I bought speakers from Emotiva and a used big ego on ebay. The speakers are great- airmotiv 5s. however I can't get the ego to work and want to double check with this forum before I send it back, in case I'm missing something.
I have a 3.5 stereo to rca splitter thingie which works fine plugged solo into the computer. When plugged into the ego I just get static. I do notice the speakers seem to be working as left and right, which I thought they would not do. Should I have a mono 3.5 to mono? I ordered the cables as single mono but it does not indicate that on the shipping order- just says RCA.
When the ego is connected to the computer without anything else the computer does not recognize it. Neither does the windows driver package from Emotiva. The Ego does light up when plugged in- blue lights. Nothing changes when I push down or when I tap the filter and output, no red lights like the manual says it should have. Speakers when plugged in do not have any sound except static feedback which sounds awful.
Am I missing something or should I just send the ego back?
If I break in the speakers using only the computer- will it miss fine detail later? Like, is this like breaking in a car? It will preform better driving as the original driver drives?
They sound pretty darn good even without the DAC compared to the $5 yard sale computer speakers I had. I'm really looking forward to this with a DAC...
The Big Ego plugs into the computer using the Big Ego's USB cable (ie; digital input). The output (ie; analogue) is via the 3.5 stereo jack cable to RCA's that plugs into the Airmotive 5's.
The computer should recognise the Big Ego and as external sound card, automatic settings will work (perfectly with a Mac and sort of with a PC) there is a thread on the PC settings to choose and some software if necessary.
Then in the soundcard control panel of windows (go to start menu then type sound. Then select the sound icon) select the big ego. Read the manual located on the same resource page to find out which it is. Then select make default device. Also follow the instructions on windows 10 that gary linked. Then you have to make sure that your 3.5mm cable has STEREO ends on it. Basicxally on the 3.5 mm end it has to have TWO bands or lines. Not just one. If it has one line on the end it is a mono splitter. If it has two then it's stereo like it should be.
Last Edit: May 16, 2016 20:47:10 GMT -5 by garbulky
Transports: Sony BDP 5100 Blu ray player via RCA Coax PC using Musiland Digital Times WASAPI via BNC connection -
Amp: XPA-1 gen 2 using XLR connections. Speakers: Axiom Audio m80 V3, Sennheisser HD600 headphones. two pairs 12 guage speaker cables per monoblock for biwire. Headphone amp: Basx A-100 (INCREDIBLE VALUE WITH HD600s!!)
Garbulky, I did. Uninstalled and reinstalled windows drivers. Downloaded & installed Emotiva's. Also checked that thread recommended above and hardware etc etc. Tried other usb cables and usb outlets- no go at all. The computer won't even recognize there is a new device. Am sending it back- I think the input is broken. It's used and the box it came in was very very used...
Novicenick, LOL, thanks. You don't need to be even more civil.
& thanks you guys. I lurked here before buying and found what cables etc to buy etc. Very helpful.