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Choosing between Loxjie D10 and iFi Zen ?

kostaaa

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Hello,

Which DAC would you recommend me for listening music for many hours (at low/mid volume) from an old PC (USB 2.0)?
I want to have more detailed but still warm "audiophile" sound. Now, with the on-board sound I hear every mouse movement and other strange noises.

The speakers are Altec Lansing CS21 and I use EqualizerAPO with many lines of code for different frequencies.....
I run Sine wave generator to hear where exactly to correct. Boosting the lows adds a lot of Harmonic Distortion/strange noises and reflects on other frequencies too.

In a small room but with very good Acoustic treatment, I can have nice bass definition (well absorbed sound, no booming) and a lot of details in mid/high.

I was about to order Asus Essence STX II but after reading many reviews here I changed my mind and started to look in another direction.

I'm wondering if there will a noticeable difference with these speakers. They have SNR 86 dBu.... is that means that I can't reach even CD quality no meter what DAC I will use? Maybe, I have to consider upgrade the electronics some day....

iFi Zen shows not so impressive results on Amir's tests (SINAD only 90 dB?!) but this guy makes me think:
Should I get the low noise power supply too? (+50 euros)

The Loxjie D10 have great results and as I understand, maybe it's the best sounding DAC with ES9038Q2M chip.
Also, it's cheaper.

Nobody talks about THD distribution.... I look at the graphs, if every next spike is lower and if a spike is "missing".

Any observetions from what you hear actually?


Cheers!
 

kostaaa

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Do you think that I will have maximum performance on USB 2.0, if I get the Loxjie D10?
What about power it with 5V phone recharger using the "AUX Power"?

by the way, I'm now with Sound Blaster Audigy 4 (SNR 106).
 
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