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Old 22nd May 2008, 11:20 PM   #51
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next week I can report on the Fubar II ($US120) assuming it arrives. So will have Intel iMac playing Apple Lossless -> Fubar II -> Trends Audio 10.1 -> FE166e BIBs.
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Old 23rd May 2008, 09:44 AM   #52
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The Fubar II arrived. Compared to the headphone jack, a USB DAC is a far superior music source. This DAC has raised the quality of my system to a different level.
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Old 28th May 2008, 02:50 PM   #53
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The Fubar II arrived. Compared to the headphone jack, a USB DAC is a far superior music source. This DAC has raised the quality of my system to a different level.

How are you finding it, now you've listened to it a bit more?

Also, just wondering what peoples thoughts would be on the "Zhaolu D2.5" ( http://www.coemaudio.com.au/Sources/DACs/177/ ).
I could possibly get this and use the Optical input as my motherboard has one.

I would be giving up features that would be handy for me, but the increase in quality and knowing i wouldn't have any compatibility problems would be fine.
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Old 28th May 2008, 04:45 PM   #54
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I've used an E-mu 0404 PCI card for years now. Was about $60 USD last I looked, which was also quite awhile ago. Fantastic sound quality for the buck. Really great digital EQ and routing via PatchMix software. Maxed out connectivity for a stereo sound card. E-mu makes the DSP chips that Creative uses (Creative actually bought them at some point after the Live series started making them a behemoth in the market), and I haven't found a single game that doesn't work seamlessly with it, though in stereo only, of course. I've not heard another sound card I liked better for less than probably $300, and I've not heard any USB DACs I like better, period, though the units I've heard have been few and none have cost more than maybe $200.

Just another option to think of.

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Old 28th May 2008, 05:42 PM   #55
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Thanks for the reply.

I have been having some trouble trying to decide which way to go.

If I was to go the consumer-grade sound card, it would definately be the Asus D2/X.

If I was to go with a higher grade card there a couple of Emu and M-audio cards I've looked at, and liked.

If I was to go with a DAC, it would only be a digital (optical/coax) one only, I don't really like the idea of a USB DAC, as I think it may either be more trouble than what its worth (for what I do).

If I remember rightly, the 0404 was actually one of the cards I considered.

I still haven't decided, and still unsure as to which way to go.
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Old 30th May 2008, 02:10 AM   #56
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The Fubar II arrived. Compared to the headphone jack, a USB DAC is a far superior music source. This DAC has raised the quality of my system to a different level.
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How are you finding it, now you've listened to it a bit more?
I noticed big differences the first day but the improvements disappeared the next day, or I got used to them real quick or I had been imagining the improvements. I'll do some A-B test and find out.

FE166e BIBs w/Phase Plugs & PVAed, Trends Audio 10.1 modded, Fubar II stock, iTunes, Apple Lossless
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Here is an offering from today's MCM sales bulletin .Full Range driver 55-4638. Anyone have any experience with it?
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