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post #1 of 13
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Hello,


I have an E-mu 0404, and i want to upgrade my sound listening experience .

My budget is 200$.

I'm only use it for listening music, with headphone or amp.

I use only analog output

What is the best choise m-audio, e-mu 1212m, ESI Juli@...

thanks


mr404
post #2 of 13
You should be looking for an amp IMO. In that price range, I'm not sure if you can find a better DAC than the 0404.

If you are using the headphone amp built in into the 0404, then a good dedicated headphone amp should improve your setup considerably.

If you already have a dedicated headphone amp as well, then at 200$, I dont see how you can make a significant upgrade....maybe get some good music or something :P
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by jilgiljongiljing View Post
You should be looking for an amp IMO. In that price range, I'm not sure if you can find a better DAC than the 0404.

If you are using the headphone amp built in into the 0404, then a good dedicated headphone amp should improve your setup considerably.

If you already have a dedicated headphone amp as well, then at 200$, I dont see how you can make a significant upgrade....maybe get some good music or something :P
Agreed.

Also, you could replace the caps in your 0404. And also swap out the opamps for better ones.
post #4 of 13
The M-Audio 2496 soundcards are great for the money.
post #5 of 13
Unless you already have some very nice cans, upgrading your phones is probably the quickest road to sonic nirvana.

The phones are what actually make the sounds you listen to and are the weakest link in the recording/playback chain.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by jilgiljongiljing View Post
You should be looking for an amp IMO. In that price range, I'm not sure if you can find a better DAC than the 0404.

If you are using the headphone amp built in into the 0404, then a good dedicated headphone amp should improve your setup considerably.

If you already have a dedicated headphone amp as well, then at 200$, I dont see how you can make a significant upgrade....maybe get some good music or something :P
ok

could you give me some advise for headphone amp ?
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by mr404 View Post
ok

could you give me some advise for headphone amp ?
for 200 dollars, i also would think a better headphone would give you more imprvements for the money then a 200 dollar amplifier! You need more then that for a big difference.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by tourmaline View Post
for 200 dollars, i also would think a better headphone would give you more imprvements for the money then a 200 dollar amplifier! You need more then that for a big difference.
ok but for a soundcard ?
post #9 of 13
Which headphone do you have currently?
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jilgiljongiljing View Post
Which headphone do you have currently?
Sennheiser HD 600
post #11 of 13
oh, nice...then its definitely an amp upgrade IMO...

First off, I would suggest searching in the amp forum, cos there have been several "amp for 600/650" threads for amps of all price ranges.

To add to that my two cents. At the 200$ range, if you dont mind tube amps, theres the Little Dot MKIII and the Darkvoice 336i. Both can be bought off Ebay, with the MKIII having better customer service and a good warranty. Price range is 200-300

For SS amps, I honestly believe portable amps arent gonna be any better than the EMU's built in amp. Maybe the new Corda Move might help...not sure though

The Gilmore Lite is another popular option at around 300. I have read quite a few threads recommending that with the Senn 6xx
post #12 of 13
i win -- x-fi prelude -- with socketable opamps http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...x-fi%2bprelude
post #13 of 13
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Thanks you all
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