I got a few questions actually. I have had my AKG K702s for around a week and have been listening to FLACs sent from my PCs TOSLINK connection to my Onkyo TX-SR606 @ 192KHz/ 24bit. Now with that, the Onkyo obviously uses its built-in DAC and amp.
I am wanting to get a headphone amp and DAC, these are my options.
Burson HA-160D Headphone Amplifier with DAC and Pre-Amp
Self-explanatory really. A Burson HA-160 headphone amp that comes with a DAC and Pre-Amp. I can get that for $1,099.
I was wondering if I would get better quality from buying the HA-160 seperatly and then get the DA-160. I read into it and the DA-160 is a better DAC then the one that comes with the HA-160D. "After taking into account feedback and many more valuable suggestions from the audiophile community, we have developed the DA-160, which is fully discrete, more refined in sound, with better compatibility and Connectivity."
It is essentially based on the DAC inside the HA-160D but supposedly better. That would mean that I would be looking at $850 for the DAC and $619 for the amp. A total of $1,469, it will be a matter of, is it worth the extra $370 which is what the AKGs cost me!
Now, the only reason I would go for the seperate DAC and amp is to have upgradeability and not to mention it is easier to pay for one component at a time.
So to the final question, if I go for seperate DAC and amp, should I buy the amp first and use the RCA outs on the TX-SR606 which has some decent specs. SnR is 106dB (measured with the standard from the IHF) and freq response is 5Hz-100KHz +1dB -3dB.
I am thinking that the headphone amp will make a larger difference then the DAC and using the TX-SR606. What do you guys think? Seperate amp first, then DAC, or take both out with the HA-160D?
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