OK... I am going thru forums, reading and watching reviews for DAC/AMP combo for my pc and... seriously i do not know which one to choose. Here is my 'wish list'... maybe you can help...
Main goal is to... like everybody i guess: listen to music / watch movies / gaming. Gaming is priority. I am not audiophile (sorry). But I do appreciate good sound quality.
will not 'break the bank' - preferable under $200...
I would prefer it to have mic input but it is not a 'must' requirement.
I would prefer it to be 'external' device. Not a must though. Need controls on the desk though.
I would prefer it to work 'driverless'. So... hardware-based.
I would like it to have some kind of hardware equalizer.
I would like to be able to connect (computer) speakers and headphones the same time
it does not need to be 5.1/7.1 etc. I prefer good stereo over these systems.
Does anything like this exist?
Closest to all checkmarks is Sennheiser GSX1000... i guess... not the newest technology...
Pairing up a gamer with the right headphone is a bit like playing matchmaker!
In this video, linked at the end, I boil down over 10 years of community advice into 3 Personality types:
I share a few keywords to look for, as well as some software and settings suggestions. I think everyone has a little bit of each type in them, but which type is dominant for you?
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Dekoni is a headphone accessories company, unique for providing frequency response graphs on their website so you know what effect their various pad options will have. Thanks also to Drop for giving me permission to share here. I hope it helps everyone!
I’ve been here in Drop/Massdrop for a few years, also on Head-Fi since 2008, and I’ve seen a few common questions and gaps in knowledge over the years. So, to try answering them so that I (or you) can simply link a video when a common question comes up, I “rebooted” my YouTube channel with new videos to serve as a guide for new and intermediate personal audio enthusiasts!
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Looking for AMP and DAC combo for music listening and Gaming...
hello everyone! I have a simple yet hard question... Im pretty much new to the Audio game so sorry for my ignorance.. im looking for a AMP and DAC combo for my Sennheiser HD6XX that came in today.. I will using it for gaming and music..... a lot of music listening as well.
so what combo would the more experience audio heads recommend?
I was thinking of getting the MASSDROP CTH + SDAC DAC/AMP since it has both but again.. i dont know much so im not sure if thats even a good thing.
The original bundled cable for DT 177x GO is very stiff and makes it a Desktop Headphones instead of a Portable one.
With this, you can bring DT 177x GO anywhere you want.
First, here is the diagram.
In case if you want to make a balanced cable with 2.5mm TRRS plug, you can refer to the following. Thanks to @DeepSpaceus for suggestion to add balanced.
You can use 4-pin XLR to TRRS adapter to connect to balanced desktop amp.
Now with these diagrams you should be able to create your own custom cable/adapter.
Here is what I made.
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Here are what I had to prepare.
1 x TA4F 4-pin Connector
1 x 3.5mm Female TRS Connector
I cannot tell you the number of times I have heard a conversation about amplifier power go like this: “I hear that B&W speakers need at least 400W,” or, “I heard that Paradigm speakers are very power-hungry.”
The fact is, there IS a way to figure out how much power your speakers will need and how to pair an amplifier with the speakers you already own or are looking to purchase.
To determine the amplifier power, you will need the following items:
Speaker sensitivity specification (typically dB SPL /1W /1m)
Number of speakers you are using
Distance from speaker(s)
How loud do you want your music to sound, for general reference
70-80dB for speech only
80-95dB for light music
95-110dB for heavy music
Rules to Remember
Every time you double power or double the number of speakers, you increase the sound pressure level (SPL) by 3dB.
Every time you double the distance from the speaker, you decrease SPL by 6dB.
A speaker specification of 95 dB SPL/1W/1m means that at 1W of power, the...
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