i'm using a pair of audioengine a5+ powered speakers with my imac- adding a sub soon.
thanks in advance for any help!
i kind of just jumped into the world of high end computer audio a couple of weeks back (as you can probably see based off my other posts) and right when i started reading up on all the lovely gear an m-dac came up for a price i couldn't resist. now that i've got it, though, i'm wondering... do i *just* hook up the usb or how should i be running it? no cables came with it, other than the power cord. do i now need to invest a small fortune in cables?
With a USB DAC, yes: Just connect the DAC to a (powered) USB port. If it didn't come with cables, buy something inexpensive, but reliable, from a company like Monoprice.
Cables for home audio aren't an investment; they're another expense. Overpriced, brand-name cables (interconnect, power, USB, HDMI, or anything else) are designed specifically and solely to improve the profit margins of the manufacturers. A9X-308 get it exactly right when he says, "As soon as you start to read flowery prose describing purported cable 'sonic' attributes, especially if they are expensive, move on."
Personally, I own a number of Monster cables, all of which I bought at significant discounts through third-party sellers on Amazon. They're nicely constructed. They don't improve the audio. My friends aren't impressed with my refined tastes. But I like them anyway.
One more M-DAC Q:
Is there any way to retain using the iMac's volume control as a master control instead of using the M-DAC/remote? It takes away a bit of the convenience factor, but if I can't do it, I'll live.
It's just a bit annoying when the (powered) speakers' volume needs to be adjusted as well as the M-DAC as well as iTunes. Would be great if I could just set the speakers and dac and then just use the keyboard control.