Onboard volume controls and DAC's

miar

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 12, 2011
4
0
Oslo, Norway
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 :)
 

perspective7

macrumors newbie
Jan 1, 2015
17
0
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 :)
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?
 

miar

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 12, 2011
4
0
Oslo, Norway
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 :)
 

perspective7

macrumors newbie
Jan 1, 2015
17
0
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 :)

All my stuff on my iTunes is 320kbps will it actually make it sound worse?sennheiser HD598
 
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