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Tit-HD's DAC is fine. If I was you, I'd get an Asgard 2 or O2, or an used Lyr.


Edited by Okamoto - 8/18/13 at 2:34pm
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He might want virtual surround.
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

He might want virtual surround.

Yeah that might be it.  Yeah there are RCA inputs at the back of the 15.32 to bypass the USB DAC. disregard


Edited by jerg - 8/18/13 at 2:22pm
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Yeah that might be it.  Yeah there are RCA inputs at the back of the 15.32 to bypass the USB DAC.


These are RCA outputs - "DAC out".

Just like in 11.32, the DAC can be used alone, but not the amp.

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Yeah that might be it.  Yeah there are RCA inputs at the back of the 15.32 to bypass the USB DAC.

The RCA on the back is the DAC Output, so it actually bypasses the internal amp if you want to use a different amp and just the DAC.

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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

The RCA on the back is the DAC Output, so it actually bypasses the internal amp if you want to use a different amp and just the DAC.

Ah you're correct, the inputs are USB/optical/coaxial only, all digital.

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It's correct that I do want virtual surround, helps a ton in games.  Or so I think.  I'll do some testing to check how useful it is.  In the meantime, I've been trying to stay up to speed with all the terms flying around.  So I would or wouldn't be able to utlize the sound card's features while also using the 15.32?  I don't mind using it as a DAC also, but I love the features of the card.  If not, I'm totally fine looking at other options, but man, the 15.32 looks sexy as hell.

 

Edit: Thank you all so much for the help!  If it becomes deemed as off topic, I made a thread here... 


Edited by IronDoq - 8/18/13 at 6:37pm
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Originally Posted by IronDoq View Post

It's correct that I do want virtual surround, helps a ton in games.  Or so I think.  I'll do some testing to check how useful it is.  In the meantime, I've been trying to stay up to speed with all the terms flying around.  So I would or wouldn't be able to utlize the sound card's features while also using the 15.32?  I don't mind using it as a DAC also, but I love the features of the card.  If not, I'm totally fine looking at other options, but man, the 15.32 looks sexy as hell.

 

Edit: Thank you all so much for the help!  If it becomes deemed as off topic, I made a thread here... 


You may connect it to your soundcard through optical and keep the soundcard features. But I'd advise you to buy an amp only, since the Titanium-HD DAC is already pretty good.


Edited by Okamoto - 8/18/13 at 6:49pm
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You may connect it to your soundcard through optical and keep the soundcard features. But I'd advise you into buying an amp only, since the Titanium-HD DAC is already pretty good.

Good to know, and glad that you agree with my original thinking.

 

I recently again came across the Matrix M-Stage, should that be another that I should consider?  So far I'm leaning towards the Asgard 2, is there any reason(s) why I should go/look elsewhere?  

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Good to know, and glad that you agree with my original thinking.

 

I recently again came across the Matrix M-Stage, should that be another that I should consider?  So far I'm leaning towards the Asgard 2, is there any reason(s) why I should go/look elsewhere?  


Never heard one, but from reports, looks like it pairs very well with the HE-400s. I'd still point you towards Asgard 2 though. Should give you more power, which orthos appreciate.


Edited by Okamoto - 8/18/13 at 6:56pm
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Never heard one, but from reports, looks like it pairs very well with the HE-400s. I'd still point you towards Asgard 2 though. Should give you more power, which orthos appreciate.

Good point, thanks for your thoughts and input.  Anybody else care to chime in?  What are you all using, and how do you like it based on your personal preference? 

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Good point, thanks for your thoughts and input.  Anybody else care to chime in?  What are you all using, and how do you like it based on your personal preference? 

 

For the record, I own the M-stage and it indeed pairs very well with the HE-400. Granted it doesn't have as much power as some of the other amps mentioned here, it still has much more than enough for the HE-400. I have it on +10 gain with the dial around 11-12. 

 

I haven't heard any other amps with the HE-400 so I can't speak for them. But it's reported that the M-stage has a warm tube-like signature which I would imagine works well with the HE-400 to help minimize the elevated treble.

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Originally Posted by Okamoto View Post


Never heard one, but from reports, looks like it pairs very well with the HE-400s. I'd still point you towards Asgard 2 though. Should give you more power, which orthos appreciate.

+1. I have Asgard 1 which works well with the 400 hence I can only imagine Asgard 2 to be better. I moved quickly up to the Lyr and this amp makes the 400 really hop; it may be a bit of an overkill, IMHO.

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I'm looking to get more comfort out of my HE-400s without sacrificing sound quality too much.

 

Has anyone tried adding the foam rings form pleather pads to the velours? Any notable sonic results? I was thinking of getting some of these foam rings for the sake of making velour pads a bit stiffer and deeper.

 

Also, do the DT 880 \ 770 \ 990 pads fit HE-400 well? If yes, how do they affect the sound signature? Thank you very much.


Edited by Bogatyr - 8/19/13 at 1:16am
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post

 

For the record, I own the M-stage and it indeed pairs very well with the HE-400. Granted it doesn't have as much power as some of the other amps mentioned here, it still has much more than enough for the HE-400. I have it on +10 gain with the dial around 11-12. 

 

I haven't heard any other amps with the HE-400 so I can't speak for them. But it's reported that the M-stage has a warm tube-like signature which I would imagine works well with the HE-400 to help minimize the elevated treble.

 

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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post

+1. I have Asgard 1 which works well with the 400 hence I can only imagine Asgard 2 to be better. I moved quickly up to the Lyr and this amp makes the 400 really hop; it may be a bit of an overkill, IMHO.

Thank you all for the input, this has been an awesome experience so far with this forum, y'all are fantastic and helpful!  Man I'm blasting some excessively loud dubstep right now, crying inside at the meager bass of my PC360s... they're detailed enough but I really do miss the punch... Meh. smily_headphones1.gif

 

Come on koth, don't get me looking at the Lyr... it costs as much as the darn headphones themselves!  What was your motivation to upgrade, and how much of a difference, as far as you were able to perceive, was there?  I'm still so far, ever so slightly, leaning towards the Asgard 2 for price/functionality/aesthetics.  Unless someone can convince me otherwise, of course wink.gif

 

Edit: This song is blowing my mind, give it a listen.  


Edited by IronDoq - 8/19/13 at 12:22am
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