I am a dummy noob can someone please help me with my DAC/Setup

Core Machine (Operating system/System info/Roon build number)

OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Version 10.0.19042 Build 19042
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
System Model Strix GL703GM_GL703GM
System Type x64-based PC
System SKU
Processor Intel® Core™ i7-8750H CPU @ 2.20GHz, 2208 Mhz, 6 Core(s), 12 Logical Processor(s)

Roon version: 1.8 build 783

Network Details (Including networking gear model/manufacturer and if on WiFi/Ethernet)

Cogeco Connexion Inc Ethernet
Ping ms:9
Download Mbps: 58.27
Upload Mbps:9.11

Audio Devices (Specify what device you’re using and its connection type - USB/HDMI/etc.)

xduoo ta-30 specs

  • connection by USB to my Laptop
  • Power AC220V/110V
  • Output Power 3000mW (32Ω load)
  • Sampling Rate Support of USB IN
  • PCM:16 32bit/44.1k-768kHz
  • DXD:24-32 bit/352.8k-384kHz
  • DSD: 64-512
  • THD+N 0.5%@1kHz
  • Crosstalk ≥65dB
  • ES9038Q2M DAC

Device setup

  • DSD playback strategy: DSD over PCM v1.0 (DOP
  • MQA Capabilities: No MQA support
  • Volume Control: Device volume
  • Max Sample Rate (PCM): Up to 768kHZ
  • Zone grouping delay (MS): 0.00
  • Clock Master priority: Default
  • Max bits per sample (PCM): 32
  • Max sample rate (DSD): Up to DSD256
  • Enable MQA core decoder: NO
  • Buffer size: default
  • Multichannel Mixing: downmix as needed.


Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX Headphones

Description Of Issue

I wanted to ask how best set up my DAC to utilise both Roon and the setup I have? I have been enjoying Roon for few days and wanted to try and get the best experience I can out of it. Should I change anything regarding MQA? Should I change the device setup differently?

I currently have nothing set up for DSP.

If you need more information I will be glad to provide it.

Thank you all so very much for taking the time to read this, it is extremely appreciated, I wish you a happy holiday weekend!

Kind regards,


Welcome to the community, @Graham_McKelvey!

Your settings are fine. If you want Roon to decode an MQA stream, change Enable MQA core decoder to Yes. This ‘unfolds’ a 44.1kHz or 48kHz stream to 88.2kHz and 96kHz respectively.

In addition, you may want to experiment with Crossfeed under DSP when using headphones as this emulates you hear with speakers, so may improve your listening experience.

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Thank you Martin for your reply, your adivce is very apreciated!

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