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post #1 of 81
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Hello, I am looking to see what kind of desktop amps there are about 1k and less that are power houses.  Besides the Schiit Lyr amp.  It can be a dac/amp combo or just a dedicated amp.  I currently just got the NFB-5 but in the future I'd like to upgrade.  

 

What are some power house amp/dacs?

post #2 of 81

The point is that are you happy with NFB-5  or do you need more quantity vs quality? Maybe a different headphone might be a better choice.

post #3 of 81
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Well I'll be upgrading to the LCD-2 most likely.  I have heard that the NFB-5 is good enough for it but not to many people have said it was just one.  I guess I'd like to have both.  But I still haven't tested the NFB-5.  Im suck in school and its sitting in its package on my bed for me when I get home.  
 

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The point is that are you happy with NFB-5  or do you need more quantity vs quality? Maybe a different headphone might be a better choice.



 

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Nothing??  No suggestions?

post #5 of 81

HeadAmp GS-1.  Fantastic solid state amp, particularly in its price category.  Very neutral, uncolored, and black (in a good way).

 

http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/headamp/gs1.html

http://www.headamp.com/home_amps/gs1/index.htm

post #6 of 81

If you going to spend $1k, you may as well move up a little bit to $1500. That will give you many more options. The under $1k space is tough. I haven't heard anything under $1k that's really made me go "wow!"

 

I know there are a lot of fans of A-GD stuff, but everything I've heard from them, outside of their TOTL DACs, has left me wanting.


Edited by purrin - 9/12/11 at 12:15am
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If you going to spend $1k, you may as well move up a little bit to $1500.


And using this advice - after moving up to $1500... $2000, why not

 

post #8 of 81

What do you need all that power for?  Power does not equal quality.

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And using this advice - after moving up to $1500... $2000, why not


Because I feel the $1000-$1500 range is sort of a sweet spot where you get a notable improvement from the sub $1000 amps. The next jump would be > $2200.

 

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What do you need all that power for?  Power does not equal quality.

 

I'm thinking in "powerhouse", he's referring to quality too, not just quantity.

post #10 of 81
The Burson Audio HA-160D looks good.
post #11 of 81
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The Burson Audio HA-160D looks good.


I was looking at that also.  Thanks!

 



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Because I feel the $1000-$1500 range is sort of a sweet spot where you get a notable improvement from the sub $1000 amps. The next jump would be > $2200.

 

 

I'm thinking in "powerhouse", he's referring to quality too, not just quantity.

Ya I'd like it to be strong enough to drive the LCD-2 or the He-500.  I do mean both.  Thats why I said besides the LYR.  I know its a power house but I'd like it to do both as in quality and driving power.  =)  
 

 

post #12 of 81
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How about the Isabellina?  I know there is the Isabellina HPA but that might be just a little out of my range at the moment.  IF I save up I might as well go for the Audez ALO pack.  But the Isabellina looks quiet tempting...

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Gee, That is a bit pricey does have a few options to choice from.
 

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How about the Isabellina?  I know there is the Isabellina HPA but that might be just a little out of my range at the moment.  IF I save up I might as well go for the Audez ALO pack.  But the Isabellina looks quiet tempting...



 

post #14 of 81
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Ya the Isabellina is a little cheaper. I was just throwing the Audez alo pack out there.  I most likely wouldn't get it unless I was set in a really good job.  But since I'm still a college student I'll go for something a little cheaper like perhaps the Burson 160D or the isabellina.  
 

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Gee, That is a bit pricey does have a few options to choice from.
 



 



 

post #15 of 81

For something a bit cheaper what about Hi-Fi Man - EF5 ?

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