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post #1 of 20
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would be a good idea to buy a dac speaker? I feel the difference buying a dac (eg http://hifimediy.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=62&product_id=83)

or fit right into my board on-board?

I think you do not need an amp, right?

post #2 of 20
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would be a good idea to buy a dac speaker? I feel the difference buying a dac (eg http://hifimediy.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=62&product_id=83)

or fit right into my board on-board?

I think you do not need an amp, right?

That's is what I would recommend, Hifimediy Sabre USB DAC.

Same receiver chip and DAC chip as the ODAC.

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That's is what I would recommend, Hifimediy Sabre USB DAC.

Same receiver chip and DAC chip as the ODAC.


but while a uca-222 will be good?

has no problem using the saber with 3.5mm m-audio? would not be better to use balanced output?

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but while a uca-222 will be good?
has no problem using the saber with 3.5mm m-audio? would not be better to use balanced output?

Hifimediy Sabre should give you about the best sound quality for the price range.

post #5 of 20

Actually i have feedback from peeps who own the AV40s and a cheaper Lepai TA2020 + Dayton B652 bookshelf speaker combo and the latter actually sounds better so perhaps instead on taking baby steps with a cheap DAC, a speaker upgrade could mean the biggest jump in SQ

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Hifimediy Sabre should give you about the best sound quality for the price range.

 

 

ok thx

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Actually i have feedback from peeps who own the AV40s and a cheaper Lepai TA2020 + Dayton B652 bookshelf speaker combo and the latter actually sounds better so perhaps instead on taking baby steps with a cheap DAC, a speaker upgrade could mean the biggest jump in SQ

 

in Brazil or have to sell the Dayton B652, here is already difficult to find headphone imagines speaker ^ ^

I just want to know if a dac will improve my sound on av 40 ...

post #7 of 20

My setup:

 

Toslink (onboard)--->Optical cable--->Fiio D3 (dac)--->RCA cable (Belkin)--->Edifier M3400 

 

The Toslink/opt cable/D3 set  replaced a SB Live! 24bit,  with much more quality !  The D3 has only cost US$28,00 (total price).

 

(Boa sorte !)

post #8 of 20
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Fiio D3, Lepai TA2020 or UCA-222 for my m audio av 40 ?

or use it directly on my asus xonar dx?

post #9 of 20
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Fiio D3, Lepai TA2020 or UCA-222 for my m audio av 40 ?

or use it directly on my Asus Xonar DX?

The Xonar DX comes with the CS4398 DAC chip, so just plug the AV40s into the DX.

post #10 of 20
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The Xonar DX comes with the CS4398 DAC chip, so just plug the AV40s into the DX.


can be best of all that I mentioned?

post #11 of 20
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can be best of all that I mentioned?

I believe so.

post #12 of 20
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I believe so.

ok... thx purple !

 

would be good to raise the speakers with insulation?

 

Any easy way to change the 3.5mm headphone for my m-audio without having to keep drawing and placing each one?


Edited by glunteer - 12/15/12 at 10:22am
post #13 of 20
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ok... thx purple !

 

would be good to raise the speakers with insulation?

 

Any easy way to change the 3.5mm headphone for my m-audio without having to keep drawing and placing each one?

Insulation? have no idea.

 

You can use the computer case's front panel headphone jack for the headphones.

Just switch using the Xonar's control panel.

post #14 of 20
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Insulation? have no idea.

 

You can use the computer case's front panel headphone jack for the headphones.

Just switch using the Xonar's control panel.


is the difference between the front panel and normal?

isolation, I say this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Auralex-SpeakerDudes-HD-Speaker-Isolation-Pads-Pair-/160938198944?pt=US_Acoustical_Treatments&hash=item2578aa07a0

post #15 of 20
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is the difference between the front panel and normal?

isolation, I say this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Auralex-SpeakerDudes-HD-Speaker-Isolation-Pads-Pair-/160938198944?pt=US_Acoustical_Treatments&hash=item2578aa07a0

The front panel headphone jack might pick up electcial noise from inside the computer case, but otherwise they have matching functions.

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