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Listening to HD 6XX and the LSR 30X at the same time. The sound from the monitor can easily come through the headphone since it is open back. It has the clarity of the headphone and the strong bass from the monitors. The monitors also help widen the sound stage a lot. Very interesting experience but not perfect for every type of music.
I see you are using a Magni 3 amp. What DAC are you running with it? I've been using my Magni 3 since it released with the Modi Multibit DAC and this has been a great pairing with all of my headphones.
Haven't got a DAC yet since I am still trying to figure out what is the best way to go about getting everything setup. Problem is that there is ground loop issue with the current setup since the audio system and desktop is on different powerstrip. I usually just turn off the powerstrip to shutdown my audio system since the mixer doesn't have a power switch and I am kind of tired of turning off the speakers. I still want my desktop on even if I shutdown my audio system. I thought about getting the Massdrop Liquid Carbon X + SDAC DAC/Amp to replace the mangi 3 and be able to use it as a DAC but bailed out on the drop. Ideally, I would want a DAC with toslink to get rid of ground loops since I don't want to spend $100 on getting the Wyrd. So many variables in play here.
With the exchange rate, it might cost me ~$300-400 CDN to ship them up to Toronto. Otherwise, the HD600-650 will set me back ~$600.
I have my Schiit stack ready to go! Here’s hoping for another drop...
IMHO, yeah that's the main benefit of a dedicated DAC (unless your source really sucks). Getting rid of the dreaded ground loop and other noises. One of the main reasons I prefer using my iPhone as music player the only thing plugged into ground is my amp. Also, the phone has a lower internal noise level even when compared to a laptop on batteries (higher powered circuits and one or more fans).
The Schiit Modi 2 Uber has Toslink input for $150.
Another problem is that I am running linux so I don't know if Linux will play well without the schiit driver. To make things more complicated, I have a window 10 VM that has problematic sound issues. Passing it a USB sound adapter while using microsoft driver still has crackling sound. Not sure if using a schiit driver on that will resolve issue. @.@
Are you going to be using it USB or Toslink...? Because Toslink is standardized so it doesn't need a driver beyond your basic audio device driver.
Likely toslink for linux but USB for window VM. But then Linux and Window can't be used at the same time.
Windows VM in Linux? Just use Toslink in Linux and set the default audio device on the VM to the ALSA or Pulseaudio sink. No need to complicate things by trying to use two different drivers for the same device.
To make things more complicated, I am doing a GPU passthrough so the default sound created by virt manager does not work. AC97 workaround doesn't work either. It seems that window 10 VM has audio crackling issue after one of the major updates. Using the nvidia gpu sound did not have the issue but then the sound is going to my computer monitor. Do you have any guide to try the pulseaudio sink? I don't care about getting the best sound from my window VM since I only use it for games. I am using ubuntu server 17.1 as host and window 10 as guest.
Thanks! Will try when I get home.
Cool, also how is libvirt working out for you? Last time I tried, it was a horrible PoS... I was seeing a magnitude of latency and general stability issues in the VM and occasional kernel panics on the Linux side. But that was like 2-3 years ago. I would love to switch back to Arch instead of Win10 as my main OS, but native Windows was just way more stable...
Audio is the main show stopper for me. My host has been pretty stable. On rare occasion, shutting down VM will freeze the libvirt service. I am using synergy to use one mouse/kb to control both host and guest. I pass mouse/kb to guest at VM start so my guest has native mouse/KB support for games if necessary. I just switch monitor's input to switch between guest and host. Not the most convenient way but no need to spend $400 on the level1tech KVM switch. I haven't noticed any performance issues on my guest. You should definitely give it another try.
GPU: 660ti for Host, 1060 for Guest
Storage: optane 900p, 2x3tb HDD in RAID1 with optane bcache, 500GB 850 EVO SSD.
I tried it but didn't work for me. Bought a USB controller for PCIE slots. Will see how that go.
I see we have similar tastes in desks...
and in monitors...
And if MD ever ships my HD 6XXs , we'll be damn near indistinguishable ;- )
Nice! Difference might be that I have terrible handwriting.
The pcie USB controller works and now my sounds is fixed. there are USB card that have multiple controllers on it so you can pass that card to multiple VM.
Sweet, glad it's working. Linus did a video on 3 VR gamers, 1 PC recently and he talked about that multi-node USB card... hmm... I'm gonna have to play around with libvirt or Unraid at some point. I think I need to up my PC's specs first.
Yeah, I have that problem too (left-handed).