTFM? it has 3.5mm COAX S/PDIF:
http://support.creative.com/kb/ShowArticle.aspx?sid=96220

If you don't have the mono 3.5mm jack to mono RCA cable.
You can use this Left white plug RCA as subsitute:

Edited by cdsa35000 - 12/19/14 at 4:51pm
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Originally Posted by cdsa35000 View Post




RTFM? it has 3.5mm COAX S/PDIF:
http://support.creative.com/kb/ShowArticle.aspx?sid=96220

If you don't have the mono 3.5mm jack to mono RCA cable.
You can use this Left white plug RCA as subsitute:
 

Thanks, I connected a coaxial cable to the Audigy using an 3.5mm adapter from my X3.  Now it works great!

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