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E-MU 0404 PCI-E Help and Advice
Etherd
post Dec 14 2012, 23:54
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Hello all, first post, hope this is in the right place. Go easy smile.gif
So i was wondering if someone could help me with my audio issues?
I'm not overly familiar with the audio side of computers but am savvy enough in other areas. Trying to learn.
I currently have an E-MU- 0404 PCI-E and am struggling to understand how best to utilise its features. When i was building my computer i was told that this would be the best card for my needs, which is mainly music production, for which i needed good ASIO support, and accurate sound production. Hope this was good advice? Peoples oppinions on this welcome.
So my main question is about the connections on the card. For those unfamiliar with the card the connections can be seen here http://www.creative.com/emu/products/produ...5&pid=20022
I am confused as to what the best output is to use for:
1. Stereo Headphones
2. Stereo Speakers
I am also wondering about amps, but that is a whole other ball game i think.
As i said im rather new to the audio side of computers so any help or advice any could give would be much appreciated.
Thanks smile.gif

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Etherd
post Dec 15 2012, 22:31
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I see so connecting a a headphone amp to a speaker amp via the speaker amps line out/headphone out, will that lead to any loss in sound quality or impedance problems? I take it for this to work without needing to swap i would need a speaker amp with a headphone and line out? Is that possible? FiiO products do seem to get good reviews especially the desktop one. Was looking at http://www.mav-audio.com/base/product/tube_magic_d1 bu cant find it anywhere, buget is probably around 100 anyway so FiiO seem to fit in with that well, are they the recommended brand, dont want my sound card to be done an injustice by having a poor amp.
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post Dec 17 2012, 13:45
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QUOTE (Etherd @ Dec 15 2012, 16:31) *
I see so connecting a a headphone amp to a speaker amp via the speaker amps line out/headphone out, will that lead to any loss in sound quality or impedance problems?


IME, far better is to do one of the following:

(1) Use a passive splitter *Y cable" to drive both the speaker amp and the headphone amp at the same time.
(2) Use a speaker amp that also contains a respectable headphone amp.


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I take it for this to work without needing to swap i would need a speaker amp with a headphone and line out? Is that possible? FiiO products do seem to get good reviews especially the desktop one.


I have a couple of pieces of FIIO product including their E5 headphone amp and find them to provide the performance I need at a reasonable price and in a reasonable package.

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Was looking at http://www.mav-audio.com/base/product/tube_magic_d1 bu cant find it anywhere,


Thanks for the fact that you can't find it, because it is highly questionable. Why have a tube sonic colorizer in your signal path? Will it hurt so good or what?

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Budget is probably around 100 anyway so FiiO seem to fit in with that well, are they the recommended brand, don't want my sound card to be done an injustice by having a poor amp.



The 0404 is a good piece to have.
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