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Looking for a DAC for studio monitor and headphones

post #1 of 7
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Hi all,

i have a pair of studio monitors and i'm need to buy a DAC (i'm stuck with onboard sound right now) that i can connect also with and external headphone amplifier, I see that most DACs have only two RCA outputs and i need those for my studio monitors, am i correct saying that i will not be able to connect a headphone amplifier to it in this scenario? Ex: Firestone Spitfire > Studio Monitor > Cute Beyond > DT-990 Pro.

At the moment i'm leaning towards the DacMagic that is pretty popular and has a a lot of connections.

Are there other products in the same price range worth considering?

 

 

thanks for the help

Regards

post #2 of 7

Today you can find a lot of DACs with volume control, headphone and line out.

In essence a pre-amp with digital inputs.

Have a look at the Firestone Fubar4-Plus

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Originally Posted by Roseval View Post

Today you can find a lot of DACs with volume control, headphone and line out.

In essence a pre-amp with digital inputs.

Have a look at the Firestone Fubar4-Plus



Thanks for the answer, i considered them too (TubeMagic D2, Fubar3 for example) but if i want to add a better  headphones amplifier to my system later i can't without the proper connections (i'd like to try a tube amplifier soon or later without having to change DAC).

 

Regards

post #4 of 7

I'm running the Asus Essence One and it has balanced XLR outputs and unbalanced RCA's - you could use the RCA's for the headphone amp and the XLR's for your monitors?  Last pair of monitors I had (M-Audio BX5's or something I sold them about 5 years ago) had XLR inputs. 

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Originally Posted by Chado View Post

I'm running the Asus Essence One and it has balanced XLR outputs and unbalanced RCA's - you could use the RCA's for the headphone amp and the XLR's for your monitors?  Last pair of monitors I had (M-Audio BX5's or something I sold them about 5 years ago) had XLR inputs. 



 

Yes i have  RCA, TRS and XLR inputs, i was considering the Xonar Essence One but i didn't see yet a lot of review being a new device.

I did take a look at the new TubeMagic D2 and it has the unbalanced output for both an amplifier and the studio monitors,

My options so far are:

  1. DacMagic
  2. TubeMagic D2
  3. Xonar Essence One
  4. Hlly SMK-III

 

i will look around for some review of them.

thanks again.


Edited by Heimdallr - 12/10/11 at 1:24am
post #6 of 7

TC Electronics konnect 6. 

http://www.tcelectronic.com/desktopkonnekt6.asp

 

Voted best DAC up to 500$ from sound on sound magazine , also has headphone amp.

 

now it costs around 200$ . sweet deal. 

post #7 of 7

The Meier StageDAC has two RCA outputs, one tied to a volume know and one that has fixed output. I sometimes use StageDAC to feed my headamp and the variable output goes to some active monitors.

 

 

It is a bit more expensive than your prices range, but it is a really good DAC. Much better than the DacMagic.

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