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I'd go for the Zero, it's a good starting point, there are quite a few mods for it and you'll have something to compare against when you step up
lol, I've been doing a ton of reading about different audio devices and there are way too many options...

I'm still leaning towards the Zero tho because like you said I'd have something to compare to. The Audio DG Compass looks good but it is unfortunately almost 3 times as much $$, maybe later on I can afford something like that.

I'm now trying to decide if it's worth $10 to get the OPA627 or if I should stick with the stock OPA2604

I'm going to be replacing all the cables on my stereo too as a fun DIY project. I recently made a audio switch so I don't have to keep changing cables around.

Those headphones are going to sound awesome!
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I'd love to be able to have AD700s for gaming and maybe a proper amp and sound card in the further future if I get into it.
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Right now my plans are to add 2 double 18s and 2 more TRX cabinets by next month. O and i need to copy my amp rack and put together a sub rack
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post #204 of 331
I am new to the hi-fi audio scene and just finished reading the entire thread to get an idea of where to start looking. After I buy a new mobo and GPU for my PC so it works again I wanted to get a dedicated sound card/unit to put in it.

I've seen a lot about DACs and LODs in this thread. I know the concept of the DAC having majored as an EE, even though I'm not the greatest at it lol. But I have no idea what a LOD is. Could someone help me out there and maybe suggest some DACs and sound cards to look into? I ordered a pair of Sennheiser HD-280 Professional Headphones the other day as a starter item as a birthday present for myself. Figure the rest of my audio purchases can go towards it as well lol. Hope to hear back from y'all, thanks .
    
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post #205 of 331
LOD = Line out dock, mainly for iPod.

Using the Line out bypasses the internal headphone amp/circuitry for a cleaner sound.

Before anyone can suggest something, you need to let them know how much you are thinking of spending as you can buy audio at any price point you can imagine, and more
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Glad to see the thread bumped .

Let's see here... for the speaker rig, don't plan on doing much for quite a while. I'd like to go for a pre/power amp combo next summer if possible, thinking like Aragon or Odyssey at the moment.

For the headphone rig, pretty much nothing. I'm going to sell HF2 and my secondary DAC eventually, and keep the AD2K and Gilmore Lite. The only "upgrade" I've toyed with is a legitimate psu for the Gilmore, probably a Sigma 22. The Elpac is fine, but I've got a feeling a beefier psu would give me quite a bit more. If I do decide to go for the Sigma I'd like to have it done before CanJam next July.
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I'm planning on picking up a Rockhopper M^3 or a Millet Hybrid Minimax -whichever I find for sale first. I also need to grab a generic late '70s early '80s belt drive turntable, a Shure M97xE High-P Phono Cartridge, a Cambridge Audio Azur 540P MM Phono Pre-amplifier and I will sell my Xonar Essence STX to pick up a USB DAC.
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post #208 of 331
You lot all seem like audiophiles (compliment ) - can you suggest what to do with my setup next....its rather basic

Speakers = Logitech X-530s (the better original ones - not the new version)
Headphones = just bought a set of Shure SRH440s
Sound Card = onbaord Realtek ALC889A (dolby certified apparently)

Well - thats it.....

Sound sources include: PC, Xbox 360 (via PC), diskman (rare), and soon my phone (samsung omnia - need to get a new cable - broke original one)

On the PC front - im wondering about getting a sound card....but if i do it will have to be a PCI-E 1x card....i dont have any PCI slots free

I was also thinking for getting a amp and was recommended the Fiio E5 for use with my phone - cause i doubt it will be able to drive my headphones well....

i think thats it

any suggestions?

oh - and a faily limited budget - as always

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post #209 of 331
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Originally Posted by scottath View Post
You lot all seem like audiophiles (compliment ) - can you suggest what to do with my setup next....its rather basic

Speakers = Logitech X-530s (the better original ones - not the new version)
Headphones = just bought a set of Shure SRH440s
Sound Card = onbaord Realtek ALC889A (dolby certified apparently)

Well - thats it.....

Sound sources include: PC, Xbox 360 (via PC), diskman (rare), and soon my phone (samsung omnia - need to get a new cable - broke original one)

On the PC front - im wondering about getting a sound card....but if i do it will have to be a PCI-E 1x card....i dont have any PCI slots free

I was also thinking for getting a amp and was recommended the Fiio E5 for use with my phone - cause i doubt it will be able to drive my headphones well....

i think thats it

any suggestions?

oh - and a faily limited budget - as always

scottath
The question is, do you actually need to upgrade anything? Is there any part of your system that you are not happy with?

The reason I have so much planned out is because I decided I wanted to be able to play vinyl record (takes about 5 bits of equipment).

If you are thinking about getting a sound card, have a look at the USB one that CK just reviewed in the "sound cards and computer audio" section. Apparently it sounds better than the Essence STX (which sounds pretty F'ing good) - and it only costs $150 compared the the STX's $250.

If you are looking for a soundcard that is cheaper than that, have a look at the Xonar D1/DX1 for awesome value for money.
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post #210 of 331
hmm ok then
i see where your going.....
im a bit of a *want* than *need* person lol....
i just got these headphones last week and they sound GREAT - so maybe i dont.....
just gives me some more cash towards a 5870(s) then.

I was actually looking at the Xonar - what would i *notice* between that and my realtek wit thses headphones/speakers (probs not much with the speakers im guessing)
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