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Maverick Audio Tubemagic A1 or D1 for my setup ?

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I use my PC exclusively as the source for my headphone listening and my current setup is:

 

WIndows 7 PC --> Auzentech Prelude X-Fi 7.1 soundcard --> Onkyo SR805 AV receiver (using analog inputs)--- > AKG K702 headphones

 

I'd like to get a headphone amp or amp/dac combo to replace my AV receiver in this chain.

 

I feel that my Prelude soundcard already has a decent DAC (AK4396), so I'm not sure if the D1 will be much better in this department. Do you think I would hear more improvement going with the D1 amp/dac combo or the A1 amplifier in this scenario?


Edited by mkygod - 8/19/10 at 8:56am
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I cannot recommend the D1 as a headphone amp.  I had it, and despite the threads here singing its praise, there wasn't much I liked about it.  Despite its price, IMHO, it was a monumental disappointment.  The headphone had a constant buzz and I thought it was extremely bright.  As a DAC, it was decent.  The tube pre-output was extremely subtle at best.

 

Maybe I got a dud, but I'm just throwing that out there in the spirit of disclosure.

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I think you probably did get a dud.  Either that or I got a diamond in the rough.  My D1 is almost dead silent even with my SE530s.

 

I thought it handled the K702s quite well when I demoed a pair on my D1.  I don't know much about the A1 though, so I can't compare them.

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It all depends when you bought it.  The first batches had the problems, but later batches had adjustments.  I'm disappointed by the fact I got essentially got a beta-tester, but paid full price to test it. 
 

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Originally Posted by maverickronin View Post

I think you probably did get a dud.  Either that or I got a diamond in the rough.  My D1 is almost dead silent even with my SE530s.

 

 

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