After much research and budget breaking decisions, I finally got my hands on an amazing DAC (Bifrost), and AMP (Asgard 2)! :D
Holy jesus, I have been missing out. I matched the duo with a pair of Sennheiser HD 650's. I think I honestly had an eargasm for the first time, lol.
Joking aside, I have a few final questions before I stop harassing this website any further. Before I ask however, I'll briefly explain my setup to avoid confusion. Right now from my computer SPDIF, (which has a built in sound card that goes up to 24 Bits 192000 Hz) I have optical out connecting to the DAC. Following that of course I have the RCA (Red+White) going to the AMP. From the AMP; I'm using the Sennheiser HD 650 @ 300 Ohms.
On the Asgard 2; would you recommend a Low Gain 1.5 (3.5db) or High Gain 6 (15.7db)?
I'm switching back and forth whilst controlling the volume levels from the dial so I don't blow my ears/headphones out, and can't figure out if there is a significant difference worth mentioning. What would you guys recommend, and why?
How come when I switch my sound to 24 Bits 192000 Hz; there is no sound?
Right now it's at 24 Bits 96000 Hz and it's working fine. I remember reading that the DAC+AMP combo is capable of doing what I sought above, but no avail. I was curious if the advertised setting it was capable of going up to is the USB version only with the Driver installed from their website. Albeit the sound is beyond amazing; it will bug me a little I can't push my sound card from the computer a little further.
I will mention if I put the sound to 19k Hz repeatedly, I do hear a very slight quarter of a millisecond white noise before it's gone. I'm curious if this DAC is actually unscrambling the music so it's playing at 19k Hz if that makes any sense—but I have no idea.
Thank you so very much again for taking the time to read, and I sincerely look forward to any of your replies. This website has been beyond amazing, and will recommend it to everyone.