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Hey S1rrah, do I dare suggest....
....the Headamp Pico?

Keep in mind you'd probably want to pre-order now, considering that Justin from Headamp isn't going to get to the bottom of the list for months .

In all seriousness though, maybe think about the iBasso D1 if you want to stick in the same range as the 0404. Apparently opamp-rolling does wonders for the DAC portion of it.

Or, you can just say "what the hell" and buy another 0404 .

Just some ideas....
To be honest, the "what the hell" option is a fairly strong contender ...

But my main purpose in waiting is so as to be able to invest in something with better input/recording capabilities; since I'm recording as much as listening (see the OSAMT link in my sig)

...

My first choice in external DAC/recording interfaces, once I get the funds in the next few months is the EMU 1616M, which has received rather high praises across the board in regards to it's built in XLR and phono preamps:

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It will take some serious configuration time, including the use of hardware profiles under WinXP; it's not a simple plug and play USB type of application like the 0404 of the same family/product line and will require the use of hardware profiles to allow it to peaceably coexist with my X-fi (which I must retain for movies, etc.)

...

My second choice, and should it be available at the time of my future purchase, is the ESI-U46 XL, a rather intriguing USB DAC/recording interface that seems to be a direct competitor to the 1616M but which lacks the PCI card (and the phono preamp/ground) that hallmarks the 1616M.

Personally, I'm leaning towards the 1616M, configuration hassles and all, since I've a rather large collection of vinyl recordings that I'd like to copy to CD.

Here's the ESI joint I'm considering:

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Either way ...

Whatever I end up spending money on will be just as adroit at outputting sound as it is at inputting the same.

And that includes the very likely possibility that I might just end up with another EMU 0404 at the end of all this.



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BTW ... did I mention that you all should check out the OSAMT link in my sig to better give props to those OCN'rs who have published music there?

yes ... I'm blatantly and shamelessly plugging ...

    
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lol a friend of mine got the woot razer sound card, and has the razer barracuda "8.1" gaming headphones, i told him he would have been better of with a pair of ath a7's and a x-fi fatality or auzentech xfi and he called me an idiot.... if i had the time to sit him down and argue audiophile with him i still doubt i could change his mind.

Help, my friends are audiophile noobs.
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Lol Razer.

Peripherals for the '1337'.

I bought a Razer (Copperhead?) mouse a few months back and promptly decided to continue using my MX500. I might give it another chance...
Razer Mantis mat is good though, 4x normal mat size and good scanning.

I have Sennheiser HD570's, love 'em but I'm not too keen on faffing about with the cable so they don't get much use.

Oh yeah they plug into the front of my X-Fi Fatal1ty. Ever so loud, they just will not distort or rattle or anything, even with the music I listen to.
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lol a friend of mine got the woot razer sound card, and has the razer barracuda "8.1" gaming headphones, i told him he would have been better of with a pair of ath a7's and a x-fi fatality or auzentech xfi and he called me an idiot.... if i had the time to sit him down and argue audiophile with him i still doubt i could change his mind.

Help, my friends are audiophile noobs.
Have him listen to something better. My friend scoffed at me for spending so much money when he can hear just fine from his $5 speakers... I plan on sitting him down with a couple albums with my setup and letting him hear what music should really sound like. =D
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Nammy, I see you use 320kbs MP3's...why? V0 is of similar quality and takes up much less space thus you are able to fit more music onto your 20GB iPod. Also, do you rockbox your iPod? You should, unless you are worried about battery life
    
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If you are ripping into 320k MP3's you should definately just use a Lossless format (Apple Lossless or FLAC).

320k is going to create a huge file. If you are going to have a huge file you should have it in a Lossless format.
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Apple Lossless is a much larger file than 320kbs if you are doing the encoding into iTunes. Many people prefer a properly encoded V0 file (done using EAC and selected settings) than Apple Lossless. Plus, the iPod cannot use a properly encoded FLAC file (unless rockboxed), hense my recommendation of V0, especially if you only have 20GB's worth of space on your iPod
    
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Nammy, I see you use 320kbs MP3's...why? V0 is of similar quality and takes up much less space thus you are able to fit more music onto your 20GB iPod. Also, do you rockbox your iPod? You should, unless you are worried about battery life
Because I can tell very little difference between 320kbs MP3s and lossless (some, yes, but not worth the space), and I've already got ~3500 songs ripped that I don't feel like re-doing.


I've had my iPod rockboxed, but honestly, I prefer Apple's firmware. Given that I don't use FLAC much, there's little audio reasons to use it, and I find it much easier and more pleasant to use.

Honestly, I don't do all the much listening on the go, and certainly not much active listening. My current setup fits all my music (barely... I've got about 400 mbs left on my iPod, since it's really about 18.5 GBs), and gives me decent quality, especially since I generally only use it walking to class and such.

Edit: Gollie, FLAC/ALAC files are about twice the size of a 320kb/s mp3, give or take. I'm low enough on hard drive space as it is.
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So why not my argument of the V0 mp3 file? It is the same quality as your 320 files and takes up less space.

A great guide is here: http://jiggafellz.isa-geek.net/eac/
    
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So why not my argument of the V0 mp3 file? It is the same quality as your 320 files and takes up less space.

A great guide is here: http://jiggafellz.isa-geek.net/eac/
I'm lazy and my entire library is already in 320kbs mp3.
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