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AMP/DAC recommandation for my AKG 701 ?

post #1 of 6
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Hi !

 

First of all, although I am new to this forum and don't know much about hifi, I did read the forum before posting here. But I still don't know what would be good for me.

 

I am looking for a good AMP + DAC combo under the 600$ price range. Here is my situation :

 

- I would like a more solide "desktop"-like settup to go with my Alienware M17 computer (I don't know if it's relevant, because I could not find "how good" is my sound card)

- Currently using the AKG 701 with a Cowon J3 + Fiio E11 AMP.

- Listening to FLAC files only (symphonic music, rock, pop, soul...).

 

 

Is there a go-to desktop AMP/DAC in my situation (because I understand I need both, right?) ? I've read for exemple that the Fiio E17 is good, but I don't see the purpose of buying a "portable" device when I intend to put it near my computer anyway. I m looking for a nice "fourniture" kind of stuff.

 

Also, something to consider for me is how easy it is to buy the product. I am living in France, and I found out that most of the high end recommanded products are not available on Amazon. Any advice on that matter ?

For exemple, the Matrix M-stage (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056ER22E/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=) is shipped from China, which seems crazy to me...^^

 

Thanks for the help !

post #2 of 6

If your into gaming and movies on you computer.

Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound card (fairly decent DAC). $80.

 

Dac Destroyer, USB-DAC, $50-$60, sold on eBay.

 

Amplifiers (price in USA)

Fiio E09, $100.

O2 (Objective 2), $155.

Little Dot 1+ hybrid, $150.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advices.

 

I am now considering buying a Schiit Lyr AMP. How good of an DAC would I need to go along with it ?
 

post #4 of 6

In France there is Audiophonics where m-stage is avaliable and many others (like schiit products etc)

 

http://www.audiophonics.fr/ampli-casquepreampli-matrix-c-348_390_501.html

 

 

As Amp + DAC for K701 i would advice  the Matrix M-stage USB . As DAC+AMP combo or Audio GD NFB-12.1/ NFB5.2

 

If you want the Lyr as amp , for  DAC ODAC is great for the price (peraphs destroyer too but never heard it) .


Edited by HaVoC-28 - 8/17/12 at 10:02am
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Originally Posted by HaVoC-28 View Post

In France there is Audiophonics where m-stage is avaliable and many others (like schiit products etc)

 

http://www.audiophonics.fr/ampli-casquepreampli-matrix-c-348_390_501.html

 

 

As Amp + DAC for K701 i would advice NFB-5.2

 

Wow, thanks for the site !! I feel silly not knowing this brand name before...


Edited by Nylerb - 8/17/12 at 10:04am
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What about the grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11 D/A Converter?

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