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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

so i recently brought a pair of mmx 300 and a calyx  coffee usb dac expecting a decent base but the quality hasn't been that good i'm not sure if my expectations were to high or i'm doing something wrong. also i have the dac turned up all the way and while it is loud its not nearly loud enough as anything lower than max volume just doesn't cut it 

i cant seam to tell the difference between the dac and the integrated sound card that i used to use except its a bit louder 

one last thing is that the dac makes a rattling noise when i move it and while that probably shouldnt it happen it still works so i dont know if thats the problem

im fairly new to all this so any help would be appreciated 

post #2 of 9

A Dac isn't an amp. It is a Digital to Analog Converter, it doesn't matter how much you "turn it up", it isn't meant to boost volume or add any kind of EQ to your music. If you want something that does that, look into getting an amp with a bass boost option. It sounds like that's what you needed in the first place.

 

I use a Fiio E12 Mont Blanc amp, it has a decent bass boost option. I believe the Fiio E10 and E11 also have the bass boost option, they're a little cheaper. The E10 is a DAC and Amp in one unit for $75 on amazon with a bass boost option. I think you should look into that, it seems it will suit all your needs. There's a used "Like-New" one there for $70 shipped as well.

 

E12: http://www.amazon.com/E12-Blanc-Portable-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B00B6QXWIY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391067124&sr=8-1&keywords=fiio+e12

E11: http://www.amazon.com/FiiO-E11-Portable-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B0053KWDES/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391067147&sr=8-1&keywords=fiio+e11

E10: http://www.amazon.com/Fiio-E10-USB-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B005VO7LG6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391067184&sr=8-1&keywords=fiio+e10

 

If you're just using your headphones at your desk, you should definitely look into the Schiit Magni, it's a great amp with a small price tag ($99), Schiit also sells a DAC called a Modi ($99). People normally call the two together an M-Stack. You will get good quality out of that setup for a relatively cheap price. 

 

Magni: http://schiit.com/products/magni

Modi: http://schiit.com/products/modi

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

i'm sorry i must have left that part out the caylax coffee is a dac/amp combo and it received fairly decent reviews and they say it has decent bass however it lacks any kind of drivers or EQ

this is my first amp-dac so is it normal for it to be at max volume and ridiculously loud?

post #4 of 9

Does it have a gain switch? 

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

nope the only buttons are the standard play pause volume up down mute next and previous track 

post #6 of 9

I'm really surprised it isn't loud enough, the drivers in those are only 32 OHMs which is pretty sensitive. Maybe add another amp to the mix as well? I'm pretty surprised by this.

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

hence why i thought i might have been doing something wrong

how much better sound should i be expecting from going from my integrated sound card to a 200 dac/amp because it hasn't made that much difference at least not much that i can tell while it might be loud but not by much the overall quality including bass doesn't seam to be that good 

maybe i was just expecting to much of the product

post #8 of 9

Any time I have serious doubts about equipment functioning properly I first clean all interconnects (connections), as they are the first thing to fail/degrade performance in any audio setup.

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

hmm i will give that a try but i got the calyx  coffee today and connected it straight up and was having this problem

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