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Grace Design m920
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Nooby question here.
I have the DarkVoice 336SE connected to my Asus Xonar Essence STX.
With the M920, is there a way to just connect the M920 to my current setup? EX: use the DarkVoice as a OTL preamp and feed this to the M920 while retaining the STX connection?
If this is possible, will I be missing out on some main features of the M920? Perhaps no more DAC feature?
You want to use the m920 as your DAC. Just connect the line-outs to your DarkVoice. It has balanced and single-ended line-outs, and since your amp isn't balanced, you can just use the SE line-outs. In-fact, the Grace lets you disable the volume control on the SE output via jumpers inside (so your signal remains more pure by never going through the volume attenuator), which is what I would recommend doing. This way, you just use your DarkVoice to control the volume. This does not disable the volume controls of the headphone and balanced outputs of the m920. You can also use the headphone section of the m920 if you're listening to things that you don't want to use your tubes with, such as YouTube videos and such.
Now if you want to use the DarkVoice as a preamp as you mentioned, it does have a line-out. I'm not sure if that line-out is from the preamp section, or if it just splits the input signal and has one going to the amp, and the other to the output jacks. If the output is after the preamp section, just connect it to the line-in of the m920. If it is simply a split, I suppose you could run the headphone out into the m920, but I don't know if I would.
Thanks AudioMan612! I think I get the picture now.
Your recommendation: Sound card --> m920 --> 336SE
Would using the m920 as just a DAC be wasting its other plentiful features? Am I better off saving money and just looking for a non-USB DAC at this point?
That jumper to disable the volume control sounds interesting, I may give them a test to see the difference.
I also saw the Geek Soul Tube.... ahh so much reading, only 2 days!
The best feature of the m920 is its DAC. Don't get me wrong, it's a solid headphone amplifier as well, but the best part of it is its DAC. That said, you would not be wasting your money, especially at this price. Besides, you may find that for certain things, you like the headphone amp in the m920 better than your DarkVoice, so you might be using it here and there. My headphone amp is tube as well (Woo Audio WA7), so it will be nice to have a good solid-state amp now as well, so I'm sure I'll be switching between the two.
You actually don't need to involve the sound card if you're using USB. You would need it if you use S/PDIF (coax or optical) though. But yeah, that's what I recommend. This way you'll be using the excellent DAC in the m920, and you can quickly switch your headphones between your solid state amp (m920) and your tube amp.
That Geek Soul looks really cool!
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