Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Computer Audio › DAC for Cans and Mic
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

DAC for Cans and Mic

post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 

     Item I want: DAC

     Price Range/Budget: $0-$200

 

     Was looking into getting a DAC for my cans and mic, as well as something that would be decent as an audio interface, for sound monitoring, when I need to listen to frequencies closely, as I produce music. I am currently using some SteelSeries USB Soundcard, and lord forbid... this thing is meh... drivers are incompatible with Windows, and Windows drivers their self aren't to great... I am thinking about a DAC, cause they are all in one, and some even come with pre amps/amps (correct me if I am wrong about that..)

 

     I was looking into getting the M-Audio MobilePre, cause my friend has one, and it works good for the purpose that he is using it for, which is relatively close to my scenario as well..

 

     I found this one on Ebay for $90 and it's still Brand New (supposedly).. They are like $150 brand new on Sweetwater, so I feel this is a good deal...

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/M-Audio-MobilePre-Recording-Interface-NEVER-USED-w-PRO-TOOLS-7-Extras-/280927144997?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4168900c25

 

     If anyone has any recommendations on DAC's, then let me know, cause I would like to possibly get the best for my price range..

 

Thanks,

 

- SMOR3S - Kevin -


Edited by SMOR3S - 7/29/12 at 12:37am

Gear mentioned in this thread:

post #2 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by SMOR3S View Post

     Item I want: DAC

     Price Range/Budget: $0-$200

 

     Was looking into getting a DAC for my cans and mic, as well as something that would be decent as an audio interface, for sound monitoring, when I need to listen to frequencies closely, as I produce music. I am currently using some SteelSeries USB Soundcard, and lord forbid... this thing is meh... drivers are incompatible with Windows, and Windows drivers their self aren't to great... I am thinking about a DAC, cause they are all in one, and some even come with pre amps/amps (correct me if I am wrong about that..)

 

     I was looking into getting the M-Audio MobilePre, cause my friend has one, and it works good for the purpose that he is using it for, which is relatively close to my scenario as well..

 

     I found this one on Ebay for $90 and it's still Brand New (supposedly).. They are like $150 brand new on Sweetwater, so I feel this is a good deal...

 

     If anyone has any recommendations on DAC's, then let me know, cause I would like to possibly get the best for my price range..

DAC, Digital to Analog Converter.

Your mic would use an ADC, Analog to Digital Converter.

post #3 of 38
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

DAC, Digital to Analog Converter.

Your mic would use an ADC, Analog to Digital Converter.


Would it matter really, cause if I just use XLR then I could plug the mic into an XLR lead, or use XLR to 1/4", cause my mic is XLR... I do see where you are coming from, and I can't test your knowledge... I mean, I am an audiophile, but you probably know more :3..

 

+ Could you recommend some good audio sources... I like the MobilePre, but I can't help to think that there is probably something better....

 

I know, I know... It's all about testing and experimenting, and I could go to my local Guitar Center, and test some cans with audio sources, in their sound booths, but I honestly just need something that will work...

 

- SMOR3S

post #4 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by SMOR3S View Post


Would it matter really, cause if I just use XLR then I could plug the mic into an XLR lead, or use XLR to 1/4", cause my mic is XLR... I do see where you are coming from, and I can't test your knowledge... I mean, I am an audiophile, but you probably know more :3..

 

+ Could you recommend some good audio sources... I like the MobilePre, but I can't help to think that there is probably something better....

 

I know, I know... It's all about testing and experimenting, and I could go to my local Guitar Center, and test some cans with audio sources, in their sound booths, but I honestly just need something that will work...

 

- SMOR3S

Yes, it would matter. A mic transmits analog signals, so they would need to be converted to digital. A "digital to analog" converter can't do that. Also, not sure what you mean by audio source. The MobilePre is a preamp.

post #5 of 38
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by awolf97 View Post

Yes, it would matter. A mic transmits analog signals, so they would need to be converted to digital. A "digital to analog" converter can't do that. Also, not sure what you mean by audio source. The MobilePre is a preamp.


I am looking for something like a Soundcard, but in a unit like that.... DAC's aren't soundcards too?

post #6 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by SMOR3S View Post


I am looking for something like a Soundcard, but in a unit like that.... DAC's aren't soundcards too?

DACs are not really sound card.

Sound card contain DACs and ADCs.

"Sound card" usually means it contains an audio processor (which is not a DAC).

post #7 of 38
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

DACs are not really sound card.

Sound card contain DACs and ADCs.

"Sound card" usually means it contains an audio processor (which is not a DAC).


So if I was to get something like an ASUS Xonar STX, it comes with a preamp, and good audio processing, would that be something I am looking for?

post #8 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by SMOR3S View Post


So if I was to get something like an ASUS Xonar STX, it comes with a preamp, and good audio processing, would that be something I am looking for?

The Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card comes with one set of analog RCA (line-out) output jacks.

A line-out signal can be sent out the front of case headphone jack, if so desired.

7.1 headphone surround sound audio can be sent out the back panel's 1/4 headphone jack and the "Front Panel" headphone jack.

The STX comes with the PCM1792A DAC

Surround sound audio processing can also be sent out the S/PDIF (coaxial & optical) connection, to an external DAC.

post #9 of 38
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

The Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card comes with one set of analog RCA (line-out) output jacks.

A line-out signal can be sent out the front of case headphone jack, if so desired.

7.1 headphone surround sound audio can be sent out the back panel's 1/4 headphone jack and the "Front Panel" headphone jack.

The STX comes with the PCM1792A DAC

Surround sound audio processing can also be sent out the S/PDIF (coaxial & optical) connection, to an external DAC.

 

I am also wanting to use a pair of Stereo Speakers that have speaker wire... Would I need a soundbar or a receiver to even use them with my computer... I am totally lost when it comes to that lol :3...

post #10 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by SMOR3S View Post

I am also wanting to use a pair of Stereo Speakers that have speaker wire... Would I need a soundbar or a receiver to even use them with my computer... I am totally lost when it comes to that lol :3...
Active or passive?
post #11 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by SMOR3S View Post

 

I am also wanting to use a pair of Stereo Speakers that have speaker wire... Would I need a soundbar or a receiver to even use them with my computer... I am totally lost when it comes to that lol :3...

Minimum of some sort of speaker amplifier, sometimes people can find a decent receiver of Craigslist for $50.

Usually there are low priced speaker amplifiers sold on eBay.

post #12 of 38
Thread Starter 

I made a post about a receiver I found on Craigslist for $35... I would like to know if it has a line in for a soundcard..

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/620578/tecknics-sa-160-stereo-receiver-question
 

post #13 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by SMOR3S View Post

I made a post about a receiver I found on Craigslist for $35... I would like to know if it has a line in for a soundcard..

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/620578/tecknics-sa-160-stereo-receiver-question
 

Should do the job, just run RCA cables from the Essence STX to the receiver.

post #14 of 38
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

Should do the job, just run RCA cables from the Essence STX to the receiver.


The ASUS Xonar is still $169.99 on Newegg... What would you recommend for $50-$100

post #15 of 38
Using this setup will mean you will have no preamps. Not totally sure what it is you want anymore, but just a warning
Edited by awolf97 - 7/30/12 at 7:50am
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Computer Audio

Gear mentioned in this thread:

Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Computer Audio › DAC for Cans and Mic