Which dac/amp is the best for around $100?
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Dac/amp around $100, I am looking at the Micca Origen G2 or the FiiO Q1 Mark II. I can decide between the two, which one do you think is better? Any other suggestions with be nice! :) I am pretty new to the audiophile world as well. I have the Sennheiser 58X Jubilee as my main headphones and my PC is pretty old and I heard static noise. I like to game and listen to music. I am also wondering which one has better sound stage and imaging.
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ethanchan
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Oct 27, 2018
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I can not speak to the Micca Origen G2 but as for the Fiio Q1 Mark II, I couldn't run my 1 more triple driver overear properly from it so would imagine that the jubilee wouldn't fair much better. I personally would suggest saving up a little longer and picking up a GSX 1000 since you are gaming as well as listening to music. The GSX 1000 can be picked up for around $200 dollars now and is well worth the purchase IMO. I hope that helps.
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Oct 27, 2018
ethanchan
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Nov 1, 2018
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If you do pick it up there are a couple of things you should know, the XLR balanced output will only get signal from the XLR balanced input and the 1/4 unbalanced will only get signal from the RCA inputs. If you do have audio going in through both (XLR and RCA), only use one output at a time. SMSL does not recommend using both the 1/4 inch and XLR outputs at the same time. The only other thing I would recommend is that you get an xlr balanced cable for the jubilee, I can't speak for everyone else but will say that I refuse to use 1/4 inch if balanced XLR is available. Hope that helps.
Nov 1, 2018
BobJones8P
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Nov 1, 2018
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Thank you.
Nov 1, 2018
jaydunndiddit
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Oct 26, 2018
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Honestly, it would make more sense to skip the DAC and spend that money on a solid amp. For this price range, a DAC isn't going to make much of a difference unless your source is incredibly old. Spend that $100 on a Schiit Magni 3 and you'll really see what the HD 58X can do. The DAC/amps you listed don't have the voltage or current output to push a demanding 150 ohm headphone like the 58X with any sort of authority (with impedance swings upwards of 450 ohms in the low-end). A more powerful amp will give you the control needed to properly push those 58X drivers. Power ratings for reference: Origen 2 = 5.3 Vrms Q1 mk2 = 2.61 (balanced only) Magni 3 = 11.74 Vrms @ 600 ohms Really, the Magni 3 makes the most sense with you getting started.
Oct 26, 2018
jaydunndiddit
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Nov 1, 2018
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It depends on the amp. Typically at the most basic level, a RCA to 3.5mm female cable (https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=5612) and/or a 3.5mm to 3.5mm aux cable (https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=5576) will do the trick.
Nov 1, 2018
BobJones8P
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Nov 1, 2018
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How would the Schiit Magni 3 compare to something like the Massdrop Objective 2 Headphone Amp: Desktop Edition. I also have static noise coming from my pc. Won't a dac make a cleaner sound and fix my static noise problem?
Nov 1, 2018
Keth
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Oct 26, 2018
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You don't need much of an amp for the 58X so USB powered units are just fine, it's super easy to drive. The Origen is a great choice, and better/easier for desktop use than the FiiO Q1 Mark II due to the volume knob placement. Take a look at the Topping D3 on Amazon, the silver model is about $95 right now.
Oct 26, 2018
BobJones8P
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Oct 26, 2018
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How does the Topping D3 compare to the Origen G2? I've heard that the FiiO Q 1 Mark II has good sound stage. Besides the volume knob placement how do they compare?
Oct 26, 2018
erickong
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Oct 26, 2018
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I have the G2 and I'm going to grab my HD58X tomorrow. Haven't tried the FiiO
Oct 26, 2018
BobJones8P
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Oct 26, 2018
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Let me know how the HD58X sound with the G2
Oct 26, 2018
erickong
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My intial thoughts
Oct 26, 2018