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I bought a UDAC2-HP instead of UDAC2, and now my Titanium HD is useless ಠ_ಠ What do?

post #1 of 8
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Right, so I should've checked the specifications, even after it was recommended on here, but in my excitement I didn't. I bought it from vanns.com

Should I try and exchange the product for the regular UDAC2, so I can connect RCA to RCA from my sound card to the amp, and then the headphones? I have a pair of DT990's.
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Aren't either of those USB-input only?

http://www.nuforce.com/hp/products/iconudac2/

I only see Coax and RCA outs, not in.
post #3 of 8
did you know the udac2-hp is both a DAC and amp? just so you know so is the regular udac2, i would sell the titanium and keep the dac/amp but if you like your sound card and use the software look for a different product, probably something that's only a headphone amp.
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Aren't either of those USB-input only?

http://www.nuforce.com/hp/products/iconudac2/

I only see Coax and RCA outs, not in.
I need to learn to read specifications and not look at product images. I'm such a moron. I may have misinterpreted the entire conversation that led me to buy this amp. Is there no DAC/amp that will let me connect my headphones to the Titanium HD? I use it for gaming as well as music as well as movies.

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did you know the udac2-hp is both a DAC and amp? just so you know so is the regular udac2, i would sell the titanium and keep the dac/amp but if you like your sound card and use the software look for a different product, probably something that's only a headphone amp.
Yes, but it doesn't help me if I can't receive output from the Titanium HD. As I stated above, I use it for gaming (BF3 and a lot of other [MMO]RPGs), music (320kbps and FLAC) and movies (bluray).
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Question: Why would you get a downgrade?

Yes, I said downgrade. If you needed a headphone amp, get the Fiio E9 instead (and use the 6.3mm connector).
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Question: Why would you get a downgrade?

Yes, I said downgrade. If you needed a headphone amp, get the Fiio E9 instead (and use the 6.3mm connector).
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If you remember from the old thread, I was recommended the udac2-hp over the Fiio E9 after much research (apparently) Should've listened to you in the first place
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post #7 of 8
Fiio E9 - $112 shipped from highly reputable e-tailer:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Amplifier.html

NwAvGuy's measurements (using Audio Precision $1000's dollar industry standard measuring equipment):

http://nwavguy.blogspot.com/2011/05/...phone-amp.html

Basically it's avoid the 3.5mm connector and use the 6.3mm.
post #8 of 8
If you want a DAC/amp on the relatively cheap you could get the ZERO dac/amp from ebay. It supports spdif and what not, as well as USB if you want to use it on a laptop and it's not a bad piece of kit from what I've heard but look up some reviews yourself too of course. I think there's two versions, 2009 and 2011. Not sure if the 2011 offers any significant advantage.

With a DAC/amp you can feed the digital signal straight to it from your sound card through optical out/spdif/toslink (some of these may be synonyms ) and let it do all the decoding (but IIRC the digital signal will still carry cmss-3d and other goodies) and amping, with an amp you're letting your sound card to the digital to analog conversion and sending that signal to simply be amplified.

A USB dac/amp does the same but it can't use your soundcard's cmss-3d magic because it's not using its digital signal at all.

Having said that, I do believe the HD has a very good DAC portion so you could just get a good amp. Don't know if the E9's the best for the money, but then again I don't know a whole lot about this yet.
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