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post #766 of 1911
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Originally Posted by elnero View Post


I'm not sure about Grado dealers there, you could try phoning around to the local Hi-Fi shops. There's also what looks to be the Canadian Grado distributor and Headphone Bar in BC who carry Grado. If none of those work, as mentioned there's eBay or I'm sure you could probably pick one via one of the sponsors like Todd The Vinyl Junkie.

Thanks to the advice I got here, I was able to source a local  AQ DF dealer, National Audio-Video here in Edmonton. Nice bunch of guys and, as a bonus,  they also pointed me towards a local audiophile group, the "Black Hat Desperaudios"...:)

 

Got another question though...I was looking at the Mediabridge USB extension cable as well as I don't like the weight of my HP cables on the DF but in Canada it retails through Amazon.ca for C$18.99+C$12.71 shipping!

There are other cheaper options available (usually in the 3 foot length) but I was wondering if a cheaper cable might have an impact on the sound in any way? 


Edited by Alexdad54 - 10/12/12 at 9:56am
post #767 of 1911

Thanks for the detailed review. This product- regardless of how it actually makes music- is destined to be a success. I have one big concern that I'm sure many share who have used a thumb drive. This fragile device protruding out the side of your computer is a bit like having the car door open while driving... How many of us, whilst listening through headphones, having become lost in a reverie, and suddenly thirsting for another beer, or needing to see a man--- have arisen suddenly our listening post and yanked the headphone jack out of the socket. In the case of the product under review: Exit the snap-Dragonfly. Really, just leaning over to pick something up you could snag the headphone cord. One could also destroy the computer's USB port in the bargain. Having said that, it's laudable that a cable company, AudioQuest, would sell a cable-deprived product, and it really makes sense to eliminate the wire because I can tell you from experience that USB cables effect the sound, for better or worse. Replacing the stock USB cable on my Arcam rPac with a $20 Belkin one measurably increased the volume and had the effect of expanding the sound. In fact, I'm looking for a (cable-less) USB A-B connector plug, and I'll report on my findings. In the meantime, I would urge Dragonfly owner/headphone users to somehow secure the headphone chord short of the DAC- or just don't drink while you DAC.
 

post #768 of 1911
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This is why I really love the DF....

 

 

700

Just buy a right angle usb adapter :D as you can see in the picture above the DF sits pretty much flush with your laptop

post #769 of 1911
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Originally Posted by xxhaxx View Post

Just buy a right angle usb adapter :D as you can see in the picture above the DF sits pretty much flush with your laptop


I'll try that but I'm still a bit concerned about the combined weight of my Grado adapter plus the cable from my Denon's on the DF and the USB port....

post #770 of 1911

Don't be concerned. I ran the adapter for my HD650's and my custom Toxic Cables and the DF and the usb hub on the MBPro had no trouble. Everything held up well over several months.

post #771 of 1911
Hey guys dragonfly to iPad to amp hook up?




Cck into USB hub powered ,
Then USB into dragon fly then what?...
post #772 of 1911

I believe it requires too much power. You would probably need an adapter with a supplemental DC input.

post #773 of 1911

Just got this tiny wonder yesterday, thanks for the recommendations guys!  biggrin.gif  Got it connected through a unpowered USB hub, no issues.  First impressions, much more details and a well-defined 'layering' of instruments in the mix as compared to what I was using before (X-Fi 5.1 Pro).  Pricey (For something that looks this small!) but worth the outlay


Edited by rapier84 - 10/21/12 at 5:38pm
post #774 of 1911
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Originally Posted by rapier84 View Post

Just got this tiny wonder yesterday, thanks for the recommendations guys!  biggrin.gif  Got it connected through a unpowered USB hub, no issues.  First impressions, much more details and a well-defined 'layering' of instruments in the mix as compared to what I was using before (X-Fi 5.1 Pro).  Pricey (For something that looks this small!) but worth the outlay

I love the portability of the dragonfly.  I use it at home and at the office via MBAir. I bought a media bridge to connect out of the usb port as it seemed to be  an easy target for an accident.

post #775 of 1911

The 20 USD Belkin cable I substituted for my Arcam rPac's stock cable made an undeniable difference, louder and a sense of greater expansion. Not pushing the Belkin cable, it was just a relatively cheap way to experiment. No cable would probably be the best cable, though, if you can figure out a way to secure the headphone cord short of the DF or go with the USB right angle adapter. I haven't heard the Dragonfly, but I can't imagine a more musically communicative setup for the money than the rPac/Fidelia player combo.
 

post #776 of 1911

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Edited by jeremiah - 10/26/12 at 7:16pm
post #777 of 1911
No dac I know of automatically downsamples the signal. You have to let foobar downsample to 96 before sending the signal to the Dragonfly
post #778 of 1911

I love people think the DF is pricey, because of it's size.... it has a really good async USB dac and a head amp that will drive moderately hard to drive cans decently.... i'd say there's nothing pricey about it.. the Value is there who care's what the size is...

post #779 of 1911

I just use this USB extension  Cheap and pretty.. USB >> Cable >> DF >> Grado 1/8 to 1/4 Adaptopr >> HD700.

http://www.sw-box.com/USB-Extension-Cable-For-Apple-iPhone-And-Other-USB-Enabled-Devices.html

 

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Originally Posted by Alexdad54 View Post


I'll try that but I'm still a bit concerned about the combined weight of my Grado adapter plus the cable from my Denon's on the DF and the USB port....


Edited by MickeyVee - 10/26/12 at 4:12pm
post #780 of 1911

I have a question:

it is known to be congested with complex classical passages (for example).

Now, is it the DACs fault, or the AMPs fault?

meaning.. if i connect it to an ext. amp. will the problem resolve?

 

thanks!

/Eyal

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