I've recently acquired some Stax sigma pro bias headphones and have been looking for a DAC to go with them and my T1(upgrading to a kgss)
Any input would be appreciated for a DAC around $1000.
Edited by pr0x1fy - 11/18/10 at 2:23pm
yea heh, i had used the srm-t1 for some lambdas previously. still thinking of what amp i may use with the sigmas but i'm pretty sure my uncle has a kgss so i might just take his :P
Now that should be a different matter :-P But based on my experiences an adapter-based solution works very well for Sigmas and doesn't necessarily break the bank either. Same for vintage DACs, although bargains are getting hard to find.
Agree about an adaptor based system - an SRD-7 Pro or SRD-7 Mk 2 should do the trick nicely paired with a good power amp. Be prepared for a surprisingly excellent sound - lots of power in the bass, nice natural midrange without sibilance. Supposedly the Sigma/404 is less rolled off at both ends than the Sigma Pro (and certainly is better than the original Sigma), but not too many people have dared to try them with an SRD-7 Pro, as that has been against conventional wisdom - direct drive MUST be better. Big power direct drive may be much better, but the entry cost for a Blue Hawaii SE or an SRM-T2 (or the Spritzer/Gilmore replica) is very high.