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  1. rohilx

    S.M.S.L. Sanskrit 10th MKII vs Monolith Liquid Spark DAC

    Hey guys, I am planning on buying a Monolith Liquid Spark Amp for my headphones, the Hifiman HE-400i 2016 model. I am also going to buy a dac. I was wondering if I should go with the sanskrit or the liquid spark as they are the same price with the same dac chip. I am inclined about the liquid...
  2. Z

    Wattson Emerson Analog (1250 Euro) - companies have no nerves

    So there is this product - a DAC - built on SBC (or so) that the company priced... 1250 Euro: Wattson Emerson Analog And there is this guy, who "cannot recommend it enough". I wish I was in the business of building a product for 100 Euro and selling it for 12x more... I am wondering: if company...
  3. F

    I need help in choosing studio monitors setup

    Hello everyone. My budget is around $2500 and I need to buy a pair of studio monitors and audio interface for it. The problem is, that I don't need any mic/instrument inputs and ofcourse any input preamps too. So I decided to buy only monitors + Amp + DAC. I searched a bit, and my favorite is...
  4. H

    Balanced Amp + DAC. Best Value Combo?

    Hi all, my SMSL M500 went down, fortunately amazon will reimburse everything back. I've started to look at my new AMP + DAC combo. I wrote down these combos below with my region prices. All of those seem to be best of the best in terms of measurements. Though, possibly some of personal...
  5. A

    Pairing the right DAC (or another converter...?) to a Marantz PM6006 UK

    Hi ya'll, This is a cry for help... I've been wasting so many hours on reading, comparing and going absolutely all over the place picking up audio equipment... Being an engineer and a nerd sure doesn't help :( Also being a business owner and spending so much time on this instead of actually...
  6. Z

    Best portable DAC/Amp for Beyerdynamic Dt770 pro 80 Ohm for my MacBook Pro 2019

    looking for a portable DAC to get the best sound out of my headphones. The volume with the dt-770 pros is currently loud enough for me, I am purely concerned about the sound quality. Listen mainly on Spotify or Youtube times in between. So far I have found the following : - TempoTec Sonata HD...
  7. W

    iancanada's over the top DIY DAC video - this is great!

    iancanada has been designing DIY DAC components for years. Most of his stuff is on the DIY Audio forum and available as group buys. He just posted a video describing "The Best Sound Quality Audiophile DIY DAC I Built in 2020". The components are all original designs and most of them are...
  8. G

    Static noise in headphones when using PC, is an external soundcard the way to go?

    Hello, I've had weird static noise when using headphones on my PC for at least a year or two but it is starting to get really annoying now so would like to sort it out. Currently using a Soundblaster Z internal soundcard, with my Sony MDR-1AM2 or Fidelio X2HR plugged into the headphone jack of...
  9. bkarl

    DAC recommendation for RPi4B with DigiOne Signature

    I'm planning to build a "Streamer Box" using RPi4B and ALLO DigiOne Signature. I have attached a principle diagram showing the equipment I already have at hand (shown in RED). I'm now looking for a reasonable quality lower cost DAC that I can build into the box. I was thinking of getting a...
  10. J

    iFi iPower 5V/2.5A Low Noise DC Power Supply - Like New

    I am upgrading to a Topping DX7 Pro DAC and no longer need these. Both the E30 and iFi power supply are in mint condition, from a smoke and pet free home. No scratches/cracks/blemishes of any kind. I have all the original manuals and accessories that came with each, these are both like new...
  11. AnalogSteph

    A brief history of DAC and ADC chips...

    This started out innocuously enough in a post around these parts, now it has become a fairly comprehensive overview of high-end and midrange converter chips with some performance figures from the '90s into the present day, and even a few links to papers and the like are included along with some...
  12. N

    Amp for HD600?

    Hello I have my Sennheiser HD600 paired with Tempotec Sonata HD but I want to get myself a nice amp or an amp/dac combo with a volume knob. I am looking to mainly order from Aliexpress as I am living in Bulgaria and even shipping from Europe is expensive. Budget is around 120 USD I have looked...
  13. madDog

    Buying recommendation for around 400€. Amp/dac or seperate

    I know there is a lot of similat topics on here about what to get, but i do have a few specifis that are important to me: 1. You can go with either a dac/amp combo unit, or seperate, don't really care much about that. 2. Max budget of about 400€, willing to stretch it a little bit here. 3...
  14. dense

    Dense Home: New integrated DAC Amp announcement

    Hi, we hope everyone is doing safe and well! We are Dense and wanted to share a new product that's planned to release in July 2021. Our first DAC was a small portable DAC Dense Adapt out in 2019. And after a year, we wanted to make a better DAC and integrate a higher power amplifier so that it...
  15. R

    Complete newbie - looking for an amp / dac for DT880

    Hello, I recently decided to upgrade from standard gaming headsets to something a bit better. I ordered some Fidelio X2/HR and DT880s 250 ohm. After a few days with each and initially being really impressed by the bass, I’ve decided the Fidelio are not for me. I much prefer the sound from the...
  16. S

    Bluetooth capable DAC with balanced output

    Hello! I am looking for a Bluetooth DAC with balanced outputs that has a very specific function. Let me start out by describing the function I’m looking for and some background of what I got going on currently. I am looking for a balanced DAC (while connected via Bluetooth) to be able to...
  17. T

    Using Topping A90 Pre-out to powered studio monitors?

    I am about to pull the trigger on the Topping A90 (unless there are other alternatives that are as good for less?) I notice there is a pre-amp out in the back with XLR. I currently own and mainly use the Adam T7V Powered studio monitors, what came into mind during this is I read somewhere...
  18. M

    Best silver/aluminum headphone DAC and amp under $500?

    I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask this, but I appreciate the focus on measurements that this forum has since I have received questionable advice on Head-Fi and Reddit. The options I have been looking at are the Schiit Asgard 3/Modi 3+ or Modius, Topping A50s/D50s, SMSL SU-8/SH-8...
  19. B

    Bluetooth compression? DAC?

    If I am going to stream a song over Bluetooth is a DAC going to make sense? I assume the DAC should be after the Bt transfer...
  20. M

    PC Motherboard ROG SupremeFX7.1 (DAC ESS® ES9023P) versus Audioengine HD6 (AKM AK4396A DAC)

    I just bought a new PC with a ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero motherboard that includes soundcard: ROG Supreme FX7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODEC with DAC ESS® ES9023P. And supports up to 32-Bit/192kHz playback. Now I also have the Audioengine HD6 spreakers that include a AKM...
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