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awesome find! now get them working.
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awesome find! now get them working.

This!
    
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They have been tested and work just fine. All I need is the pre-amp and ill be good to go!
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Nice. Provided they don't have some weird requirement for it, I wouldn't bother with the matching preamp.
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CK's ODAC+O2 look dirty and ugly lol.
DirtyWorks' Red black looks nice, but he also has a better camera.
I opted for the 2 in 1 box combo. Will post when it's in.

I was one of the first in the world to have a prebuilt O2 Amp and I prefer the two-box option as it gives me options to only just use the DAC or headphone amp sections.
Bad photo was due to bad camera settings more than anything else lols. Audio Poutine ran outta the bling Gold case that I wanted frown.gif

ODAC + O2 + HRTF calibrated Toneboosters Isone = so beyond good.

My settings:

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Your HRTF settings (Head size, ear size) will be different as the HRTF differs between people. I have a large head. The manual gives you a very good guideline to how to configure it properly.
The bump in bass is to compensate for the lack of bass impact in headphones comapred to speakers. Therefore you have to compensate about +4 dB from a balanced sounding headphone such as the DT880. the upper bass frequencies are bumpd by about +1dB as I want the frequency repsonse curve to be more like the beyerdynamic T1, which is the most scientifically balanced sounding frequency response wise (for headphones) + factoring margin of error in measuring.

Volume limited my F2K by -5dB so the bass boost doesn't digitally clip. Subjectivelly found .32 sec T60 reverb time to be the best sounding (close to the recommended .3 sec for a recording studio). Found .3 to be too 'dry' sounding. There isn't much, if any, frequencies below 35 Hz in music, even bassy music, so the rolloff is fine.

Set my Windows and F2K to 24 bit, 44.1 kHz as I volume limited and don't want to negatively affect sound quality. Bit depth only matters in sound quality when you use a digitally controlled volume control as lowering the volume sheds off bits. At about 13 bits bit depth (-18 dB using a digital volume control from 16 bit, 1 bit is about -6 dB) is where it affects sound quality (thus why you hear the difference between 8-bit and 16-bit music). Changing it to 24-bit output means I have the headroom to lower the volume digitally all I want without it affecting sound quality. It isn't because 24-bit is inheritly better than 16 bit. Also VSTs such as Isone operate in the 24-bit environment.

Can never go back to the two-blob effect (and thus imaging problems) of headphones.

Sources:

http://en.goldenears.net/388

http://en.goldenears.net/index.php?mid=KB_Columns&document_srl=1884

http://bit.ly/MX0rVC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYTlN6wjcvQ -highly recommend viewing!

The others, such as T60 reverb time, diffusion, is pretty easy stuff to find. Yay for science!
post #1156 of 3147
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I also have a FiiO E17 that will be arriving sometime in the next few days. wheee.gif (These two purchases are mostly unrelated, as the amp is more for my DT990 250; the Phiatons don't really need extra amping.)

Oh, and I also picked up a pair of Pioneer CS-A31 speakers (from the late '60s?) that someone was throwing away, I still need to hook them up and test them. (pictures maybe to come later)
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I was one of the first in the world to have a prebuilt O2 Amp and I prefer the two-box option as it gives me options to only just use the DAC or headphone amp sections.

Truncated the rest of this message for space reasons!

Isn't this canceling out everything you've obtained by going to such a "neutral" DAC as the 02? And also getting "neutral" headphones like the DT880?
post #1158 of 3147
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Isn't this canceling out everything you've obtained by going to such a "neutral" DAC as the 02? And also getting "neutral" headphones like the DT880?
I think you've answered your own question. He, like I do, prefers a more reference sound, than a hi-fi one.
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I think you've answered your own question. He, like I do, prefers a more reference sound, than a hi-fi one.

By my understanding, those two things are the same. The goal of most self proclaimed audiophiles seems to be finding the combination of equipment that provides the most "neutral" sound, being that it does not add any coloration to the original recording. Any part of the audio frequency response shouldn't be exaggerated or misrepresented. Adding EQ to a seemingly poor recording may be OK, but to add it to such a device as the 02 DAC seems to go against all of its design principles and most everything that MWAV guy preaches on his website.

Not that I agree or disagree with those accounts, it just seems like the exact opposite approach that I would have expected from someone who bought that device so I was kind of surprised to see that type of software processing being used.
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Got these Pioneer towers last time they went on sale for $130 shipped a set. So 4 towers for 260, 2 bookshelfs for 50, center channel for 75, sub for 80, and the Pioneer VSX-1021 for 300. Total for a rocking 7.1 system brand spankin new, $765. Thank you Newegg.

I thought they sounded pretty good, until I ran the built in mic setup stuff. That in itself is beyond amazing. Broke down the whole system, and told me how far away each speaker was away from the mic I had placed, down to half an inch(I checked it and its dead on). Then it set what looks like an 7-9 band EQ for each individual speaker. And then it setup for a couple other things I dont even know what they mean lol.

Needless to say, now this system sounds like nothing I have ever heard before. And it has so many more options/tweaks/settings I know I am going to have years of tinkering around with it to get it perfect. I would recommend to anyone looking for a good setup.

Anyway, here are some pics of our temp setup until I get a good wall mount for the TV.

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My 7.1 setup

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I have an Ipod hooked up to the reciever, but it isnt what is playing the music. I used my ANDROID phone to control the receiver to play music from my sig rig through my network. I am not sure if these are normal features, but everyone admits it is pretty dam cool to control it from another room and play whatever I want, and even have 2 zone control!

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Rear channel is tucked away down low, but it puts the tweeter right at ear level and lets the bass just roll out around you.

I understand that this system may not sound near as good as you others that spend 4-5 grand on a single speaker, but I am very happy with my setup. Although I would love to hear a real audiophiles setup so I can compare the differences.
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