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What DAC and Amp would you guys recommend to get the best sound possible with the Shure SRH-940?

Gear setup:

- iMac late 2011
- Audirvana Plus
- DAC?
- Amp?

Musical taste:

Soul/R&B, Jazz (as well as vocal jazz), Instrumental music, Blues, sometimes Pop and Rock

Thanks in advance...

post #2 of 7

I have not owned any of the Shure series, but I ran across a glowing recommendation for the e/17 and e9 combo is you are looking to have something on a budget. I'll go back and link the article shortly.

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Here it is:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/582916/fiio-e9-the-big-users-guide-the-10-x-headphone-round-up-how-does-yours-stack-up-with-the-e9-pictures-inside

 

The suggestion is for the 840 but this would certainly work for the 940 also.

 

Oh, and the fiio e09k is due out any day and should be a nice replacement for the e9.

 

gL!!

post #4 of 7

Do you have a budget? also, do you need a portable amp? there are lots of desktop amps as well. 

post #5 of 7
I also have Shure SRH-940 that I usually use with a MacBook Pro. I'm driving the phones with a NuForce HDP (DAC/amp combo). I'm quite pleased, but I'll be honest and say that I haven't compared my HDP to many other rigs, so I'm not sure whether there are DACs and Amos that would improve the sound I'm getting through the 940s.

One A/B comparison that I have made is the HDP vs my Denon AVR 3808CI, which I use for home theater. Although the Denon gives me more power (as you'd expect), I think its got some warm coloration that I don't hear out of the HDP. They seem to offer comparable detail.

The HDP retails for $500 and is small and light enough to pack in a laptop case. And it sounded as good or better than a $1600 AVR that's known to have excellent SQ. It's worth checking out, especially if portability is a consideration of yours.
post #6 of 7

Here is the Hdp suggested above in the for sale forum...

 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/618382/nuforce-hdp

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What DAC and Amp would you guys recommend to get the best sound possible with the Shure SRH-940?

Gear setup:

- iMac late 2011
- Audirvana Plus
- DAC?
- Amp?
Musical taste:
Soul/R&B, Jazz (as well as vocal jazz), Instrumental music, Blues, sometimes Pop and Rock

Fiio E10 USB-DAC-Headphone amplifier ($70)

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