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Usb amp/dac for HD-25-1 II (for under $150 or so)

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

while I understand that similar questions might have been asked before, I need help with my specific situation. Right now I'm running my cable-modded HD-25-1 II's directly from my computer (built in Realtek HD Audio). As this is my work computer I cannot install a soundcard but I still would like to upgrade my system. The hiss for one is a turn off.

 

What should I invest in? What amp/dac combination would work well with this setup? Something external, preferably USB would be perfect. FiiO E9? Something portable??

Suggestions please! biggrin.gif

 

post #2 of 8


Depends on what you want. Right now I am using my portable amp (Stepdance) directly with the on board card of my PC at work. The on board is the latest Realtek ALC889 and I have to confess that it sounds similar and perhaps even better as my Cantate.2 hooked up by USB IMO. Okee it is sufficient for me right now but I am planning to upgrade one day to an external DAC :)

 

Concenring the $150 maximum I would say it is worth to try an amp without DAC section first deoending on your internal soundcard..


Edited by monoethylene - 3/29/11 at 5:26am
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

True, but at the same time I'm not very convinced a bout the internal soundcard (hissing and so on)

post #4 of 8

hm, I cannot complain with my setup but the Stepdance itself is a very good amp..

post #5 of 8

Fiio e7

post #6 of 8

E-MU 0204 USB.

post #7 of 8

I'm actually listening to my HD25-1 II's through a FiiO E7 (DAC/Amp) as I write this.  It's quite amazing compared to the HD25's unamped.  Dead quiet, dynamic and perfect for the HD25's.  I've just ordered the E9 to mate & drive my HD600's. Highly recommended.

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hm, both the E7 and the E-MU 0204 look very interesting. Anybody have experience with both 0204 and HD25-1 II'?

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