Okay, FedEx dropped off my Schiit Magni amp today. Super excited about getting it hooked up. I unpacked it, hooked everything up and I'm trying to decide if something is wrong with my setup. I am using it with my PC which has a ASUS Xonar DG installed it. SQ with just the Xonar card is really good but I wanted something with a little more umph to it for my HD 600s.
The Xonar DG does not have RCA outs. It only has a headphone out on the back that uses a 3.5mm plug. So, I picked up a cord with a 3.5mm plug on one side and 2 red/white RCA plugs on the other side from a seller on eBay to connect from the Xonar DG card to the back of the Schiit amp. I figured this would suffice but now that everything is hooked up, I am some what disappointed at the SQ. I'm wondering if I what I envisioned as the proper way to hook everything up is flawed.
I get sound but it sounds somewhat muffled and muddy on my HD 600s. I have the volume on the Xonar DG set at 50% and the volume on the Schiit at 50%. I've tried it at higher levels but there doesn't seem to be any difference in SQ. I experimented with the built in gain on the Xonar DG card but it seems to have no effect.
I also have a $35 Altoids tin can CMOY battery powered amp and to be honest, the SQ from it is much better with the HD 600s. The CMOY amp is clear and sharp and I can turn the volume up on it to ear piercing levels without much degradation in SQ. But on the Schiit, as I crank the volume up, it seems that the SQ doesn't improve and may actually get a little worse. The Schiit just doesn't have the clarity and SQ of the little battery powered CMOY amp.
What is going on? What have I done wrong? Is it the splitter cord?
I really want to like the Schiit Magni amp. It has gotten rave reviews. It must be something in my setup.