- Jan 2, 2004
Yes! Once the monitors are unplugged, you are safe.
In fact, you may want to A/B with an on/off to the monitor to see if you can pick up something with your headphones. With something as revealing as the DAVE, you will hear it if those monitors are not shielded for EMF.
After the first 12 hours of operation, the DAVE reached 85F and I let it rest for the day. Like you said, the DAVE is very musical. The instruments are well defined and things like lips parting and audience noise were heard in the Jazz at the Pawnshop HIDEF download. I did have trouble with my MBP feeding 2.8mhz files running Audirvana.
I am trying different settings and deleting some work programs to allow for more cache for the player.
Both MSB 4 and Nagra HD seemed more forgiving but I did not tried such high bits files when in my early days with those DACs.
Now, they play very smoothly, but they are into the thousands of hours. They each have their set microcosms.
I have not tried really good headphones with the DAVE. Been using an AKG K814, which I like as it is rather neutral.
So have not experience the great imaging I read about.
I plan to do that with HD800S, HE1000 and SR009 after 200 hours or so.
Thanks Paul, I tried turning off the monitors but have not heard a noticeable difference. It might be that the other EMI sources in my room are still in play.
I generally find that the transducer plays the greatest role when it comes to imaging. But the DAVE is special not only for imaging but more importantly for the spatial depth heard between instruments. Not all recordings have this quality, in fact many (even live classical recordings) do not. Large scale orchestral works may well drown out the spatial depth cues on headphones - you may well need to hear this on a good two channel speaker system. I really enjoyed this aspect when listening to recordings of musicals on the DAVE just now, like Les Miserables and Phantom, where there is enough going on to hear depth but not too much to drown it.
But then again you are coming from the Nagra and MSB IV so those DACs may already be excellent in spatial depth!