So it appears I had blown a fuse on the subwoofer back in the day, luckily there was a replacement fuse still inside. so I got this working.
PC into Zen DAC, into tube preamp, into … well, whatever that home cinema contraption is called.
In parallel, using the 4.4 pentacon connection from the DAC to the CAN and plugging the headphones into that.
I was expecting sync issues but honestly? If there are any, I can’t tell.
And it … works …sort of
The effect is VERY subtle, but it does round out the bass and give it a bit more low end without altering anything else. I can also feel it in my feet obviously and through out my body, even at low volumes.
Not a lot, but it’s there. This matter though.
It’s the kind of thing where you only notice it when you take it away.
Also only really does anything on the DT880, on the closed back QC35 it’s basically not noticable.
This was using it only for the low end around 70HZ and about 9 on the sub volume dial.
Don’t want to wake the neighbours after all .
Now I could see this having more impact if I play around to find the sweet spot.
And as a bonus I get to use a sub with the monitors which makes a WORLD of a difference.
Only issue is that, like the sub only being noticeable after taking it away, I now realize that the tube preamp had WAY more effect than I gave it credit for. I kind of don’t want to go back to using only the 4.4 now XD Even this little tube is definitely the way to go for DT880, but I also want to keep trying the sub + headphone combo.
The added sensations at a bare minimum are like using the headtracker.
There is just something that is difficult to put in words, even with very subtle movements of the head, the sound changes just a liiiitle bit…but it’s enough to REALLY open the soundstage. I’ve tried a blind test with my sister as well and If I volume match the speakers (that you can definitely hear through the DT880s), I could take out switch between speakers and headphone and it was very hard to tell the difference.
There is just something about fixing the sound to a location as you move your head that fools your head into thinking you can’t be listening to headphones. And the added sub is the same. At first I felt like it made no difference, but after a while it just felt wrong without.
So I need to find myself a 4.4 pentacon to RCA I guess.
That would allow me to keep the tube for the DT880 and feed the DAC into the decoder as well.
And the CAN does have a 4.4 balanced out so I could even keep the tube for the decoder…not that it would make much of a difference I suppose.
So PC, to DAC, to tube, to CAN…to decoder to sub XD
Not sure I can skip the decoder with a long enough balanced to RCA cable?
Being a powered sub I suppose I only need to care about the signal right?