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post #1471 of 1991

another way you can connect your mbp to the conductor is via optical spdif out, you need an optical cable and an adapter to insert it in the mbp 1/8 inch (3.5mm) headphone jack which acts as a spdif connection too

post #1472 of 1991

Was that a 'yes mac os x def needs a driver' or just a link because i mentioned drivers? 

 

ta 

post #1473 of 1991
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Originally Posted by roskodan View Post
 

another way you can connect your mbp to the conductor is via optical spdif out, you need an optical cable and an adapter to insert it in the mbp 1/8 inch (3.5mm) headphone jack which acts as a spdif connection too

 

ah i really want to stick with usb. i see no reason why I couldnt...unless that burson is flawed. Pretty sure my mbp is fine. I've used it with many different dacs over the years. 

post #1474 of 1991

yes it needs a driver, i didn't try yet, got both win and osx machines, hopefully should work fine, received my conductor this evening, using win foobar coax connection

 


Edited by roskodan - 2/7/14 at 1:42pm
post #1475 of 1991

awesome looking headfi shelf there man. Let me know how you find the conductor drives the audezes? 

 

Have you tried the lcd-x yet? I am looking forward to seeing Audeze exhibit at the bristol show this month as id love to try it and get a sense of whether i'd like it more than the hd800. I love the 800 but i seem to be prefering more intimate soundstaging these days. and more bass! 

post #1476 of 1991

just got my hands on the lcd3, didn't have a chance to try the lcdx yet, no dealer here in Croatia, i don't know for any meet in the region either, UK looks the only place in Europe where something more serious is happening...

 

for more intimate soundstage and more bass maybe get a Violectric v200 for your hd800 first and than if it isn't enough add an lcd too

 

used lcd2 are now a steal !

post #1477 of 1991

I forsee my setup being something all in one (love short signal path of all in one dac/amps) which can make the hd650, 800 and an audeze model sing. Sofar only the burson does that imo....well for the 800 anyway. Ill get a chance at the bristol show hopeful to take a burson home for a bit. 

post #1478 of 1991

The Burson is definitely overbuilt quite nicely, so the DAC and amp have room to breathe (plus you can stack stuff on it). It's light years ahead of some of the other DAC/amps I've tried (the CEntrance Dacmini being the most notable, that thing was like a $100 DAC with a $50 amp  in an $800 package). I just bought a Fostex A8 (got a sweet deal on it) and I'm hoping to do a comparison before I have to send the Conductor back.

post #1479 of 1991
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The Burson is definitely overbuilt quite nicely, so the DAC and amp have room to breathe (plus you can stack stuff on it). It's light years ahead of some of the other DAC/amps I've tried (the CEntrance Dacmini being the most notable, that thing was like a $100 DAC with a $50 amp  in an $800 package). I just bought a Fostex A8 (got a sweet deal on it) and I'm hoping to do a comparison before I have to send the Conductor back.

 

Not sure I agree on the Dacmini opinion there. Haven't tried the Conductor, but did have the Soloist for a time (tried it with the old Burson DA160 and the Dacmini's DAC).  And while I did prefer the Soloist I eventually sold it for the convenience the Dacmini PX provides.  We're not talking about night and day differences and the Dacmini checks a lot of boxes for a good price.  You can pick up a used PX here on the for sale forums for around $700 and for that you get a nicely built compact all-in-one desktop box.  I side-by-sided the two and I'll give you that the DAC in the Dacmini is a bit harsh up top, but otherwise I think its a great value on the used market.

 

If you've got limited desk space, want to power passive monitors, and occasionally need to toss it in a laptop bag to travel; I didn't really find any other units on the market that can do that in that form factor.  Also pairs nicely with the LCD2's imo.

 

Kind of got off on a rant there.  I'll agree the Burson stuff is nicer.  Would love for them to release a cheaper version of their Timekeeper to pair with the Conductor.

post #1480 of 1991

Dacmini (I tried the CX, not the PX) is not asynchronous USB hookup, so is not good for connecting to a high jitter source like a computer. I got a really bright, harsh, digital sound in everything that was pretty much unlistenable. My Dac-It is the same (although the new one is async). I tried a straight USB hookup on both and hated the results. When I tried a straight coax from the DX50, I much prefer the Dac-It in every way and the Magni goes right on top of it. Magni drove the Mad Dogs much better (neither worked with the HD800 particularly well). That was my experience.

 

Both the Conductor and A8  are asynchronous. Conductor has had zero issues with music from USB and I expect A8 to do the same (if it does, I'm returning it).

 

I have 4 different headphone amps, so the DAC portion is the most important thing for me. The Soloist/Conductor is okay, but I prefer the Nighthawk for a clean solid state solution.

post #1481 of 1991

post #1482 of 1991
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That guy, Norway, has just about convinced me to buy the Mytek Stereo 192. I like his video reviews :-)
post #1483 of 1991

the stepped attenuator noise issue is troubling for me! I mean how many of us will remember to trim it everyday?

post #1484 of 1991
I'm pretty sure I didn't have to go through any third party sites when I downloaded the USB drivers for my Conductor. They must have changed that recently.

Is the DSD thing an upgrade for the Conductor or a brand new DAC? Sounds interesting.
post #1485 of 1991
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That guy, Norway, has just about convinced me to buy the Mytek Stereo 192. I like his video reviews :-)

ha, i remember watching his gear "show offing", i had only the beyer t1 and a stereo speaker receiver at the time, i was like wow, he's crazy, wasting $$$$, look at me now

 

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the stepped attenuator noise issue is troubling for me! I mean how many of us will remember to trim it everyday?

trim it? what is that about? edit: oh i saw in the review, it's just to work it out give it a couple of twists while the unit is off

 

i find myself pausing music when changing volume! to avoid the popping noise!


Edited by roskodan - 2/6/14 at 1:47am
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