Recent content by Toby M
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    So I want to get into classical...

    I've recently started getting into classical as well. I'm actually not a huge Beethoven fan so far. Here's my suggestions for interesting music: Mozart - 38th and 39th Symphonies Moussourgsky - Pictures at an exhibition Holst - The Planets Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade Mendelssohn - A...
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    How to get decent sound out of a creative audigy 2 ZS?

    Don't give up Music from the PC can sound great! The Audigy 2 ZS just isn't very good for music. Replacing the op-amps is quite tricky if you haven't done this sort of thing before and won't make the Audigy 2 sound much better (mine didn't at least). There is also a high risk of destroying...
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    Hissing with USB DACs on Windows Vista 64?

    I'm using Vista 64 and no problem here. Are you using USB? You could try using a different port if you haven't already given that a shot. I can hear intermittent hissing/interference noises through my soundcard if I put the volume right up but no problems at all with my USB DAC.
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    HD 555 on A Audigy 2 ZS

    I've owned the Audigy 2 ZS and have the HD555 and used the combo for a while. It will work but it's not ideal, the HD555s can go further. But try it out first before buying anything! That way if you decide you want to upgrade your source you will have a better idea about what you want from it.
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    Audio GD C2C

    Thanks mate.
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    Audio GD C2C

    I ordered a C-2C this morning I'm going to recable my D2000s - is the output socket on the C-2C 1/4"? Cheers
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    Corda Swing or C2-C?

    I just got brave and ordered the C-2C after considering the Meier Arietta/Swing, KICAS, and a couple of others. The C-2C is quite new but gets very good reviews. It's also on sale until tomorrow. Right now its $335 plus shipping, tomorrow it will jump to probably $4##. So you can't really go...
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    Solid State amps where opamp rolling is supported

    Are there any amps out there that explode if you swap the opamps? I was under the impression that at worst it's going to sound worse with a bad opamp. AFAIK they're all built to spec so provided you're using hte same type of opamp it should work, or at least do no damage. And there's heaps on...
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    Vista 64-bit...Feedback on compatibility

    4GB all the way for Vista 64! It knows how to use it.
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    need amp to drive Denon D5000's? ($300-$400 range)

    "EDIT: One thing I did want to mention, I am using 1/2 Markl Modded Denon D7000. Bass is quite controlled compared with stock and especially compared with d5000 and I assume d2000. I think the Caliente might be a bit much bass for an unmodded Denon with certain mixes. YMMV. I dont think you...
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    need amp to drive Denon D5000's? ($300-$400 range)

    I've been looking at amps in the same price range for my D2000s, thought I'd share my research. The AudioGD C2C is meant to be excellent with Denons. I've read some people compare it favourably to the EF1, though Skylab and others think they are at a similar level, main differences coming...
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    Headphone card, music and gaming?

    I don't think there's any compelling performance reason to use a sound card, XRAM included. I've seen some benchmarks show you get something like 1-2% FPS increase in some games, but you'd do a lot better by overclocking your CPU and GPU slightly. And I doubt you'd even get 1% if your CPU is fast.
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    Fubar II DAC Impressions

    The D2 is an amp+dac right? You'd probably want to compare it to the Fubar III, which also an amp+dac unit. The Fubar II is just a straight dac, you need an external amp to go with it. With the Fubar III it appears you have the option to bypass the amp and just use it as a DAC, so you can...
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    Power Amp Skeptic

    Again this isn't what I said. I put forward an amusing anecdote or 'joke'. I think you'll find they're somewhat prevalent in this thread. Cry me a river, design a structurally sound bridge and get over it.
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    Compass vs Fubar II + Cute amp

    Can anyone compare these?