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Best option for amping my AKG K240 Studios

post #1 of 9
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Ok I figured head-fi would be the best forum to ask this. I was debating posting on Gearslutz but decided here would be better.

 

Anyways, so this is my situation.

 

I have a small bedroom studio setup where I mainly use Mackie MR5mkii monitors while producing/listening to music, however I also use my headphones quite a bit lately due to people being asleep, etc. 

 

I use a FiiO E17 as my current DAC combined with the L7 adapter. I use the line out, with lo bypass switched on of course, and it runs into my Behringer MX 2642A mixing console. The console isn't necessary, but I also run a sub and need the extra outputs from one of the subgroups. Mainly I like having faders/knobs for volume control plus an analog EQ.

 

So here's my question. Using my K240s, which option would provide better sound quality (also figure in the possibility of EQing, as I tend to add some bass since I'm a bass head and listen to lots of bass music):

 

1) K240s into the FiiO E17 headphone port, volume and EQ controlled their.

 

2) K240s plugged into the headphone port of my mixing console, volume controlled with control room knob and EQ on the channels if needed.

 

I feel the EQ would be superior with my mixer since it's analog. However, I can't find the output rating for my mixers headphone out. It's not in the manual.

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 9

If you're using a DAW then I would completely stop using the Behringer and use the E17. 

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Originally Posted by adupree View Post
 

If you're using a DAW then I would completely stop using the Behringer and use the E17. 

 

Yes I am using a DAW when producing, and I agree with only using the E17 so it doesn't color the sound anymore... issue is I need the Behringer to be able to use my sub too and for much finer adjustment of levels.

 

But when purely for playback I use Traktor Pro.


Edited by hatrix - 2/4/14 at 7:27pm
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Double post...

post #5 of 9

I've never used Traktor, but you should be able to make more precise adjustments in the DAW then on the behringer.

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I've never used Traktor, but you should be able to make more precise adjustments in the DAW then on the behringer.

 

Yea of course, being able to set any channels gain to the decimal. But I don't use the mixer to route all of my DAWs channels or anything. it's purely for volume control with the monitor ouput, having a peak meter, and a sub group out to route to my subwoofer's amp. Plus any hardware i want to record.

 

Why do you feel exactly I shouldn't use the mixer at all ?

 

And Traktor is just a DJing program if you don't know. Consider it foobar or whatever since its just music playback. What I want to know really, is whats providing better SQ. I'm still using the E17 as a DAC obviously if plugging the headphones into the mixer, I just don't know if it can drive them as cleanly as the E17's amp.

 

For use with my studio monitors I couldn't lose the mixer. The sound from it I just prefer and having hardware adjustments is ideal to me.


Edited by hatrix - 2/4/14 at 8:22pm
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Yea of course, being able to set any channels gain to the decimal. But I don't use the mixer to route all of my DAWs channels or anything. it's purely for volume control with the monitor ouput, having a peak meter, and a sub group out to route to my subwoofer's amp. Plus any hardware i want to record.

 

Why do you feel exactly I shouldn't use the mixer at all ?

 

And Traktor is just a DJing program if you don't know. Consider it foobar or whatever since its just music playback. What I want to know really, is whats providing better SQ. I'm still using the E17 as a DAC obviously if plugging the headphones into the mixer, I just don't know if it can drive them as cleanly as the E17's amp.

 

For use with my studio monitors I couldn't lose the mixer. The sound from it I just prefer and having hardware adjustments is ideal to me.

I know what Traktor is, just never used it. I work with Pro Tools and Logic. Also, the meter on the mixer would not be a good reference as a peak meter, it is designed more for RMS. The reason I'd stay away from the mixer is because behringer is not known for its quality or accuracy. As for being able to use the monitors and sub, an interface would allow the same thing.

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Originally Posted by adupree View Post
 

I know what Traktor is, just never used it. I work with Pro Tools and Logic. Also, the meter on the mixer would not be a good reference as a peak meter, it is designed more for RMS. The reason I'd stay away from the mixer is because behringer is not known for its quality or accuracy. As for being able to use the monitors and sub, an interface would allow the same thing.

 

I know an interface would provide a solution for that, but right now I don't have the money for the one I want.

 

I'm trying to make due with what I have for now. While Behringer isn't known for quality, that doesn't mean everything they make is ****. It really bothers me when people discredited every single Behringer product, no offense. I have no problems with the sound quality and construction of the mixing console. It's not exactly one of their low level small mixers.

post #9 of 9

I still say the E17 will the better choice. But you are going to do what you want.

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