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Default Aune T1? - 07-30-2014, 19:41 | posts: 9,163 | Location: Toledo

My Soundblaster Z seems to be on the fritz, so I want to replace it with an external DAC solution. Is there anything better than the T1 for the price? And what are some solid state equivalents? Also what's the best way to connect it to the PC?
   
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Default 07-30-2014, 20:24 | posts: 5,433 | Location: Michigan,usa

What issues is your sound blaster Z is giving you? Does the optical output from the Z still works? If so you could use the Z optical and still get it software features and connect it to the Modni optical and a Magni or vali. Unless the whole card doesn't work correctly, Which then another good choice is the Audio-GD NFB11 or NFB15 depending on the sound signature that you are looking for. But they might be a tad too much for you. I haven't used the aune T1 but the one thing that it has is the option to go tube rolling if your see that as a benefit.

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Default 07-30-2014, 20:31 | posts: 9,163 | Location: Toledo

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What issues is your sound blaster Z is giving you? Does the optical output from the Z still works? If so you could use the Z optical and still get it software features and connect it to the Modni optical and a Magni or vali. Unless the whole card doesn't work correctly, Which then another good choice is the Audio-GD NFB11 or NFB15 depending on the sound signature that you are looking for. But they might be a tad too much for you. I haven't used the aune T1 but the one thing that it has is the option to go tube rolling if your see that as a benefit.
It was what was causing the freezes all this time. And it only has a 1 year crappy warranty so it's a paperweight.
   
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Default 07-30-2014, 21:28 | posts: 7,801

ALO Audio have a sale on at the moment, I'd be all over a Pan AM right now if I lived in the US. Probably a bit out of your price range though, so the T1 is a great choice. Never met anyone that has been disappointed by it, you get the benefits of tube rolling and it sounds substantially better than the Z as far as I'm concerned. You've also the added benefit of it being driverless, you just plug it in via USB and the jobs done. You could also take a look at the Magni + Modi combo, although a lot of the people I've encountered that have heard both prefer the T1.

I'd recommend reading through the AMP/DAC sections here: http://www.head-fi.org/a/head-fi-buy...e-introduction

Also check here for some more reasonable prices: http://www.headfonia.com/source-recommendations/

It'll give you a wider number of options in your price range.

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Default 07-30-2014, 22:10 | posts: 9,163 | Location: Toledo

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ALO Audio have a sale on at the moment, I'd be all over a Pan AM right now if I lived in the US. Probably a bit out of your price range though, so the T1 is a great choice. Never met anyone that has been disappointed by it, you get the benefits of tube rolling and it sounds substantially better than the Z as far as I'm concerned. You've also the added benefit of it being driverless, you just plug it in via USB and the jobs done. You could also take a look at the Magni + Modi combo, although a lot of the people I've encountered that have heard both prefer the T1.

I'd recommend reading through the AMP/DAC sections here: http://www.head-fi.org/a/head-fi-buy...e-introduction

Also check here for some more reasonable prices: http://www.headfonia.com/source-recommendations/

It'll give you a wider number of options in your price range.
Hmm, very useful indeed, thanks
   
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Default 07-30-2014, 22:30 | posts: 3,591 | Location: Ohio

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ALO Audio have a sale on at the moment, I'd be all over a Pan AM right now if I lived in the US. Probably a bit out of your price range though, so the T1 is a great choice. Never met anyone that has been disappointed by it, you get the benefits of tube rolling and it sounds substantially better than the Z as far as I'm concerned. You've also the added benefit of it being driverless, you just plug it in via USB and the jobs done. You could also take a look at the Magni + Modi combo, although a lot of the people I've encountered that have heard both prefer the T1.

I'd recommend reading through the AMP/DAC sections here: http://www.head-fi.org/a/head-fi-buy...e-introduction

Also check here for some more reasonable prices: http://www.headfonia.com/source-recommendations/

It'll give you a wider number of options in your price range.
Ahhh, heck.....just get the studio six
   
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Default 07-30-2014, 22:32 | posts: 9,163 | Location: Toledo

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Ahhh, heck.....just get the studio six
$3,900? No problem!

Hmm, the FiiO E10K just came out, and is apparently really good for the $75 it costs. Might go with that until I get some higher quality headphones. We shall see. The T1 doesn't seem to have any real competitors at that price though, except maybe the Audinst Hud MX1.

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Default 07-31-2014, 16:21 | posts: 7,801

I'd sell my left nut for the Studio Six, it's an absolute work of art.

Honestly mate, jump on the T1 for now. By the time you go for a 'better set of headphones' you'll have something decent waiting for them. It'll run most of the kit you'd be looking at really well. That said, the E10K isn't a bad buy by any means.

...Besides, if we get a couple more T1 owners on the forum we could start an owners thread.

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Default 07-31-2014, 18:39 | posts: 9,163 | Location: Toledo

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I'd sell my left nut for the Studio Six, it's an absolute work of art.

Honestly mate, jump on the T1 for now. By the time you go for a 'better set of headphones' you'll have something decent waiting for them. It'll run most of the kit you'd be looking at really well. That said, the E10K isn't a bad buy by any means.

...Besides, if we get a couple more T1 owners on the forum we could start an owners thread.
We both know you'd sell both nuts for one, lmao. Anyway, I agree with your logic. Might as well put down the dough now and be set for a while. T1 MK2 it is.
   
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Default 07-31-2014, 19:01 | posts: 7,801

Be sure to post back when you have it, looking forward to your impressions. If you decide to upgrade the headphones at some point you know we're all here to help with advice.

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We both know you'd sell both nuts for one, lmao
Not a chance, wouldn't fancy having to take drugs in order to enjoy 'relations' so to say. Would consider my left nut and foreskin at a push.

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Default 08-01-2014, 01:10 | posts: 9,163 | Location: Toledo

Welp, I found a deal on an original T1 with two 6DJ8 Holland Amperex Orange Globes for $165 shipped. Should arrive next week. I'm quite excited, as a few of you know already
   
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Default 08-01-2014, 01:23 | posts: 26,663 | Location: Hampshire, UK

Aune T1 is awesome. It still puts a massive smile on my face when I listen to Eagles' Hotel California. It's a great piece of kit. Like Darkest said, a lot of people prefer it to Magni + Modi. Make sure you post your impressions.
   
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Default 08-01-2014, 10:34 | posts: 3,591 | Location: Ohio

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Welp, I found a deal on an original T1 with two 6DJ8 Holland Amperex Orange Globes for $165 shipped. Should arrive next week. I'm quite excited, as a few of you know already
congrats....very nice, indeed.
   
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Default 08-01-2014, 19:59 | posts: 1,194 | Location: Indonesia

I was going to buy Aune T1, but it was unavailable anywhere due to high exchange rate back then and importers were reluctant to import.

Nice choice indeed.

I bought a Topping D2 instead and I'm very happy with it.
   
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I was going to buy Aune T1, but it was unavailable anywhere due to high exchange rate back then and importers were reluctant to import.

Nice choice indeed.

I bought a Topping D2 instead and I'm very happy with it.
EBay is the place to get one from, or head fi forum.
   
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EBay is the place to get one from, or head fi forum.
Yeah, I got mine on Head-Fi's forum.
   
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Yeah, I got mine on Head-Fi's forum.
Head-fi forum is a great place to buy 2nd hand audio gear

If you keep your eyes on the b/s/t/ forum....there are some great deals to be had at times.
   
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EBay is the place to get one from, or head fi forum.
Never use eBay. But I bought several headphones and stuffs from aliexpress.

I was looking the Aune T1 in local shops. At that time the exchange rate was high, so it would be much more expensive buying from overseas using USD
   
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The Topping D2 is still a very nice bit of kit from all I've read, so it was all good in the end either way for you.
   
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Well, it's here. And boy does it sound good. It's so SMOOTH. Rich without harshness in highs and mids that I didn't even know was there before. Really brings the best out of the Aurvana Live. And I fixed what was wrong with the Z, so I'll just leave it in for use with my speakers.
   
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Default 08-04-2014, 23:00 | posts: 26,663 | Location: Hampshire, UK

Awesome, glad you like it. It's really a great piece of kit and if I'm honest, I don't miss any of the gaming features at all. High quality recordings sound unreal on good headphones. If I had to describe it using one word it would be rich. like proper jus rich.

what was wrong with the Z btw?

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Default 08-04-2014, 23:04 | posts: 9,163 | Location: Toledo

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Awesome, glad you like it. It's really a great piece of kit and if I'm honest, I don't miss any of the gaming features at all. High quality recordings sound unreal on good headphones. If I had to describe it using one word it would be rich. like proper jus rich.

what was wrong with the Z btw?
I had it in the 1X slot above my 780, and I guess it was causing interference or something. The source would just switch itself between headphones and speakers sometimes and I had one time where it just stopped making sound completely until I restarted. Moved it to the lower X4 and all seems well.

And yeah, I agree. Rich is a good description.
   
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It was probably getting way too hot from being next to that 780...
   
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Default 08-05-2014, 18:22 | posts: 7,801

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Well, it's here. And boy does it sound good. It's so SMOOTH. Rich without harshness in highs and mids that I didn't even know was there before. Really brings the best out of the Aurvana Live. And I fixed what was wrong with the Z, so I'll just leave it in for use with my speakers.
Glad you're enjoying it, it's pretty much unbeatable for the price range. How long until you get your hands on some new cans, still going for the X1's?

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Glad you're enjoying it, it's pretty much unbeatable for the price range. How long until you get your hands on some new cans, still going for the X1's?
Not for a month or two, school is starting soon.
   
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