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post #31 of 52
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post


It will be fine. Wattage needs for higher impedance headphones doesn't scale linearly from 32 ohm amp specs the way that you are thinking smily_headphones1.gif

 

Good enough for me.

 

Xonar DGX = $40

Schiit Modi (Optical) = $100

Schiit Magni = $100

Beyer DT 990 Pro 250 ohm = $180

Total == $420

 

Seems like a good setup, then?

post #32 of 52

You'll be set for a long time with that set-up! If a friend asked for gaming audio solutions, that's probably exactly what I'd recommend.

post #33 of 52
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Originally Posted by jodgey4 View Post

You'll be set for a long time with that set-up! If a friend asked for gaming audio solutions, that's probably exactly what I'd recommend.

Yep. Awesome setup for the price. Your gaming friends will be envious. smily_headphones1.gif

Download the unified drivers for Asus. Many headfirst find they work better http://maxedtech.com/asus-xonar-unified-drivers/
post #34 of 52
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Originally Posted by Shammikaze View Post
 

 

Good enough for me.

 

Xonar DGX = $40

Schiit Modi (Optical) = $100

Schiit Magni = $100

Beyer DT 990 Pro 250 ohm = $180

Total == $420

 

Seems like a good setup, then?


If your in the usa, DT990 pro-250 is 120 on ebay. Also I seen Asus Xonar U3's go for 17 on ebay which uses a Mini-toslink for optical, and those have Dolby headphone as well.

 

Edit: Door bell ring made me forgot to mention where.


Edited by genclaymore - 5/3/14 at 1:31pm
post #35 of 52
Thread Starter 

So now I have another question.  Is the Schiit Vali compatible with this setup without changing anything else?  What's the difference between a tube amp and a non-tube amp?  Is it worth the $20 difference?

post #36 of 52
Yes. You could swap the Vali for the Magni. The Magni would be better if you ever wanted to use very low impedance headphones or IEMs (16 ohm).

The Magni is a solid state amp. The Vali is a hybrid tube/solid state amp that adds some tube "flavor" to the solid state sound (it is not a full tube amp). The tube adds some pleasant distortion to the analog signal. Some people like hybrid amps. Some prefer the better accuracy of just a solid state amp. Some people also like hybrid tube/solid state amps because they can switch out the tubes to slightly tweak the sound to fit their listening tastes; the Vali does not allow you to do this.

Is it worth the difference in money? You won't have anyway to know that unless you could hear both, or if you already know that you prefer hybrid amps. It's a personal listening preference thing.
post #37 of 52
Thread Starter 

Sounds like it's not for beginners.  I'll stick with the original plan.  Thanks.

post #38 of 52
Thread Starter 

Alright.  I made my purchase, and I just got my optical modi + magni.  I now realize I have no optical cable or AV cords.  Is there a difference from brand to brand in these?  Should I just go to Best Buy later and pick them up?  Is there a certain brand or type I really want?

post #39 of 52
I think the Amazon Basics optical cables are well made, and they are not expensive. I don't know what's available at Best Buy, but usually their prices on cables are marked up from what you can get online.

If you order online, you can always use the Magni without the Modi until you get your cable.
post #40 of 52
Thread Starter 

Sounds good.  Thanks.  Is it gonna be a pain to find a short AV cable?  If my Modi and Magni are stacked I won't want a 6 ft cable...

post #41 of 52
Sorry. I don't know. I'd try Amazon. Also, Schiit carries them.
post #42 of 52

XonarSwitch is also a useful program to have, makes changing things quicker.

post #43 of 52
Thread Starter 

Alright, once again I'm running into trouble.  I have everything set up and plugged in proper, drivers installed, etc...  No sound via optical out through magni/modi/headset.  Sound works fine stereo out via green port on sound card.  What am I not doing that I need to do?

post #44 of 52
Thread Starter 

I figured it out.  It was a setting in my Xonar control panel.  I also set it up for >64 ohms.  Any other important settings I should look into?

post #45 of 52
Did you set the soundcard for optical output via the Xonar Control Panel? I think you need to set it to headphone or 2 channel--not sure since it's been a while since I've used the Xonar. And the output should definitely be PCM.
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