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this or jotunheim or? Does the 503 beat jotumheim if it were under 500? thats my budget, i hope. I'm jumping into this audiophile thing and want an amp/dac to go w/ my HD600s and Fidelio x2s. also planning on getting powered monitors for my desktop setup..jbl lsr305s?
this is the UD-501 not the 503. I'd still say the Schiit has this beat though. It's $400 +$100 for the balanced DAC. It has balanced headphone outs and can put out way more power to drive the headphones than the TEAC (which does 100mw/ch @ 32ohms).
That being said, I'm still thinking about jumping on this and also picking up an AX-501 to drive my headphones and bookshelf speakers.
The Jotunheim is foremost an amp while this product is primarily a DAC. The HP amp in this product pretty good but can't compete with the Schiit's when it comes to power, the same goes with the optional DAC module the Jotunheim can have VS, the the Teac UD 501 which is far superior by itself. The amp in the Teac will e great for the X2, not so much for the HD 600. The Jotunheim would be better for that. All in all I think the Jotunheim would be a better value for your needs.
I had the same dilemma between this and the Jotunheim.
I ended up going for this because I already have some great headphone amps, like a couple of Micro ZOTLs, original and modern, and a Leben CS300X on the way. So the superior DAC on this was the deciding factor for me.
Plus, I'll be using this as a bedside listening setup initially, so the small all in one package is a plus, and the built-in headphone amp will be just fine for the purpose.
I think once Schiit offers a great DAC for the Jotunheim, I'll probably pick one up at that time.
So it depends on. What do you need more? Better DAC, or better amp?
I just received this UD-501 a couple weeks ago to pair with the JBL 308s I bought back in January. I like music, but I wouldn't say I'm an audiophile. I think this set-up sounds great. Best quality sound I have ever had in a stereo without a giant investment. I have the TEAC hooked to my Mac desktop via Toslink optical cable, and I pull down audio from the internet at 44.1kHz. I understand this will facilitate even higher quality conversions, but I haven't figured out how to do that yet. There are various "binary" adjustments to the digital filtering and so forth, but I have not been able to discern big differences in the sound between or among those various adjustments. Right after I ordered this TEAC, I discovered the Schiit website, and wondered whether that Jotunheim would have been a better buy. In retrospect, I suppose I would rather buy American than foreign manufactured. But this is a great set-up for me, and I like it. The only thing I don't like is that the volume knob on the face of the unit only works to adjust the headphones jack, and not the XLR speakers. So that is kind of lame.