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post #16 of 41
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oh alright but one thing the headphone jack is the is the s/pdif

post #17 of 41
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is that what coaxial is for? (question may sound pretty dumb but i just want to be sure)

post #18 of 41
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Oh, alright but one thing the headphone jack is the is the S/PDIF.

Is this laptop a Mac? (does not really matter.

Just need to get an optical cable with one end with the 3.5mm optical plug and the other end a standard Toslink optical connector, like this cable.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10229&cs_id=1022902&p_id=1557&seq=1&format=2

post #19 of 41
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my laptop is a lenovo ideapad y580

post #20 of 41
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so then i guess the last question is should i get the modi and magni or the tubemagic and the xonar u3

post #21 of 41
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So then I guess the last question is should i get the Modi and Magni or the Tubemagic and the Xonar U3

As the Modi is USB, it will bypass the laptops built in sound card, with USB you get a basic 2-channel audio, no headphone surround sound, (if you laptop audio even offer it) but if your ok with gaming and watching movies in 2-channel, it's not a problem.

post #22 of 41
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so i guess i will egt the tubemagic but a couple questions do you have it and how often do you have to change the tube

post #23 of 41
Know that the TubeMagic D1's tube is only used for the pre-amp for analog out (for hooking up an amp or powered speakers); doesn't give the tube sound for the headphones. And because it's just in the pre-amp, it should last a long time.

It's not portable, either. You mentioned you might want to take your setup with you. The Xonar U3 and E17 would work well together and would be extremely portable.
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So I guess I will get the Tube Magic but a couple questions do you have it and how often do you have to change the tube

I do not own the Tube magic (D1 or other Tube magic stuff), but others seem to like it.

The tube only need to be changed if it burns out, so it could last for, weeks, months or years.

Or you want to swap the tube "tube rolling" for a different model tube to change the audio quality, better vocals, more bass, better sound stage, you trade off one feature for another.

 

This should provide some good info on the Tube Magic D1.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/470639/maverick-audio-tubemagic-d1-dac-amp-condensed-faq-and-info-thread

post #25 of 41
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i dont really need it to super portable i will only be taking it somewhere every once and a while but one thing i probably should have said is that im new to amps and dacs so what i get will be my first

post #26 of 41
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I do not own the Tube magic (D1 or other Tube magic stuff), but others seem to like it.

The tube only need to be changed if it burns out, so it could last for, weeks, months or years.

Or you want to swap the tube "tube rolling" for a different model tube to change the audio quality, better vocals, more bass, better sound stage, you trade off one feature for another.

 

This should provide some good info on the Tube Magic D1.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/470639/maverick-audio-tubemagic-d1-dac-amp-condensed-faq-and-info-thread

would you have any recommendations on any other amps or dacs what do you use

post #27 of 41
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Know that the TubeMagic D1's tube is only used for the pre-amp for analog out (for hooking up an amp or powered speakers); doesn't give the tube sound for the headphones. And because it's just in the pre-amp, it should last a long time.

It's not portable, either. You mentioned you might want to take your setup with you. The Xonar U3 and E17 would work well together and would be extremely portable.

also what would you recommend at the same price range (200) and what do you currently using

 

edit also it doesnt have to be portable the size of the D1 works and is good enough for to move around


Edited by arayblankenship - 9/29/13 at 1:09am
post #28 of 41
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also what would you recommend at the same price range (200) and what do you currently using

I have the ODAC and Asgard 2 in one setup; TubeMagic D1 and Xonar D1 in another. I used to own the E17.

I would not want haul the TubeMagic D1 around. So I would recommend the E17 and the Xonar U3 if you plan on taking your setup out of the house or frequently use it in different locations in your house.
post #29 of 41
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Would you have any recommendations on any other amps or dacs what do you use

Your laptop comes with Dolby Home Theater V4, so no reason to get the U3.

The Fiio E17 would be easy to transport and can plug into the laptop's S/PDIF optical port.

Might consider getting the Audio Technica ATH-AD900X open headphones, $200.

Really easy for the E17 to drive them and if for some reason you can't use the E17, the AD900X can be plugged straight into the laptop.

 

I have the O2 (Objective 2) headphone amplifier, works off AC or it's built in battery, so it's technically a portable headphone amplifier, but usually you can get access to any AC socket any place you go.

But you still would prefer external DAC with optical input for better audio quality.

But the O2 can easy work plugged straight into the laptop's headphone jack.

There is also the Audioengine D1, $170 ac powered and small, optical input, seems to have a nice DAC chip.

 

Still think the E17 is the best idea.


Edited by PurpleAngel - 9/29/13 at 8:53am
post #30 of 41
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Your laptop comes with Dolby Home Theater V4, so no reason to get the U3.
The Fiio E17 would be easy to transport and can plug into the laptop's S/PDIF optical port.

Good catch. Definitely no need for the Xonar. smily_headphones1.gif
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I have the O2 (Objective 2) headphone amplifier, works off AC or it's built in battery, so it's technically a portable headphone amplifier, but usually you can get access to ab AC socket any place you go.
But you still would prefer external DAC with optical input for better audio quality.

I used to have the O2. I agree it is a great amp. An alternative would be the FiiO E12 for a little less. The problem is I can't think of a good separate DAC with optical to go with with either of those standalone headphone amps to stay in that ~$200 range total budget. So I don't believe those will work well for you.
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There is also the Audioengine D1, $170 ac powered and small, optical input, seems to have a nice DAC chip.

Still think the E17 is the best idea.

Agreed. I would go with the Audioengine D1 over the TubeMagic in this situation because it would be more transportable, and it has good reviews for an all-in-one portable unit. E17 still seems like the best bet unless you'd like to hook up some powered speakers (or amp plus passive speakers) to the DAC/headphone amp later on. The E17 has this capability, but it becomes an awkward unit to use with the way everything plugs in with cables hanging out different directions, and the line out on it is not controlled by volume control on the E17. The Audioengine D1 would be much more user friendly.
Edited by cel4145 - 9/29/13 at 8:52am
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