Can anyone tell me if the Maverick D1 (dac/amp in one unit, not the two devices paired) would be a big step up from the STX?
If I use SPDIF to my on-board RealTek w/ X-Fi MB3 would I be able to get CMSS-3D and EAX through the Maverick D1?
I am thinking about getting rid of the STX (it's being sent for repair anyway) and going with an external solution. I'm looking at using the onboard as it supports X-Fi CMSS-3D through SPDIF and using additional inputs to support my Playstation and Mac machine.
I'm looking to get something better than the STX (a lot better) without losing positional audio.
I'm willing to spend more than $200 (cost of the Maverick D1) but so far that seems like the best option so far. I prefer an all-in-one dac/amp if possible, but I'm flexible. I believe SPDIF is a must have for keeping positional audio and ideally I would like the ability to do additional inputs for my Playstation and Mac. I hear that using USB is preferred for bluray and music, if this is the case I'd use USB for movies/music and use the SPDIF when gaming.
I really like the source selector and number of inputs on the Maverick, but my gut feeling is it isn't that great of an AMP/DAC. It's fairly cheap and looks like it has a lot of functionality and they don't even give you a phone number to call them. I have read it is a clone of some $400 amp Gannt or some Chinese name one from the same factory.
I want to do something soon, as I'm using the on-board while my sound card is being fixed, but I want to take better advantage of the DT880 which don't feel as impressive as I think they could be.
If I could get one with XLR mic inputs, that would be awesome as well but I don't think there is a good solution to handle that as well.
The Emotiva XDA-2 looks interesting as well and seems like a good option too.
Edited by Saxi - 11/4/13 at 12:36pm