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Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by magiccabbage, May 14, 2015.
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  1. jarnopp
    Brain burn-in, perhaps?
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  2. Deano1974
    Maybe who knows but very strange as 3 of heard the same difference
  3. burbster
    From my own experience I would say yes they do, everyone’s idea of significant is different though, but I certainly noticed a difference. There seems to be a general view that Dave is quite sensitive to its power input. But always try before you buy, many variables in play when it comes to power, what works for one may not work at all for someone else.
  4. Drewligarchy
    Here is a relatively basic question:

    In DAC mode Dave outputs 3v single ended and 6v balanced and sets the volume control to 3db. In order to output the same 3v in balanced, would I set the volume control to -9db?

    While I know single ended is most transparent output with the Dave, I am using a couple amps with it. I previously used my V281 single ended and want to replicate the same gain going into the amp via balanced, as I have to use that output for it.
  5. musickid
    You have an excellent assortment of gear there. Impressive. Enough to open shop.
  6. Drewligarchy
    Thank you. I keep intending on buying a flagship headphone that I can go dave direct, but I keep going in other directions.

    Frankly, I am so impressed with the Abyss Rig right now, I may sell either my LCD4 Rig or Stax Rig.
  7. musickid
    It's knowing when to stop and just be happy with the sound you have and focus more on music. My final set up will be mscaler/oppo pm1 which i have now and will soon add a TT2. It's all i can afford and want. Just that simple rig is 8.5K Sterling. It satisfies my needs though.
  8. Drewligarchy
    Hey - more power to you. I’ve accumulated the gear I have, sold some, kept a lot - over 7 years. I readily admit to enjoying gear for gears sake, but I wouldn’t be in this if I not for music. If you can afford it and it makes you happy that’s all that matters.
  9. Drewligarchy
    Just bumping my question (apologies for the quick bump) regarding matching voltage/output on balanced.

    from what I've read:

    3db is a doubling of volume
    6db is a doubling of power
    and 10 db is a perceived doubling of volume

    That confused me significantly more. I've set it around -9/-10 db, but am just curious as to what exactly would duplicate 3 volts on balanced.

    Thanks in advance.
  10. llamaluv
    When using balanced-out, change the digital volume by -6dB to get the equivalent voltage output as single-ended out (-6dB = 50%).
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  11. GryphonGuy
    The output is variable at line levels with the exception of the fixed output in DAC mode. I'm sorry, apparently I am not understanding your issue with Dave's outputs or modes or whatever else. Suffice to say I never worry about the technicalities because DAVE just sounds so good and even better when it plugs into my amp directly (no dedicated pre-amp appliance because DAVE is already at line level amplification).

  12. GryphonGuy
    Huge difference. I run my DAVE from Shunyata Denali and Sigma power cable. And the difference between the next series down (Alpha) is huge as well. In fact, My whole stereo (Krell amplifier included) has never sounded as good since the Shunyata Denali and Sigma cables were installed.

    The Shunyata Denali replaced a PowerStation device that was clipping a lot off my top end (the top end was simply missing which is why I needed to change and not sorry about my empty wallet afterwards)

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  13. Drewligarchy
    Thankyou! That was the exact information I was looking for.
  14. Blitzula
    At some point I'm going to pull the trigger on a Dave. I'll need a new soundcard with optical out.

    Would you recommend an internal or external soundcard? Both for the Dave and music in general.
  15. Deano1974
    Hey Guys,

    I have a question, when using Dave in Dac/Pre amp mode and feeding a LDR preamp via single ended cables, is there and ideal volume setting for the output volume

    I know in DAC mode the Dave is outputing - 3db,

    I'm wondering if anyone else here is connecting to an LDR preamp the same way and what output volume they use


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