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New iMac, Neuman KH 120, AKG K702 & $2 000 for a DAC and Amp?

post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 
Hi,

What DAC and HF amp should get for these cans and active monitors.(xlr connection) using an iMac ( USB or optical out)?

Some units that units that I am considering are:

Antelope Zodiac
Benchmark DAC1 USB
Burson HA-160D
Grace m903
Larry DA-11
Vioelectric HPA V800 + tbd amp
Other

Some are integrated Dacs with HF amps and some are just Dacs (v800). I need outputs for active monitors. Either xlr or trs. I also need a HF amp to drive the low impedance, but power hungry k702s. I am interested in sonic accuracy and detail.

Suggestions along with rationales welcomed?

Bob
Edited by iim7V7IM7 - 7/13/12 at 11:30am
post #2 of 3

if you are going to use XLR outputs

benchmark dac1 usb is not bad

the XLR outputs of dac1 sounds significantly better than its RCA outputs and headphone outputs

 

i have dac1 usb and another dac1 called Moon 300d from Simaudio

the XLR outputs of 300d is better than the XLR outputs of my dac1 usb

but the 300d is more expensive

post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 
Goohsm,

Thanks for your response. I purchased a Grace m903. It has balanced TRS outputs for my monitors and I ue the headphone out for my AKGs.

Bob
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