Best first Amp and DAC for $200 USD (~250$ CAD)
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Hello guys, I want to get my first Amp/DAC for a futur HD6xx and to use it for some IEMs (Nuforce EDC3)
I do not have much knowledge, should I take a tube amp or a "normal" amp ? Which amp, DAC or AMP/DAC combo should I take ?
Can I take, per example, an O2 amp with a Fulla 2 or a E10K (for the DAC part of those two) ?
Thank you !
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Heefty
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Jul 5, 2018
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If it were up to me I'd grab a Topping D10 and pair it with my favorite $100 amp. O2 is a bit under-powered for HD 6XX but sounds vastly better with them than other under-powered amps. Magni 3 can drive them reasonably well. I like Aune T1 as well, but I generally stay away from combo units these days. Really there are many amps to choose from. I'd sample them and see what I prefer if I were you.
Jul 5, 2018
Dubharmonic
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Jul 7, 2018
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My point being that our ears can't be our guide until we get to hear.
Jul 7, 2018
ElectronicVices
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Jul 7, 2018
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Lots of places offer return policies (not here obviously) so if one is unsure buy from a place that will let you return it. And I'm agreeing with you while adding the caution to newbies to not go outlay a large sum of money on gear that they've never heard on a whim. Don't go from say a pair of M50's on your motherboard audio to an HD800S with a Woo Audio WA22 headphone amp and an Yggdrasil. That same person may have been fully satisfied with an HD6XX and a schiit or topping setup but jumped straight to the "top" because of what they read online.
Jul 7, 2018
mindhead1
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Jul 5, 2018
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So many options at this price point. I can personally recommend an Aune X1S. It’s a great combo unit for $200. Other options that I don’t have personal experience with but are well regarded in that price range are Schiit Magni/Modi stack. Objective O2/Topping D10 or D30.
You might also want to consider saving a little longer and going for something like the CTH w/ SDAC or the Liquid Carbon w/ SDAC. Either of these amps without the SDAC would be good as well and if you need a DAC get a Topping D10 or D30.
Jul 5, 2018
AwokenBoi
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Jul 5, 2018
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What is the price of the X1S on Massdrop ?
I prefer to buy a standalone DAC (or a DAC/Amp combo for ~100) and a standalone Amp because I cannot afford those two at the same time (or a DAC/Amp combo for $200)
Jul 5, 2018
mindhead1
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X1S from Massdrop is $200.
Jul 5, 2018