Onboard volume controls and DAC's

Discussion in 'iMac' started by miar, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. miar macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    This Christmas I got a new headphone DAC - Cambridge DacMagic XS.
    I connect it to my iMac, and it works perfectly, but as most people knows you loose your onboard volume controls when connecting anything external sound device to your computer.
    I also have a pair of B&W MM1 speakers connected with USB, but with these ones I still have control of the volume with the buttons on the keyboard etc.

    So, my questions to you forum members:
    Is there any way I can still use my onboard volume controls with my new Cambridge headphone dac?
    I've tried Soundflower, but it hangs and I need to force quit it after a few seconds.. I got the latest version of it, but it still doesn't work for me.
    For the few seconds it does work I also notice a huge lack in volume strength compared to using the headphone dac directly or my B&W speakers.


    Any help will be appreciated :)
     
  2. perspective7 macrumors newbie

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    Sorry don't know, but was intrigued by what you have, i was thinking of getting one myself, the DAC what are your first impressions, seem to be a lot of good reviews so far?
     
  3. miar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have only used it for a few hours, but my impressions are that this is an awesome little dac.
    I've tested it with two pair of headphones - Beyerdynamic T70 (250 ohm) and DT250 (80 ohm).
    The dac most certainly boost up the dynamics in the music being played. It also sounds like voice/dialog in movies/TV-series sounds better and clearer - at least with the T70 headphones.

    I also love that the dac supports HQ sounds up to 24bit/192khz as I record/produce a lot of music and prefer as high quality as possible.


    Im very happy with the dac and will use it every day from now on :)
     
  4. perspective7 macrumors newbie

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    All my stuff on my iTunes is 320kbps will it actually make it sound worse?sennheiser HD598
     
  5. miar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, it would make it sound a bit more punchy and clear.
     
  6. perspective7 macrumors newbie

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    Thank-you miar i think i will invest in that little dac
     

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