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DAC/AMP Combo Recommendations for Earbud & IEM User

shenshen

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Title, I mainly use earbuds and IEM's (though I do occasionally use HP's) and wanted some recommendations on a DAC/AMP combo unit.

I'm looking to spend around $200 and am mostly considering the Topping DX3 Pro+ and SMSL C200. I've also thought about some dongle-type DAC/AMP units, but haven't really landed on one (maybe BTR7)? I'm not totally against getting a stack, but I prefer a combo unit to save on space and clutter.

Any and all advice is appreciated!
 

Dunring

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I just got a Sound blaster X1 and having a lot of fun with it. Enough power for many headphones, but in a carry case with my Venture Electronics VE Monk ear buds it's so easy to carry around. Also works on my Android phone. I just set it to stereo mode and the settings save so you don't need the software.
I have the Topping Dx7 Pro and it's nice for demanding headphones, but the X1 wins for portability and great sound quality.
 

mvnchies

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I just got a Sound blaster X1 and having a lot of fun with it. Enough power for many headphones, but in a carry case with my Venture Electronics VE Monk ear buds it's so easy to carry around. Also works on my Android phone. I just set it to stereo mode and the settings save so you don't need the software.
I have the Topping Dx7 Pro and it's nice for demanding headphones, but the X1 wins for portability and great sound quality.
I also just got the X1 and it's very nice so far. I don't know if it's as good as the https://www.audiosciencereview.com/...tive-sxfi-amp-review-headphone-adapter.21636/
but I really like it so far. dead silent with my Moondrop Arya and NiceHCK Vido (my 2 most sensitive ones) and more than enough power for my full-size Beyerdynamic headphones.
 
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