Originally Posted by PedroH
As I am looking for something different (and better), to develop my sensitivity to different equipments, I would avoid the clones.
My initial alternative solutions are:
- Buy a very good DAC (HRT Music Streamer II+ ???) and reutilize a Project HeadBox II (I already have) to amp the Grado RS1i at home; Buy Beyerdinamic T1 to use at the office with the Lehmann.
- Buy Beyerdinamic T1 to use at home together with the following alternative DAC + Amp systems:
- Meier Symphony 2;
- Meier Concerto & Meier Stagedac;
- HRT Music Streamer II+ & SPL Auditor or Phonitor.
Which one of these solutions would you choose? Is there a better solution not listed here?
Thanks a lot. I'm new to HiFi and so any feed-back is valuable to me.
I have tried a few but not all the components listed below but going objectively(and reading a lot), if I had 3000 euros, I would definitely buy one of these with my awesome(future) phones.
Nice DAC options:
Violectric V800(its a DAC only), Benchmark DAC1(DAC+amp) <-----neutral DACs
Centrance DACport LX(it is similar and probably less prone to crashing computers),<----- small and neutral, similar to HRT MS II+ features wise
DACmini CX/ DACmini PX(comes with speaker outs)<------- slightly coloured without the 1 ohm mod DAC+amp
Lavry DA11<---- probably slightly coloured headphone out,comes with Playback Image Control
Combos to consider:
Smyth Research Realiser A8 with Stax 2170 system for 3.6 euro more for a out of head experience,
The crazy offer that Headroom is having right now for their HD800 system.
Or if headphones are not neccessary, the Centrance audiophile Desktop is a good choice if you know how to deal with a little EQ or room acoustics.
SPL Phonitor(I like), Auditor,
Bottlehead Crack(quite nice for the money I say),
Violectric V200/V90/V181(actually the V90 is more than enough for the T1/HD800, the damping factor is way over the top with the other models)
Or if you really like the Black cube linear, pair it up with a HD800 and a DAC to get a "Sennheiser" model rig.
EDIT: made it more readable
Edited by firev1 - 5/27/12 at 8:07am