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DAC/Amp under $200? (noob question)

post #1 of 7
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My audio source is a pretty cheap AV Receiver with some decent sounding speakers... The headphones i would like to drive are the Q701 and HE-500... Under $200 is definetily my preferred budget but if i have to go a little over i'd be willing to.

Thanks.

post #2 of 7

Hmm.....amp for speakers. Umm.....maybe a Schiit Asgard or Little Dot MK2 or MK3? IDK about speakers though. Hopefully someone more experienced will be able to help you better.
 

post #3 of 7

You will probably need to spend more than $200 (new) to properly drive the HE500.  The Q 701 will do fine with the HiFi Man EF2A ($169 shipped).

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Originally Posted by ytisawfulnow View Post

My audio source is a pretty cheap AV Receiver with some decent sounding speakers... The headphones i would like to drive are the Q701 and HE-500... Under $200 is definetily my preferred budget but if i have to go a little over i'd be willing to.

 

Some will disagree, but a simple JDS Labs O2 amplifier ($156 with AC adapter) is enough to drive these headphones. The HE-500 is much less inefficient than the HE-6.


Edited by stv014 - 5/24/12 at 3:19am
post #5 of 7

The audio gd nfb 12 is right at the $200 price point and will drive tough hp's with the best of them. Also has a very clean dac.

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

The audio gd nfb 12 is right at the $200 price point and will drive tough hp's with the best of them. Also has a very clean dac.

 

I thought that it was a bit more with shipping to the US from China.

post #7 of 7

Agreed with Audio-gd nfb-12 as I use it as 2nd dac/amp.

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