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post #16 of 41
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Originally Posted by codybell85 View Post

Dang that CX is quite amazing...definitely out of the price range though.  Audioengine D1 would be perfect if i didn't need an AMP for my hd 650s....Question though, if i were to plug my speakers into the headphone jack on the D1, then still connect the DAC to my Asgard, would the speakers be muted when i jacked into the headphone on the asgard?

The D1 has an amp in it and it can power the HD650s (I have a pair too).  If you were to connect the Asgard to your D1, you would connect the Asgard through the D1's RCA jacks to bypass it's built-in headphone amp.  I'm not sure why you would connect your speakers through the headphone jack but yes it would mute w/e if connected to the RCA jacks when you plug something into the headphone jack.

 

(Fixed some grammatical mistakes)


Edited by Byrnie - 4/22/13 at 9:43am
post #17 of 41
Have you considered a good switcher? I use a Niles AXP-1 to switch between multiple devices running off my DAC output.
post #18 of 41
Thread Starter 

You win the prize, thats perfect.

post #19 of 41

I think I'm gonna just get a schiit modi for my speakers and use my old headphone amp for my headphones then maybe pick up an Asgard 2 later on.

post #20 of 41
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Originally Posted by codybell85 View Post

You win the prize, thats perfect.

If you mean the switcher, t's dangerous to the wallet, though. I now have two headphone amps and my passive speaker/receiver output hooked up to that, with room for more devices biggrin.gif
post #21 of 41
Thread Starter 

So i'm actually thinking about getting a Asus Xonar STX to replace my DAC and just run it through my Asgard.  THen replace my asgard with a 2 later on.  I wanted to be able to get surround...etc for games.  Do the high end soundcards such as this compare to external DAC's?  I don't see why they wouldn't be about equal or better than my HRT Streamer II.

post #22 of 41
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Originally Posted by codybell85 View Post

So i'm actually thinking about getting a Asus Xonar STX to replace my DAC and just run it through my Asgard.  THen replace my asgard with a 2 later on.  I wanted to be able to get surround...etc for games.  Do the high end soundcards such as this compare to external DAC's?  I don't see why they wouldn't be about equal or better than my HRT Streamer II.

I believe the main reason that a lot of people don't use internal sound cards is because of the PC noise getting into the lines (at least this is why I don't use internal ones).  Hell, I plan to replace my external Creative X-Fi USB sound card with a DAC.  I believe the DAC you have now is probably better than the DAC on the STX (I'm not 100% about this).  Usually stand alone DACs sound better than sound cards but at the same time I hear the Asus Xonar's are very nice sound cards.


Edited by Byrnie - 4/24/13 at 6:52am
post #23 of 41
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Originally Posted by codybell85 View Post

Dang that CX is quite amazing...definitely out of the price range though.  Audioengine D1 would be perfect if i didn't need an AMP for my hd 650s....Question though, if i were to plug my speakers into the headphone jack on the D1, then still connect the DAC to my Asgard, would the speakers be muted when i jacked into the headphone on the asgard?


 i had the d1, its a great little unit, though i've never used the d1 as just a dac, into another headamp, i know that when you plug in headphones, it mutes the signal 

coming out of the rca outputs, in my search for a piece that would give the function you want i looked at the maverick audio products the d1 is a tube dac, that

has a headphone out, pre outs, very versatile , i believe it would do what you are wanting, it'll work as a standalone amp/dac, or dac, and you could use the asgard

for headphones, i'm looking at their a1, a hybrid integrated amp, with a full tube headphone amp.

right now i'm using a microstreamer as just a dac, into a fiio eo9k headphone amp, it has pre outs for my powered speakers(a2's) it doesn't mute the speakers

when headphones are used, i have to turn the speakers down, or off, but i don't have to bother with any of the conections. keep us posted !

good luck !

post #24 of 41
Thread Starter 

So if i connected my speakers via RCA to the tube pre-out of the D1, then connected the Analog out RCA's to my Asgard amp...when i plug my headphones into the asgard, will the speakers be muted?

post #25 of 41
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Originally Posted by codybell85 View Post

So if i connected my speakers via RCA to the tube pre-out of the D1, then connected the Analog out RCA's to my Asgard amp...when i plug my headphones into the asgard, will the speakers be muted?


i believe, on the maverick site, there's a link for asking questions, the guy there(can't think of his name right now) is very helpful, and answers pretty quickly !

post #26 of 41

I would just go this route Codybell85:

 

D1 RCA out to Asgard RCA in to Asgard RCA out to Speakers
 

post #27 of 41
Thread Starter 

Thats he problem blink.gif The Asgard 1 only have RCA in.  Otherwise that would be perfect.  Final solution is either the D1 or the Asgard 2.  Asgard is 50-60$ more. I'm guessing it would be better to upgrade my DAC (HRT Streamer ii) to the D1 then it would be to upgrade my Asgard to Asgard 2.


Edited by codybell85 - 4/25/13 at 9:48am
post #28 of 41
Is the Audioengine D1 an upgrade over the Music Streamer II? I would wonder if that's true.
post #29 of 41
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Is the Audioengine D1 an upgrade over the Music Streamer II? I would wonder if that's true.
ive never heard the msii, but i have the new microstreamer from hrt , to my ears , the micro is a large improvement over the d1
post #30 of 41

I would just get a Schiit Modi for $99 and not bother with the HRT or the D1.

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