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  1. Well, there's the "of course it will", with no explanation "bandwagon" and there's the "Read the FAQ" with no explanation "bandwagon". Believe whoever you like. I had to learn the hard way, and so can you.
  2. h264

    Thoughts on the ODAC

    well, mine looks pretty wacky due to that 1/4" jack, but otherwise the new front panel I got is pretty sweet looking: http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/6771-review-of-the-objective-2-odac-combo-desktop-version-by-mayflower-electronics/
  3. you need the extra room for that 1/4" jack. It's a standard variant that NwavGuy defined with the O2's original articles.
  4. LAME 2.0+ with you favorite audio player that supports transcoding. this. 320kbps CBR or V0 is the setting you want (~96% exact waveform and ~93% exact waveform respectively)
  5. agreed. Linus's video really misses the point about open vs closed headphones. 2 and 3 are added.
  6. Exactly Ha! "90% of the time, you don't need a soundcard" resulted in my signature quote when I first started posting on this board. So I shy away from being so blunt. However, there ARE points to having an Essence STX. Very few points, like Surround sound visualization and aesthetics, or the 5 headphones it can drive well that cost many times this card's price. By the feature bill, the Phoebus is a better soundcard, honestly. No better a headphone amp, however
  7. yeah, I know. np man. The main issue is I'd have to talk about vinyl rips, at which point I get to a touchy area since the best place to get those is .... well, you know.
  8. Keep in mind this is a FREQUENTLY asked questions thread. Basically that means it deals in the questions FREQUENTLY presented in posts by curious forum members in order to reduce the number of threads asking the same question. While I appreciate your input, NOBODY has started a thread asking what sort of source technology they should be buying, and I've only seen one thread with anyone asking about vinyl playback. None have asked about ripping vinyl. Probably because it's really not all that important to 99% of people and nobody cares how "loudened" their track is. The music industry does this because people want it after all. >Remember the file type can be converted Only going to come out right in a conversion if it's lossless I'd be OK with general guidance, since asking "what should I get?" is a valid question. However, I'd rather it be a more common question than this. If he'd like to make a vinyl guide, well, that's up to him.
  9. My laptop has a trss jack on it instead of a headphone and mic jack. I think that's the only sort of place you'd find it. Other than that, you'd just use an adapter.
  10. h264

    Amp for Q701

    Nuforce is much worse than Schiit's spotty record, they've had a long tradition of products that weren't built properly or didn't perform to spec. NwavGuy isn't even the only one to question them, a Stereophile review was even bad for them.
  11. you got it. Distortion can be a problem in some older onboard audio chips too. Most soundcards today are pretty transparent though.
  12. h264

    Amp for Q701

    He'll know what to do. Looks good.
  13. h264

    Amp for Q701

    http://www.head-fi.org/t/562736/what-causes-this-amp-related Designed an amp that literally bent headphone drivers to death, basically. It was called the Schiit Asgard (fitting name). Anyways. Drama. NwavGuy got banned. Again. Everybody says stuff about NwavGuy. Everybody says stuff about Schiit. Lots of finger pointing and talk about "proper amp usage" that's total BS. End of the day, Schiit had to replace those amps with units that had *gasp* caps in the output circuitry to prevent this. Two years on and head-fi looks totally different as a board. Look at the reviews on the new STU for instance. They mention the output impedance issue almost immediately. That never would have happened two years ago All because of OP's headphone's crazy light driver design. See, I kept it on topic after all.
  14. h264

    Amp for Q701

    yeah, neither am I. Supposedly there's a comments box on the last page of the paypal checkout window, but I never saw it. He's got a contact email. Just send him an email and ask him to set you up an order with those options. I'm sure that would work. EDIT: AHAH!
  15. h264

    Amp for Q701

    Only sound companies most people have heard of is Creative, Bose, Sennheiser, and Beats. That's my only point. I wouldn't ever call little dot shady. Schiit, well, they're still on probation for me. EDIT: Harman Kardon, Marshall, etc.
  16. h264

    Amp for Q701

    Nah, it's not a major re-configuration. the ODAC is supposed to have RCA outs, and the O2 always had the option of a 1x/2.5x gain. You'll want the unity gain for those AKGs, trust me. They're simply brutal. As far as boutique audiophile stuff goes it's all pretty shady looking compared to Asus, but honestly, I wouldn't recommend anything more. This device is simple, VERY durable (I take my JDSLabs one on a plane twice a week!), and makes your headphones sound VERY good, no matter what you decide to buy in the future. It's perfect for a small desktop and you can hook it up to a laptop or SFF PC easily. It doesn't even need drivers. Seriously, this is the best thing for a beginner audiophile.
  17. h264

    Amp for Q701

    There are few good options for the K7 line from AKG. AKG made an amp for this headphone, but I'm not sure it's produced anymore. If you buy some attenuators with it, I guess you could get a Schiit Magni and Modi to work okay. A FiiO E10 would work too, but you're obviously looking for something that will really last. Indeed, we could always hook you up with a Benchmark (a company) DAC stack for $1000+. It's ACTUALLY professional.
  18. h264

    Amp for Q701

    If you'd like to connect speakers to the ODAC and bypass the O2, buy it with the ODAC line out option on the back like I did. Then you can hook it up to computer speakers with a y-connector. Or to a speaker amp for some fancy bookself speakers. I think you'll need to put a message into the paypal order when you put it in your cart. I missed it and got to clip my own resistor. Message him and say you'd like the O2+ODAC Desktop version with the coax connectors as the line out for the ODAC instead. I'd also recommend you get the 1x/2.5x gain option. Especially for the AKG Q701. Just put that in the comments too. I can only type so fast, man
  19. h264

    Amp for Q701

    http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/6771-review-of-the-objective-2-odac-combo-desktop-version-by-mayflower-electronics/?hl=o2%2Bodac#entry72853 >$350 well, this would be just perfect then. I've got my K702s in this sucker. It was pretty much designed to drive this headphone, given the history behind it.
  20. Not if you've gotta lug 'em around.
  21. I'd rather have the K242, personally. Didn't you want closed headphones? http://www.ebay.com/itm/AKG-K242HD-Semi-Open-Headphones-w-Varimotion-Speakers-/290943135334?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item43bd8fee66
  22. A couple people have those. Plether isn't my thing for comfort though.
  23. Ebay, man. Ebay. One man's inpulse audiophile purchase is your much cheaper impulse audiophile purchase.
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