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Why so few headphone amplifiers with a bass / tremble controls ?

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Pascalito

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You might want to look at the popular Fosi K5 Mini Stereo Gaming DAC. It is a USB powered DAC w/out a remote that is alot of fun in a desktop system and only costs $60. It may not sound not quite as nice as the next tier DACs ($100 and up w/ a remote), depending on the sytem and speakers. It will certinly sound better than any internal laptop, TV, Etc. Dac. It has been reviewed here @ ASR and doesn't get much love, but I think it is a good product.
Thanks Moto, the format is nice, but I think it sounds worse than my Behringer mixer, and the "mini jack" is a problem.
I'm going to have to go for a balanced Topping to have a little quality, but but without Baxendal :(
 

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Hi everybody,
First, thanks for this forum !
My question is in the title, why so few headphone amplifiers with a bass / tremble controls ?
I find two, Fosi SK-01 (with battery !?) and Geshelli (okay very sexy and beautifull but 500 bucks..)
Is there a model under $200 with a baxendal?

Thanks

Pascal
Mabe the headphone amplifier gets seen by some listeners as a miniature power amplifier that is used with an external preamp, similar to what is often done with speakers, power amps and preamps. Others may prefer an integrated all-in-one approach.
 

Kimbrough Xu

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Hi everybody,
First, thanks for this forum !
My question is in the title, why so few headphone amplifiers with a bass / tremble controls ?
I find two, Fosi SK-01 (with battery !?) and Geshelli (okay very sexy and beautifull but 500 bucks..)
Is there a model under $200 with a baxendal?

Thanks

Pascal
What is a baxendal?
 

Bleib

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There are some designs with crossfeed, the idea is to blend the two channels a bit so it's more like a normal stereo experience. Never tried but to me this sounds like the most interesting idea.
PEQ should be on the DAC
 

mhardy6647

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What is a baxendal?
A type of tone control design, named after its designer.

Just for completeness ;)
Baxandall
Yes, active, NFB-type tone controls.
see, e.g., https://sound-au.com/dwopa2.htm#s7
which references
https://www.worldradiohistory.com/UK/Wireless-World/50s/Wireless-World-1952-10.pdf (page 402 of the issue)

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