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Recomendation for desktop DAC/Amp [IEM and full-sized Headphones]

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It will stretch your budget but what about a RME ADI-2 DAC?
https://www.audiosciencereview.com/...f-rme-adi-2-pro-comparison-to-adi-2-dac.2682/

Separate connections for headphone and IEM
Parametric EQ
Crossfeed
Everything you need for both a pre-amp and headphone amp
http://www.rme-audio.de/download/adi2dac_e.pdf
This is probably my dream device. Double my budget, though...
Maybe in a few years!

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If anyone has a used RME ADI-2 and wants to sell, this is your chance!
 
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I’m also in that market. Something all-in-one to run powered monitors and a pair of HD-6XX’s. I’ve been eyeing Schiit Jotunheim with the DAC card and the Cambridge Audio DACMagic Plus (has Amir measured this one yet?). Had a lot of success with Schiit...
 
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I’m also in that market. Something all-in-one to run powered monitors and a pair of HD-6XX’s. I’ve been eyeing Schiit Jotunheim with the DAC card and the Cambridge Audio DACMagic Plus (has Amir measured this one yet?). Had a lot of success with Schiit...
I am steering away from Schiit as much as I can!

Thanks, derp1n! However, due to my budget limitation at the moment, I won't be the happy owner of this ADI-2.

I have, however, bought a (used) Audeze Deckard which is on the way to Amir as we speak. I hope it measures well. If not, I will continue looking for a suitable DAC/Amp.
 

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’ve been eyeing Schiit Jotunheim with the DAC card and the Cambridge Audio DACMagic Plus (has Amir measured this one yet?).
The DACMagic Plus was supposed to come my way but the owner found it to have a lot of channel mismatch so returned it. So right now it is not on the roadmap for testing.
 

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I am steering away from Schiit as much as I can!
Yeah, I see a lot of that around here. :rolleyes: I like my Modi, though. Also have a Korg DS-DAC-100 and a Focusrite Scarlet, but the Modi is my daily driver.
 

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I am steering away from Schiit as much as I can!
Yeah, I see a lot of that around here. :rolleyes: I like my Modi, though. Also have a Korg DS-DAC-100 and a Focusrite Scarlet, but the Modi is my daily driver.
 

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The DACMagic Plus was supposed to come my way but the owner found it to have a lot of channel mismatch so returned it. So right now it is not on the roadmap for testing.
Dang. That one is high on my watch list. If I buy one I'll send it to you first...
 
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Yeah, I see a lot of that around here. :rolleyes: I like my Modi, though. Also have a Korg DS-DAC-100 and a Focusrite Scarlet, but the Modi is my daily driver.
If I remember correctly, the Modi 3 and Magni 3 were OK in Amir's reviews. Previous iterations and others like the Jotunheim, not so much...

Even then, the Topping Stack performed somewhat better.

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If I remember correctly, the Modi 3 and Magni 3 were OK in Amir's reviews. Previous iterations and others like the Jotunheim, not so much...

Even then, the Topping Stack performed somewhat better.

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This is a bummer, man. I was considering a Bifrost + Asgard stack as well. The Jotunheim just appeared to fill all my desktop needs in one package.
 
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This is a bummer, man. I was considering a Bifrost + Asgard stack as well. The Jotunheim just appeared to fill all my desktop needs in one package.
It really is! I suggest to read the Jotunheim review (as well as the others). The criticism is not unfounded. I really wanted to like the Jot, and was actually thinking of buying one before coming to ASR. After coming to my senses, I now want to have a guarantee of decent performance per dollar.
 
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Hey. I'm not much of a head phone guy but a long while back I had one of there small dacs that was like 125 and to my ear sounded pretty good. I'm guess this maybe a big step up. Stoneracoustics.com/udxa
 
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The DACMagic Plus was supposed to come my way but the owner found it to have a lot of channel mismatch so returned it. So right now it is not on the roadmap for testing.
I have one modified with a linear psu, but i think it would be too expensive to ship there, since i live literally on the otherside of the planet (Singapore).
I think the DAC is self is pretty good but the amp section is just meh not enough power to drive planars. I was thinking of getting the new jds lab atom after seeing your reviews (or maybe the new el amp replacement), if 1 W is more than i need would you recommend the atom or massdrop tTHX amp ?
 

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I have one modified with a linear psu, but i think it would be too expensive to ship there, since i live literally on the otherside of the planet (Singapore).
I think the DAC is self is pretty good but the amp section is just meh not enough power to drive planars. I was thinking of getting the new jds lab atom after seeing your reviews (or maybe the new el amp replacement), if 1 W is more than i need would you recommend the atom or massdrop tTHX amp ?
I recommend Massdrop THX if you have a balanced DAC to feed it. If you only have RCA outputs, then atom would be the choice.
 
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I recommend Massdrop THX if you have a balanced DAC to feed it. If you only have RCA outputs, then atom would be the choice.
i have the cambridge dac magic plus which has balanced output. But considering the price is using balanced dac with massdrop thx really worth getting over atom with the dac magic plus with rca ? I'm new to the forum but i love your reviews, just waiting for the monolith desktop review to come out:)
 

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i have the cambridge dac magic plus which has balanced output. But considering the price is using balanced dac with massdrop thx really worth getting over atom with the dac magic plus with rca ?
It all depends on whether you are unlucky and run into a ground loop one day. Otherwise, there is no fidelity difference.
 
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It all depends on whether you are unlucky and run into a ground loop one day. Otherwise, there is no fidelity difference.
I have a "BEHRINGER MICROHD HD400" Humm destroyer, which is a 1:1 isolating transformer that also provides a SE to balanced conversion. Its no longer in use, but for $25, it did eliminate ground loops and remove unwanted noise. So even if you run into those issues, all is not lost.

If @amirm is interested in classifying or measuring the impact of a device like this, or an active DI box (Rolls MB15b Promatch), I'd be happy to supply them.
 
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