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post #16 of 23
Thread Starter 

just ran across this -

Audio-gd NFB 12

 

seems like it might fit the but. It's not really portable but It would leave me enough to get a portable rig ans maybe an additional par of cans.

post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by jacobgolden View Post

just ran across this -

Audio-gd NFB 12

 

seems like it might fit the but. It's not really portable but It would leave me enough to get a portable rig ans maybe an additional par of cans.

I'm pretty sure I mentioned them on the last page? I have them and the O2, and have had the E17. Ask me anything.

post #18 of 23

I also have the e17 and -12.  The -12 certainly has more power if you need that ( I don't remember) and I like them both.  The -12 doesn't have analog inputs though while the e17 does (but only through an adapter and a 3.5mm plug.
 

post #19 of 23

Also since I think you mentioned using seperate speakers - I use my -12 to control the volume on my AE5's and it works great.

post #20 of 23

Also would recommend Audio GD,as I have had only positive experiences with this company.

post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by tme110 View Post

I was going to suggest the e17 then saw you list it yourself.  It has all the requirements you need.  I like mine.  It may not be a high-end solution but it's amazing for what it can do and for  the price.

 

as already stated, dropping the spdif opens a lot more doors (though I don't like being stuck with a usb-only dac myself)

 

I had the E17, but it just didn't hold up when compared to the Alo Rx2.  It sounded great at lower volumes, but got really too distorted when going louder, especially on my HD580s.  I no longer have either the E17 or Alo Rx2.  I want something that is neutral, but that opens up the soundstage.  The Alo Rx2 was a bit dark or closed-in for my liking and the E17 lacked the upper-end power.  (Of course, the Rx2 is a different animal in that it doesn't have a DAC).

post #22 of 23
post #23 of 23
Thread Starter 

Okay so I think i've boiled it down to these two candidates. I'm scratching the idea of getting something uber portable for now and focusing on something that will work well in my studio with my existing setup.

 

Yulong D100 MKII ASRC D/A Converter - $460
Matrix mini-i 24/192 Balanced USB DAC + Headphone Amp   $320

 

I really love the in and out options of these units and the fact that they have balanced outs so i can go directly into my parasounds balanced inputs.

 

the reviews seem quite favorable.

 

Do any of you know if the Yulong beats the Matrix or vice versa is it worth the extra cash?

 

Another one I was thinking about was the Fostex HP-A3 32-BIT but I've pretty much ruled this out because it lacks balanced outputs and that would work well with my poweramp.

Unless of course the Fostex just completely out classes the other two.....then i still may be tempted....

 

Thoughts?

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