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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
How would the connections go?

Computer--> DAC--> Amp--> Headphones?

Is this right?

Also, any experience with these?

iBasso
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Thanks
post #2 of 26
Yes, to your question. However, a desktop amp will most likely give you more oomph for your money than the ibasso, or really, any portable.
post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by logwed View Post
Yes, to your question. However, a desktop amp will most likely give you more oomph for your money than the ibasso, or really, any portable.
What would you recommend for 400 and under?
post #4 of 26
yup, your diagram looks right.

Some dacs come with built in amps. so you might get a

Computer > DAC/Amp > Headphones
post #5 of 26
Compass is a good starter dac/amp for your price range.
post #6 of 26
Or the Zero DAC. Then just get whatever headphones you can get with the leftover budget
post #7 of 26
x2 on the Compass
post #8 of 26
You should buy second hand, it'll save you a ton of money.
post #9 of 26
Looks right!

One of these configurations:
* Computer--> DAC--> Amp--> Headphones
* Computer--> DAC/Amp--> Headphones
post #10 of 26
Compass!
post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by revolink24 View Post
Or the Zero DAC. Then just get whatever headphones you can get with the leftover budget
But you're risking getting a DOA Zero. Go with the Compass, man.
post #12 of 26
I'd vote for the compass too, it's a little swiss army knife. you can use only the DAC or only the Amp if you want to upgrade piece by piece later. Don't think you can do that with the zero.
post #13 of 26
Do you travel a lot? Using your DAC/Amp with Laptop or this is home desktop? What phone are you running with it? what music do you listen to? You have to tell us more.

I have an iBasso and I enjoy it quite a bit, I bought this cause sometimes I am on-to-go and it's hard to lug a desktop amp around. Also it's great when I travel with my Ultra portable setup, on a bus, train or airplane. I have never listen to a Compass, so can't really compare for you there.
post #14 of 26
If you do:
computer/sound card -> DAC -> Amp -> headphones

does that make a sound card pointless?
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by hoth17 View Post
If you do:
computer/sound card -> DAC -> Amp -> headphones

does that make a sound card pointless?
In my own setup, SPDIF from my sound card does not have the noise issues that my motherboard have. Also with a X-Fi card, I can use all the exciting features that a X-Fi card provides (so exciting that I don't use any of them).

Using SPDIF, all the processing is done by my DAC, instead of my crappy sound card.

So it acts like a host, that's an important job for good sound and music.
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