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Amp/Dac for Grado PS500

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hi Guys,

 

I've been researching on Head-Fi for the past couple of weeks. I'm looking to invest in a $500ish portable amp/dac combo for my Grado PS500s. 

 

Music I enjoy listening toJazz

 

 

I have my choices down to

 

1) Alo Pan Am (I heard the amp is amazing, but the DAC portion is so-so)

2) Alo RX mk3 + DACport

 

 

What do you guys think? Any other suggestions?

 

Thanks a lot.


Edited by seraphkz - 11/14/12 at 10:21am
post #2 of 15
Thread Starter 

Anyone has any inputs?

post #3 of 15

any PS500 lovers at all? I'm about to pick one up myself and have been waiting for some useful advice on this thread

post #4 of 15
They are very good headphones. I use them to listen to jazz, classic rock and classical music. Also I have doubts about the perfect amp for these headphones.
post #5 of 15

Grado own RA-1?

post #6 of 15
Did you finally get your DAc/Amp for your Grado PS500s?
post #7 of 15

I am watching this with great interest to find out what to recommend. I have PS500's that I love for any genre of music. I am using the Bottlehead Smack amp with a Musical Fidelity MDAC1, and it is truly sublime! Problem is, the amp is discontinued, and the DAC is $750. (I have $900 in the amp due to not having time, skill or patience to assemble it myself.) I bought the DAC for my speaker system, and I am very happy with it. This setup compares favorably with my HE500's and Bottlehead 300B Paramount monoblocks, and it is easy to accept that I can't afford a truly high dollar system. TIA!

post #8 of 15
I only have a budget of $200 or less for Dac/Amp for my Ps500s
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 

I have my choices down to

 

1) Alo Pan Am (I heard the amp is amazing, but the DAC portion is so-so)

2) Alo RX mk3 + DACport

 

Anyone comments?

post #10 of 15
If you can stretch your budget a little further you could get an HRT Music Streamer II and and a Schiit Asgard. It's an amazing combo.
post #11 of 15

Any thoughts on Modi/Magni for the PS500?

post #12 of 15
They're 32 ohm headphones and don't need a lot of driving. They're very revealing of poor sources so my suggestion would be to invest more in the DAC than in the amping. I've had the Music Streamer ii and the Bifrost paired with the Schiit Asgard, but my favourite so far is the Fostex HP-P1. The DAC is just phenomenal and the amp is more than adequate for the low-impedance Grado's. It's a truly amazing little device and I've read that it drives high impedance headphones pretty well too.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Tony1110 View Post

They're 32 ohm headphones and don't need a lot of driving. They're very revealing of poor sources so my suggestion would be to invest more in the DAC than in the amping. I've had the Music Streamer ii and the Bifrost paired with the Schiit Asgard, but my favourite so far is the Fostex HP-P1. The DAC is just phenomenal and the amp is more than adequate for the low-impedance Grado's. It's a truly amazing little device and I've read that it drives high impedance headphones pretty well too.


Thanks i found this info very helpful .  Are Fostex bringing a new Portable Amp/dac out in 2013?? and if so is it better than the HP-P!  ?  :-)

post #14 of 15
I think it's an amp to compliment rather than replace the HP-P1. There's something on the HP-P1 thread about it.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Tony1110 View Post

I think it's an amp to compliment rather than replace the HP-P1. There's something on the HP-P1 thread about it.


Oh ... thank you . :-)

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