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what kind of IEM are they?
    
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Future Sonics Atrio MG7, dynamic driver impedance of 32 Ohms. Eventually I'll get a dedicated headphone amp with ultra low output impedance, but I don't want to spend money on that right now.

Or I guess the other thing I could do is get the Schiit modi/magni combo and run them through my stereo amp. That would make switching easy enough.
Edited by DrGroove - 2/22/13 at 2:25am
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why did you choose IEM over headphones? what kind of speakers and stereo receiver do you have?
    
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I use a Saffire 6 USB, 1000x better than half of the crap internal soundcards people use on here, id love to see some of them drive my monitors properly.

With regards to your issue, does 2i2 have a Mix knob on it? Mine has a playback/recording one, if you leave it centered you can hear what you are playing and recording at the same time.
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Originally Posted by bumblebee1980 View Post

why did you choose IEM over headphones? what kind of speakers and stereo receiver do you have?
Isolation, comfort, and it may sound stupid but I get horrible headphone hair that makes me look awful all day redface.gif

Receiver is a Sony STR-DE185, older stereo model without LFE output. I run lineout to a polk subwoofer, and the speakers are a pair of Sony SS-U610.
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With regards to your issue, does 2i2 have a Mix knob on it?

I'm not sure. It has direct monitoring, so maybe.
Edited by DrGroove - 2/22/13 at 3:57am
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I would of kept it simple and went with a USB microphone and integrated amplifier. I probably wouldn't spend $150 on the Scarlett 2i2. I would bank my money instead and upgrade later. you won't get much of an improvement in sound and it's a expensive convenience.
    
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Originally Posted by DrGroove View Post

Future Sonics Atrio MG7, dynamic driver impedance of 32 Ohms. Eventually I'll get a dedicated headphone amp with ultra low output impedance, but I don't want to spend money on that right now.

I think a single dynamic IEM driver shouldn't need much electrical damping. Those things are tiny. Usually these are minimally impacted other than losing some volume (which is fine) out of a source with higher output impedance.

It's not like those IEMs with crossovers galore and impedance all over the map.
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Originally Posted by mikeaj View Post

I think a single dynamic IEM driver shouldn't need much electrical damping. Those things are tiny. Usually these are minimally impacted other than losing some volume (which is fine) out of a source with higher output impedance.

It's not like those IEMs with crossovers galore and impedance all over the map.

Shouldn't the same principle apply regardless of size? I can't seem to find any user info since most higher end IEMs are BA rather than dynamic drivers.

I've pretty much decided against the focusrite because I don't want to deal with drivers. What are some USB DACs under $150 that have driverless 24/96 playback?

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ODAC $150
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Prodigy Cube $100
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Originally Posted by DrGroove View Post

Shouldn't the same principle apply regardless of size? I can't seem to find any user info since most higher end IEMs are BA rather than dynamic drivers.

I've pretty much decided against the focusrite because I don't want to deal with drivers. What are some USB DACs under $150 that have driverless 24/96 playback?

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ODAC $150
Schiit Modi $100
Prodigy Cube $100

HRT Music Streamer is driverless.

try here

http://songstreaming.wordpress.com/dac-s/
    
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