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Re: High end Sound Card or Low end DAC
« Reply #30 on: May 07, 2015 at 09:07 AM »
How much of a difference can you hear between the tstx and the rega? :)

Is it easily discernable when you switch betweem DACs?

Im interested to know this as well.  Price difference is miles away, about 30k.
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Re: High end Sound Card or Low end DAC
« Reply #31 on: May 07, 2015 at 10:03 AM »
Correct!

How much of a difference can you hear between the tstx and the rega? :)

Is it easily discernable when you switch betweem DACs?

@Gutierrez: Sir, ultimately you have to find out muna kung swak sa preference ninyo ang sonic signature ng soundcard. Ang problem lang is paano ninyo audition. Suggestion sir, sa mga Gilmore stores, pwede sa kanila ang return within 7 days. Try to get one muna, then return after 5 days kung hindi ninyo gusto ang sound. Palit ibang item na lang. Dapat sir, you should prioritize and sound quality before anything else.

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Re: High end Sound Card or Low end DAC
« Reply #32 on: May 07, 2015 at 10:15 AM »
Correct!

@Gutierrez: Sir, ultimately you have to find out muna kung swak sa preference ninyo ang sonic signature ng soundcard. Ang problem lang is paano ninyo audition. Suggestion sir, sa mga Gilmore stores, pwede sa kanila ang return within 7 days. Try to get one muna, then return after 5 days kung hindi ninyo gusto ang sound. Palit ibang item na lang. Dapat sir, you should prioritize and sound quality before anything else.

Actually sir, I already bought one pero yun Asus na Xonar Phoebus, I think specs wise almost the same lang (in terms of DAC used).  Medyo hindi pa ako satisfied in terms of SQ, there's still harshness on highs and manipis konti tumunog, given that Im already using a tube amp.  im considering an external DAC as remedy and Im leaning towards yhe Rotel RDD0 (not a low end DAC thou).

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Re: High end Sound Card or Low end DAC
« Reply #33 on: May 07, 2015 at 10:19 AM »
Actually sir, I already bought one pero yun Asus na Xonar Phoebus, I think specs wise almost the same lang (in terms of DAC used).  Medyo hindi pa ako satisfied in terms of SQ, there's still harshness on highs and manipis konti tumunog, given that Im already using a tube amp.  im considering an external DAC as remedy and Im leaning towards yhe Rotel RDD0 (not a low end DAC thou).

What about your Rega sir. Medjo laid back ang highs niya and makapal ng unti tumunog. Hindi niyo type yun sound?

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Re: High end Sound Card or Low end DAC
« Reply #34 on: May 07, 2015 at 10:21 AM »
What about your Rega sir. Medjo laid back ang highs niya and makapal ng unti tumunog. Hindi niyo type yun sound?

Ay hindi po ako yun may Rega

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Re: High end Sound Card or Low end DAC
« Reply #35 on: May 07, 2015 at 10:22 AM »
As far as I can recall, sir, the difference is considerable but its not highly significant. Its not what you might call night and day difference. Medyo manipis ng konti yong stx, but soundstage is quite decent.
Sir, what Im really after is the combination of the two: stx soundcard as transport (bridge) and Rega as DAC. I would presume na kaya maganda yong result para sa akin, kasi Rega is known to have full bodied sound tapos it is receiving signal from manipis ng konti = sakto lang siya.   

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Re: High end Sound Card or Low end DAC
« Reply #36 on: May 07, 2015 at 10:24 AM »
Ay hindi po ako yun may Rega

Try the digital EQ ng PC niyo.

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Re: High end Sound Card or Low end DAC
« Reply #37 on: May 07, 2015 at 10:43 AM »
Try the digital EQ ng PC niyo.

Thats the beauty of pc/digital setup, pwede i eq until lumabas ang sq pref.

May setup is simple, 1). pc-mb -> tube amp (using foobar) very satisfied na ko sa sq. 2). Pc-soundcard-toslink -> HT-ss (using foobar) mas satisfied kesa sa setup 1.

I guess mababaw lang ang pandinig ko, pero gusto ko din makadinig ng setup na may stx. Baka makulam ako at magulo ang mundo ko...hehehe...


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Re: High end Sound Card or Low end DAC
« Reply #38 on: May 07, 2015 at 01:31 PM »
Actually sir, I already bought one pero yun Asus na Xonar Phoebus, I think specs wise almost the same lang (in terms of DAC used).  Medyo hindi pa ako satisfied in terms of SQ, there's still harshness on highs and manipis konti tumunog, given that Im already using a tube amp.  im considering an external DAC as remedy and Im leaning towards yhe Rotel RDD0 (not a low end DAC thou).

Ano po bang tubes gamit ng tube amp niyo? Baka puwede kayo mag tube roll para makuha niyo iyung tunog na habol niyo.
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Re: High end Sound Card or Low end DAC
« Reply #39 on: May 07, 2015 at 05:09 PM »
Thats the beauty of pc/digital setup, pwede i eq until lumabas ang sq pref.

May setup is simple, 1). pc-mb -> tube amp (using foobar) very satisfied na ko sa sq. 2). Pc-soundcard-toslink -> HT-ss (using foobar) mas satisfied kesa sa setup 1.

I guess mababaw lang ang pandinig ko, pero gusto ko din makadinig ng setup na may stx. Baka makulam ako at magulo ang mundo ko...hehehe...



Bilhin mo na lang Asus Xonar Phoebus ko, hehehe

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Re: High end Sound Card or Low end DAC
« Reply #40 on: May 07, 2015 at 06:09 PM »
Bilhin mo na lang Asus Xonar Phoebus ko, hehehe

Naku sir di ako gamer...hehehe...