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post #31 of 32

Cool thread.


Even if you had a bunch of analog stuff still going, my interpretation of your first post was that regardless of what may happen in the studio, you want to get the most out of your lap top on the road or just hanging somewhere else.  What no one has mentioned yet is that the AKG K550 is not very amp fussy and, IMHO, does not get significantly better as you climb the ladder of DACs and Amps.


I think the DAC thing in general is mostly overblown beyond a certain point, and I think the AQ Dragonfly 1.2 is really really close to being at that point, meaning I think it pairs really well with the K550 and even though you may convince yourself that something like the ODAC or anything else in that range sounds ever so slightly better (and I doubt it really does...), once you factor in portability and convenience, the Dragonfly is a tremendous value... and looks cool and is fun to own, what's not to like?  And after all that, I will throw this at you... you owe it to yourself to check out the Focal Spirit Pro, it is on my list as I recently sold off my K550, and I think it is the most appropriate headphone for your needs assuming it would have good fit/feel on your noggin.  If not, I would still investigate the Sony MDR-7520 before sticking with the K550 longer term.  For just home listening to jazz, folk, classical however, I would take the K550 all day long.




Greg Jensen

post #32 of 32

Hi there, 


Just to revive this thread. 


I currently produce with an M-Audio C44 Fast Track, which now doesn't work with El Capitan, and I was considering an upgrade anyway. I produce entirely in the box using software, and therefore the DAC is much more important to me than the ADC. I'd rather have a better quality sound on the way out so I can hear what I'm producing. 


As a stop gap I have been using my Arcam rPAC as the DAC, and have noticed that this places more of a strain on my computer than the M-Audio. In fact, it can't keep up with a song that had just been playing with no problems with the M-Audio. (It has lots of processing.) I'm still using the same sample rate, and have the latency buffer quite high. 


So my question is - is there some reason why the M-Audio places a lesser CPU toll when using Logic etc? 

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