This 0404.. is it cutting it?
Mar 22, 2006 at 4:34 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 7

Kassem

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Okay so, I hate hate hate playing my original CDs. I don't know why, it is just a pet peeve that formed over the years. Usually what i'll do is rip them and burn backup copies, and play with those. I guess the reason for this is I simply do not take care of the CD's I play... they hardly ever return to their cases... they end up in huge stacks laying about my room.

Anyways.. I have an EMU0404 and it has been modded by MisterX to include a new opamp (I forget which one). The sound is great... I recently switched back to my SoundBlaster Live! and wow... that thing was so terrible, but I needed a MIC input. I guess the problem I am facing is what this 0404 would compare to in terms of a dedicated player. What does it compare to?

I need this question answered because, if I am missing out by not having a dedicated player as opposed to the EMU soundcard.. I am going to purchase a new source instead of getting a new pair of phones.
 
Mar 23, 2006 at 4:14 AM Post #2 of 7

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Mar 23, 2006 at 4:47 PM Post #3 of 7

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Originally Posted by Senn20
Eh, if you're that rough on your cds you might want to consider an external dac like the Micro Dac from Headroom:

http://www.headphone.com/products/he...-micro-dac.php



You won't see a substantial improvement with the microdac, go for something designed for home use not portable use, and probably want to look at some more expensive options.

The 0404 is a decent source, you need to decide how much of a improvement you want. If you spend $300 on say the microdac, you may notice a small increase, but I think its better if you look at some higher end dacs.
 
Mar 23, 2006 at 6:10 PM Post #4 of 7

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Asmo
You won't see a substantial improvement with the microdac, go for something designed for home use not portable use, and probably want to look at some more expensive options.

The 0404 is a decent source, you need to decide how much of a improvement you want. If you spend $300 on say the microdac, you may notice a small increase, but I think its better if you look at some higher end dacs.



Without a dedicated headphone amp, you're precisely right. But I wouldn't bother with a dac at all without a headphone amp, especially more expensive ones than the micro dac.
 
Mar 24, 2006 at 5:14 AM Post #5 of 7

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Well I remember how clear the EMU0404 sounded going from my Audigy 2, but after listening to the Elite Pro the EMU0404 was just too harsh though I didn't realize it at the time.
 
Mar 24, 2006 at 7:40 AM Post #6 of 7

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Originally Posted by Kassem
I needed a MIC input.


If the mic is your primary issue, the cheapest way to go would be using two soundcards. I have an e-mu 1212m and a revo 7.1 (replaced my sblive) purely for the mic when playing Counter-Strike. Works wonderfully.
 
Mar 24, 2006 at 7:44 AM Post #7 of 7

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Nah I am digging the 0404 at the moment. I plan on purchasing one of logitech's USB input Microphones.
 

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