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If you can call it a "setup"; heres what I have:

 

  • Dell Latitude E6400
  • Sound Card? (I have no clue, in device manager all it says is Intel High Def Audio HDMI and USB Audio)
  • Am using an Audio Advantage Micro
  • Grado HF-1

 

Im sure there is quite a bit I can do with regard to improvements, but what would you do say first and second?

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Originally Posted by kwitel View Post

If you can call it a "setup"; heres what I have:

 

  • Dell Latitude E6400
  • Sound Card? (I have no clue, in device manager all it says is Intel High Def Audio HDMI and USB Audio)
  • Am using an Audio Advantage Micro
  • Grado HF-1

 

I'm sure there is quite a bit I can do with regard to improvements, but what would you do say first and second?

Are you trying to improve audio for music? gaming? movies?

Your Dell's built in audio and the TBS Advantage micro can easily be improved on.

I would say getting the Fiio E10 USB-DAC-Headphone amplifier ($80) would the lowest cost, but fairly good upgrade for your audio quality.

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

Are you trying to improve audio for music? gaming? movies?

Your Dell's built in audio and the TBS Advantage micro can easily be improved on.

I would say getting the Fiio E10 USB-DAC-Headphone amplifier ($80) would the lowest cost, but fairly good upgrade for your audio quality.

Sorry about that...mainly for music.

I have no idea what a DAC is; how does this device connect to my computer?

Would I use the Audio Advantagee Micro in conjunction with this?

post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by kwitel View Post

Sorry about that...mainly for music.

I have no idea what a DAC is; how does this device connect to my computer?

Would I use the Audio Advantagee Micro in conjunction with this?

DAC, Digital to Analog Converter, computers process audio in a digital (zero & ones) format, but must be changed, as we only hear in analog (wave)

You would not use your Dell's built in audio hardware or the TBS Advantage Micro.

Just plug the Fiio E10 into your Dell's USB port and make sure it is the default audio output device in Windows control panel, under "Sound", in the playback tab.

Then plug your headphones into the headphone jack on the E10.

post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

DAC, Digital to Analog Converter, computers process audio in a digital (zero & ones) format, but must be changed, as we only hear in analog (wave)

You would not use your Dell's built in audio hardware or the TBS Advantage Micro.

Just plug the Fiio E10 into your Dell's USB port and make sure it is the default audio output device in Windows control panel, under "Sound", in the playback tab.

Then plug your headphones into the headphone jack on the E10.

Understood; thanks.

 

Can this be used as a mobile device?

Any way to hook it up directly to an Ipod?

 

Lastly, is it powerful enough to drive a 600ohm headphone.

Have had my eye on the Beyer dt880's...

post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by kwitel View Post

Understood; thanks.

 

Can this be used as a mobile device?

Any way to hook it up directly to an Ipod?

 

Lastly, is it powerful enough to drive a 600ohm headphone.

Have had my eye on the Beyer dt880's...

I believe you can bypass the DAC of the E10 and just use the amplifier part.

I would think the E10 would be maxed out with a 300-Ohm headphone

If you were going for 600-Ohm headphones, I would say to spend at least $200 for a nice tube amplifier, to make it worth it.

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