Is that stack far better than Zen DAC? Sorry I just want to know because I might be disappointed after hearing not much of difference and spent that amount of money.Imo balanced DACs are rather overrated for home use. "balanced in balanced out" is really some Zeos review meme.
$299 drop 789 and a nice SE DAC like the $129 Topping E30 works out to a lot less than $600.
In any case these are incremental differences and not big. If your current iFi gear sounds "good" then unless you really want to spend the cash, you might get disappointed. Dishing returns are huge in this 'hobby'.Is that stack far better than Zen DAC? Sorry I just want to know because I might be disappointed after hearing not much of difference and spent that amount of money.
I see, now it is clear. Thank you so much for the time good sire. Have a good dayIn any case these are incremental differences and not big. If your current iFi gear sounds "good" then unless you really want to spend the cash, you might get disappointed. Dishing returns are huge in this 'hobby'.
I have HD 58X and DT 177X Go. I am planning to get DT 1990 Pro and Fostex TR X00 Ebony
If I own iFi Zen DAC/Hip DAC and upgrade to SMSL SU-8~THX 789 stack will I hear a noticeable difference? It is a 150$ vs 600$, is it worth it?
Alternatively I'm considering getting a stack of Khadas Tone Board and some suitable amp.
I'm in Germany and it does not seem easy to get a good+affordable amp though (that is in stock). Would also appreciate suggestions for locally available alternatives, stack or combo device.
for gaming i would go G6 for its other features (dolby audio,5.1/7.1surround sound virtualizer).Schiit Hel might sound better for just listening to music.Depending on your budget, you could listen to them both and decide.Thanks,
Actually i found the Sound BlasterX G6 and Schiit Hel .. would one of those be a good alternative?
I've bought a generic external power (similar ifi power, 5v 2.5amp) and can't heard any changes. My laptop has 2 usb type c 3.1 ports, perhaps will be noticeable with usb 2.0, I don't know.I want to find out how my ifi zen will sound with an external power supply (for now not with the overpriced ifi power supplys). Is a 5v 1A power supply enough or should I buy the stronger 5v 2.25A? Or it doesn't matter at all? USB 3.0 has only max 900 mA, Ifi says that it is full USB 2.0 compatible, then it would be only 500 mA. So I think 1A should be enough or are there any disadvantages or advantages?
I think more power wouldn’t be needed.5V 1A should just work just fine, although iPower rated 5V 2.5 A.i have mine Zen DAC fed by a 5V 1.6A (peak 3A)linear PSU. There’s incremental difference I could hear but definitely not much.I've received my 5V1A power supply today and I hear a slight difference. The sound becomes cleaner, as little bit darker and it sounds a little bit more (subjectively speaking) powerfull. It's possible that you don't hear difference at all, USB ports can vary when it comes to effective output voltage.
Drop will sell you one for something like $70.
Look on ebay etc