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Hi all just listed my Crack in the classifieds as have started building my Bottlehead Sex now if anyone is interested or knows someone who might be its been a super match for my HD650's and Beyer T1

 

 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/732374/bottle-head-crack-240v-custom-build

 

Cheers

 

Jamie


Edited by JamieMcC - Today at 1:39 pm
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NOOOOOO!!!! ;-)
post #5868 of 5874

Hey guys and girls,

 

I'm currently running an HD-650 on an Asus Essence ST, but will be receiving a Bottlehead + Crackhead in a few weeks. I was wondering selling the Asus and buy an external DAC would be worth it, then I read this on Bottlehead forums:

 

I just wanted to add my kudos to Headfonia for doing God's work in pointing folks to great and affordable audio.  After spending significant time and coin on upgrading my Crack (see my posts) I was still frustrated with the tonal range and fidelity.  Putting her aside for (far too many) many months, I happened upon Headfonia's recommendation of the Topping D20 DAC and made the $129 plunge +39 for a decent Elpac converter.  Long story short, this DAC (via TOSLink from my PC) is the **** and the Crack is a now totally different animal - everything I was looking for in spades.  Thanks for the heads up Headfonia - you rock.   

 

Do you concur? Any other suggestions for DACs under $200?

 

Thanks! 

post #5869 of 5874
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Originally Posted by Kyno View Post
 

Hey guys and girls,

 

I'm currently running an HD-650 on an Asus Essence ST, but will be receiving a Bottlehead + Crackhead in a few weeks. I was wondering selling the Asus and buy an external DAC would be worth it, then I read this on Bottlehead forums:

 

I just wanted to add my kudos to Headfonia for doing God's work in pointing folks to great and affordable audio.  After spending significant time and coin on upgrading my Crack (see my posts) I was still frustrated with the tonal range and fidelity.  Putting her aside for (far too many) many months, I happened upon Headfonia's recommendation of the Topping D20 DAC and made the $129 plunge +39 for a decent Elpac converter.  Long story short, this DAC (via TOSLink from my PC) is the **** and the Crack is a now totally different animal - everything I was looking for in spades.  Thanks for the heads up Headfonia - you rock.   

 

Do you concur? Any other suggestions for DACs under $200?

 

Thanks! 

All I can say is that I was in the same place that the guy you quoted was, maybe not that disappointed but something was definitely missing especially in the low range, anyway I just received my Schiit Modi and the difference is freaking amazing, I can especially feel the difference when I am listening to electronic music, a genre which I like most but felt the crack is lacking in that point. 

Never thought a DAC will affect my setup so much.

Recommended DAC under 200$ are the ODAC and Schiit Modi.

 

If i were you I guess I would just take one step at a time, build the Crack, connect it to the Essence ST and decide for you self if you like it or not.. 


Edited by atraf - Today at 4:49 pm
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You can take the patient route and do what atraf suggested, it is a smart option. However, no one said visiting this site was supposed to lead to smart decisions in life. :wink_face: I would buy an affordable DAC to start with, if anything, to be able to do a comparison between it and the Essence soundcard you already have. IMHO, the Crack + Speedball and the HD-650 respectively punch above their price points to just before ~650.00 mark of their competition. You will still make some gains beyond your 200.00 budget, since,at that price point, you DAC will still be the weakest link. I will suggest a Modi or ODAC within your budget, however if you can stretch your budget higher, the rest of your gear will still scale up with it. All the best.

post #5871 of 5874

Thanks for the inputs!

 

I will definitely try it first with my Asus Essence ST. Good thing is that a Modi or an ODAC isn't going to break the bank and can be tested fairly easily, on top of being easy to find on sale.

 

In any case, the SB + Crack should already bring some improvements.

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Originally Posted by adamaley View Post
 

You can take the patient route and do what atraf suggested, it is a smart option. However, no one said visiting this site was supposed to lead to smart decisions in life. :wink_face: I would buy an affordable DAC to start with, if anything, to be able to do a comparison between it and the Essence soundcard you already have. IMHO, the Crack + Speedball and the HD-650 respectively punch above their price points to just before ~650.00 mark of their competition. You will still make some gains beyond your 200.00 budget, since,at that price point, you DAC will still be the weakest link. I will suggest a Modi or ODAC within your budget, however if you can stretch your budget higher, the rest of your gear will still scale up with it. All the best.

I agree. A Modi or ODAC would be a nice upgrade but keep in mind your gear is capable of revealing the qualities in DACs beyond the price range of either of those options. However it is nice to make small jumps, big ones lead to even bigger ones and poof there goes your money.

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How does an Audiolab M-Dac compare to Modi? :biggrin: I can get M-Dac with 890$. That seems a good price, because when I googled around, the best price I found outside the country where I live was 990$ (+ 25usd shipping). Im going to listen that dac today with my Crack + HD700 at the local shop, hope it is a nice one. Too bad my TS/Chatham 5998 tube has not arrived yet. 


Edited by Klots - Today at 9:28 pm
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For what it is worth - Once the input voltages were matched, I heard no audible differences between the M-dac, Benchmark dac 1, MD11, Yulong D100, AMB Gamma 1, and ODAC. I'd go with whichever gives you the features you need (sample rates/dsd/inputs/outputs) and not worry too much about what they sound like. 

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