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post #286 of 293
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Originally Posted by Ibored View Post
 

Hi, I've gotten the mx2 for a while now, realized its been shutting off every so often.

Question is, must I connect the power as well? It can't run off usb power?


I have mine for two weeks now and just LOVE the sound it give my Sennheiser HD598

I only use USB power, I try but don't hear any difference in the sound quality on my HD598.

I use it together with a S.M.S.L SA-S3 T-Amp, and ProAc_Response 1SC Speakers

Talk about Micro Stereo with a BIG sound :-)

But you need a clean USB with full 5v power, (Not a USB HUB) to drive it

 

Fantastic sound from all of it

post #287 of 293
does the optical input and output work as a pass through to another DAC? if yes, does the unit need to be powered on for the passthrough to work? thanks!
post #288 of 293

Yes you need to have power on if you use Toslink

post #289 of 293

Trying to decide if I should replace my Modi+Magni with this one. Magni has way too much THD when the volume knob is turned past 2 'o clock (needed for my 600-Ohm DT-770/880), Modi has inverted signal and is very sensitive to USB noise.

Anyone who heard the HUD-mx2 and ODAC+O2 and possibly the Schiits to give any comparisons? I am deciding if I should replace the Schiit stack with the HUD-mx2 or ODAC+O2 combo.

 

So.... can anyone provide a comparison of the HUD-mx2 and ODAC+O2?

post #290 of 293

Compared to the O2 combo:

 

More input/output options.

Cheaper.

 

 

I listen to Sennheiser Momentum over ear and Klipsh S4i in ear on my MX2 which are sensitive cheap noisy amps.

 

The background is quite inky blackness as loud as I can listen to it, which is only about 1/2 I've never had to go higher.

 

I hope that helps a bit.

post #291 of 293
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Originally Posted by xProvidence View Post



Should be able to run off of USB power. Maybe the connection cuts out? Problems with the USB cable or maybe either/both ports?


I ran off of USB power for months with no problem other than the lack of volume for my cans. Power from socket made a world of difference, perhaps on sound quality as well. I use the optical ports of my computer and the DAC and I get power from the wall socket. It's quite reliable.  I use a pair of Mad Dogs, for what it's worth.  

Hi, I'm new to head fi and I'm in the market for a pair of Mad Dogs and an amp/dac to go with it. How do they sound on the MX2 (does it make it harsh/bright)? Do they need a more powerful amp or with it plugged into the wall enough?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Cheers!
post #292 of 293

I have decided: will buy both. O2+ODAC is already here at home and gosh it's great, HUD-mx2 on its way... I like to waste money on nice devices which are different but quite the same :)

Just sold my Modi and Magni stack. Modi was quite worse than my E-MU 0404 USB and Magni had quite high THD with volume past 2 o'clock (needed for 600-Ohm Beyers).

Also selling my Graham Slee Novo right now. Bought in 2009, every year I had it I was realizing more and more what a waste of money it was...

I also realized recently that I could not tell the Magni and Novo (except that the Novo had audibly rolled-off bass with low-impedance phones) from the headphone output of my E-MU 0404 USB. I wonder if in some time spent listening to it I will be able to tell the O2+ODAC and HUD-mx2 (once it arrives) from the EMU 0404 USB headphone out. Right now I feel like the O2, when driven from the EMU 0404 USB, has more dynamic and clearer sound than the EMU 0404 USB headphone out, but I'm not sure I could tell them apart in a blind test.

I wonder how the HUD-mx2 will compare. Considering it has no analog input just for the amp and it is always being driven from the integrated DAC, I wonder how will I be able to evaluate the sound of its amp. Maybe just by using its analog line out feeding the O2 and then switching to the Audinst's headphone out...

Anyway, if I do not forget, I will share my experiences.


Edited by TomKure - 1/16/15 at 9:29am
post #293 of 293
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I wonder how the HUD-mx2 will compare. Considering it has no analog input just for the amp and it is always being driven from the integrated DAC, I wonder how will I be able to evaluate the sound of its amp. Maybe just by using its analog line out feeding the O2 and then switching to the Audinst's headphone out...

Anyway, if I do not forget, I will share my experiences.

 

I recently experienced that the line-out sounds worse than the amp-out. Never needed it before but got a dedicated headphone amp and therefore used the line-out for the first time. Thats why I had to get a new DAC. But I´ll keep the Audinst for travelling.

Having that said I would rather suggest to use a 3.5mm headphone jack to rca cable to feed the O2. The Audinst can drive both headphone outputs at the same time.

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