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We will provide an URL for driver download (Windows), there is no driver on a Mac because Mac supports async. natively.Installation is without solder work, but do need to open the case (instruction can be provided).
Just to be sure: for a non-techie like myself, do you believe it's "safe" to replace the new module on my own - even with instructions provided? I'd rather not take any risks, as I'm sure you can understand..Moreover: when turning on the DAC-9 the volume control defaults to '50' instead of remembering the last setting, which is quite annoying when having to turn down (or otherwise change) the volume everytime the DAC-9 is switched on. The new displays didn't settle that. What's the incentive in defaulting to 50? I find remembering the last setting makes a lot more sense..
The module plugs onto a socket on the main circuit board, so I think it's just not likely to go wrong.Regarding the volume setting, if the DAC9 is set as 'Fixed Output' the volume will always stick to "Fixed' when power down, but with the DAC9 set for variable output, it defaults to 50 whenever the power is lost.We argue about features long and hard , and decided to do this because of a big group of users with headphones, defaulting to the last 'saved' (yet conveniently forgotten) setting could start at a really high volume that may cause damages . The other thing is just leave DAC9 powered up all the time. It consumes so little power there is really no problem keep the DAC9 powered up all the time, if keeping the volume is required.
With regard to the volume setting: isn't the headphone volume controlled exclusively by the "manual" knob on the lower right front of the DAC-9, or..? I would have believed the variable output(i.e.: the one indicated by the digits on the display) of the DAC-9 is by-passed once the headphone-knob is turned on, and thus would render the former irrelevant. I'm guessing I'm in the not-knowing here..
Indeed, it would make sense to leave my DAC-9 powered up permanently, but will this affect its lifespan in any way noticable? I'll keep powering down my Stereo 8.5V3 poweramp over nights though, even if the slight heat it produces is not likely to degrade its components(not least the capacitors) rapidly. However, leaving the poweramp turned on for extended periods of time, i.e. more than 24 hours, positively affects sound quality(I find), and so for that reason has been thought of as an option, but that's another discussion..
Indeed the headphone output on the DAC9 has its independent volume control, we are talking in a more 'general sense', where the DAC9 may be part of a more elaborate system such as separate DAC + headphone amp setup.
A simple way to look at this is with linear or digital circuit I would leave them on (such as preamp, DAC, CD player, PC, server) With high-power device with higher idling current I would keep them off when not in used. I would power off the preamp/DAC if I am going to be away for several weeks.
i am using dec 9 and upgraded from 96 to 192, but my mac (os 10.7.4) can't control the volume from audio midi, thus there are no sound from my system, after installed asy usb audio the problem still can't be fix, would u please provide solution?
Hi,Has anyone used an ipad with camera connection kit to drive a DAC 9 directly?
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