Happy with Juli@, but interested in going up a step or two
Dec 21, 2006 at 8:10 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 10

BushGuy

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Oct 26, 2005
Posts
3,000
Likes
10
The title about says it all..........I like my Juli's........but starting to think of a Lynx version or RME, etc.. What have you experienced above the Juli@ that is worth the additional expenditure?
 
Dec 22, 2006 at 12:46 AM Post #2 of 10

lini

Thought the last line in Citizen Kane was nosebud.
Joined
Jun 22, 2001
Posts
6,119
Likes
29
Location
Munich, Bavaria
Are you going from line-out to headphone amp? Then I'd rather suggest to consider an external dac than investing in another soundcard...

Greetings from Munich!

Manfred / lini
 
Dec 22, 2006 at 1:37 AM Post #3 of 10

BushGuy

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Oct 26, 2005
Posts
3,000
Likes
10
Yes, going from Juli@ out to Corda Prehead (or) Corda HA-2 (2 setups)
 
Dec 22, 2006 at 2:02 AM Post #4 of 10

slwiser

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Jun 23, 2001
Posts
6,317
Likes
25
Use a high end DAC for the digital out and your in with about the best. My Lavry can be bested but you have to pay the price.
 
Dec 22, 2006 at 4:30 PM Post #5 of 10

Scrith

500+ Head-Fier
Joined
May 14, 2004
Posts
969
Likes
39
Location
Redwood City, CA
I agree with the previous posters...don't bother with a more expensive soundcard like Lynx or RME (their digital output is about the same as the Juli@ anyway), go for an external DAC (Zhaolu if you are on a budget, used Benchmark DAC1 if you can double that budget, Lavry DA10 if you are limited to around $1000, or expensive-DAC-of-the-month if you want to spend more than that).
 
Dec 22, 2006 at 11:12 PM Post #6 of 10

nuhi

Head-Fier
Joined
Mar 29, 2002
Posts
68
Likes
0
BushGuy, been there and it's not worth it. Focus on amplifiers and speakers/headphones, source is always better than you expect it to be.
Some will say garbage in-garbage out...yes but first you gotta have near perfect amp/speakers to hear that "garbage" then buy external DAC and connect Juli@ into it.
 
Dec 23, 2006 at 12:34 AM Post #7 of 10

lini

Thought the last line in Citizen Kane was nosebud.
Joined
Jun 22, 2001
Posts
6,119
Likes
29
Location
Munich, Bavaria
nuhi: Check his profile - he's already pretty much reached the maximum in amplification, and his headphone collection has also reached audiophile class. Imo, that really leaves the source as weakest link in the chain in this case - so stepping up from a good soundcard to some middle-class cdp or priceworthy dac would indeed seem to be a good idea (of course, alternatively one could also consider modding the output stage on the Juli@, try some rf shielding et cetera...).

Greetings from Munich!

Manfred / lini
 
Dec 23, 2006 at 1:37 AM Post #8 of 10

nuhi

Head-Fier
Joined
Mar 29, 2002
Posts
68
Likes
0
lini, oh right, haven't looked.
Then the answer is like others already said, the DAC. Soundcard digital output isn't that different between different models as the DACs are.
 
Dec 23, 2006 at 4:32 AM Post #9 of 10

Tachikoma

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Jul 19, 2005
Posts
2,076
Likes
127
Soundcard digital outputs can differ actually, if you take wordclock sync into account anyway since only a select few soundcards have that (Lynx, RME, m-audio firewire 410 and emu1820M), but then again it probably doesn't matter if you aren't going to get a DAC with word out.
 
Dec 27, 2006 at 10:22 PM Post #10 of 10

BushGuy

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Oct 26, 2005
Posts
3,000
Likes
10
I've been M.I.A. on this page for a few days and have to apologize to those of you who supplied cogent responses to the question. Mea maxima culpa
Thank you all
smily_headphones1.gif
..........I now know one avenue not to pursue, and have a few other ideas as a result.
Bob
 

Users who are viewing this thread

Top