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post #31 of 45
I think that the Gilmore Lite (if you can track one down, now that they are discontinued) would provide an amazing pairing. My GLite + DPS (if you can track one d... well, you get the idea ) paired with my own MD5000 provides very good synergy. Very nicely balanced, detailed, involving sound. Highly recommended, especially with J$ V2 pads!
post #32 of 45
As far as DAC's go, I will shortly be getting my DacMagic in order, so I should be able to let you know how well it pairs with the MD5000's and GLite + DPS. For sub-$400, the CA DacMagic is pretty hard to beat. The MF V-DAC is another good way to go, but apparently it is darker and less-detailed than the DM. This may not be a good thing for the MD5000 and Denons in general which are plenty 'warm'.
post #33 of 45
Thread Starter 
Yeah I would have liked to get a glite but their hard to find now. I may just go with the GS-1, and see how you like the dacmagic.

Also i saw that Meier has a deal for the Concerto + StageDac for 1260 shipped. Have to save up a little bit, but it may be my choice.
post #34 of 45
owning v-dac + HR ultra micro dac.

also my v8p and some tubes are on the way.

planning to leave v-dac+v8p in my study room and Ultra micro dac+?? in bedroom.

?? could be glite+dps or micro amp+PSU or something else which i haven't decided yet.

i will try out diff combo to see how it sounds.
post #35 of 45
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Originally Posted by Bizong View Post
ah ok I did not know that about the Roc, I'm glad you told me that. I see now that it's meant to be paired with the Reference 7, 2 and 1 which are way above my budget unfortunately.

Those amp's look great and I'll consider them and look more into them but the hard part is I really need to find accompanying DAC's for these individual Amp's I'm finding. Do you think i should make a seperate post in the Source section or just keep this to avoid clutter?
There is nothing wrong pairing a DAC19 with the Roc. Re-cabling your headphones for balanced operation would be more important as otherwise you'd only be using half the amp. I gather there is a balanced DAC coming out to complement the Roc however but Kingwa was waiting on cases for it. No idea of the price though.

Another thought, after reading a similar thread is: DAC 19 + M^3 or Meier Audio Concerto. Both amps use an "active ground" configuration which is reputedly very good.
post #36 of 45
I have MD5000s (just had Mark put some custom wood cups on them as well) and I just got my Audio-GD C2 in the mail today.

The C2 and the Denons go together VERY well. The SQ improvement on the C2 compared to my Millett Hybrid Max is very noticeable. It sounds much cleaner to me and has an open, wider sound stage. The C2 is much more neutral than the Millett, but it is still very musical. I installed the Earth OPA on my C2. I tried it for around 2 hours with the stock OPA and I didn't like it very much. The music lacked life. Once I put in the Earth OPA, it was much better.

My next upgrade will be to replace my DAC with the Audio-GD DAC19. I just don't know if I should go for the DSP or the DF version.

I've been loving the MD5000/C2 combo so much that I haven't given my HF2s a listen yet on the new setup.
post #37 of 45
Thread Starter 
Audio GD C2 + DAC19 is climbing on up to an almost bought more and more. It is in my original budget and seems to pair very well with Denon's from what I've heard.

I think the only other one I'd consider now is the Concerto + StageDac. Need more opinions on it though.

Thanks for all the suggestions and information guys, It's really helping!
post #38 of 45
In the case that you don't like this combination, you can always sell them in this forum for a minimum loss. They have a great reputation so far.
post #39 of 45
There's also some discussion here about the DAC19 vs. StageDac, though regrettably nobody has had the chance to compare them.
post #40 of 45
Why not try a Nuforce HDP? It has a nice dac (That sounds better than a pico dac which costs over $300) and the headphone out according to HeadPhoneAddict is in the sound quality range of a $500-700 amp. It's only $450 and there's a good chance you'll be happy with it. Actually I ended up selling my modded WA6 with sophia princess because I liked it so much.

I too was considering a DAC19 but ever since purchasing the HDP I no longer have any reason to do so. While I have no doubt the other setup would sound just as good or better, I suggest you read up on the HDP first before spending more. It could quite possibly save ya some money and time in the long run.
post #41 of 45
OP, I hope you're using lossless or 256kbits and up music files. All this money will go to waste if your music library is compressed with something like 128kbits.
post #42 of 45
And some of you guys knocking the xonar stx because of it's pricetag? I highly doubt OP would gain any SQ performance with a higher priced DAC over the stx.
post #43 of 45
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And some of you guys knocking the xonar stx because of it's pricetag? I highly doubt OP would gain any SQ performance with a higher priced DAC over the stx.
Let me say at least, you'd be surprised.
post #44 of 45
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And some of you guys knocking the xonar stx because of it's pricetag? I highly doubt OP would gain any SQ performance with a higher priced DAC over the stx.
Come on man, quit playin.
post #45 of 45
Thread Starter 
yeah i have over 200gb of lossless music.
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