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post #151 of 383

Okay... anyone else having this problem? My volume/standby button does not press down. I have to use the remote to turn on the dc-1 and place it on standby. Also, the side screws to the dc-1 are hexs and the type that can be unscrewed by the supplied screwdriver or regular screwdrivers. 

 

Well, seems like the volume knob can be pulled off... I don't think that's supposed to happen. 


Edited by thegunner100 - 1/6/14 at 12:45pm
post #152 of 383
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Originally Posted by thegunner100 View Post
 

Okay... anyone else having this problem? My volume/standby button does not press down. I have to use the remote to turn on the dc-1 and place it on standby. Also, the side screws to the dc-1 are hexs and the type that can be unscrewed by the supplied screwdriver or regular screwdrivers. 

 

Well, seems like the volume knob can be pulled off... I don't think that's supposed to happen. 

I have never had any operational/build quality issues with mine in the month I have owned it. I have found that pressing in on the Volume/Standby button will power on my DC-1, but doing the same will not power it down (it mutes it instead). I have always found that to be an odd design choice to be honest. You have to use the remote to return the DC-1 to standby mode.

 

As far as the knob coming off, I am fairly certain that is NOT supposed to happen. Please call Emotiva at (615)790-6754 and they will get you taken care of. Their customer service is second to none, and they will either have you send it in for repair, or may have you send it in for a total replacement.

 

Good luck. :)

post #153 of 383
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Originally Posted by painted klown View Post
 

I have never had any operational/build quality issues with mine in the month I have owned it. I have found that pressing in on the Volume/Standby button will power on my DC-1, but doing the same will not power it down (it mutes it instead). I have always found that to be an odd design choice to be honest. You have to use the remote to return the DC-1 to standby mode.

 

As far as the knob coming off, I am fairly certain that is NOT supposed to happen. Please call Emotiva at (615)790-6754 and they will get you taken care of. Their customer service is second to none, and they will either have you send it in for repair, or may have you send it in for a total replacement.

 

Good luck. :)


Thanks for the response. Actually the manual states that you can press down the volume knob for 5 seconds to put it into standby mode. My knob does not press down at all. 

 

I sent emotiva an email. It's not a big issue right now and I care more about how it will sound after burn-in. If I decide to keep it after a week, then I will send it in for a repair/replacement. 

 

Are the screws on the side of your case regular phillips or hexes?

post #154 of 383

Yep a touch just mutes.  Hold for 5 secs to turn off.  It doesn't fully power down, it goes to "standby" and still feels pretty warm to my hand even after being on standby for hours.  You'd have to reach around the back for the switch for a true power down.

post #155 of 383
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Originally Posted by thegunner100 View Post
 


Thanks for the response. Actually the manual states that you can press down the volume knob for 5 seconds to put it into standby mode. My knob does not press down at all. 

 

I sent emotiva an email. It's not a big issue right now and I care more about how it will sound after burn-in. If I decide to keep it after a week, then I will send it in for a repair/replacement. 

 

Are the screws on the side of your case regular phillips or hexes?


Thanks for the tip! :beerchug:

 

Holding down the volume button does indeed power it down (standby mode), although it seems to take longer than 5 secs. Oh well, that does work. I suppose reading the manual is probably a good idea.  Now I feel like an idiot.   :o

 

The screws along the sides of mine are also hex style.


Edited by painted klown - 1/6/14 at 1:28pm
post #156 of 383
Call them.

It's their preference and works better.
post #157 of 383
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Originally Posted by boatheelmusic View Post

Call them.

It's their preference and works better.

 
This is true. Always call if you have a serious issue you need resolved. They are very responsive to calls, but I have read stories that they are slow to respond to e-mails, or have even responded to e-mails by telling people to call them. I know they will take care of you. I have seen them bend over backwards to keep customers happy.

 

Yeah, the DC-1 runs a bit warm (not hot), but it's nothing to be concerned about. I don't know the technical reason why, but I would guess the warmth has something to do with the power supply. I was actually surprised at how robust the power cable is that comes with the DC-1. This is good IMO. It means that Emo didn't skimp on the power supply, and that you never have to worry about finicky USB power with this unit.

 

I don't know how much a power supply can affect the sound of a DAC, but I have read (perhaps incorrectly) that if the unit is starving for power, you will have diminished dynamics, thin bass,  and a lack of "punch" (weak sounding).

 

Either way, I can't find anything about the DC-1 to complain about as far as SQ is concerned. 


Edited by painted klown - 1/6/14 at 1:58pm
post #158 of 383

Folks:

 

I have 2 quick points to make about the DC-1.  First, for anybody wanting to test it against a Gungnir, I found that they both use drivers from the same company (C-Media) and that confuses the heckll out of Windows.  I had the Emo drivers installed, and when I went to install the Gungnir drivers, the setup wanted to uninstall the Emo drivers, not install the Gungnir drivers.  So I did.  Then had to rerun the setup to install the Gungnir drivers.  I tried to get both DACs to run from those drivers, but was not successful using JRiver.  So I'm not sure how to compare the two DACs side by side on the same computer (I did it by proxy... the Emo sounded like the DM Source and the other "indistinguishable" DACs to me, and so did the Gungnir, so I judged them to sound the same).  On the other hand, I will admit to not being the world's greatest expert in DACs, drivers,Windows or JRiver, so there's a good chance that this was operator error.

 

Note also that Emo sells refurbed units, usually for a significant discount.  Refurbs carry the full warranty, but you can't return them for a refund, only for replacement.  For those willing to take that risk, or who have heard the DC-1 and/or know they want it, they might be able to get a refurb unit later for a price close to the holiday sale price, which we might never see again... but who knows, Emo has 2 sales per year (July 4 too) and they might put it back on sale... Or not.  Pay your money (or don't) and take your chances.

 

Hope that info is helpful.

post #159 of 383
Yah, I was also impressed with the diameter of that power cable. Wonder what gauge it is? If for no other reason it gives the DAC a feeling of quality design and construction.
post #160 of 383
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Originally Posted by Gary in MD View Post
 

Folks:

 

I have 2 quick points to make about the DC-1.  First, for anybody wanting to test it against a Gungnir, I found that they both use drivers from the same company (C-Media) and that confuses the heckll out of Windows.  I had the Emo drivers installed, and when I went to install the Gungnir drivers, the setup wanted to uninstall the Emo drivers, not install the Gungnir drivers.  So I did.  Then had to rerun the setup to install the Gungnir drivers.  I tried to get both DACs to run from those drivers, but was not successful using JRiver.  So I'm not sure how to compare the two DACs side by side on the same computer (I did it by proxy... the Emo sounded like the DM Source and the other "indistinguishable" DACs to me, and so did the Gungnir, so I judged them to sound the same).  On the other hand, I will admit to not being the world's greatest expert in DACs, drivers,Windows or JRiver, so there's a good chance that this was operator error.

 

Note also that Emo sells refurbed units, usually for a significant discount.  Refurbs carry the full warranty, but you can't return them for a refund, only for replacement.  For those willing to take that risk, or who have heard the DC-1 and/or know they want it, they might be able to get a refurb unit later for a price close to the holiday sale price, which we might never see again... but who knows, Emo has 2 sales per year (July 4 too) and they might put it back on sale... Or not.  Pay your money (or don't) and take your chances.

 

Hope that info is helpful.


Gary, the DC-1 and Gungnir will both play at the same time with foobar ASIO4ALL. I had the gungnir drivers already installed and they both show up separately on my windows playback devices menu. The Gungnir shows up as "Schiit USB Audio Device" and the DC-1 as "USB2.0 High-Speed True HD Audio".

post #161 of 383
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Gary, the DC-1 and Gungnir will both play at the same time with foobar ASIO4ALL. I had the gungnir drivers already installed and they both show up separately on my windows playback devices menu. The Gungnir shows up as "Schiit USB Audio Device" and the DC-1 as "USB2.0 High-Speed True HD Audio".


Excellent!  I'll chalk it up to another issue I had with JRiver, or rather that JRiver had with me.  I'm probably going to buy JRiver because I did use it during the testing and it does have some unique capabilities that made the testing much easier, so I figure I owe them $50.  But among those capabilities are bringing out Win7's blue screen of death (I didn't even think Win7 had such a thing until JRiver proved it did!).

post #162 of 383
Sale price of $499 still up, and Emo has stated they won't do future sales.

So........
post #163 of 383
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Sale price of $499 still up, and Emo has stated they won't do future sales.

So........

This is true. Emo have been historically known for their regular sales, and they experience a high volume of sales during these times, but they decided that this would be their final regularly scheduled sale. It actually created quite a stir on their forum when this was announced.

 

To be honest, I am shocked/happily surprised, they kept the sale price going on the DC-1. I have no idea how long they plan to continue the discounted rate for them, but I would definitely try to get one asap, if you have been considering this unit.

 

If I had to guess, Gary's thread probably spawned a surge in sales, so they decided to keep it discounted a bit longer, in order for Head-Fi'ers to get their hands on them as well. Pretty cool IMO.  :cool:

post #164 of 383

Can someone post a link to this infamous "Gary's thread"?

post #165 of 383
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Can someone post a link to this infamous "Gary's thread"?

http://www.head-fi.org/t/689783/december-2013-mid-level-dac-comparison

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