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Sounds like a lot of people will be enjoying the next weekend... I get my MKII, Legend gets his MKIII, Aura gets his DXs... D:
    
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Not sure if he emailed you yet, but my friend (Michael) definitely wants them, and will be emailing you shortly if he hasn't already.

You experimented a bit with optical/coaxial in to the 0404 when you had it, did you not? I ask because my Xbox 360 has optical out and I'd love to be able to use my headphones, but not sure how setting the whole thing up would go. the S/PDIF in on the front, correct?
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Not sure if he emailed you yet, but my friend (Michael) definitely wants them, and will be emailing you shortly if he hasn't already.

You experimented a bit with optical/coaxial in to the 0404 when you had it, did you not? I ask because my Xbox 360 has optical out and I'd love to be able to use my headphones, but not sure how setting the whole thing up would go. the S/PDIF in on the front, correct?
Don't have the URL, but there's a great thread at head-fi discussing the 0404 as an external DAC only unit.

I did manage to find my notes (from that thread) in Outlook just now, though:

Read the whole thing:



...

The Direct Monitor must be set to Main, not S/PDIF, to make it work!!!!

The manual explains this, as does an FAQ on the E-MU site...but
neither seems to do it particularly well, because the question keeps
reappearing here.

The Direct Monitor setting defines where the input signals will be
sent, not which input signal will be monitored.....and because MikeB
wants the unit to take a digital input and produce an analog output,
the Direct Monitor must be set to Main so the analog output stage is
activated. Setting the DM to S/PDIF would be used only if you wanted
to route the digital conversion of analog input to the mic pre section
out to another DAC, or when using the device as simply a transport
between a PC and another DAC.

Next, the Direct Monitor level encoder to the left of the output
selector button must be cranked to the right. It's an encoder, not a
pot, so there are no stops. It's a digital volume control, and
cranking it to the right ensures that the full output of any digital
input is sent forward to the main analog output stage and the internal
headamp.

EDIT: I wrote the following italicized portion based on experience
from last year, before a couple of firmware updates....and now I'm
unsure if this advice works for units with the latest update. YMMV....

The easiest way to get the box to sync as an external DAC is to make
sure that the digital source is powered up first, then select the coax
or optical S/PDIF input on the 0404 USB, and lastly connect the
digital cable to the appropriate digital input on the 0404 USB. The
Sync Status indicator should flip over to "Ext" at that point and
remain solidly lit. If it blinks, or the indication stays in "Int",
turn off the 0404 USB for about 10 seconds, then turn it back on. Some
of us have found that power cycling is the only method to get it to
sync at times.

I haven't used it in that mode extensively, but it does seem as if
there is no need to use the E-MU Control Panel applet to select the
sample rate that you plan to feed it from the external source before
disconnecting it from the PC......though some have suggested that is
necessary. To me, it seems to automatically sync to whatever data rate
is present on the digital input.

One other issue that has arisen is that some devices apparently don't
provide enough peak-to-peak voltage on their coax outputs to properly
drive the 0404 USB coax input, though that seems rare. E-MU tech
support indicated that it has been an issue, but never followed up
with me when I asked for a spec on the 0404 USB digital input, so
users here could determine if their digital source was the issue
rather than a simple cable or configuration problem.


...

BTW:

Still waiting to hear from Micheal. Gustof (sweden) and Duy (canada) are beating down my door trying to get the 530's

They've bid each other up to 250 so far.

Anyway. No worries. I'll hold 'em for another hour then they're gone.

    
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Says he emailed you at the address you gave me.

So the 0404 must be disconnected from the PC in order to accept digital input from a second source?
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well, mail came today and still no amp
im starting to get worried, i thought it would have been here by now.
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Says he emailed you at the address you gave me.

So the 0404 must be disconnected from the PC in order to accept digital input from a second source?
I'm not sure. I just know that that particular write up was the most detailed I could find.

I actually was never able to test the instructions as I had already returned my EMU before getting a chance.

BTW: He reached me.

    
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All right, I guess some experimentation is in order.

Edit: Mike says he'll call you as soon as he gets out of work.
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I have a pair of HS-900s from Creative. I honestly don't know enough about headphones to know if they're Gaming grade, Audiophile grade, or what. They came with this Creative Elite Pro that I bought, but usually go for about 43.99. I mainly use it for voicechat in TF2.
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I have a pair of HS-900s from Creative. I honestly don't know enough about headphones to know if they're Gaming grade, Audiophile grade, or what. They came with this Creative Elite Pro that I bought, but usually go for about 43.99. I mainly use it for voicechat in TF2.
Gaming. But hey, headphones are headphones, whether they be Aura's $500 (worth about $750...) JVC DX1000s or some $45 creative headphones.
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All right, I guess some experimentation is in order.

Edit: Mike says he'll call you as soon as he gets out of work.
I'd like to hear how it turns out.

I was always intrigued by the idea of using the 0404 as a stand alone DAC.

Word on the street is that it's doable.

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Gonna listen to my 530's now ... one last <sniff> time

Thanks for the hookup; glad to help out a member's bro.

    
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