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Should I get a better DAC or headphone Amp? Would this be a noticeable upgrade over what I have? Current setup: Drop x grace standard DAC Schiit Magni 3+ headphone amp Drop x Sennheiser hd6xx

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allsmilesb
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Aug 16, 2022
The objective improvement in most dacs and amps are how little it distorts the audio signal which for the past 4 years reached to numbers to which you can't subjectively discern. The brand of chips used ,chip designs, analog vs chip base design vs tube vs tube hybrid and power delivery have had more subjective impact to in terms of better. Better does not one amp or DAC is not an objective upgrade rather what flavor meets your needs subjective which you will only know truly with experimenting. In short if you like your current setup their nothing subjectively missing in sound your looking from your DAC and amp then no you do not need to per say upgrade but knowing what better suited for you will take experimenting. Now is experimenting a journey you want to venture is all on you. I have had three amps the drop O2,one liner and 789. For me I liked them all but when I a/b compared with the same dac/headphones I found the one liner and 789 were pretty much subjectively the same so between them vs the 02 I preferred the one/789. The 02 for me wasn't as dynamic or as fast which doesn't mean more is better it's just ("that I") subjectively enjoy a more dynamic and faster sound signature.
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dm94aq7
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Aug 15, 2022
Digital audio is a fully solved problem, there are no audible differences between modern dacs and amps, unless you buy something so bad it intentionally distorts the sound (like a tube amp). There will be 0% audible difference between your setup and an "upgraded" dac or amp.
rastus
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Aug 15, 2022
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danny87
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Aug 15, 2022
I think you're fine with your current setup. The SMSL SU-8S definitely has more features than a basic DAC, but if you're looking for improvement in sound quality, I don't think it's worth to upgrade.
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