Dangerous D Box with Sub-Par Power Amp?
Old 2nd November 2009
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Dangerous D Box with Sub-Par Power Amp?

I am strongly considering buying a Dangerous D Box, but only have a fairly crappy Samson Power Amp for my Passive Tannoy Reveals. Will this limitation make such a great D/A tool somewhat useless? Upgrade amp first?
Old 2nd November 2009
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How do the tannoys sound with your current DAC? I dont think your DBOX would be a "worthless" improvement, but eventually you should upgrade your power amp.
Old 3rd November 2009
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I am strongly considering buying a Dangerous D Box, but only have a fairly crappy Samson Power Amp for my Passive Tannoy Reveals. Will this limitation make such a great D/A tool somewhat useless? Upgrade amp first?
What device is feeding the amp? Given my experience with the DBOX, I'd bet you'd see an improvement with your current setup. You might consider the DA a palpable upgrade, but don't forget about the better analog components after it. With better components in the signal path, feeding your speakers, the benefits could be noticeable.
Old 3rd November 2009
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Thanks guys... Setup is a MacBookPro / PT8 / Standard 002R / Samson Amp / Passive Tannoy Reveals (w/ Banana Cables)... I know that eventually I'll be upgrading the amp, because it seems to fizzle out when output volume is very low (common problem with crappy power amps???) .. I have the mixing of a project coming up though, and The D box seems like it would provide me more of a clarity boost than simply buying a new amp... It's just hard to make the decision without being able to A/B all the different combinations first. Leaning towards the D Box though... Any thoughts on Amps? Crown D45 has caught my eye.
Old 3rd November 2009
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Thanks guys... Setup is a MacBookPro / PT8 / Standard 002R / Samson Amp / Passive Tannoy Reveals (w/ Banana Cables)... I know that eventually I'll be upgrading the amp, because it seems to fizzle out when output volume is very low (common problem with crappy power amps???) .. I have the mixing of a project coming up though, and The D box seems like it would provide me more of a clarity boost than simply buying a new amp... It's just hard to make the decision without being able to A/B all the different combinations first. Leaning towards the D Box though... Any thoughts on Amps? Crown D45 has caught my eye.
I wouldn't fret mixing ITB for your mix session. I have done every mix on a stock 002r and yielded great results. The power amp would be a cheaper option for sure, and is actually the route i would go given your situation and the symptoms you describe. I've seen the yamaha P-series used extensively in pro studio applications.. check them out! Cheap too!
Old 3rd November 2009
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Any thoughts on Amps? Crown D45 has caught my eye.
I have a D45, sounds nice compared to my Bedini, Parasound, and QSC amps. Not a lot of watts, just enough for nearfield mixing.
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