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post #1651 of 1665
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Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post
 

Do you guys leave your Conductors on 24 hours a day? The manual says you need to let it warm up for a while for it to sound good, so it seems like you should never turn it off.

Some do, i dont  just listen to the music and enjoy your amp because thats what its all about the music imo.

post #1652 of 1665
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Originally Posted by MIKELAP View Post
 

Some do, i dont  just listen to the music and enjoy your amp because thats what its all about the music imo.


I just wanted to make sure no damage would occur. It's getting kind of hot but it has plenty of ventilation around it.

 

On that topic -- I keep the volume meter at 75%/100% (17 or 18 clicks of the knob) and gain at the highest level, and I regulate the volume from my computer. Could this be what's causing it to be hot?

 

Thanks in advance.

post #1653 of 1665

The bass/warmth improved noticeably after leaving it on for five hours or so. It was annoyingly lacking in warmth at first on the HD800.

 

But that seems really odd and I'm wondering if it's my imagination, but then again the manual said it needs to heat up to sound good.

 

Very odd. Not sure I understand the physics of that.

post #1654 of 1665
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Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post
 


I just wanted to make sure no damage would occur. It's getting kind of hot but it has plenty of ventilation around it.

 

On that topic -- I keep the volume meter at 75%/100% (17 or 18 clicks of the knob) and gain at the highest level, and I regulate the volume from my computer. Could this be what's causing it to be hot?

 

Thanks in advance.

When mine is on for a few hours its gets warm to the touch but hot no . With my player on my computer i always leave it at maximum and use the Conductor's attenuator to control volume i guess if it on for long periods it gets hotter if it sounds good thats all that matters i would think .

post #1655 of 1665

Yes maybe warm is a better word. I can touch it without any worry of burning myself.


I listen from 10 feet away and so need to control the volume from a distance..

post #1656 of 1665
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Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post

The bass/warmth improved noticeably after leaving it on for five hours or so. It was annoyingly lacking in warmth at first on the HD800.

But that seems really odd and I'm wondering if it's my imagination, but then again the manual said it needs to heat up to sound good.

Very odd. Not sure I understand the physics of that.
Let it on for three days and then check it with the HD 800. Much better smily_headphones1.gif
I leave it on pretty much all the time. Burson support confirmed that it's ok to leave it on.
Oh, and it's normal for it to get a little bit warm. That's Class A design behavior smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by citraian - 4/15/14 at 8:18pm
post #1657 of 1665

I leave my Soloist on pretty much 24/7. The worst I heard it sound was about a half hour off the truck. Very wonky until warm. 

post #1658 of 1665

Yeah I'm just leaving it on. I dont' want to hear that tinny/trebly (exaggeration but you know what I mean) sound I heard when I plugged the HD800 right into it without waiting.

 

One other weird thing I just noticed was that it sounded noticeably different, more bass and warmer, almost too much of each, when I used a cheap SPDIF convertor to convert my computer's USB output into an SPDIF out, and used the Conductor's SPDIF in. With this method it truly sounded like a 4W power amp. I'm not sure why using SPDIF would make that much of a difference (relative to just plugging it into my computer's USB port directly). Might have possibly been my imagination but I doubt it.


Edited by ag8908 - 4/15/14 at 9:34pm
post #1659 of 1665

Last question, have any HD800 users figured out the optimal gain level? I'm currently experimenting but as I understand you only get the full 4W at the highest setting, so that seems like the one to go with?

post #1660 of 1665

yep!

i hope nothing wrong with this

 

sometimes i switched off, and the first hour sounds very bad

so i keep it on

even now

post #1661 of 1665

Has anyone installed the latest Burson Audio USB DAC Software Package V1.1.30.1a

Prior to installing this my conductor would click when changing bit rate, which is normal, but its not doing this anymore - anyone else seen this? I'm sure that launching foobar2k and playing a flac the Conductor would click then play the music, when I quit foobar and used something like Spotify it would click again indicating that bitrates were changing etc. I can't recall but I'm sure that using foobar2k + asio would create an exclusive lock but this is no longer the case either? Can someone confirm is ASIO creates an exclusive lock on the audio device, so attempting to use say spotify whilst using foobar2k + asio will result in Spotify being unable to play.

 

I tried downgrading to the previous software package v1.002.01 but there is no clicking with bit rate changes, tried a different laptop which has never had the Conductor attached and used the 1.002.01 package and it behaves the same as above with no clicking.

 

Now I feel like I'm going slightly crazy but I feel like something has changed

post #1662 of 1665
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Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post
 

Yeah I'm just leaving it on. I dont' want to hear that tinny/trebly (exaggeration but you know what I mean) sound I heard when I plugged the HD800 right into it without waiting.

 

One other weird thing I just noticed was that it sounded noticeably different, more bass and warmer, almost too much of each, when I used a cheap SPDIF convertor to convert my computer's USB output into an SPDIF out, and used the Conductor's SPDIF in. With this method it truly sounded like a 4W power amp. I'm not sure why using SPDIF would make that much of a difference (relative to just plugging it into my computer's USB port directly). Might have possibly been my imagination but I doubt it.

 

You're not imagining things. SPDIF convertors make a big difference. A high quality SPDIF convertor will improve Conductor's sound a lot.

 

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Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post
 

Last question, have any HD800 users figured out the optimal gain level? I'm currently experimenting but as I understand you only get the full 4W at the highest setting, so that seems like the one to go with?

I'm using High gain but that's because I read the 4W part in the manual not because I tried Medium gain and it sounded worse :P

post #1663 of 1665

I switched to low gain on the HD800 and it might have less distortion. Not sure though it could be my imagination. If anyone knows the correct technical setting for an HD800 headphone please let us know.

post #1664 of 1665
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Originally Posted by raab View Post
 

Has anyone installed the latest Burson Audio USB DAC Software Package V1.1.30.1a

Prior to installing this my conductor would click when changing bit rate, which is normal, but its not doing this anymore - anyone else seen this? I'm sure that launching foobar2k and playing a flac the Conductor would click then play the music, when I quit foobar and used something like Spotify it would click again indicating that bitrates were changing etc. I can't recall but I'm sure that using foobar2k + asio would create an exclusive lock but this is no longer the case either? Can someone confirm is ASIO creates an exclusive lock on the audio device, so attempting to use say spotify whilst using foobar2k + asio will result in Spotify being unable to play.

 

I tried downgrading to the previous software package v1.002.01 but there is no clicking with bit rate changes, tried a different laptop which has never had the Conductor attached and used the 1.002.01 package and it behaves the same as above with no clicking.

 

Now I feel like I'm going slightly crazy but I feel like something has changed

 

I installed the v.1.30.1a on a windows 8 machine and it clicks. I don't mind that click though makes it seem like something is happening.

post #1665 of 1665
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Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post
 

I switched to low gain on the HD800 and it might have less distortion. Not sure though it could be my imagination. If anyone knows the correct technical setting for an HD800 headphone please let us know.

 

The lower noise floor when using  the lowest gain is noticeable. 

 

Like Citraian I keep mine on three day's and then let it rest. I think it  sound's best if I play an hour or two during the day.

 

Then do my critical listening at night. It's sound's especially good when there's clean power going thru it.


Edited by RubyTiger - 4/16/14 at 3:07pm
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