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post #1081 of 1906
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Originally Posted by nxmehta View Post

I'm trying to use my Dragonfly with Linux (Ubuntu 12.04 and Debian Sid both) and I'm seeing a strange problem.  I can select the DAC via pulseaudio, but when the volume is <100% and I plug my quite sensitive IE8 IEMs in the volume is very very low.  When I set the volume == 100%, the sound is so loud that you can literally hear it one room away.  I thought I was going to go deaf for a second there.  I had no idea IEMs could get that loud.  Has anyone seen this problem with the DF and Linux?  Right now the device is completely unusable for me.  I have tested it in Windows 7 x64 and it works fine, but I bought this for my Linux laptop which has atrocious noise on the headphone port.

 

Are there any special drivers or anything I should be looking into?  If I emailed AudioQuest do you think they would help me out?

 

EDIT- Well I actually got off my butt and tried to Google hard for the solution, and I found it.  The fix is outlined here: http://askubuntu.com/questions/15069/how-do-i-change-the-way-ubuntu-adjusts-my-volume-mixer-levels

 

Pulseaudio is such garbage... anyways, if you are using the Dragonfly on Linux MAKE SURE you read about this fix before you blow your ears out.

 

This tiny device makes my laptop sound amazing.  A+ work here AudioQuest.

 

Thanks a lot for this fix, I was actually just having the same problem with a HRT headstreamer - it is now working perfectly with ALSA/pulseaudio! Cheers

post #1082 of 1906
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Originally Posted by blacknile View Post

Thanks a lot for this fix, I was actually just having the same problem with a HRT headstreamer - it is now working perfectly with ALSA/pulseaudio! Cheers

ALSA alone I've found to be more convenient for audio than ALSA with PulseAudio. Folks may want to look at Ubuntu variants like Lubuntu that are relatively stripped down and don't include PulseAudio as part of the default install.
post #1083 of 1906
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Edited by judmarc - 2/22/13 at 7:25am
post #1084 of 1906

I'm even more impressed with the DF than before.  I auditioned and picked up a pair of HiFiMAN HE500 today and the primary reason was how surprisingly good they sounded with the DF. Anyway, if you're interested in reading the story of the audition and purchase, you can find it here...

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post #1085 of 1906
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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post

I'm even more impressed with the DF than before.  I auditioned and picked up a pair of HiFiMAN HE500 today and the primary reason was how surprisingly good they sounded with the DF. Anyway, if you're interested in reading the story of the audition and purchase, you can find it here...

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I was wondering how well it paired with the HE-500.  Read a couple of posts that commented on how the combination sounded less than it could be.

post #1086 of 1906

Audio Adviser is sending one over USPS Priority Mail.  Supposed to work as the rep who has been helping me nonstop tested it and it worked. Should be here Saturday for any of those wondering.  I'll post what happens biggrin.gif.

 

(Edit) After testing a 44100 and a 96000 I haven't ran into any troubles.  I plan on doing further testing and will update if anyone cares biggrin.gif.


Edited by gidgiddonihah - 3/2/13 at 5:04pm
post #1087 of 1906

Replacement Dragonfly is still running great.  Random question: has anyone tried it with their PS3?  

 

My dad wants 5.1 audio with Netflix (web player does not do 5.1), good MLB.TV support (web player blows), and the ability to stream our collection of FLAC files to his hi-fi speaker system.  I have looked at the Apple TV which obviously wouldn't work, WDTV Live, Roku box, etc.  With the exception of the Roku box (pre-amp does not have HDMI which means no 5.1) all fit the first two criterion but not the last.

 

Thinking of having him get a Mac Mini to stick a Dragonfly or the new Meridian to his system for music and getting him an Apple TV for his video needs.  But that seems like a really expensive option which leaves me at the PS3 which has the possibility of doing all three things for a much lower price tag.

post #1088 of 1906

How does the audio supplied by the Audioquest Dragonfly stack up against that of my late 2011 13 inch MacBook Pro?

post #1089 of 1906
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How does the audio supplied by the Audioquest Dragonfly stack up against that of my late 2011 13 inch MacBook Pro?

When using a better level of headphone (Sennheiser HD25, HD650, HD800, ACS T1 CIEM's) the DF is a nice upgrade from stock MBPro. 

post #1090 of 1906

I've been using the DF with an older Macbook with Senheisser HD600s and love it.  I am amazed how far DACs have come.  I am also using Audirvana Plus.

post #1091 of 1906
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Originally Posted by lextek View Post

I've been using the DF with an older Macbook with Senheisser HD600s and love it.  I am amazed how far DACs have come.  I am also using Audirvana Plus.

I am using Amarra. Dacs have come a long way.

post #1092 of 1906

I A/B'ed this DAC next to my brother's ASUS Essence One.  Although I liked the Essence One better, I wouldn't pay the extra money for it.

post #1093 of 1906
So if my two options would be to buy a DF to use with my MacBook Air or to buy a Dacport LX and output to a Headstage Arrow, what would you guys suggest? Could I also output the DF to the Arrow? What should I do?!?
post #1094 of 1906

Enjoying the DF and the MBPro right now. It is fine for a desktop rig. Really comes down to portability.

 

 


Edited by longbowbbs - 3/20/13 at 8:44pm
post #1095 of 1906

After reading online reviews and only hearing good things about the Dragonfly, I decided the bite the bullet and get this instead of the Meridian Explorer As this was on Amazon Prime (Free expedited delivery for me). I like more detail in my music and don't mind if it's at the cost of being "more balanced". Did I make the right choice getting this? (it won't arrive till Monday and I'm excited! ;) )

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