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Emotiva Stealth DC-1 | Balanced 24/192 Fully Differential DAC

Hands Down, One of the Best Values in Head-fi

JoeDoe

Pros: Build Quality, Input Options, Balanced Design, Headphone Amp, Neutral Sound Quality

Cons: 1/8" Headphone Out?

The Emotiva DC-1 Stealth DAC is frankly, an incredible value. The only other products I can think of that offers such a complete and capable skill set for such a low cost are the Koss KSC75, SennGrado, Chord Mojo, and Cavalli Liquid Carbon. Here's why:   The Breakdown:   The Chain: MBP running JRMC21 > DC-1 > Cavalli Liquid Crimson > GH1, GS2000e, Alpha Prime  ...
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Beautiful tone, but designed to break.
Beautiful tone, but designed to break.

Sennheiser PX 100-II Supra-Aural Mini Headphones - Black

Pros: So smooth it makes otherwise harsh recordings sound bearable. It is comfortable and sounds surprisingly good for a portable headphone.

Cons: It will break! And always the same way. The wire going into the jack and the grills comes loose easily, rendering one or both ears silent.

Lovely neutrality and open sound with a few quirks
Lovely neutrality and open sound with a few quirks

oBravo ERIB-2a

Pros: Sound more like small headphones than earphones, detailing, balanced, airy sound

Cons: Aluminium casing very delicate, build quality doesn't match price. Sound gets very messy the more instruments/layers there are

These sound better than $500 IEMs
These sound better than $500 IEMs

HiFiMAN RE-400

Pros: Smooth neutral sound, amazing soundstage, very detailed yet not fatiguing at all.

Cons: Supplied ear tips may not get a comfortable seal.

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