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post #16 of 27

Then what about the HRT Headstreamer.  HRT makes some real nice stuff.

 

http://www.amazon.com/HRT-HeadStreamer-USB-powered-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B0067Z6BNC/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1332399926&sr=1-3

post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by Llloyd View Post

Then what about the HRT Headstreamer.  HRT makes some real nice stuff.

 

http://www.amazon.com/HRT-HeadStreamer-USB-powered-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B0067Z6BNC/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1332399926&sr=1-3



The main issue with those is getting them here, with shipping to australia on top of that it will be almost over $150. 

There are other ones on amazon, like this.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Topping-TP30-Digital-Amplifier-USB-DAC/dp/B005D7SKWK/ref=sr_1_15?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1332400812&sr=1-15

 

 

post #18 of 27

I've heard decent things about the t30.  Like I said I advise against the udac.  If looks are really that important to you though you might not mind the difference.  My vote is still the e10 though.  You could get an e7/e17 if you hate the e10 that much.

post #19 of 27

I agree with brimstone. The D Zero is a pretty amazing DAC/amp. It's outstanding as a DAC for that price and It's not too bad as a portable amp as well. Better than the E7. And all in a really small package. Cheap as well. I'm pretty sure you won't regret it. It's good enough that I don't even intend to sell it even after my pico slim arrives.  

post #20 of 27
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I'm still looking for something, 

I'd really like some suggestions for amps and dacs I haven't listed. 

I can get an e17 for something like $140. 

although I would kind of like a more desk friendly option. 

post #21 of 27

I too was looking for a dac/amp around that price range. Ended up getting the E17, ordered yesterday :) I spent a lot of time trying to decide too, but eventually convinced myself that FiiO was the best option.

post #22 of 27
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I would really like a more desktop friendly option.

 

There are a few TP30's on ebay for around $100 

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/TP30-T-Amp-Digital-Amplifier-Headphone-w-USB-DAC-/290542455939?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43a5ae0c83#ht_2256wt_1163

 

Also, what do you think of the iBasso D2+ Boa ?

http://www.ibasso.com/en/products/show.asp?ID=42


Edited by PixelVandalism - 4/12/12 at 8:01am
post #23 of 27
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I have an aversion to amps without volume knobs. 

post #24 of 27
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Anyone? 

post #25 of 27
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I think I've worked out more than half of what I want to do. 

 

I want to get an E7, to use a dac, and portable amp, for some IEM's I am going to buy. 

Then I plan to get some speakers, Audioengine P4's, and run the E7 as my dac, and a larger amp to run the speakers. 

 

The only thing I'm not certain on, is if I should get an E7, or something else like the iBasso D2+ or the D-Zero, or something that I haven't found in my searches. 

 

*edit* 

 

Now I have up to $300 but I don't want to spend it all on an amp and dac, so lets say $250 limit, for a portable dac/amp, and an amp. or just a portable dac/amp.

 

*edit* 

 

I think I'm going to go with a FiiO A1 

Now I would just like a portable amp/dac with a volume knob to go with it. 


Edited by PixelVandalism - 4/16/12 at 1:05am
post #26 of 27
Thread Starter 

I think I'm going to get a Little Dot MKII, and later pair that with some kind of DAC, and use it as a pre-amp for a speaker amp.

post #27 of 27

It seems you're leaning more toward a desktop form factor and a higher budget.  I just thought I'd weigh in on a couple of the portable options.  The D-Zero IS a very nice unit for sure, for the price and size it's great.  You need to be aware of its sound signature, though.  It has a very fairly forward and bright sound to it.  It can be engaging and energetic, but it can also be a bit fatiguing, particularly if you have particularly bright (e.g. Shure 440's) or forward (e.g. Sennheiser HD25-1 II's) headphones.  If your cans are particularly dark or laid-back, then it might be a good match.  I've heard the Fiio E17 is a more laid-back, warmer presentation, so it might match better with brighter/forward cans. 

 

I've never heard the E17 personally, just going on what others such as the guys at headfonia have said.  I do own the D-Zero but ended up replacing it with a JDS C421/OPA2227 as I was using the D0 99% for the amp section only, and the C421 is a far superior amp.

 

Cheers,
Scott.

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