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Creative Titanium HD - When to upgrade ?

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Hello,

 

My Current setup is T-HD > Amp > AD2000. This means that im using my soundcard as a DAC.

 

At what amp price point (quality) would getting a dedicated DAC be worth it?

 

I have been lead to understand that the T-HD is quite a good DAC, but what is quite good? 


Thanks for any help/insight.

 

-Matt

post #2 of 12
I A/Bed my TiHD against a Bifrost and returned the Bifrost.
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Originally Posted by Mattyhew View Post

Hello,

 

My Current setup is T-HD > Amp > AD2000. This means that I'm using my sound card as a DAC.

 

At what amp price point (quality) would getting a dedicated DAC be worth it?

 

I have been lead to understand that the T-HD is quite a good DAC, but what is quite good? 

I believe the Creative TiHD uses the PCM1794 DAC chip.

What amplifier are you using?

Is the amplifier connected to the TiHD RCA or headphone jack?

Are you using the TiHD for games? movies? music?

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I believe the Creative TiHD uses the PCM1794 DAC chip.

What amplifier are you using?

Is the amplifier connected to the TiHD RCA or headphone jack?

Are you using the TiHD for games? movies? music?

 

All the above, running bit matched and using wasapi foobar for music. 

 

My amp is underdecided. Most likely getting another dynalo. I guess my question is would i be better getting a DAC/AMP combo like the burson 160D/DS or just an amp ?

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All the above, running bit matched and using wasapi foobar for music. 

 

My amp is underdecided. Most likely getting another dynalo. I guess my question is would i be better getting a DAC/AMP combo like the burson 160D/DS or just an amp ?

Personally, I would just get an headphone amplifier for now, like an O2 (Objective 2) portable headphone amplifier, $155 new, used ones on the Head-fi thread "Amplifiers For Sale".

The O2 can function (AC wise) just like a regular desktop amp.

It has a very low impedance, which is what you want for 25-Ohm (AH-D2000) headphones.

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Personally, I would just get an headphone amplifier for now, like an O2 (Objective 2) portable headphone amplifier, $155 new, used ones on the Head-fi thread "Amplifiers For Sale".

The O2 can function (AC wise) just like a regular desktop amp.

It has a very low impedance, which is what you want for 25-Ohm (AH-D2000) headphones.

Got myself a Gilmore lite :)

post #7 of 12

Also if you don't like the sound signature of The X-FI HD, you can swap out the op-amps to fix that.

post #8 of 12
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Also if you don't like the sound signature of The X-FI HD, you can swap out the op-amps to fix that.

 

How would u describe the sound signature of the X-fi HD ? (before/after)

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How would u describe the sound signature of the X-fi HD ? (before/after)

The stock op-amps used in the TiHD could be called "neutral".

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How would u describe the sound signature of the X-fi HD ? (before/after)

I din't use the stock op-amps, I took them right when I had the card.

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The stock op-amps used in the TiHD could be called "neutral".

 

Ah, and im presuming that the op-amp you replace them with will have their own sound signature? so is there more than 1 option ?

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Ah, and im presuming that the op-amp you replace them with will have their own sound signature? so is there more than 1 option ?

Yes, there is more then one option, but i personally do not know what op-amps works with the TiHD.

Currently i believe it the TiHD uses 2 dual channel JRC2114 and 2 single channel LME49710NA op-amps.

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