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  1. Swansboy

    Schiit Modi multibit with Swans speakers

    Hi guys,   I recently built a high end gaming PC. I initially thought Asus STX II would be a good option since it supports Dolby. On second thoughts, I choose Schiit Modi Multibit. It is connected to a Swans M50W 2.1 set up. This is my first Schiit product and I am just blown away. Of course...
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    STX II op amp and cable

    Hello,   I am about to buy Asus Stx II. I have read the default op amp isn't good. Could you please advise the best op amp for this sound card? Also, I would like to buy a high end cable for connecting the sound card to my 2.1 set (Swans M50W) because the current cable picks up some...
  3. Swansboy

    Swans M10 vs M50W

    Hi guys,   Here is a short comparison of Swans M10 and Swans M50W for people considering to buy 2.1 multimedia systems. I own them both.   M10:   Mid Woofer: 5" Tweeter : 20 mm Frequency Response: 42 Hz - 5 kHz      Sound signature: Neutral & warm. Typical Swans sound which makes...
  4. Swansboy

    Schiit Modi 2 Uber equalizer

    Sorry for the late reply.    No the mobo specifications do not mention any combo jack. I guess it must be the regular 3.5mm jack. Too bad. 
  5. Swansboy

    Schiit Modi 2 Uber equalizer

    Thank you for the reply. I am quite comfortable using the realtek equalizer and like the presets so was hoping if I would still make it work. My mobo does not have an optical output so I would need to connect it via Toslink to 3.5mm cable. 
  6. Swansboy

    Schiit Modi 2 Uber equalizer

    Hi All,   I am about to buy schiit modi 2 uber. If I connect it to my PC (windows 7) via optical out or USB, will I be able to use the windows default equalizer by realtek HD audio manager?   Thank you for your help in advance.     
  7. Swansboy

    32 Headphone Brands Ranked from Worst to First

    IMHO, Sony (though not a dedicated headphone companies) should have been placed higher. They do have some horrendous headphones in their line up, but they do have some very very good ones as well. I find Sony does have a taste for good sound (which is relative and may not be the same as neutral...
  8. Swansboy

    Fake flac identification

    Thanks for the explanation. 
  9. Swansboy

    32 Headphone Brands Ranked from Worst to First

    Exactly. I came across the list through a FB advertisement by Audeze. Thought the list could be a marketing ploy. 
  10. Swansboy

    Fake flac identification

    Could you please explain how AcurateRip / CUETools image works? Sorry, I am completely unaware of these tools. 
  11. Swansboy

    Fake flac identification

    Yes, I meant flac that has been converted from a lossy format yet somehow the highs are not cut off (if that is possible). It seems the only way to confirm is to listen to the original track as you suggested.  
  12. Swansboy

    32 Headphone Brands Ranked from Worst to First

    I was surprised too. Expected Sennheiser or Audio-Technica at that position. 
  13. Swansboy

    Fake flac identification

    Sorry if this is a noobish question, just to confirm if I understand you correctly: if a flac has high frequencies and still sounds bad, it could just be a bad rip and definitely won't be fake?  
  14. Swansboy

    Fake flac identification

    Hi guys, I use a software call Spek to identify fake flac files. It shows frequency range of the files and a cut off around 15 Khz usually means (unless the songs was recorded like that) a fake flac. However, something bugs me about this analysis. Suppose Spek shows the frequency response of a...
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    32 Headphone Brands Ranked from Worst to First

    Hi Guys,   Just bumped into this: "32 Headphone Brands Ranked from Worst to First" by pickyear.com They awarded Audeze as the best headphone brand. Curious to know what do you think of the list.    32)   Beats by Dre 31)   JBL 30)   Sol Republic 29)   Skullcandy 28)   JLab 27)   Monster...
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    Swans M50W 2.1 vs Logitech Z623 2.1

    I am sorry to learn you had issues with Swans monitors. Usually, they are a pretty solid deal and highly regarded even at head fi. I regularly listen to  Audioengine A5 at my friend's place. They are twice as costly as the M50W and at least in the realm of PC audio, they are considered as high...
  17. Swansboy

    Sennheiser HD 598 bass

    HD 598 has enough bass; this surprised me so much that I started this thread. But honestly, I did find the sound a bit boring initially (possibly because my reference point at the time was M50x). Now I like 598 more than M50x.   You are right, at the end of the day, I do come back to 598 :) ...
  18. Swansboy

    Sound blaster ZXR vs Schiit Modi 2

    Yeah, I was thinking along the same line. Thank you. 
  19. Swansboy

    Swans M50W 2.1 vs Logitech Z623 2.1

    Hi Guys,   Here is my two pence on two highly acclaimed 2,1 system PC audio system. I own both of them. Music is subjective but I would be very happy if this review helps anyone who wants to buy a great entry level 2.1 system.   Swans M50W:    Primarily for people who love listening to...
  20. Swansboy

    Sennheiser HD 598 bass

    I have now ordered schit magi 2 uber to amp HD 598. Hope things would get even better. I do not have any experience with HD 600. Do you think it's better (I mean more bass definition, mid range and sound stage) than 598? 
  21. Swansboy

    Sennheiser HD 598 bass

    Hi,    Before buying HD 598, I read everywhere this was a bass light can. I have been using this for about 6 months straight from a smartphone (pretty lame smartphone, not something like HTC) But I find this can has a bass level almost same as my M50x. The bass on M50x is a bit more hard...
  22. Swansboy

    Sound blaster ZXR vs Schiit Modi 2

    @seamon Since you have the card, could you advice on the following: a lot of people on creative forum  and newegg complains that the card is not being recognised by the windows after the PC boots up. Did you ever face such an issue?
  23. Swansboy

    Sound blaster ZXR vs Schiit Modi 2

    I have already ordered Magni 2 uber online. But I was wondering if ZXR and Magni would be a good combination as I could use the bass for movies and DnB and switch to magni when using headphones (assuming the headphone amp on ZXR wouldn't be as good as Magni). What do you say?
  24. Swansboy

    Sound blaster ZXR vs Schiit Modi 2

    I am a basshead. Do you think the bass would still be too much for me? Also, by bloated bass, do you just mean too much bass or bass without definition as well? 
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