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post #481 of 490
The TC electronics level pilot is a reasonable analog solution to control volume to active monitors:


http://www.amazon.com/TC-Electronic-Resolution-Computer-Independent-Control/dp/B001PGMNRG
post #482 of 490
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Originally Posted by blackads View Post

The TC electronics level pilot is a reasonable analog solution to control volume to active monitors:


http://www.amazon.com/TC-Electronic-Resolution-Computer-Independent-Control/dp/B001PGMNRG
That looks like the kind of solution I'm after.

With the dac going into my monitors being quite loud, and I mean very loud at low settings (ie I set the monitors on the second volume notch) would this offer a fair bit of play before getting that loud? (Eg if I set my volume on the monitors to say 6 notches which is about 1/3 volume)

And I saw a review that showed the output connections (left and right) are not that far apart so I'd need extra cables to connect this to my monitors. Has that changed, or as far as you know us it still the same?

Thanks
post #483 of 490
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Originally Posted by thecrow View Post

That looks like the kind of solution I'm after.

With the dac going into my monitors being quite loud, and I mean very loud at low settings (ie I set the monitors on the second volume notch) would this offer a fair bit of play before getting that loud? (Eg if I set my volume on the monitors to say 6 notches which is about 1/3 volume)

And I saw a review that showed the output connections (left and right) are not that far apart so I'd need extra cables to connect this to my monitors. Has that changed, or as far as you know us it still the same?

Thanks

I use one with my metrum pavane which I suspect would have a similar output to the hex, theres plenty of "play" before reaching higher levels and its a well made control with smooth travel and a solid feel about it.

The cable to the control is quite long then it branches into the two in and two out cables, these are fairly short, so unless your monitors are positioned either side of the dac you will need extensions either for the monitors or for the dac, depending where you want to place the control. My monitors are across the room from the dac so are on 5m extensions, the control is near my dac.
post #484 of 490
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Originally Posted by blackads View Post

I use one with my metrum pavane which I suspect would have a similar output to the hex, theres plenty of "play" before reaching higher levels and its a well made control with smooth travel and a solid feel about it.

The cable to the control is quite long then it branches into the two in and two out cables, these are fairly short, so unless your monitors are positioned either side of the dac you will need extensions either for the monitors or for the dac, depending where you want to place the control. My monitors are across the room from the dac so are on 5m extensions, the control is near my dac.
My monitors are either side of my 27" iMac.

I'll order some 5' xlr leads to connect to the monitors.

I'm thinking I may need to separate the monitors s little more as when I used he hex the seaparation of the instruments, spacing that I he hex gives, which is great on my hd800's but new from my monitors, may result in the monitors needing to be apart a bit more.

What did you find with the pavane?


EDIT: I've now ordered the TC. Thanks
Edited by thecrow - 3/14/16 at 7:40am
post #485 of 490
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Originally Posted by blackads View Post


I use one with my metrum pavane which I suspect would have a similar output to the hex, theres plenty of "play" before reaching higher levels and its a well made control with smooth travel and a solid feel about it.

The cable to the control is quite long then it branches into the two in and two out cables, these are fairly short, so unless your monitors are positioned either side of the dac you will need extensions either for the monitors or for the dac, depending where you want to place the control. My monitors are across the room from the dac so are on 5m extensions, the control is near my dac.


The Tc level pilot arrived today.

 

It's working great - problem solved.

 

With the hex "bringing the ruckus" to my humble monitors my headphones/ears will get a bit of a break more often

 

many thanks for the suggestion. it also received metrum acoustics' blessing when i asked them about it too

 

ps: i'm not so sure about the messy cables sitting behind the dac though


Edited by thecrow - 3/29/16 at 6:41am
post #486 of 490

Cool stuff!

post #487 of 490
Has any hex owners used a hd800 with the Norne Draug cable by any chance?

Wondering what the cable might bring or whether it unsettled the natural balance of the hex

Ta
post #488 of 490

Has anyone seen a comparative review of the HEX and MENUET anywhere?  I would like to know whether from the viewpoint of SQ the Menuet represents a substantial upgrade over the Hex, or whether it is a sidegrade at best.  I know the Menuet is going to sound "different," as all such upgrades do.  I just do not think that "different" = "better" in all cases, and am not sure an upgrade is always worth paying for if one already has the previous model (I have the Hex)...  I would appreciate some feedback on this front.  Thanks.

post #489 of 490
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Has anyone seen a comparative review of the HEX and MENUET anywhere?  I would like to know whether from the viewpoint of SQ the Menuet represents a substantial upgrade over the Hex, or whether it is a sidegrade at best.  I know the Menuet is going to sound "different," as all such upgrades do.  I just do not think that "different" = "better" in all cases, and am not sure an upgrade is always worth paying for if one already has the previous model (I have the Hex)...  I would appreciate some feedback on this front.  Thanks.
The only info i have is a friend of mine had a brief listen to my hex earlier in the year (at a meet) and recently he had a brief listen to the menuet in store and he thought I would have no reason to change.

From memory i cant remember if he thought the hex was a little more natural or the menuet a little dry. But it was that kind of loose and brief comparisonand impressio he had
post #490 of 490
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Originally Posted by thecrow View Post


The only info i have is a friend of mine had a brief listen to my hex earlier in the year (at a meet) and recently he had a brief listen to the menuet in store and he thought I would have no reason to change.

From memory i cant remember if he thought the hex was a little more natural or the menuet a little dry. But it was that kind of loose and brief comparisonand impressio he had

I asked Metrum Acoustics customer service the same question, and they declined to compare the sq of the two on the grounds that the builds were different, which I already knew...  It did not surprise me that they declined to answer the real question regarding the two sqs, but I would say your friend's impressions do not surprise me either.  Thanks for your input.

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