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Hello,


Where to start I bought these Adam over the weekend and at the store they sounded AMAZING for such a small monitor speaker. That being said I bought a paid with a -$300 off coupon I had so I scored great Ive been told. The guy at Guitar Center told me I must use a XLR connector to a USB source to get them balanced and sound there best using my USB Audio CODEC which I have been using and it sound very bad. I am getting sound through everything it just does not sound powerful or loud at all like when I first bought them in the store. And yes I do understand 100% they have a sound room to project the sounds better. But they sound worse then my old M-Audio AV-40 speakers.
Now my question is do I really need to have them BALANCED is this just a HUGE deal. I see other guys buying highend speakers but using a sound card with a RCA or 3.5 jack connection. Will this make the speakers sound worse? I am planning on going back there to get a RCA cable to a 3.5mm jack connection to my current Gigabyte motherboard sound. See last picture for that..

Later on I do want to add a Adam sub and a DAC maybe a ASUS Xonar Essence One Muse Edition

As of now I am looking for the BEST SOUND not the BEST CONNECTION etc..


ART Applied Research and Technology USB Dual Pre Project Series (CURRENT SETUP)






Off my Gigabyte Z87 Sniper MATX motherboard..

Edited by Lu(ky - 6/11/13 at 5:21pm
    
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Well I hooked up 2 x RCA from speakers to a 3.5mm jack to motherboard Creative audio and the sound went from not okay to freaking WOW! biggrin.gif
Just so much power coming from the speakers now is there a reason for that? I understand there are other audio sound cards out there Ive been looking at the following below.
I here the Asus cards do not like Windows 7 64-bit with there drivers? Is this still true or has this been fixed?

Thanks

HT | OMEGA Claro Halo XT
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ASUS Xonar Essence ST 90-YAA0E0-0UAN00Z
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Like I said I will probably later buy this ASUS Xonar Essence One Muse Edition 24-bit 192KHz USB Interface USB DAC
    
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If you have horrible sound coming from the speakers and (Giving everything is hooked up right) what amplifer are you using? Are they Self powered? The Dac that I see you have is a pre amp not an amplifer. What kind of connection did you use to power up the speakers meaning (Banana Plug , Spade or Red and Black. XLR can be confused with a Spekon connection. I think that's how its spelt. If you have 1 usb to that preamp-- you woyuld have to change the Windows audio driver in the Control panel also. Make sure you have the DAc set to a Noraml bit rate of 44100hz(not exaclly that number but looks close to it. or 96ktbs. It would say next to the out put CD quality Bit rate,. This is always a problem when using a preamp or external dac. If you need more info on this just send me a IM. Its happened to me a few times were my speakers just sound like crap!!. The 3.5mm jack would work also but you still have to change the rate since its an external DAC. Let me know if you need more help. I can walk you trew it.thumb.gif
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