Post by Old Blevins on Jul 8, 2014 21:06:57 GMT -5
I'm asking for your informed and valued opinions, esteemed lounge members.
I currently run my maggies out of an XPA-2 (gen1) via an Oppo 103 and they sound slightly better (a little more bass) than they did with a USP-1 in the mix. I can trade the USP-1 back to Emo for $200. I've also got an idle XDA-1 that is worth $80 in trade. Here's the question: Does trading the USP-1 & the XDA-1 plus $170 cash for a DC-1 to use as a preamp/dac sound like a smart move? Would not having the USP-1 limit me in the future if I decide to add a sub. I don't feel I need a sub now but you never know when a hankerin' might take hold.
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Think of it this way. If you use the upa-1 to direct the signal to you speakers and a sub, the usp-1 is controlling what frequencies are sent to each device. It has the circuitry to decide and you set it on the back panel. The lower the frequency the more power your speaker consumes. By crossing the signal over before your speaker you should have a lower amplifier load. The catch here is the each device also has some type of crossover. If you send full range signals to both the speaker and subwoofer (by using the DC-1) you will be relying on each device to separate and use the signal that is most appropriate for it (which they typically are both designed to do.). It may take a little more time to fine tune your sound , but the result should be very similar in the end.
In other words DO IT amd you'll be fine. If you ever add a sub just make sure that it has more than just full range input.
I found sub integration was MUCH better with my USP-1 as a preamp then the DC-1, much of the reason I decided against the DC-1. I found the DC-1 to be quieter on background and slightly better all around, but with my bookshelves at the time, even with my Crown amp set to crossover mode, it just never sounded as full as with the USP-1. My opinion of course in my setup at the time.
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