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post Feb 27 2014, 10:44 PM


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QUOTE(hypermax @ Feb 27 2014, 10:31 PM)
Can someone recommend me a preamp? Wanna use it to control the volume from my UD110V2 USB DAC to HiVi X4. Even though X4 are active speakers, the volume is too damn loud and it's troublesome to control the volume from software on a Mac (need to adjust each and every application one by one)
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schiit asgard 2
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post Feb 27 2014, 10:53 PM


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QUOTE(vivakarna @ Feb 27 2014, 10:44 PM)
schiit asgard 2
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I'm a fan of schiit too. Joe has a written blog on head fi to tell the story of schiit and his philosophy
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post Feb 27 2014, 11:00 PM


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QUOTE(vivakarna @ Feb 27 2014, 10:44 PM)
schiit asgard 2
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Thanks for the recommendation but i think it's too expensive for a pre-amp. Just need something to control the volume without distorting the sound quality.
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QUOTE(Leolabs @ Feb 27 2014, 01:34 PM)
Add extra 50 or 100 budget,think can get more options..... tongue.gif
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Yeah ? Like what? Im open to suggestions thumbup.gif
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QUOTE(ultra_nyamuk @ Feb 28 2014, 01:40 AM)
Yeah ? Like what? Im open to suggestions  thumbup.gif
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Schiit Magni...... tongue.gif
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post Feb 28 2014, 10:16 AM


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QUOTE(Leolabs @ Feb 28 2014, 09:33 AM)
Schiit Magni...... tongue.gif
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i thought you were going to rekomen ur own O2 laugh.gif
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post Feb 28 2014, 12:14 PM


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Hey guys,

Need a good DAC for my Asus G55 to plug my V-Moda Crossfade LPs. I find the Crossfade LPs by themselves have a fair amount of boomy bass and muddy mids, but using a bit of EQ-ing on iTunes to lower the bass and boost the mids and highs, they actually open up really well and sound really good to my ears, in comparison to some of my previous Sennheisers and AKGs.

Anyway, getting off topic. The Crossfades aren't hard to drive, so the amp component isn't actually as important. Need a good DAC more than anything else. Been looking at the FiiO E07K and E10. I like the E07K cause reviews say it has a better DAC, but I don't actually need the portability and the lack of a 3.5mm line out is a disappointment cause it'll be more difficult to hook it up to my speakers. The built in EQ may also come in handy. As for the E10, it's cheaper and it has the 3.5mm line out.

To follow the format:

Source : Laptop (Asus G55)
Equipment : No other DACs or amps, will be plugging V-Moda Crossfade LPs
Requirement : Something that helps to boost the mids and treble and tame the boomy bass. But I can use the iTunes EQ to tune that anyway, so it's not essential.
Budget : Around RM300, give or take 50.
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QUOTE(Leolabs @ Feb 28 2014, 09:33 AM)
Schiit Magni...... tongue.gif
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Looking for a portable one actually. Schiit Magni needs to be plugged in right?
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QUOTE(ultra_nyamuk @ Feb 28 2014, 01:40 PM)
Looking for a portable one actually. Schiit Magni needs to be plugged in right?
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Yeap,Magni it's a desktop.....while NwAvGuy O2 is semi-portable.... tongue.gif
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QUOTE(noobandroid @ Feb 28 2014, 10:16 AM)
i thought you were going to rekomen ur own O2 laugh.gif
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Now I did...thanks for reminding..... brows.gif

Have you change your RCAs?
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QUOTE(Leolabs @ Feb 28 2014, 02:11 PM)
Now I did...thanks for reminding..... brows.gif

Have you change your RCAs?
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post Feb 28 2014, 05:43 PM


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Anyone got Schiit Asgard and iFi iDAC compare?
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QUOTE(munak991 @ Feb 28 2014, 05:43 PM)
Anyone got Schiit Asgard and iFi iDAC compare?
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schiit Asgard= shit ass guard. lol. Joe said that in his blog haha
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post Mar 1 2014, 11:40 AM


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Hi, currently looking for Desktop DAC and my budget around RM 2.5k - 4.5k++

the DAC to be pair with Graham Slee Ultra Linear Diamond Edition + Grado PS1000

currently surveyed DAC is:

- Matrix X-Sabre 32bit/384kHz DSD DXD Audio DAC
- YuLong SABRE DA8 DSD 32Bit 384KHZ DAC Decoder & Amplifier
- Grace m903 Reference Headphone Amplifier and DAC
- Cambridge audio DAC Magic Plus
- Centrance DACmini
- Graham Slee Majestic DAC (Last choice since over budget but really interested in it)

Among all those DAC, really confused which one is the best for my setup... would like to ask for help to reduce my choice or can suggest any other good amp!
and is there any possibilities to get the DAC mention above in malaysia, beside the Centrance DACmini (saw it in Jaben)

thanks! biggrin.gif
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QUOTE(aimtenso @ Mar 1 2014, 11:40 AM)
Hi, currently looking for Desktop DAC and my budget around RM 2.5k - 4.5k++

the DAC to be pair with Graham Slee Ultra Linear Diamond Edition + Grado PS1000

currently surveyed DAC is:

- Matrix X-Sabre 32bit/384kHz DSD DXD Audio DAC
- YuLong SABRE DA8 DSD 32Bit 384KHZ DAC Decoder & Amplifier
- Grace m903 Reference Headphone Amplifier and DAC
- Cambridge audio DAC Magic Plus
- Centrance DACmini
- Graham Slee Majestic DAC (Last choice since over budget but really interested in it)

Among all those DAC, really confused which one is the best for my setup... would like to ask for help to reduce my choice or can suggest any other good amp!
and is there any possibilities to get the DAC mention above in malaysia, beside the Centrance DACmini (saw it in Jaben)

thanks!  biggrin.gif
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- iFi iDAC
- Meridian Explorer
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QUOTE(aimtenso @ Mar 1 2014, 11:40 AM)
Hi, currently looking for Desktop DAC and my budget around RM 2.5k - 4.5k++

the DAC to be pair with Graham Slee Ultra Linear Diamond Edition + Grado PS1000

currently surveyed DAC is:

- Matrix X-Sabre 32bit/384kHz DSD DXD Audio DAC
- YuLong SABRE DA8 DSD 32Bit 384KHZ DAC Decoder & Amplifier
- Grace m903 Reference Headphone Amplifier and DAC
- Cambridge audio DAC Magic Plus
- Centrance DACmini
- Graham Slee Majestic DAC (Last choice since over budget but really interested in it)

Among all those DAC, really confused which one is the best for my setup... would like to ask for help to reduce my choice or can suggest any other good amp!
and is there any possibilities to get the DAC mention above in malaysia, beside the Centrance DACmini (saw it in Jaben)

thanks!  biggrin.gif
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Grace Design is on the upwards of almost RM6K, way above your budget.

You may want to add Meier Audio StageDAC as well for your consideration if you dont need the plethora of inputs/outputs what the others offer.

Centrance DACmini is fine but do bear in the mind the USB is limited to 24/96
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QUOTE(aimtenso @ Mar 1 2014, 11:40 AM)
Hi, currently looking for Desktop DAC and my budget around RM 2.5k - 4.5k++

the DAC to be pair with Graham Slee Ultra Linear Diamond Edition + Grado PS1000

currently surveyed DAC is:

- Matrix X-Sabre 32bit/384kHz DSD DXD Audio DAC
- YuLong SABRE DA8 DSD 32Bit 384KHZ DAC Decoder & Amplifier
- Grace m903 Reference Headphone Amplifier and DAC
- Cambridge audio DAC Magic Plus
- Centrance DACmini
- Graham Slee Majestic DAC (Last choice since over budget but really interested in it)

Among all those DAC, really confused which one is the best for my setup... would like to ask for help to reduce my choice or can suggest any other good amp!
and is there any possibilities to get the DAC mention above in malaysia, beside the Centrance DACmini (saw it in Jaben)

thanks!  biggrin.gif
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What's the weak point of your system that you wish to improve?
If you amp and headphone are Graham Solo + PS1000, I think a dac with thicker sound is more suitable for you.

In this price no need to consider Cambridge dac. It is competitive below RM2k. In higher price range, X-Sabre, DA8, m903 and DACmini is much better.
I've tried DA8 before. Neutral, clean, refined and transparent sound, good details, separation and positioning. Slightly cool, not thick and warm enough.
For matrix, I've just tried Quattro Amp and mini-I dac. The sound signature is smoother, warmer and more natural. But the music is not solid enough.

Around 3k, can consider Audiolab M-dac, Rega DAC and Arce Mdac3 too. Try to google them. smile.gif
Audiolab M-dac won the 5 stars reward of What-Hifi. Good dynamic and sound stage, sightly warm.
Rega dac is thicker and warmer, but dynamic is slower.
Arce is not famous at oversea market, but it receive very good review in China. I was being impressed during the first time auditioning. The sound is smooth, natural and transparent.
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guys, my budget is abt RM1k++(up to abt RM1.5k) .. player is AK120, headphone FAD Pandora Hope VI. smile.gif
Current amp is Cricri+
Any recommendations? preferably portable amp..

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QUOTE(aimtenso @ Mar 1 2014, 11:40 AM)
Hi, currently looking for Desktop DAC and my budget around RM 2.5k - 4.5k++

the DAC to be pair with Graham Slee Ultra Linear Diamond Edition + Grado PS1000

currently surveyed DAC is:

- Matrix X-Sabre 32bit/384kHz DSD DXD Audio DAC
- YuLong SABRE DA8 DSD 32Bit 384KHZ DAC Decoder & Amplifier
- Grace m903 Reference Headphone Amplifier and DAC
- Cambridge audio DAC Magic Plus
- Centrance DACmini
- Graham Slee Majestic DAC (Last choice since over budget but really interested in it)

Among all those DAC, really confused which one is the best for my setup... would like to ask for help to reduce my choice or can suggest any other good amp!
and is there any possibilities to get the DAC mention above in malaysia, beside the Centrance DACmini (saw it in Jaben)

thanks!  biggrin.gif
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hello guys, i wish to know the relationship between amp, dac, and also headphone's impedance..

how did they actually affects one another?
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