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Originally Posted by alavan View Post

I never use the headphone output of M-DAC. I campared it to my AMP when I got my M-DAC, driving two full-size headphones, and I found my AMP is much better. So if you have a relatively high expectation of your headphones, just get a independent AMP for them.

 

What if I have just mediocre expectations of my headphones? i.e. My most-demanding cans to drive are measly Denon D5000's, and maybe HE-400's down the road. I know the M-DAC is a DAC first and an amp second, but will it be serviceable as a headphone amp for those cans? Most people use something like a Fiio E9 for the D5000's - I can't imagine the M-DAC amp being any worse than the E9. I'm not expecting the M-DAC to be as powerful as say, one of the Burson or Schiit amps, but as long as it doesn't "hurt" the music then I'll get one ASAP. I really want an one-box solution, and don't want a separate headphone amp. 


Edited by seekadds - 12/4/12 at 6:29am
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whether Hegel hd 20 will be good for a set of bryston bha1, audeze lcd 2?

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I've had no problem using the Zodiac Control Panel On Windows 7 x64. The clicking only occurs when I first start playback. Maybe your player is resetting each time, or inserting silence? Maybe it does clicking when changing sample rate though, I'll have to check. I have two zones in JRMC and usually use the upsamping to 192kHz.

 

The new ASIO USB DSD>PCM driver however is borked; even the 2nd iteration out this week. Class 2 and DSD firmware hopefully soon!

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