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DAC recommendation for use with Woo WA2

post #1 of 5
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Hi there all,

 

I've been lurking on this site for a month or so just trying to become better acquainted with high quality headphone audio.

 

I will be ordering a Woo Audio WA2 and would like to match it with a DAC that is reasonably priced (< $1000).

 

I've read that a tube dac might be a better choice but would like your input (Also perhaps recommendations on interconnects would be great)

 

My headphones are: Grado RS-1, 325is and Sennheiser HD650

 

My current digital output is a ASUS Xonar Essence STX (but my computer also has a toslink out built onto the motherboard), I'm planning on eventually getting a higher end CD player down the road.

 

Thanks very much for your help in advance.

 

post #2 of 5

There is no "better choice", it's ultimately a preference thing between tube DACs and the others.  Take a look at MDHT Labs for tube-based DACs.  Audio-GD DAC gear (non-tube) is popular.  Woo might have a DAC too very soon.  wink.gif  

 

It doesn't seem like you will need a balanced DAC so you may want to keep that in mind, unless you plan to move to balanced in the future.

post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by sphinxvc View Post
Take a look at MDHT Labs for tube-based DACs.

 

x2.  MHDT Havana is a fun and musical DAC.

post #4 of 5
I am really liking my PS audio with my 325is.
post #5 of 5

I'm using a Pro-Ject DAC Box FL with my tube here.

It's a solid state DAC but it's nicely built and shows it's colours well even though I'm only using Grado SR80i's at the moment =D 

 

I got it at $99 on sale at my local shop. They're in the ballpark of $200 though I do believe.

 

Anyway, in my case it's a great deal on a great piece of equipment. 

 

 

I've tried it on it's own from an optical out on my macbook and even then un-amped the clarity of sound that I was looking for is present.

It just sounds great coming out of a tube amp though. Very rich warm sound with smooth highs. They bring some bass response to the table for your grado's too. My ears can vouch for that. =) 

 

 

One of the best under $400 in my opinion

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