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post #5686 of 6991

Hey folks - quick question from a HD800/Essence STX owner. Am I able to run RCA out directly into a Valhalla 2? After the Tom's Hardware look at DACs, I have no interest in dropping hundreds on a duplicate DAC if my STX will be able to put out to the Valhalla. Thoughts?

post #5687 of 6991
In fact that's your only option to connect it.
post #5688 of 6991

Ah, I thought I could optical out into the Bitfrost, etc. I'd prefer to just directly RCA in so if it will work then I am looking forward to trying out the Valhalla 2!

 

vvv Great, appreciate the confirmation on that!


Edited by IncredulousD - 6/16/14 at 11:37pm
post #5689 of 6991
You could do either, the analog into a Valhalla is cheaper.
post #5690 of 6991

You could pick up a Biforst and connect it via the coaxial S/PDIF from the STX (I did that for a while on a business PC) or just stay with the STX as your source and use the RCA outputs to the headphone amp. It all depends on if you'd like to get into an outboard DAC or not. If you buy the (upgradeable) Bifrost with the USB input that would free you up to sell your STX. The STX is a good sounding card so it simply depends on which way you want to go. Best of luck!

post #5691 of 6991

This might be a question of placebo, but does the environment of the computer affect the d/a conversion on the STX?

post #5692 of 6991
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Originally Posted by BLACKENEDPLAGUE View Post
 

This might be a question of placebo, but does the environment of the computer affect the d/a conversion on the STX?

 

I don't think it should theoretically, maybe increased network traffic on a nearby wireless receiver might?

post #5693 of 6991
I used to have the STX card.
And i got rid of it when i got my Modi.
The modi for me is superior to the STX card.
Also the modi is not prone to interference inside the computer case.
Something that was a huge problem for me with my stx card.
post #5694 of 6991

Does anyone have experience with the Musiland digital times? It is supposed to be purely digital out without any interference with the operating system, is this correct?

post #5695 of 6991

I don't know why you'd bother, no matter what you do the CPU will still have to process the file before it gets sent to the output device. Might as well use USB on a standalone in that case. Or use an internal sound card.

 

It's possible for sound quality to take a hit if your CPU gets loaded up or the PCI buss hits its bandwidth limit you'll get signal dropout and noise. This usually doesn't happen unless you set your buffer stupidly low.

post #5696 of 6991
Mine is a lyr. No problem with my HE-400 (canare mini quad and alpha pads) but not the best with my W1000x. Too much noise with this one.
Does anyone know if there are (not expensive) tubes with very low noise or no noise at all ?
I wish my little woodie can be as good on my lyr as it is on the lake people G103 a friend lent me.
I know it is completely different but I want to keep my lyr and enjoy all my headphones at the same time. Is it possible ?

As you may have noticed I am french, so I need a seller who ships outside the US.
post #5697 of 6991
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Originally Posted by SAR14 View Post

Mine is a lyr. No problem with my HE-400 (canare mini quad and alpha pads) but not the best with my W1000x. Too much noise with this one.
Does anyone know if there are (not expensive) tubes with very low noise or no noise at all ?
I wish my little woodie can be as good on my lyr as it is on the lake people G103 a friend lent me.
I know it is completely different but I want to keep my lyr and enjoy all my headphones at the same time. Is it possible ?

As you may have noticed I am french, so I need a seller who ships outside the US.

My experience with mercedesman on Ebay has been excellent. I live in India. See of you can get the Amperex Bugle Boys tubes. They work very very well with the Lyr.

post #5698 of 6991
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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post

My experience with mercedesman on Ebay has been excellent. I live in India. See of you can get the Amperex Bugle Boys tubes. They work very very well with the Lyr.

+1, installed a pair of Amprex, Bugle Boy, Hollands into my Lyr. 2 earlier this evening, an excellent pairing.
post #5699 of 6991

My Valhalla 2 will be here Thursday. Can anyone tell me if the 2 takes the same tubes as the model 1 did? Is there a thread here somewhere for tube rolling on the Valhalla?

post #5700 of 6991

New Member to the site and beginner to all of this. This community is the best thing I stumbled upon :D

 

Currently running Foobar, Xonar D2X, Coaxial to Bifrost Uber, Valhalla, DT880/600 ohms. I use them with the gel pads that got discontinued.

 

I love this setup but was hoping for opinions on whether my setup is actually correct and perhaps some suggestions for other headphones to horde as well. Don't really want to get a HD650 - I tried them and didn't care for them.

 

Fan of trance with female vocals. Love electronica as well as post-rock. Also a gamer at heart ^_^ so sound stage is very important to me.

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