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Does this amp have a built in DAC? If so, does somebody know if the built in DAC is any good? I want to buy this to compliment my HD 6XX i recently bought, but i would prefer not to spend more on the amp/dac than on the actual headphone itself.
I don't think so. It's only an amp
you could always buy a schiit stack (Schiit Modi 2, and Schiit Magni 2). Very good setup, I use them with the HD650s and it sounds wonderful.
I have considered the stack... Do you know how the Schiit amp compares to this one?
The schiit is going to be solid state, so it's not going to sound as "warm". But for the price you can get a good dac ( modi 2) which will sound munch better than a tube amp with no dac.
No, and if you are buying headphones from massdrop you will most likely be spending more on a dac and amp, especially if it has tubes. The tubes that come with these are not that great, good replacements can run anywhere from $15 to $100 or more. This amp would be a very good compliment for those headphones, and being able to tube roll to other tubes to change the sound is pretty nice if you bounce around genres a bit.
Big edit. What ever DAC you get, be sure it has an optical input, tube amps are very sensitive, my darkvoice would get interference from my motherboards dedicated DAC USB port, you can not get this ground loop interference over fiber optic.
Ok. What DAC would you recommend I pair this with? Would a Schitt Modi work well with a darkvoice?
A modi uber with the optical would be the minimum I'd do, I got immediate interference with usb dac
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