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Hey guys - I figured you guys would know. I'm looking at buying the PA2V2 to boost the sound on my PC (I game, music, and movie - everything). Do I need anything else beyond this to make it shine, or is it just:

1) Put batteries in amp

2) Hook input/output through amp

3) Enjoy sexy sound?

 

I keep hearing stuff like "Oh you need a pre-amp" or w/e too - but help me out here, just need some aggregate info. Thank you!

post #2 of 8

When you say "boost", do you mean just volume-wise or sound quality as well?  If it's just volume, then what you stated will work, assuming nothing else in your chain changed.  However, in order to make the sound coming out of your PC sound better, you'll need a DAC and not just a portable amp.

 

I don't see the point of boosting just volume by putting an amp between your speakers and source.  I think you'll be more satisfied with a cheap DAC instead.  Check out Fiio, Audioquest Dragonfly, and Asus for cheap DACs that would work.


Edited by Centropolis - 4/15/14 at 6:32am
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Centropolis, thank you for your reply!

 

I did mostly mean volume wise - I am right now rocking the PC363D for gaming, and RHA MA750 for everything else - I'm not certain that either are high enough on the 'audiophile' spectrum to benefit much from a DAC?

 

I am but a humble audio newbie - it is entirely possible I am incorrect?

 

And the issue I've been experiencing is indeed that the volume sometimes isn't what I am looking for from my work computer (I have no control of internal hardware in that regard). But I would be also looking to use such an investment at home too, so I may as well get an all around good solution.

 

Will a DAC also increase the volume, while also improving the quality? Is a DAC the only thing I really need for what I'm looking to do?

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Originally Posted by Slavvik View Post
 

Centropolis, thank you for your reply!

 

I did mostly mean volume wise - I am right now rocking the PC363D for gaming, and RHA MA750 for everything else - I'm not certain that either are high enough on the 'audiophile' spectrum to benefit much from a DAC?

 

I am but a humble audio newbie - it is entirely possible I am incorrect?

 

And the issue I've been experiencing is indeed that the volume sometimes isn't what I am looking for from my work computer (I have no control of internal hardware in that regard). But I would be also looking to use such an investment at home too, so I may as well get an all around good solution.

 

Will a DAC also increase the volume, while also improving the quality? Is a DAC the only thing I really need for what I'm looking to do?

 

Most PCs come with a cheap soundcard and in most cases, people can improve the sound quality by simply adding a USB DAC....even a budget one.

 

You have decent enough headphones that would benefit from a simple DAC.  A DAC itself would not increase the volume.  It simply converts your digital signals to audio signals.  But there are products that is a combo of DAC and headphone amp which will improve the sound as well as amp your headphones.

 

The simplest solution for you is to get something like a NuForce uDAC-3 which is both a DAC and a headphone amp.  It is USB-powered and has volume control.  There are other similar products made by other brands that I am not as familiar with.


Edited by Centropolis - 4/15/14 at 7:21am
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Originally Posted by Centropolis View Post

 

The simplest solution for you is to get something like a NuForce uDAC-3 which is both a DAC and a headphone amp.  It is USB-powered and has volume control.  There are other similar products made by other brands that I am not as familiar with.

 

-I'll second that recommendation - I have the uDAC-2 in my office, and it is - hands down - the best bang/buck purchase I've ever made; it certainly sounds a lot more expensive than it is, and in several years of travelling extensively with it, I have been unable to break it.

 

It sure provides significant improvement over the integrated sound card in my laptop - both in the way of less - much less - noise being picked up and amplified, as well as actually being able to power most headphones at normal listening levels. Added bonus - Windows' system sounds are still fed through the on-board sound card, so I don't get any nasty surprises if I receive an E-mail while I'm listening to a quiet part of some classical work or the other. :)

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Thanks to both of you, guys. After digging around a bit, I have indeed decided to try out the uDAC-3. Upon opening the thread I didn't really understand the difference between DAC/Amp in terms of the purpose - and the DAC/Amp combination units are definitely for me. I don't think I will ever achieve the level of super audiophile for two dedicated separate units - my passions lie elsewhere ;)

 

This seems like it will be an excellently simple and relatively budget solution for an extra quality boost/volume increase!

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Originally Posted by Slavvik View Post
 

Thanks to both of you, guys. After digging around a bit, I have indeed decided to try out the uDAC-3. Upon opening the thread I didn't really understand the difference between DAC/Amp in terms of the purpose - and the DAC/Amp combination units are definitely for me. I don't think I will ever achieve the level of super audiophile for two dedicated separate units - my passions lie elsewhere ;)

 

This seems like it will be an excellently simple and relatively budget solution for an extra quality boost/volume increase!


"Super Audiophile" level is so relative.  You need to get to a level where you're satisfied without breaking your bank.  There is no "end of the road" in audio equipment if you don't set expectations relative to your budget and needs.

 

Also, you should also try and look for a used uDAC-2 which will work fine as well and cheaper than a version 3.  I have the 2 and it works flawlessly with my setup and budget.  If you do a lot of reading of reviews and opinions on the uDAC, you'll read people saying something about the volume imbalance at really low volumes.  I wouldn't care too much about it unless you plan to listen to everything such low volume.  I don't.  This imbalance issue imo has been blown out of proportions with the uDACs.  I have a Schiit Magni headphone amp that has the same issue that nobody really talks about.  :)

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Originally Posted by Centropolis View Post
 


"Super Audiophile" level is so relative.  You need to get to a level where you're satisfied without breaking your bank.  There is no "end of the road" in audio equipment if you don't set expectations relative to your budget and needs.

 

Also, you should also try and look for a used uDAC-2 which will work fine as well and cheaper than a version 3.  I have the 2 and it works flawlessly with my setup and budget.  If you do a lot of reading of reviews and opinions on the uDAC, you'll read people saying something about the volume imbalance at really low volumes.  I wouldn't care too much about it unless you plan to listen to everything such low volume.  I don't.  This imbalance issue imo has been blown out of proportions with the uDACs.  I have a Schiit Magni headphone amp that has the same issue that nobody really talks about.  :)

Lol - that's true ;) Well then let me rephrase - I have low needs, just simple music, movie, and gaming enjoyment - no requirements on pinpoint accuracy for recording or creation or anything.

 

I already dove in and ordered the uDAC-3 (I'm a man of prompt action once I decide on something... which often admittedly takes a while).  I think it'll be ok - price just really had to be < 200 (as my needs are not enough to warrant an investment above that) and fit the requirements. The uDAC-3 wasn't too bad - $125 is a fair price if it will do what I'm hoping!

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