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post #511 of 1906
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Originally Posted by DannyBai View Post

Thanks for that.  Not sure what the hell was going through my mind as I was playing around with it.  So easy but I had to make it sooo difficult.  Duh!!!

 

An easy way to think about it is the DF overrides your OS system volume to control its internal opamp... think of it like your master volume.  Anything else that has its own volume control rides on top of this and will still control in the digital domain.

post #512 of 1906

Yes, the Mac is weird that way.  When I use the remote with an external IR receiver, the volume control on the remote manages the iTunes volume so I have the system volume on max and then manage the volume with iTunes.

Without the IR receiver/remote, volume in iTunes is at max and I manage the master volume on the keyboard.

post #513 of 1906
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Originally Posted by bobeau View Post

 

An easy way to think about it is the DF overrides your OS system volume to control its internal opamp... think of it like your master volume.  Anything else that has its own volume control rides on top of this and will still control in the digital domain.

 

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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post

Yes, the Mac is weird that way.  When I use the remote with an external IR receiver, the volume control on the remote manages the iTunes volume so I have the system volume on max and then manage the volume with iTunes.

Without the IR receiver/remote, volume in iTunes is at max and I manage the master volume on the keyboard.

Good points guys, all of which I should have known.  Thanks for the explanation.  

post #514 of 1906
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Originally Posted by DannyBai View Post

A flaw I find with the DF.  Using Mac, I have the volume at max in sound preferences ( I believe this is recommended for best performance) and adjust the volume with iTunes.  With this setting, it seems I cannot use sensitive iem's/actually many iem's I've tried because at the lowest volume setting, it's borderline too loud.  To fix this, I adjust the main volume control and as I release the mouse click, the sound the Mac makes when adjusting volume about rips my eardrums.  Not sure if anyone knows what I'm talking about but has anyone tried iem's with this?  I cannot use my Miracles at all because it's too loud.  Correct me if I'm doing something wrong.  

 

Go to the sound control panel, and click on the sound effects tab, then de-select the "Play feedback when volume is changed" button.  You can also re-direct the sound effects out via a different device than the one you are listening through.

post #515 of 1906
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Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post

 

Go to the sound control panel, and click on the sound effects tab, then de-select the "Play feedback when volume is changed" button.  You can also re-direct the sound effects out via a different device than the one you are listening through.

This is perfect.  Thanks for the tip.  

post #516 of 1906

What's a Mac?  What is this iTunes?

 

Just being facetious.... as an old true blue PC/Windows - never use Apple - guy, I was actually considering getting a Mac laptop (only other apple product I've owned is an iPod Touch --- which is pretty decent actually) since it seems to be the computer of choice for artists and musicians. 

 

Somebody..... talk me out of it........
 

post #517 of 1906
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What's a Mac?  What is this iTunes?

 

Just being facetious.... as an old true blue PC/Windows - never use Apple - guy, I was actually considering getting a Mac laptop (only other apple product I've owned is an iPod Touch --- which is pretty decent actually) since it seems to be the computer of choice for artists and musicians. 

 

Somebody..... talk me out of it........
 

 

Accepting the screen limitations, a MacBook Air is very usable as a main machine, especially with 8GB of RAM. I'm not at all surprised that Jude uses one with the Dragonfly for travel -- I could just about do that too.

post #518 of 1906
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What's a Mac?  What is this iTunes?

 

Just being facetious.... as an old true blue PC/Windows - never use Apple - guy, I was actually considering getting a Mac laptop (only other apple product I've owned is an iPod Touch --- which is pretty decent actually) since it seems to be the computer of choice for artists and musicians. 

 

Somebody..... talk me out of it........
 

 

evil_smiley.gif I got an older MacBook Pro for sale, you want it?

post #519 of 1906

I grew up on DOS and most versions of Windows and do like 7.  But when I went Mac at home, I never looked back. So, no, not going to talk you out of it very_evil_smiley.gif

Love Win 7 at work for business stuff but at home, for photogaphy and music playback, personally, my Mac's are the tool of choice. Anyway, gotta just love the MacBook Air. YMMV.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by BobJS View Post

What's a Mac?  What is this iTunes?

 

Just being facetious.... as an old true blue PC/Windows - never use Apple - guy, I was actually considering getting a Mac laptop (only other apple product I've owned is an iPod Touch --- which is pretty decent actually) since it seems to be the computer of choice for artists and musicians. 

 

Somebody..... talk me out of it........
 


Edited by MickeyVee - 8/29/12 at 6:04am
post #520 of 1906
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Originally Posted by Todd R View Post

 

evil_smiley.gif I got an older MacBook Pro for sale, you want it?


Thanks for the offer, but if I'm going to defect, I'm going to go state-of-the-art......

post #521 of 1906
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Originally Posted by BobJS View Post

What's a Mac?  What is this iTunes?

 

Just being facetious.... as an old true blue PC/Windows - never use Apple - guy, I was actually considering getting a Mac laptop (only other apple product I've owned is an iPod Touch --- which is pretty decent actually) since it seems to be the computer of choice for artists and musicians. 

 

Somebody..... talk me out of it........
 

Come over to the dark side.....They are great computers.

post #522 of 1906

Can anyone compare the Dragonfly to a AMB y1 dac (USB only) ?

 

Right now my secondary setup is a M3 with Sigma 11 and a y1 dac.

From testing with my primary dac I found that the y1 is hold back the true potential of the amp.

The Dragonfly would be a nice dac+amp when I travel but I hope it might also be a good upgrade for the y1 at home.

post #523 of 1906
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Originally Posted by king.mark View Post

Can anyone compare the Dragonfly to a AMB y1 dac (USB only) ?

 

Right now my secondary setup is a M3 with Sigma 11 and a y1 dac.

From testing with my primary dac I found that the y1 is hold back the true potential of the amp.

The Dragonfly would be a nice dac+amp when I travel but I hope it might also be a good upgrade for the y1 at home.

 

 

King.mark, this is my secondary setup. HP with FLAC/WAV to DF to HD650's and Toxic Cables. About as simple a setup as you can get. I do have a new amp ordered that I can output from the DF to the amp then to the Senn's but this is a great and very high quality sounding setup. I have never heard the y1 and it looks like a fun project, however the DF is a pretty sophisticated unit. 4 layer circuit board and Gordon's algorithm's all in one tiny device.

 

Good luck in your search!    beerchug.gif

post #524 of 1906

I just received my Dragonfly today! Works great. 

 

I actually plan on using this while at school on my Macbook Pro. So I know the interface is different. But I'm testing it out on my Windows 7 PC now, and I'm not 100% sure if I'm doing it right. For controlling the volume, do I use my sound control panel to do the volume?


I set it up so I have the Dragonfly as the default, even disabled my regular speakers. I followed the instructions, so I know it works (that and, I actually get sound from it lol). Maybe my hearing is just bad, but I have my iTunes volume on full blast + the system volume on full blast, and it's pretty loud - but not just a smidge lower then I want. That said, I'm also using the HD-650's. So maybe that's why.

 

Thought I would just post on here, to make sure that didn't seem wrong. 

post #525 of 1906

My HP Elite has it configured as the default sound option. Generally, I have the system sound level set to between 40-50% (Checking the speaker in the lower right tool bar. I tend to adjust the volume via the Logitech keyboard volume control. No other settings for me. Pretty straight forward.

 

Congrats!

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