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    Morning guys, finally have enough loot saved up for my first professional dac and software.

    Looking at the fb3... As I've heard great things.
    Can anyone post up any issues or useful links?

    Also if anyone knows a great distributer for a reasonable price on the unit for the us I would apreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kolizion View Post
    Morning guys, finally have enough loot saved up for my first professional dac and software.

    Looking at the fb3... As I've heard great things.
    Can anyone post up any issues or useful links?

    Also if anyone knows a great distributer for a reasonable price on the unit for the us I would apreciate it.
    In the US, direct from Pangolin is usually best.

    www.pangolin.com

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    It's not cheaper to go through another distributer?
    I'm not against going trough pangolin as I love the company.
    Just curious on the price point tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kolizion View Post
    It's not cheaper to go through another distributer?
    I'm not against going trough pangolin as I love the company.
    Just curious on the price point tip.
    Nope it isn't usually cheaper, if you find a place let us know. Even used FB3's go for around the same price as new ones...

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    What all does the fb3 come with as a basic package software wise?

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    only two problems with the FB3......

    1. This DAC doesnt allow for 100% FULL laser power output.

    2. The mini USB is going to fail after a few years, or less

    I have tested my soundcard DAC vs FB3 and found that the sound card dac gives just a bit more power output then my pango..

    And ANYONE who has even owned a motorola razr would know that the mini USB port goes bad after about a year and a half.... just as mine has on my FB3 ...... and this sucks as when its connection is lost with the computer you get an error of FULL ON white laser beam of DEATH that goes off in some random area of the dance floor...... this is no good, or even safe
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    Quote Originally Posted by kolizion View Post
    What all does the fb3 come with as a basic package software wise?
    http://www.pangolin.com/flashback/flashback3.htm
    http://www.pangolin.com/flashback/LiveQUICK.htm OR
    http://www.pangolin.com/LivePRO.htm

    and soon Quickshow, do a search if you want to know about it, or buy the SELEM DVD to see a presentation? You can always go with: http://www.pangolin.com/LD2000/QM2000NET.htm for a few dollars more, which is my choice for the future - but you need to buy software on top of that with the QM.NET it comes with the FB3.

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    The following only applies to FB3-type small form factor controllers:

    I'll probably get jumped all over for saying this, but IMO in terms of hardware only the soundcard DAC is the equal of, if not perhaps slightly superior to, the FB3 given the FB3s current power problems.

    The soundcard DAC does have a limited scan angle if you use the original DC-DC converter, but if you use one that provides +-12-15V it provides full-angle full-quality output. The graphics and text look identical to an FB3 in terms of quality.

    Where Pangolin rules is their software. The software offerings currently available for the soundcard DAC offer nowhere near the functionality of Pangolin's wares.

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    Well I just spoke to a local distributer, and will be looking at a used card today and save quite a few bucks (I hope).

    Will let you all know what happens. I am excited for new toys.

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    The mini USB is going to fail after a few years
    They don't all come with mini usb, mine has USB B type connector

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