So here is setup 1 Schiit Jotunheim connected by built in usb 4490 dac to pc. After having this for a while it has gotten to be a pain in the butt to switch to phones as it does not mute the speakers and my (connected by xlr) Kali LP6 switches are on the rear. I am looking for a equivalent dac/amp that does mute. I am slowly learning why the “Jote” has a reputation. I cured the power switch problem by using a smart outlet. (Switch is a bitch to get at)
Setup2 on my second pc is a SMSL su8 balanced dac connected to my T5vs via xlr and my sub by rca’s. On this setup I have to unplug my sub in order to plug in my Magni 3+ Anyone know of a alternative either by being creative or just different equipment?
Budget I would like to be under $500 but understand sometimes you are dreaming too!! My main concern is setup 1 for starters
Yes, I have demoed it a fair amount of times (along with other questyle gear), and it’s pretty sweet. It’s a pretty well refined dac and amp, on the slightly warmer and sweeter side of neutral, pretty enjoyable, and can drive most headphones no problem. Build and quality are also pretty good for the price. The 400i should have a button that allows you to switch between preamp and headphone amp mode, so you don’t have to unplug the headphones from the unit and can switch between headphone out or speaker out essentially.
My bad, I meant rca switcher, that would do the job lol. A simple one like this would work (you would just run it in reverse, it’s a passive device so you shouldn’t have any issues)
Wow! I reread this last comment and it is easily misunderstood… My bad!! I cannot believe I did not think of a rca switcher for setup 2. Just ordered same…
As usual when Mon suggests some piece of equipment I seem to have a hard time finding it to purchase. Cma400i is like out of stock at most places and I am also interest in the Topping Dx7 pro if anyone has some insight into.
So I think you could grab something like an enog 2 pro (or another su8 or something lol) and an amp like the asgard 3 (which imo is an improvement over the jot), then run the unbalanced out of the enog to the asgard, then run the balanced out of the dac to a controller like the mackie big knob passive (where you can just mute it when you are done and have volume control separate from the headphone amp
Lord knows Zeos loves his enog 2!!! LOL! He is one of the reasons I got deep into this rabbit hole…Although always been a music and overall sound nut. I am not totally done with the Questyle and I am a little soured by Schiit. I will ponder all this and check finances. You rock Mon !! Thanks.
Lol well don’t overspend, tbh the questyle is way overkill for those headphones, I would really suggest spending more on a higher tier of headphones (or monitors) before going for something like the questyle
I know ASR can be a bit taboo to reference here, but the D5 is one of the highest rated on some measurements of any DAC…is that purely measurement? How does it compare on natural presentation when paired with something like the RNHP? If it’s the same level as SU-8, what’s an example of the next level? Amp section not necessary for consideration, though the variable out for powered speakers is a plus.