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    Best Sounds for $400-$600 budget DAC/AMP

    Looking for recommendations on a $400-600 budget on a DAC/AMP combo or separate (but within the budget total). I'm running the HD6XX headphones, XLR. Located in ON, Canada. I've been looking at the Monolith 788 for the past few months now and it has great reviews, and finally is back in stock...
  2. Leo Tos

    integrated amplifier for 2 thousand dollars

    Hello! I read your site for a long time, I decided to register myself and ask a question. I need help choosing an integrated amplifier in the price range up to 2 thousand dollars. The requirements are simple: 100 watts into 8 ohms and low THD. So far I have selected Hegel h120 and Nad c388 for...
  3. R

    FS: Schiit Magni 3 Amp

    For sale is an excellent condition Schiit Magni 3 headphone amplifier, recently upgraded so I do not need it, still a very competent amp. Price is $70 shipped USPS Priority Mail to anywhere in the US, PayPal preferred.
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    Desktop DAC+amplifier to drive the DT 990 250 Ohm (maybe extended to speakers in future)

    Greetings fine folks. Let's say I got the beyerdynamics DT 990 250 Ohm as a birthday gift. Which is not strictly true, but it matches the situation close enough — I'm not a music / hi-end sound connoisseur, it just so happens that I have those headphones without any relevant knowledge and I...
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    Please give me an advice which DAC/AMP + headphones do you recommend for gaming, music and movies(PC ONLY)

    Hello, I'm looking to buy a new DAC/AMP and a new headphones for gaming(Call of Duty Warzone and so on), music(Spotify and iTunes) and movies(Netflix mainly). I was thinking about getting Creative G6 or Schiit Hel as an AMP(+DAC), and HD 6XX/58X or DT 990 pro (250ohm) as a headphone. I have no...
  6. Peib

    Portable amp for AKG K712 and Beyer DT1770 Pro. ¿Topping DX4, xDuoo XD-05 or just the DAP xDuoo x3II?

    Hello! Im considering buying Topping NX4 but im not sure of that just because the output power. Im currently using xduoo x3ii which provides 212 mw/32 ohms while Topping provides 293mW a 32 Ohms, and I think it isnt high enough. My headphones are Beyerdynamic dt1770 pro and AKG k712 pro, and I...
  7. orchardaudio

    Starkrimson™ Integrated Stereo Amplifier Launched

    Just Add Speakers I am proud to announce the launch of Starkrimson™ Integrated. This integrated amplifier combines Orchard Audio’s existing BOSC™ amplification and PecanPi® DAC technologies into a single enclosure. The inputs are either USB or S/PDIF. Just add speakers. Starkrimson is one of...
  8. dpippel

    SOLD: Loxjie P20 Balanced Tube Headphone Amplifier - Mint

    This has been the primary amp in my desktop headphone system for the past year. Probably 200-300 hours on it, tops. In mint condition. Sounds great and packs a punch. Includes stock tubes plus a pair of matched GE JAN 5670W tubes (installed) from Riverstone Audio ($45 dollar value). Includes AC...
  9. H

    Thread dedicated to the Topping A50S

    Since the L30 is pretty much finalized and we already know how it measures, I guess it is time to start a new hype. The A50S will be middle of the line amp that uses the same ultra-clean technology developed for the A90. It will be above the L30 by featuring a 4.4mm balanced out, but the...
  10. R

    Monoprice desktop AMP + Sennheiser GSX 1200 Pro (DAC) + Beyerdynamic DT 990(250 ohm)

    First, here's the equipment I have: DAC = Sennheiser GSX 1200 pro AMP = Monoprice Headphone Desktop Amplifier ( Headphones = Beyerdynamic DT 990 250 Ohm I used to have the Beyerdynamic MMX 300...
  11. foamy

    Amplifier + speaker pairing, have I messed up?

    Hi everyone! I've recently made a new purchase as my entry into the Hi-Fi ecosystem. I'm still awaiting the order to be delivered but am having some concerns about if I've made a huge mistake with the wattage pairing of amplifier and speakers. Some experienced advice would be much appreciated...
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    Recommendation for DAC/AMP for TR-X00 Purpleheart

    Budget is around $500. Can go above if needed but would prefer to stay within budget. Also can focus on Amp 1st and grab a DAC at a later date if needed.
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    Fiio K5 Pro or Drop O2 + SDAC

    I live in the EU and ordered the O2 + SDAC but now see that it only has a US plug and the EU plug will either be $16+$26 shipping, or $23 in an EU store. For this price it will be around the same as the Fiio K5 Pro. I see that the Fiio has a stronger Amp but want to know if the Amp is better...
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    Need help with going cheap on audio gear

    My current situation: Aune X1s -> SMSL SP200 -> DT1990 My goal: Go cheaper on DAC+AMP, without losing audible sound quality on the DT1990. Part 1/2: Go cheaper on dac. Current dac: Aune X1s (250€) Next planned dac: Hiresfi 5102 A (50€) Reason for my choice: My onboard audio dac isn't an...
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    Amp+dac or amp/dac for AKG 712 pro (first time buyer) ~230€ budget [I made a list w/ all my options]

    Hello, I just ordered my first pair of real headphones and now I need a Dac and Amp or a dac/amp combo for them. I currently have a bad 25€ amp/dac from amazon for my Sennheiser Momentum. Ideally my budget would be 200€, I spent 160€ for the headphones, I don't really want to spend way more for...
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    What DAC/Headphone Amp combo or separate DAC and Headphone Amp should I get?

    I'll be using it/them with my gaming PC and a pair of Edifier Studio R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers and Sennheisers HD 600 First I'd like to know if it's better to get a DAC/Headphone Amp combo or separate ones. I don't use my headphones pretty much for comfortabilty reasons, I always use my...
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    Should I get a DAC to replace my dedicated sound card?

    I currently have a Sound BlasterX AE-5 in my gaming PC and I'm thinking about if it's worth it to replace my sound card with an external DAC and headphone amp or DAC/headphone amp combo to get a better sound quality.
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    Measurement to show difficult load handling (high phase)?

    A high phase angle (45°) results in an amplifier becoming less efficient, dissipating more heat, so it needs to draw more power to make up for that loss in wattage. If a speaker is low impedance and high phase, it really taxes the amp and many amps will not be able to draw enough power to...
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    Looking for a DAC/AMP replacement

    Hi, I`m looking for something to fill my specific needs. I currently run a pair of HD58X headphones and a pair of active speakers out of my dying MAYA u5. Actually for some time I`v been thinking of getting a entry level AMP for my HD58Xs but since my MAYA is kind of randomly shutting down and...
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