Originally Posted by zeppu08
Originally Posted by miceblue
Huh, that actually turned out better than I thought it would. The C5D (high gain) vs ODAC/O2 (1.0x gain) combo for the MrSpeakers Alpha Dog. The C5D's bass doesn't hit quite as hard and clean as the ODAC/O2, and the instrument separation and soundstage depth don't quite match up, but the overall sound signatures of the two are really close. If you need a portable DAC/amp, the C5D really does a great job!
Hi mice! I dont know if its in the same weight division but How can you compare that ADs to the M100s with the C5D on your iPod?
I actually haven't tried that yet, but I can do that on Friday when I get more free time. I was just about to pack up for tonight.
This is really weird, but despite the technical differences between the C5D and ODAC/O2, I actually like the C5D more with the Alpha Dog. The C5D has a slightly forward midrange (like the C5 as an amp) and it makes Pharrell Williams' voice sound like he's singing to me in Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" song, as opposed to away or from a distance with the ODAC/O2 combo. I'll need to approximate volume-match next time though; this was just a quick comparison.
On a technical note, the C5D is listed to support:
Audio Formats: 16/44, 16/48, 16/88, 16/96, 24/44, 24/48, 24/96
This Daft Punk album is in 24/88, and it loads much faster in Audirvana Plus than the ODAC, which doesn't support 88.2 kHz sampling rates at all and Audirvana has to re-sample the file.
Oh, I just checked the blog post:
I checked our firmware configuration, and 24/88 kHz is enabled for the USB controller! Interestingly, Windows does not acknowledge this rate as an option. It is enabled.
Sweet! Edited by miceblue - 1/30/14 at 1:57am