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Go into politics, pass a bill requiring all citizens to listen to headphones at least 4-6 hours a day, giving them all "can-hair" and leaving you to blend in unnoticed.

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Go into politics, pass a bill requiring all citizens to listen to headphones at least 4-6 hours a day, giving them all "can-hair" and leaving you to blend in unnoticed.

Simple.
Now THERE'S a plan. Way to think outside the box, Heru.
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Placed an order on Music123.com for an E-MU 0404 USB DAC.

Total came to $129.99 with free shipping. This thing retails everywhere else for close to $200 . It's out of stock right now, but they expect to ship the pre-orders by Feb. 18th.

It's the easiest (and cheapest) way for me to improve my source right now. Maybe later I'll test the waters with my X-Fi's digital out, but in the meantime I can be content with a value DAC in my line.
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Placed an order on Music123.com for an E-MU 0404 USB DAC.

Total came to $129.99 with free shipping. This thing retails everywhere else for close to $200 . It's out of stock right now, but they expect to ship the pre-orders by Feb. 18th.

It's the easiest (and cheapest) way for me to improve my source right now. Maybe later I'll test the waters with my X-Fi's digital out, but in the meantime I can be content with a value DAC in my line.
That's USB only, right? I've been toying with the idea of getting a USB DAC down the line, but I don't want to bypass my X-Fi, since I still game a considerable amount.
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That's USB only, right? I've been toying with the idea of getting a USB DAC down the line, but I don't want to bypass my X-Fi, since I still game a considerable amount.
Thing is, you can still use your X-Fi simply by turning the EMU off. S1rrah informed me that the 2 run rather flawlessly together; when the EMU is on it automatically sets as the default for audio, and vice-versa with the X-Fi.
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That's USB only, right? I've been toying with the idea of getting a USB DAC down the line, but I don't want to bypass my X-Fi, since I still game a considerable amount.
The E-Mu 0404 is not USB only, it also has coaxial and TOSLink in and out.
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Thing is, you can still use your X-Fi simply by turning the EMU off. S1rrah informed me that the 2 run rather flawlessly together; when the EMU is on it automatically sets as the default for audio, and vice-versa with the X-Fi.
True.

Runs seamlessly with a PCI soundcard (in my case an X-fi Elite Pro).

When I switch the EMU 0404 on to run out to my headphone amp, it's automatically promoted to the default output device.

When I turn it off ... my X-fi, in turn, is promoted to the default output device.

Works great for A/B rolling to see which sounds better. That's how I heard the vast improvement over my X-fi that running from the Line-out of the EMU resulted in.

Word to Aura and others (though you probably already know this) ... don't run out from the EMU's headphone output and to your amp ... run out from the rear (unamped) line-out ...

The headphone amp built into the EMU is rather decent (very nice soundstage) but I don't like it when running out to my main headphone amp; the rear line-out sounds way better in that case.

Fun little box to be sure ...
    
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