Rocking out, gaming, and maybe even a little bit of work.
God damn your audio is worth more than your entire computer build.
Was wondering why there was a picture of a headset. Didn't realize they could go for $4000... Huh, you learn something new every day.
Oh, as I was typing, noticed the speakers too... Wow. The audio is worth a lot more than the entire computer build.
My god, there are such things as headphone amplifiers too? O.O
the drivers in high end headphones need a LOT more energy to drive than regular earbuds
and amps can go for a few thousand dollars which is completely absurd
Wow, very interesting to know. Thanks!
I love it.
I love music. :)
Freaking amazing setup.
white keyboard. nactua fans. and wooaudio tube amp/dac. Focal Utopia. the finer things in life.
just the dac and headphones cost more then the whole build.
you need a better dac/amp with that headphone though. i would look into the chord hugo tt and m scaler. and a stand alone woo tube amp.
I don't think my ears are good enough to differentiate between higher end DACs/amps; I kept the WA7 mainly because it looks pretty. That said, the first time I demo'd the Utopia it was paired with a Chord Dave and it sounded divine, so if I win the lottery down the line I'm picking one of those up.
chord dave is one of the best FPGA dacs. but you are correct. you need to win the lotto to get that.
but the m scaler i believe is a good investment.
i myself want to get a abyss 1266 Phi TC pair it with a WA33.
I just looked at this online review of the WA7 fireflies https://kenrockwell.com/audio/woo/wa7.htm. It's distortion ratings are terrible. At low output impedance which is supposed to drive a headphone, the total harmonic distortion is rising to over 3% and up to 10% which is garbage by any audiophile standards. They must have messed something up in their analog circuit. Any THD+N rating above 0.001% over the entire 20-20kHz is exiting the audiophile realm and entering mass market products, and anything above 1% is already audible coloration of the sound. Just your ALC1220 on your motherboard is capable of 0.00115% THD, and that's the DAC on your mainstream motherboard. I bet your Focal cans will sound better on your motherboard if you follow the line level output with a properly designed analog buffer. If you want to see what the specs for a real HiFi headphone amplifier looks like see Neurochrome HP-1 (https://www.neurochrome.com/hp-1-ultra-high-end-headphone-amp/) for example. As mentioned by xujan, Chord Hugo is another excellent DAC with ultra-low distortion and 127dBA dynamic range. Compare that to WA7 Fireflies that gets 91-97 dBA dynamic range. At $1000, you might have gotten ripped off buying your headphone amp.
fwiw, the linked review is for the old WA7 which uses a different DAC than the new one which uses a fairly standard ESS SABRE DAC. In any case, tube amps always measure terribly because the "tubey" sound is just coloration/distortions so I don't think the new version would objectively measure that much better.
I demoed the WA7 against solid state amps that were measured objectively better by Amir at ASR, such as the Grace m900, and couldn't really tell any meaningful difference. I'm on the list for a tour of the new Okto DAC8 which is the current THD+N king at ASR, so we'll see how that goes. If it makes a significant difference I'll probably get one of those or the RME ADI-2-DAC; if it doesn't I'm keeping the WA7 because it looks better than anything else out there at the price range. Who knows, I might even prefer the tube sound.
I went with a Schiit headphone amp and it sounds awesome.
gotta respect the fireflies. i've been back and forth on them for years now
How is the U12A?
Haven't really had a chance to push it yet, but Prime95 small FFTs still cooks my 9900K @ stock. My CPU has always ran super hot compared to reviews so I don't think that's particularly indicative of the U12A's performance (and I'm also only using the U12A with one fan).
It's probably just lack of airflow in the case, and the hot air from the GPU being dumped into the CPU area.
I got the NH-D15S in my mini, couldn't mount the rear exhaust fan though (a 15mm slim fan might fit).
Any update to this please? Looking to use this CPU cooler (with two fans) with the same board and CPU, any experience is much appreciated.
It is fine at stock for anything besides P95, even with the restricted airflow of this case. If you have heavy AVX workloads you may want something beefier.
Really interesting case, have never come across it before. Looks like air intake is pretty restricted. What is your experience with it?
It looks good and it's very easy to build in, but yes airflow does seem restricted. The dust filters are outstanding but that also contributes to the restricted airflow.
Cable management space is very tight and I'm only using 3 cables. A few more mm of space behind the motherboard tray definitely help with this case.
I also want to nitpick and say the tolerances aren't that great because there's very very tiny gaps with the bezels and where panels fit together, but that's really to be expected from an aluminum and tempered glass case in this price range.
It looks incredible in pictures. I wouldn't mind building a low-power system in one just for the looks
This was the build that made me look into DAC/Amps... I don't have anywhere near that budget, but I think the combination Bose Companion 2, Schiit Modi 3, Schiit Vali 2 and Beyerdynamic DT990 (or 1990..depends) should give me a good start into that sweet audio world.
Awesome setup, love it!
How well do you think the U12A would cool a 9900K if I used a more well-ventilated case like the Meshify C? I don't do much more than gaming and mild overclocks or sticking to boost clocks is more likely my plan than say 5GHz.
All the reviews I read indicate it should be fine, ITX + restricted airflow is just a different beast.
Are those braided cable extensions or did you replace the entire cable? I couldn't manage to fit any of my extensions, even with a fully modular PSU.
They are custom cables from Ensourced. They barely fit, originally was using them in an ATX case so had excess length to deal with.
Omg, thats actually 1 to 1 what i want to build, but i am really scared about temperatures, because i thought that the i9 9900k and 2080ti, which both are really hot wont show accectable temperatures in a case that small. Could you PLEASE post some screenshots of GPU and CPU temperatures (or at least write what they show at 100%)?
p.s. pls excuse my poor english, hope you understood what i mean
GPU is fine at stock (75-78C max).
CPU is fine for everything besides P95 (80C max). P95 just kills it though.
I was actually wondering what desk you have. Looks nice and spacious!
It’s an IKEA Hammarp countertop that I sanded and gloss finished (super easy to do, never worked with wood before and just needed two cans of gloss finish and some sandpaper), on top of two IKEA Alex drawers.
Nice build, nice setup in general. Re:airflow, has the gfx backplate been removed? that may be circulating hot air back into the system as its right up against the wall.
My current plan is I'm waiting for the next gen 140mm Noctua fan/cooler for i9+2070+Fractal Core 500, maybe 1 fan system with ducting.. and a fire extinguisher :)
Is that a tube amp, dac combo?