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post #2266 of 3790

You're working with three tiers here. Under $100 for a Fiio, $100-$150 for Modi or ODAC, or go up more for something like Bifrost. Those are probably the best at each price point. Are you using USB or optical?

post #2267 of 3790
USB. I prefer a DAC that is around $150+ with performance to show for the price.
post #2268 of 3790
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USB. I prefer a DAC that is around $150+ with performance to show for the price.


Probably the modi then. That's the same route that I'm going to take as well.

post #2269 of 3790
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USB. I prefer a DAC that is around $150+ with performance to show for the price.

 

The Modi is probably your best bet in that price range.

 

What power supply did you have in your computer? I didn't experience any noise issues with my Essence STX when I was still using it to drive a Lehmann Black Cube Linear. I am sure the Mini-X is more likely to cause your audible noise floor so I'm not convinced switching to an external DAC is going to solve the issue. The Essence STX does have quite a bit of digital harshness to it that disappeared once I started using external DACs so I still reckon it would be an upgrade regardless.

post #2270 of 3790

The Modi is not a bad choice.


Edited by john57 - 11/6/13 at 1:13am
post #2271 of 3790
Does the
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Probably the modi then. That's the same route that I'm going to take as well.

However, can you say that the modi outperforms or is on equal standing with the quality of the dac in the stx? Also, is it considered a neutral dac?

I looked a bi into it and the audio engine d1 seems ok. Also, has anyone here tried the focus rite Scarlett 2i4 as a dac?
Edited by Ethereal Sound - 11/6/13 at 1:12am
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Have you considered a matching Emotiva XDA-2 (USB DAC/Digital Preamp/Headphone Amp)?

 

On sale now for $299 free shipping (CONUS) http://shop.emotiva.com/products/xda2

 

It has good reviews:

 

http://www.audioholics.com/av-preamp-processor-reviews/emotiva-xda-2-pre

http://www.tonepublications.com/macro/emotiva-xda-1-review/

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/emotiva-xda-2-usb-dacdigital-preampheadphone-amp

http://www.audiostream.com/content/emotiva-xda-2-usb-dacdigital-preampheadphone-amp

http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2013/04/emotiva-xda-2-dac-review/

 

Me and my HE-500 are actually waiting on delivery for this DAC and the mini-x amp :smile_phones:

 

I wanna see how they stack up on each other!!

post #2273 of 3790

To troubleshoot amplifier hiss disconnect everything from the amp except the headphones and take it to another room away from fluorescent lights and computers/electronics, turn the volume full up and listen for hiss. If it's still there try another room. If the hiss gets louder with more volume it's definitely the amp.

 

If the hiss is gone then connect the cable that connects to your source--but not connected to your source--just connect the cables and listen for the hiss.

 

If no hiss then connect the DAC or music source. Any hiss? If yes then try another source (iPod, etc.) and check again.

 

If no hiss connect the computer to the DAC and listen again.

post #2274 of 3790
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 Originally Posted by psychon View Post
 


Have you considered a matching Emotiva XDA-2 (USB DAC/Digital Preamp/Headphone Amp)?

 

On sale now for $299 free shipping (CONUS) http://shop.emotiva.com/products/xda2

 

It has good reviews:

 

http://www.audioholics.com/av-preamp-processor-reviews/emotiva-xda-2-pre

http://www.tonepublications.com/macro/emotiva-xda-1-review/

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/emotiva-xda-2-usb-dacdigital-preampheadphone-amp

http://www.audiostream.com/content/emotiva-xda-2-usb-dacdigital-preampheadphone-amp

http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2013/04/emotiva-xda-2-dac-review/

 

Me and my HE-500 are actually waiting on delivery for this DAC and the mini-x amp :smile_phones:

 

Wow, that is a really nice, fully balanced, very feature rich DAC/pre-amp/headphone amp for $299.

 

This is very cool:

  • Full 24/192 support for all inputs, including USB.
  • 6 digital inputs (2 coax, 2 Toslink, 1 USB, 1 AES/EBU).

Edited by robrob - 11/6/13 at 5:31am
post #2275 of 3790

I had xda-1 some time ago, for the price it was really nice unit and was built like a tank...

post #2276 of 3790

I can't believe I forgot about Neutrik connectors. There is no reason for anyone to buy another cable or turn their stock one into banana plugs only.

 

I'll have to make a guide soon on how to use $3 screw down Neutrik connectors from parts express to make a balanced XLR 4 pin from the stock cable easily. Soldering won't be involved. You can then have a banana plug and 6.3" version to connect to.


Edited by bhazard - 11/6/13 at 9:15am
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I can't believe I forgot about Neutrik connectors. There is no reason for anyone to buy another cable or turn their stock one into banana plugs only.

 

I'll have to make a guide soon on how to use $3 screw down Neutrik connectors from parts express to make a balanced XLR 4 pin from the stock cable easily. Soldering won't be involved. You can then have a banana plug and 6.3" version to connect to.

 

Heya,

 

I have extreme interest in seeing this.

 

Very best,

post #2278 of 3790
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Heya,

 

I have extreme interest in seeing this.

 

Very best,

 

Here is a quick version. I'll do a better write up later

 

You need male and female 4 pin speakon connectors. An XLR connector (if you want balanced and your amp doesn't use speakon), and spade terminals.

 

Female: $3

http://www.ebay.com/itm/4P-Pole-Speakon-Connector-Female-Jack-Speaker-Connector-4P-Blue-Ring-/141049592575?pt=US_Audio_Cables_Adapters&hash=item20d735faff

 

Male: $3

http://www.ebay.com/itm/4P-Pole-Speakon-Connector-Male-Plug-Speaker-Connector-/221246699445?pt=US_Pro_Audio_Parts_Accessories&hash=item338354b7b5

 

Spade Connectors : Cheap

http://www.ebay.com/itm/100-pcs-12-10-AWG-VINYL-QUICK-DISCONNECT-FEMALE-250-1-4-SPADE-CONNECTOR-/380577586365

 

1. Cut the stock cable closer to the 6.3" connection

2. Find L+,L-,R+,R-

3. Inside the Male Speakon you'll see 1+,1-,2+,2-.  1 is L, 2 is R. Insert the wires accordingly and screw them down via the internal screws. You now have your male end.

4. On the ends of the bare wire for the 6.3" side, crimp those spade connectors onto them. Slide the spades onto the 1+,1-,2+,2- poles of the female speakon.

5. Done. You now have a quick attach cable for your 6.3" side that interlocks securely, but it won't be balanced.

6. You can also take a speaker cable and cut it into two parts to make 4 wires. Attach them to a speakon female to one end, and leave bare wire or use banana plugs on the other (I like the monoprice screw-on banana plugs). Now you have a speaker amp connection.

 

(Instructions coming for balanced)

 

That's it. $20 or so and you have an interlocking cable connector for easy switching between a speaker amp, balanced amp, and headphones, with no soldering. It may take you 30 min or or more in labor (the first time). But you can see for yourself how easy it is, and not have to pay $229 for Head-Direct to sell you the same thing (without a speaker amp solution), or wait weeks to have it done for you elsewhere.


Edited by bhazard - 11/6/13 at 12:56pm
post #2279 of 3790
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Originally Posted by bhazard View Post
 

 

Here is a quick version. I'll do a better write up later

 

You need male and female 4 pin speakon connectors. An XLR connector (if you want balanced and your amp doesn't use speakon), and spade terminals.

 

You can use any good speaker wire for this. Get some cheap from monoprice or any good one laying around.

 

That's it. $20 or so and you have an interlocking cable connector for easy switching between a speaker amp, balanced amp, and headphones, with no soldering. It may take you 30 min or or more in labor (the first time). But you can see for yourself how easy it is, and not have to pay $80 or more and wait weeks to have it done for you.


This is really promising. I don't trust myself to do soldering, so this could make a DIY cable accessible to me. However, I do have a question -- have you done this yourself? Is the sound quality equivalent to a soldered cable? I have seen numerous comments on other websites saying that using the screws instead of solder can negatively affect sound quality because the connection is not as "complete," for lack of a more technical term. 

post #2280 of 3790
Thread Starter 

Heya,

 

Very cool thanks for that.

 

If we get verification on it and the balanced part info, I'll be happy to link this on the first post for future use to make this ultra easy.

 

Very best,

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