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Old 3rd August 2012, 01:42 PM   #1
m0ngoose is offline m0ngoose
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Default Having a little trouble with new DAC setup

So i recently got a Zhaolu 1.3 DAC from a friend of mine and thought it would be useful to use it instead of my maudio 1814. I wanted to do this so I dont have to have my computer hooked up to my setup to listen to music.
I got the cables today and hooked everything up and ran into a problem. The sound coming out of the speakers is extremely quiet (as in only the kick is barely audible)
My setup is as follows
mp3 player => zhaolu 1.3 DAC through rca inputs zhaolu => dynaudio bm6a mkII (active) through XLR outputs
Im a little confused as far as my limited understanding goes this is whats happening
digital signal goes into DAC gets converted to analog and sent to active speakers. signal is boosted within the speaker and nice sounds come out.
do i need something else to boost the signal? or is the Zhaolu playing tricks with me?
also the headphone jack works perfectly in the DAC
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Old 3rd August 2012, 04:01 PM   #2
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what MP3 player? also thats a pretty old version dac and these things are often modded to hell, so telling us its a zhaolu doesnt really describe it, do you have any pics or further specs?

does it actually have balanced outs or are you using conversion cables from RCA to XLR only connecting one side? if you are, then that could easily explain the low levels, as the BM6 will be receiving max half the voltage signal they are expecting

sorry its just not totally clear how you are connecting it from your above description
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