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Originally Posted by tim3320070 View Post
 

Sennheiser 414 pads do basically the same thing at 1/3 the price

I agree... as long as you don't mind the screaming yellow color.

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I'll get those Sennheiser 414 pads, thanks Tim.

post #1833 of 2481

I found the Sennheiser 414 still more airier and brighter than the flats.  They come close but the flats give your more warmth and thicker midrange. My opinion though.

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I am wondering, can i use this as just a dac and then connect it to my matrix m-stage?

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I am wondering, can i use this as just a dac and then connect it to my matrix m-stage?


Yes, it's better to use a proper amp with it.

post #1836 of 2481

So i just hook up a 1/8 to 2rca and then plug that into my amp. Will there be any interference or something like that with the signal getting amped twice?

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Originally Posted by musicman7 View Post
 

So i just hook up a 1/8 to 2rca and then plug that into my amp. Will there be any interference or something like that with the signal getting amped twice?


If you put the system volume and media player volume at 100%, DF won't amplify the signal.

post #1838 of 2481
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If you put the system volume and media player volume at 100%, DF won't amplify the signal.

 

Really?  I didn't think there was anyway to bypass the amp in the DF; I though fixed output was really just max volume.

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Originally Posted by Krutsch View Post
 

 

Really?  I didn't think there was anyway to bypass the amp in the DF; I though fixed output was really just max volume.


http://www.audioquest.com/pdfs/dragonfly/DragonFly-FlightManual-EN.pdf

 

"DragonFly is also capable of being employed as a traditional fixed-outputsource component (such as a CD, DVD or Blu-ray player),
and can be connected to a standard input on a receiver or preamplifier. For this application, both the music player’s volume control and the main operating system volume control should be set to maximum. This “fixed output mode”allows your audio
or AV system’s volume control to be in charge."
post #1840 of 2481
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http://www.audioquest.com/pdfs/dragonfly/DragonFly-FlightManual-EN.pdf

 

"DragonFly is also capable of being employed as a traditional fixed-outputsource component (such as a CD, DVD or Blu-ray player),
and can be connected to a standard input on a receiver or preamplifier. For this application, both the music player’s volume control and the main operating system volume control should be set to maximum. This “fixed output mode”allows your audio
or AV system’s volume control to be in charge."

 

Oh, yes, you are correct.  Running the output stage at unity gain is not the same thing as bypassing the amp, so I was misreading your earlier comment.  Thanks for the correction. 

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I remember I read on cnet that the df 1.1 wasnt a good match for full-sized headphones. Does the new df 1.2 have the same problem? If yes, I would be better off with the audioengine d3. Cnet gave it a very good review. They actually said its clearly better than the df 1.1
But I dont know about the df 1.2
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Any of you have experience listening to both dragonfly 1.2 as well as schiit modi/ magni combination OR the meridian explorer? Your thoughts on how the dragonfly fares against the others? Trying to decide on what dac/ amp to pair with my macbook pro and monster miles davis trumpet IEMs.

post #1843 of 2481
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Originally Posted by zambie View Post
 

Any of you have experience listening to both dragonfly 1.2 as well as schiit modi/ magni combination OR the meridian explorer? Your thoughts on how the dragonfly fares against the others? Trying to decide on what dac/ amp to pair with my macbook pro and monster miles davis trumpet IEMs.

 

I don't know if a Dragonfly on its own is a noticeable difference from the MBP's on-board DAC. I can't really hear a difference between the 2... although, this is one of those things where I question my judgement because I'm new to this, and maybe I just haven't developed my audible "palate" enough yet, but to me they sound pretty identical. 

 

Anyone else care to weigh-in? Would love to hear other opinions on this

post #1844 of 2481

Got my DF 1.2 in today.  Plugged it in and the bass was out of control via my SE846.  I left it and went to lunch and the bass has tightened up a ton.  Sounds good.  Only problem for me is the gain is so high, I have my computer volume at 1 or 2 and its loud enough for me to use at work.  I only plan on using it with IEMs so maybe its overkill and I should try something else out.  Other than that, no complaints.  Looks and sounds good.  

post #1845 of 2481
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Originally Posted by caracara08 View Post
 

Got my DF 1.2 in today.  Plugged it in and the bass was out of control via my SE846.  I left it and went to lunch and the bass has tightened up a ton.  Sounds good.  Only problem for me is the gain is so high, I have my computer volume at 1 or 2 and its loud enough for me to use at work.  I only plan on using it with IEMs so maybe its overkill and I should try something else out.  Other than that, no complaints.  Looks and sounds good.  

It's definitely too powerful for IEMs. Better use it as a DAC with a good amp - e.g. E12.

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