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post #2491 of 2504
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Originally Posted by JackWang View Post
 

I actually want to do a comparison with music softwares on windows to mac however I found a HDVD800 driver is needed in order for it to work on windows...Does anyone know if there is a downloadable driver resource for HDVD800 because my macbook air doesnt have a CD-ROM?

 

Drivers for Mac and Windows are here:

 

http://en-us.sennheiser.com/service-support-services-software-downloads

post #2492 of 2504
OS X doesn't need drivers for dacs.
post #2493 of 2504
I'm still going on about the unimpressive quality of the USB input of the HDVD800 and have found a reasonable solution. Got hold of a second-hand Stello U3 USB-to-SPDIF converter and when connected to the HDVD800 SPDIF input I've (finally) gone from a nagging man to a happy one smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by GeirTj - 12/14/14 at 3:36pm
post #2494 of 2504
The usb input and DAC for that matter are just ok
But much better can be obtaind wit's any of the following
Simple way is a spidif conveter.
Like what you have or even better a used AP1/PP.
IT gives the DAC its best chance at sound quality
Now a caps does this too and DSD over usb.
But do keep in mind it's a bit thin period no matter what you feed it.
But it's very clean though as stated above
Enjoy
Al
post #2495 of 2504
So I just got my hdva600. So after a few songs I and was wondering what gain setting does everyone prefer balanced out w/ hd800s?
post #2496 of 2504
Lowest gain setting is best for minimal interference. As long as your volume can go high enough then you're all good
post #2497 of 2504
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Originally Posted by EvenR View Post

Lowest gain setting is best for minimal interference. As long as your volume can go high enough then you're all good

 

This. I always use the minimum gain settings with mine and I never have volume inadequacy with it.

post #2498 of 2504
Thanks. I messed around with it for a while and lowest seems to sound the best to me too.
post #2499 of 2504
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Originally Posted by kazsud View Post

Thanks. I messed around with it for a while and lowest seems to sound the best to me too.

 

That's interesting.  My HDVA600 came with the gain set on position 2 (scale 1-5).  I didn't move it for the HD800.  They sound a bit bright on some music - especially noticed the brightness on Yes' "Close to the Edge."  Do you think position 1 would reduce the brightness a bit?

 

Thanks -

RCBinTN

post #2500 of 2504
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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

The usb input and DAC for that matter are just ok
But much better can be obtaind wit's any of the following
Simple way is a spidif conveter.
Like what you have or even better a used AP1/PP.
IT gives the DAC its best chance at sound quality
Now a caps does this too and DSD over usb.
But do keep in mind it's a bit thin period no matter what you feed it.
But it's very clean though as stated above
Enjoy
Al

 

Hi Al,

In your extensive DAC experience, which connect would you recommend from a computer:  Toslink or USB (into a decent 2.0 USB)?

Just wondering - thanks.

 

RCBinTN

post #2501 of 2504
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Originally Posted by RCBinTN View Post
 

 

That's interesting.  My HDVA600 came with the gain set on position 2 (scale 1-5).  I didn't move it for the HD800.  They sound a bit bright on some music - especially noticed the brightness on Yes' "Close to the Edge."  Do you think position 1 would reduce the brightness a bit?

 

Thanks -

RCBinTN

 

Mine also came with the gain setting on position 2, but I deliberately reduced it and put it on position 1. I didn't hear any difference to be honest, but as I don't feel the need for the extra volume gain 2 gives, might as well put it on gain 1. 

post #2502 of 2504
Optical helps qoth some noise
But not the ones that effect the sound most. Only if the usb is very bad is optical far better.
But usb is DSD only in that DAC. So if pcm try both and listen for what sounds best. Most muse is in bass and treble
So clean cymbals is very good for testing. They should not hiss the should be well defined sounding. Also bass should not be muddy
Regarding expensive cables try simple stuff first.
As they do sound a bit different it's really good or bad and most are fine
Some do just sound bad and you will know it if you have a good one
It's mit price just good. Save money get better headphones.
Also as I said a ap1/pp used is very good as well. It comes with a coax and usb cable
post #2503 of 2504
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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

Optical helps qoth some noise
But not the ones that effect the sound most. Only if the usb is very bad is optical far better.
But usb is DSD only in that DAC. So if pcm try both and listen for what sounds best. Most muse is in bass and treble
So clean cymbals is very good for testing. They should not hiss the should be well defined sounding. Also bass should not be muddy
Regarding expensive cables try simple stuff first.
As they do sound a bit different it's really good or bad and most are fine
Some do just sound bad and you will know it if you have a good one
It's mit price just good. Save money get better headphones.
Also as I said a ap1/pp used is very good as well. It comes with a coax and usb cable

On my pwd mkii usb sounds much better than optical. The pwd mkii sounds really good w/ the hdva600.
post #2504 of 2504
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Originally Posted by 62ohm View Post
 

 

Mine also came with the gain setting on position 2

I believe the reason this and many other amps don't come with the gain setting on minimum is because it makes it appear as if the amp has less power. Even though gain and power are unrelated, you can't help perception! I know some speaker amps that have ridiculous gain, where only a third of the volume scale is usable because it gets extremely loud right away. All to make it appear like the amp has unlimited power.

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