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post #1591 of 2033
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Originally Posted by Sxooter View Post
 

That's actually a pretty common problem on tablets where output power on usb is often sub-standard. Using an external powered USB hub is the solution.

Or get a Dac/Amp with a battery would be my preferred

post #1592 of 2033

You can also get a USB power splitter cable and an external USB (5V) battery. Works fine with the DF in my experience and you get (probably) cleaner power. 

post #1593 of 2033

Hi, I'm trying to use the Dragonfly with my headphones, and it seems to work well, but once in a while I get a really loud screeching sound. Also, when I change the volume back and forth rapidly, I start getting a ticking sound, and then get the blue screen of death. The second issue isn't that important as I mostly intend to use the DF as a DAC, but anyone know what might be causing these problems? Thanks.

post #1594 of 2033

v1.2 has been out for a while now so I was wondering if there is any consensus on its performance vs. the original? I haven't seen many comparisons so far between the two.

post #1595 of 2033

I have a question about adding a headphone amplifier to the Audio quest DAC.What type of sound signature will be output from the amp?Will it be the DAC sound amplified?Thanks in advance.

post #1596 of 2033
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I have a question about adding a headphone amplifier to the Audio quest DAC.What type of sound signature will be output from the amp?Will it be the DAC sound amplified?Thanks in advance.


Well it is an amp as well as a DAC so another Amp is not necessary. If you are looking for something more powerful why not just go with a seperate amplifier, many affordable ones also have DAC's built in, usually better one's too. ALO's Pan Am for example can usually be picked up around $400 here on Head-Fi, or the new ALO Island is also getting some fantastic reviews for $299 and is also highly portable.


Edited by goldendarko - 1/2/14 at 12:53pm
post #1597 of 2033
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post
 


Well it is an amp as well as a DAC so another Amp is not necessary. If you are looking for something more powerful why not just go with a seperate amplifier, many affordable ones also have DAC's built in, usually better one's too. ALO's Pan Am for example can usually be picked up around $400 here on Head-Fi, or the new ALO Island is also getting some fantastic reviews for $299 and is also highly portable.

I have considered the ALO Island.I have heard the Pan Am but it didn't sound to my liking(maybe the tubes were not warmed up yet).But it wasn't using the external power supply that's available.I do also like what i have read about the iFi DAC,JD Lab amps,Centrance Dacport,and the MRT micro.I do have the very powerful Fiio E12 and a great ALO Double Mini3 .So I would like a DAC that is very spacious in sound stage but also has solid bass reproduction to mate with my V moda M100s.But is not fatiguing with sharp treble.Also I would like if it could bypass ipods dac and android if possible,but not essential.And it will mostly be used with my PC.


Edited by Nirvana1000 - 1/2/14 at 1:34pm
post #1598 of 2033
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I have a question about adding a headphone amplifier to the Audio quest DAC.What type of sound signature will be output from the amp?Will it be the DAC sound amplified?Thanks in advance.


short answer is that it would be the Dac signature, as long as the amp doesnt add its own signature.

post #1599 of 2033

Bit the bullet on a returned V1.0 DF and Re-400 IEM's from Audio Advisor, $176 shipped total to run from my Galaxy Note 3 as a travel rig. Will post impressions.

post #1600 of 2033
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Originally Posted by kenshinhimura View Post
 


short answer is that it would be the Dac signature, as long as the amp doesnt add its own signature.

Thanks.So the DAC by doing the digital to analogue conversion should hold it's sound sig as long as the connected amp's enhancements like bass boost aren't used.

post #1601 of 2033

My DF 1.2 broke....doing to the stress and added weight on the Jack, it was the Jack itself and not the USB part.

 

Luckily i got a replacement from the dealer right away, so one big hint, no matter what, get yourself something to lighten the stress either on the USB-Part or the Jack if you are using something like a 6,3to3,5mm Adapter or a heavy 3,5mm plug...

 

 

 

Right now iam using something like this atm, as i found it in the basement.

It takes a LOT of stress out of the stick itself, no bending-issues whatsoever, although i think

that an USB-Extension like the Dragontail would be the better solution as digital-data is way harder to corrupt

compared to analog-data.

 

Trust me don't save on an adequate USB or flexable Adapter/Extension, i happened to had a very accomodating dealer.

Someone else would have sayed, its your fault, and the only thing i would be left with would be a defective 150$ Stick, with the worth of probably a cheese burger.

 

 

So get yourself a Dragontail or an Adapter like shown above, when using it with heavy-cables(6,3mm especially but not only!).

 

 

 

 

Have a nice day!

post #1602 of 2033
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Thanks.So the DAC by doing the digital to analogue conversion should hold it's sound sig as long as the connected amp's enhancements like bass boost aren't used.

Not necessarily true, DAC's can have a bit of a signature as well as the analog part that is the 'A' in DAC. But mostly DAC's sound pretty similar if the spec's are good.

post #1603 of 2033

Got the V1.0 unit, sounds great from my Note 3 phone but volume is pretty lacking and cannot determine how to get it higher. I am at 13-14 out of 15 on my phone and it is just about enough but would need more in noisy environs (with Re-400 and K550). Stock head out output is higher by several notches.

 

Is there some setting I can do to the DF that increases output to an Android device?


Edited by tim3320070 - 1/4/14 at 7:26pm
post #1604 of 2033
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Originally Posted by tim3320070 View Post
 

Got the V1.0 unit, sounds great from my Note 3 phone but volume is pretty lacking and cannot determine how to get it higher. I am at 13-14 out of 15 on my phone and it is just about enough but would need more in noisy environs (with Re-400 and K550). Stock head out output is higher by several notches.

 

Is there some setting I can do to the DF that increases output to an Android device?

It's funny that you mention that... I've been trying to figure a way to reduce the volume without loosing quality on my PCs since the volume is way too loud for me.  I generally have to listen to the sound between 0 and 10 with most headphones!  Guess you can't please everyone, huh?

post #1605 of 2033
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