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looking for a solid state amp with dac for around $100

post #1 of 6
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Ok so I have a hifiman EF2A that i use now on my akg 240 studio and my grado sr80i. I just ordered AKG Q701s so I am looking for a solid state amp preferably with a usb dac built in. Any ideas?

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is this any good?

http://www.amazon.com/Topping-TP30-Digital-Amplifier-USB-DAC/dp/B005D7SKWK/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1325192686&sr=1-3

 

or fiio e10?

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bump

post #4 of 6

Nuforce Icon uDac or Fiio E10 are two options.

 

I've never heard the uDac but it seems to be a good performer based off impressions I've read from others.

 

I have the E10 and enjoy it in my setup. I got subtle changes in sound quality and that's all I was expecting at that price point. The headphone amp portion is pretty impressive though on its own. I am looking into getting a higher grade amp to give it a point of reference though.

 

post #5 of 6

That amp is a nice little amp.  It's based on the Tripath chips.  These chips are great for driving loudspeakers, but unfortunately, are nothing magical with headphones.
 



 

post #6 of 6

I have a Udac 2 HP - the one without the line outs.  They can be had for less than $100.  Pretty good sound, although there are some reviews which critique its technical performance. 

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