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  1. PM sent with intent to buy.
  2. I think what I'll do is tomorrow when I get home I'll move the speakers to my lounge room where the dvd player is and test it from there with and without the DAC. Hopefully this will also open up the sound a bit as the room I'm using them in now is pretty small.
  3. I don't really have room for stand mounted speakers at the moment. I've tested it with a variety of genres including electronic, rock, metal, classical etc. Edit: I'll have to try it out tomorrow using a dvd player to see if that makes any difference to the sound. I should have one with digital output.
  4. Thanks everyone for the replies. My speakers are sitting on my desk with my PC. I've switched back and forth between the DAC and the PC's on-board sound while the music is playing and it sounds exactly the same to me. You'd think there'd be at least be some sort of noticeable difference? I'm playing ALAC files from iTunes at 44khz. I'll try it out when I can with a CD or DVD player and see if that changes anything.
  5. I tried using the USB connection and it seemed to get rid of the 'echoing'. However I still can't really tell a difference between the sound with and without the DAC.
  6. I just received the DAC19-DSP I ordered to use with my Usher s-520's and Redgum Sonofa'GUM. Hooked it all up using an optical cable from the SPDIF out of my PC. After a bit of listening it seems to sound not very different if not worse than when I had no DAC in my system, and the amp was just connected directly to my computer with a x2 RCA to 3.5mm jack converter. From what I can hear, music seems to echo a lot more with the DAC, but other than that I can't really tell a difference. Is there a reason why it would be doing this?
  7. The DAC-19 DSP only works out to be $170 more than the NFB 2.1 so I think I'll just go for it Probably overkill but at least I won't have to worry about a future upgrade anytime soon.
  8. I would have thought the PCM1704UK would be a huge upgrade over the cheaper chips used in the NFB 2.1.I'll be having my setup next to my computer so wireless isn't really needed.
  9. I knew I'd end up going over my budget haha. Is the DAC19 really worth the upgrade over the NFB 2.1? If it is I can probably stretch to it, seems like a lot to spend $700 for the dac on a $1000 speaker + amp setup.
  10. Hmm, it is tempting to go for the 2.1. I'll give Audio GD an email and see how much it'll cost for the 2.1 with the WM8805 and DIR9001 chips.
  11. Thanks, I'll probably do that if I buy it. So you'd recommend that DAC for my <$400 budget?
  12. I've just ordered a pair of Usher s-520's and a Redgum Sonofa'GUM amp for my first hifi setup. I'll be using it to play lossless music from my PC (electronic and rock/metal genres mostly). All that's left to get is the DAC. I don't really have any idea on what to get, other than I'd prefer not to pay more than $400. I should also note my PC has SPDIF out, would this be better than using USB to connect to the DAC? So far I'm considering the following: Maverick Tubemagic D1 Cambridge Audio Dacmagic Audio GD NFB-3.1 Musical Fidelity VDAC II From what I've been reading the NFB 3.1 sounds like a great DAC for the price. Would anyone be able to give me suggestions on what I should buy? EDIT: Could someone also please explain to me the differences between support for 192khz/96khz etc... I understand the NFB 3.1 has the option of one or the other when ordering it.
  13. Ariel

    Integrated amp for Usher s-520's

    Decided to go with the Redgum Sonofa'GUM and had it modified by Redgum with a mono preamp out socket. Thanks Randle for giving me that option!
  14. Ariel

    Need help with first hi-fi setup

    Just heard a KRK Rokit 8 G2 demo at my local hifi store, they were good but not really what I'm looking for. Clarity was great but being studio monitors they didn't go very loud for their size, and I didn't really feel like they had enough 'energy' to them.
  15. I'm deciding between the Usher s-520 speakers with a Redgum Sonofa 5500 integrated amp, or the powered KRK Rokit RP8 G2 studio monitors with an Asus Xonar Essence sound card. Both combinations work out to be a similar price. I was originally going to go with the Usher's but a few people suggested I get powered monitors and a good sound card instead and recommended the KRK's. I will be using the setup for listening to music from my PC in a 2.5m x 3m room, mostly dubstep, DnB and rock/metal. I will not be producing or mixing. Although the KRK's are designed for producing, I have heard they are not as flat as other studio monitors so they are still suitable for normal listening. What are the pros and cons of each setup? The KRK's seem a lot more powerful but will probably give a flatter sound to the Usher's. I will most likely be adding a sub to the setup later down the track. EDIT: Links - https://soundcorp.com.au/product/?producttitle=KRK_RP8G2&productcategoryid=69&productid=1262 http://www.usheraudiousa.com/products/loudspeakers/usher-series/s-520-shielded http://www.digitalaudioreview.net.au/index.php/audio-reviews/amplifier-reviews/item/182-redgum-sonofagum-5500-integrated-amplifier EDIT 2: Just listened to the KRK's at a local hifi store and they weren't really what I'm looking for. I think I'll be going with the Ushers.
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