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  1. TL;DR: iFi Micro iDSD produces more sound in left ear than right, to the point where at a sufficiently low volume there is no sound at all, and at higher volumes the vocals are produced on the left side. What should I do? After months of thinking I might be going deaf in one ear, I've just found out that my Micro iDSD has a weird fault. I don't really know how to explain it in technical terms, since I regretfully admit that I don't know much about audio, so bear with me. I have a SACD file (Wish You Were Here) that I've been enjoying very much since I bought the DAC, but one thing always bothered me: it felt like the vocals were not fully centered and it was always on the left side of my headphones. Since I've been happy about the quality of this combo (SACD + Micro iDSD + ATH-M50), I've pretty much accepted that my right ear has started giving up. After all, it seemed natural that after six months of rifle shooting in the army without protection, and going to nightclubs and standing in front of the speakers, and the worsening tinnitus, that this would happen. Recently I've purchased Shure SE846 and ten minutes ago, enthusiastically plugged it in the DAC and started playing the same music. The vocals still seemed left-centric. Of course I didn't expect it to change, because it's my ear that's not functioning as it should be... ...or so I thought. I just plugged my headphones directly into my mac, and vocals seemed...centered. Then I played some music on YouTube, before I played some left-right testing videos, and it all seemed centered. This prompted me to try lowering the volume to see if anything changes and it didn't; even at the lowest volume, it seemed centered. At this point, I plugged the earphones back into the DAC, and lowered the volume slowly. Oh my god. In Audirvana (volume control set to DAC only), while listening to the same music, when my DAC volume knob is at 9 o'clock, the right side is completely silent, and ALL of the sound comes from the left ear. While listening to the same song at higher levels (10-11 o'clock), the vocals seem to be at around 11:15 (you know what I mean...) in my head. While I'm happy that I'm not really going to be deaf in the right ear as soon as I thought, this means the DAC is bad. Now, don't ask me why I never tried to wear my headphones the wrong way, to test if it was the headphones; I just didn't think of it, it's that simple. But the DAC is really favoring left. Can anyone who has the same DAC try if it's the same case for them? And if not, what do you think I should do?
  2. USB Headphones Problem

    Hello, Thanks in advance for any help. I have a Compaq Presario (Model: CQ57-339WM). The headphone jack broke on my computer shortly after buying it. So...I bought and have been successfully using a USB converter for my headphones. My computer has 3 USB ports. 1 on the left and 2 on the right. I had been using the port on the left to plug in the USB converter and headphones. And...now the port on the left has broke (over-use I'm assuming). So I tried plugging in the converter and headphones into one of the ports on the right hand-side of the computer. And...no sound can be heard when the converter is plugged in on either port on the right. I brought up the device manager and can see the audio registering (the bars going up and down as the music is playing). However...no sound comes through the headphones. I have spent about 3 hours roaming the internet attempting to find why this might be and what I can do (I'm assuming it's some minor settings change) to fix it, but have not had any luck. Has anyone had this issue you before or heard of it? Any help in fixing this would be greatly appreciated. I really don't want to bring it in and get charged 50 bucks or something for a small fix. Thank you again!