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post #1831 of 38370
K, I'm gonna wait it out for just a bit more while I get more feedback.

Rep + for all you d00dz .
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post #1832 of 38370
Yes, spending $250-500 on a DAC can give you some real benefit in sound quality over a sound card.

I fully agree that a $1000 DAC can be much better, but not all of us here have that kind of money. I'm willing to spend more on audio equipment than most people on OCN, and if I had the $ I'd spend it on a better source or DAC, but I don't at the moment

In my opinion, as a gamer, one of the best computer setups consists of an X-Fi and a DAC. You can get great sound quality (not spectacular, but great) and still get all the benefits of positional audio with headphones. The Auzen is the best card for this.
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post #1833 of 38370
I have the Sennheiser HD280 pro (closed) headphones.

My old retired headset Cyber-Acoustics AC-201

I read reviews about the headphones and i wanted to get the sexy looking Audio-Technica ATH-A700 for $160 but i couldnt pass up the $100 HD280 pro. If newegg had the A700's then it would have been more convenient.
    
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post #1834 of 38370
After close to 3 months on my DAC (see pics in sig) I can definately tell that upgrading it will yeild significant sound quality increases. Don't get me wrong...it sounds fantastic but the better it sounds the better my ears get the more flaws I hear.

Upgrading the PC atm so I have to cut the hi-fi spending...for the moment. Just wanted to give a small updated view of my fully burned in headphones, amp and DAC.
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post #1835 of 38370
Does the Beresford upsample? If not, you may want to grab an upsampler for it, it should make a decent difference and mean you don't need to get rid of stuff
    
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post #1836 of 38370
I'm thinking about getting this K2 HD, I didn't know this album was released in this format. It's always the Japanese releases that get K2 HD or HDCD mastering it seems. This album is one of my faves, I can't wait to hear how good it sounds .


http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/...er+(K2HD).html
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post #1837 of 38370
Quote:
Originally Posted by Duckydude View Post
It's always the Japanese releases that get K2 HD or HDCD mastering.
What is this you speak of?

What kind of optical drive/player does it require? HD-DVD?
    
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post #1838 of 38370
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Originally Posted by Heru View Post
What is this you speak of?

What kind of optical drive/player does it require? HD-DVD?
Well HDCD not as good as K2 HD because it requires a special decoder. The way that HDCD works is that it's backward compatible with CD players, it decrypts special bits at the beginning at each track so that every track is 20 bit instead of 16 bit. The only program for a computer that can decrypt to 20 bit output is Windows Media Player (Microsoft owns HDCD rights, although it was invented by JVC or Sony I think?). You can tell if you have a HDCD in WMP if a little HDCD logo appears at the bottom, I own about 10 HDCD's. You might have a couple in your own collection that you may not know about, I was surprised when I saw the logo on a couple of my CD's that I didn't expect to have it at all and it wasn't listed in the product description. For K2 HD, it will play back in it's full glory in ANY CD player. All of Yes' albums had HDCD remasters, I was thinking about buying the collection which is $1300 on ebay right now, but the sound benefits aren't really noticeable with HDCD. I think I've seen Pink Floyd's cataloge on there as well.
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post #1839 of 38370
k2hd will play on any CD player
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post #1840 of 38370
I've been suffering the effects of headphone hair lately, I suspect mostly due to both my DT770's stronger clamping strength, and the fact that I've been wearing them basically non-stop since I got them. I'm a guy that likes to look good, and I've been forced to fix my hair every time I leave my dorm because I've got a big ol' line across the middle of my head of depressed hair. >.>
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