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I purchased an AD18 from Massdrop in July of 2018 (https://www.massdrop.com/buy/64238).
So far the sound has been great, but at least once each day my music will stop playing and I will hear only a loud static noise. I have to go into my system preferences and change my output device to something else, then back to the AD18. I am using a 2015 Macbook Pro running Mojave.
Do you know how I might be able to fix it? Thanks!
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4* -> 2*.
Can no longer risk using these with headphones for fear of exploding my eardrums with that buzzing.
Original Review: Before purchasing this, I requested advice on whether to purchase this, the Topping DX7 (with similar feature set), or something similar that I hadn't thought of. My condition was that I would be using it about 60% of the time with those Andrew Jones bookshelf speakers that are always $60-70, and 40% of the time with the Sennheiser HD6xx from MD.
I was told that this was the unit to get if the primary use would be with speakers, while the DX7 would have been better for mostly headphone use. Now, having given it a test drive, I agree with that statement.
The unit is significantly smaller than I was expecting (there are probably dimensions that I didn't bother with in the description) not that it's a bad thing, so I shifted my desk arrangement around a little bit. I did also receive the revised version with the AAA remote. Haven't bothered with that yet. Does get a little warm when in use, but nothing I'm concerned about yet.
Sound through the Andrew Jones speakers is creamy and wonderful. Currently jamming to Mitch Murder, The Midnight and Timecop1983 on the RAP eq preset. Bass is more than enough without a sub. Moving onto Rock, both Moving Mountans and The Dear Hunter sounded great within the context of a desktop setup. I'd give the sound a 4.5/5 through these speakers.
That said, this unit is borderline unusable with the Sennheiser HD6xx. Music is very bleh, and volume does not get uncomfortable even when maxed in everything. In fact, I may end up just using my old FiiO E7 from 2011 which provides a far more enjoyable headphone listening experience. I was expecting the AD18 to better suited for speakers, but I was also expecting it to do a better job than my cheap old FiiO. Probably better with other cans. Still..... 2/5
After spending some time with this, I am going to upgrade its headphones rating from 2/5 -> 3.5/5. Still not great, but more than sufficient for most uses.
However, I am randomly getting loud static from time to time and have no idea what's causing this, so the overall rating will stay the same. Anyone know how to make it stop?
Hey, I have the same problem with the static using the usb input from my early-mid 2000’s dell All in one computer. Haven’t tried using the usb input from any other sources l, but I know what you mean and it really really sucks. I plan on getting something else to try the usb input again.. I’m wondering if something is wrong with the driver software or what not, it yeah, you’re not alone. It doesn’t do it on any other inputs...
USB signals straight out of a computer are notoriously noisy (i.e. they are polluted with electrostatic and RF interference coming from your computer). You can remedy this by plugging a noise filter in the usb port on the computer. Costs about $50.- on Amazon. I use the AudioQuest - Jitterbug USB Filter and gives great results. iFi iDefender is a similar product. I have not tested that one.
I have fixed my vimeo link. Let me know if that's "noise" :)