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post #3391 of 6772
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Originally Posted by balancebox View Post

I was reading the lyr spec on schiit can it really damage headphone?

 

Yes it can. I have the Lyr. It is fully capable of blowing headphone speakers if you turn it up too loud. Though you would severely damage your hearing long before that happened. After all, it is a 6 watt amp.

post #3392 of 6772
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Originally Posted by UmustBKidn View Post
 

 

I frequently listen to my M+M stack with Beyer DT770 pro 250 ohm cans. They are the best set I own so far. They do seem a bit more power hungry than my other cans, but I don't have a lot to compare to.

 

With my laptop (also win7) volume at max, and the Magni volume set just under 3 o'clock, I have a decent range of adjustment in iTunes. With those settings, 30% in iTunes is a moderate level, and 90% is quite loud. My volume setting in Foobar 2000 is also right at 50%.

 

I have never been able to turn my Magni up to full volume. I guess I could, but honestly I wouldn't ever listen to it that loud. Of course, at almost 3 o'clock, I don't have much range left to go. But I don't max my volume in iTunes, and adjust with the Magni (as some recommend). If I were doing that, the setting on my Magni would be much lower.

 

...ok, I decided to try that. With my laptop at max volume, and itunes at max volume, adjusting the Magni to a volume I would listen to for the length of an album, I get about 11 o'clock on the Magni. If I crank it up to a level where it's on the verge of disturbing, I see about 1:30. I would not turn it up any higher for very long, and definitely not all the way up.

 

Gah, sorry to keep editing this post, but I remembered something else ... when I was comparing the Modi to the Pure i-20 iPod DAC, I recall that the Pure i-20 drove my Magni a lot harder than the Modi did. After running for an hour or so, the Magni was much warmer than it ever gets when driven by the Modi. I postulated at the time that the output level of the Pure i-20 was higher than the Modi (though I don't know by how much). It was also much brighter and annoying (might have had something to do with that). Anyhow, that makes me wonder if another DAC might drive the Magni harder? Which might in turn give you more headroom on higher impedance cans? I don't know. On the other hand, I'm not sure that would be wise. I'm sure that Mike and Jason designed the Modi to drive the Magni at what they consider a proper level. Hitting it harder might have undesired side effects. Hmm.

 

Finally, I wonder if you might have a cable issue? My cables are monoprice, mediabridge, and radio shack. Definitely nothing fancy, but they work. If you have other cables laying around, might be worth swapping things around a bit, just to make sure something hasn't gone wonky.

 

Don't think it's a cable issue.  I think I was just looking to turn it up to 11.  Normal listening level is about 10 o'clock.

post #3393 of 6772
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Originally Posted by Barry S View Post


HD650s are 300 ohms and I can't make it past 10 o'clock. Unless the the DT880s are really inefficient cans, something is limiting the signal. Sometimes additional audio software can limit the output with its own volume control--I'd check for that, too.

 

I've checked Windows and Foobar, both at 100%.  Is there another layer possibly in there somewhere that I'm missing?  I'm using a Dell laptop, so could there be some bloatware in there somewhere as well?

post #3394 of 6772
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Originally Posted by Barry S View Post


HD650s are 300 ohms and I can't make it past 10 o'clock. Unless the the DT880s are really inefficient cans, something is limiting the signal. Sometimes additional audio software can limit the output with its own volume control--I'd check for that, too.

 

I think DT880s are really inefficient tbh. I run an Asgard 2 and Uberfrost with mine with 250 ohm DT880s and 12'oclock is perfect with high gain switch on. They sound properly amplified with the A2 though

post #3395 of 6772
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I've checked Windows and Foobar, both at 100%.  Is there another layer possibly in there somewhere that I'm missing?  I'm using a Dell laptop, so could there be some bloatware in there somewhere as well?

 

Yes, there is. Sort of. It's tied to your windows volume control, but it's probably worth looking under Control Panel -> Sound, select your sound device, and click the Properties button. That will pop up a dialog like the one below. Browse through the settings just to make sure things are what they should be, namely, all sound effects off, and all volumes set up to max. Oh and yes, by all means, get rid of all the bloatware that you can. I do that religiously whenever I get a new box.

 

Well, I should say, some folks like those settings off. Some like them on :L3000: When I'm on the system with my not-so-good ATH M40 cans, I equalize those things like mad. Because they really need it. But I usually do that in itunes, not in control panel. For some reason, the EQ in control panel sucks compared to the one in itunes.

 


Edited by UmustBKidn - 10/5/13 at 12:41am
post #3396 of 6772

Anyone know if the new schiit dac will compete with the Mytek 192 or WFS DAC2?

post #3397 of 6772
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Originally Posted by magiccabbage View Post
 

Anyone know if the new schiit dac will compete with the Mytek 192 or WFS DAC2?

 

Gungnir is already better than both. 

post #3398 of 6772
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Originally Posted by paradoxper View Post
 

 

Gungnir is already better than both. 

 

How do you make that out? If you haven't heard YGGDRASIL? Doesn't the Gungnir have the same chip-set as the bit frost, only difference I could see it that it has 2. 

 

Hopefully they will have a better DAC in the YGGDRASIL

post #3399 of 6772
Hi! i have a question regarding hooking up my incomming Asgard 2 to my Gungnir. Right now I'm using my Gungnir as the dac to play Spotify over my main system as well as the external dac for my cd player. So both sources are linked to Gungnir and then I hooked my Gungnir via xlr to my pre-amp. Can I just use the rca out-puts of the Gungnir to connect to my Asgard 2 and still keep using my onther sources to play over my speakers?

Thanks!
post #3400 of 6772
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Originally Posted by magiccabbage View Post

How do you make that out? If you haven't heard YGGDRASIL? Doesn't the Gungnir have the same chip-set as the bit frost, only difference I could see it that it has 2. 

Hopefully they will have a better DAC in the YGGDRASIL

I wonder what a BIT FROST is, who makes it, what it's design is, and how much it costs?
post #3401 of 6772
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Originally Posted by Gerzom View Post

Hi! i have a question regarding hooking up my incomming Asgard 2 to my Gungnir. Right now I'm using my Gungnir as the dac to play Spotify over my main system as well as the external dac for my cd player. So both sources are linked to Gungnir and then I hooked my Gungnir via xlr to my pre-amp. Can I just use the rca out-puts of the Gungnir to connect to my Asgard 2 and still keep using my onther sources to play over my speakers?

Thanks!

Wow a Gungnir for spotify with mp3 320kps. 

How does it sound to you? Do you hear any differences with other dac that you have/had?

 

Thanks.

post #3402 of 6772
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Originally Posted by magiccabbage View Post
 

 

How do you make that out? If you haven't heard YGGDRASIL? Doesn't the Gungnir have the same chip-set as the bit frost, only difference I could see it that it has 2. 

 

Hopefully they will have a better DAC in the YGGDRASIL

 

Yes, the Bifrost and Gungnir sound exactly alike. My bad.

 

 

Too much is focused on chipsets, there are other things to consider. 

 

 

I've heard enough of the Mytek to know I do not like it and I'd prefer a whole slew of DACs over it.

post #3403 of 6772
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Originally Posted by vincent215 View Post

Wow a Gungnir for spotify with mp3 320kps. 
How does it sound to you? Do you hear any differences with other dac that you have/had?

Thanks.
Before this I used a Bifrost, and compaired to that Gungnir sounds more mature, just an overall improvement in details, staging, bass, etc. I'm also using it now as an external dac to my cd player (Electrocompaniet EMC-1) and there I notice a slicht improvement in staging and bass as well. So yes at first, it sounds like an overkill for Spotify, but in my system (Electrocompaniet pre and power amp and Sonus Faber Guarneri Memento speakers) it works really well and I couldn't be more happy with my Gungnir.
post #3404 of 6772
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Originally Posted by vincent215 View Post
 

Wow a Gungnir for spotify with mp3 320kps. 

How does it sound to you? Do you hear any differences with other dac that you have/had?

 

Thanks.

 

FYI, Spotify uses Ogg Vorbis not MP3, and listening to high quality lossy audio at 320kbps for some is a small price to pay for access to millions of records.

 

That said, my Gun+Mjo+LCD-2, I suspect I can hear a difference, but it's just a suspicion as Spotify premium does sound very good.

post #3405 of 6772
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Originally Posted by paradoxper View Post
 

 

Yes, the Bifrost and Gungnir sound exactly alike. My bad.

 

 

Too much is focused on chipsets, there are other things to consider. 

 

 

I've heard enough of the Mytek to know I do not like it and I'd prefer a whole slew of DACs over it.

 

interesting, the mytek is on my list but i prefer the look of the WFS dac2  and the nadm51. was the mytek bright? i use the t1 so i don't want more brightness

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