flognuts wrote:ok so USB or coax lol
edit. This is going to seem very head-fi-ish.
problem fixed, the dacmagic has never sounded this good, on my system atleast, The STX coax out has some kind of vile to that degraded the audio quality of the dacmagic.
Defiantly not a placebo, because this has been present ever since I used this set up and now its gone.
so make sure you test all digital outputs from your computer to see which is the best for your setup.
Did you also try the optical out from the STX using the toslink adapter, it could have been an electrical issue if it was or bit-perfect was too sharp.
The easiest comparisons, with your setup, would be USB vs STX coaxial vs STX toslink vs Mobo toslink. Its also possible that the STX to Dacmagic is too detailed for your liking, possibly too analytical. I think you were using the Unified drivers, were you outputting PCM or Dolby? Also passing through at different rates eg 48mhz vs 96mhz vs 192mhz could make a difference, I don't like the sound of the 192mhz output option for the STX. Different sound doesn't always mean an increase in quality, and superior quality doesn't always mean you will like it. One of the primary issues with head-fi, and myself when I am looking at AMP/DAC designs and maths.
With the STX + A900s I found that there were about 30% of my collection that I didn't like anymore because it was too analytical, but I like 95% of it with the MS-PROs, theres about 5 songs I prefer with the A900s. I was questioning some of my own tastes for a while, like "wtf why did I think this album was good", didn't think it was a consequence of my setup before I got the MS-pros.