Hey all, new to the forums and high-end headphones. I recently upgraded to my current audio setup in August and September. Did a lot of reading on here before I decided on the A1 for my amp. The Beyers were pretty much decided on from the start, just read so many good things about them. I've moved up from a pair of Sennheiser HD212 Pros connected to the onboard VIA VT1828S sound card.
So with that said, I'm looking for a DAC to pair with my TubeMagic A1 & DT880s, as I'm moving to a laptop as my main rig. I've thought about just getting a TubeMagic D1 or D2, but honestly I don't know which one would be better. My first thought would be the D2, since it's not a combination DAC/AMP. I've done a little googling and haven't really found enough to make an informed decision. I've seen the following DACs recommended a few times, though not necessarily with the TubeMagic A1:
- HiFiMan - EF2A
- JDS Labs Standalone ODAC
- Audio-GD NFB-11.32 - Bit more than I want to spend.
- iBasso D7
- HRT Music Streamer II
- Audioengine D1 Premium
- SMSL SD-793II
- Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11 - Bit more than I want to spend.
Do I go with a TubeMagic D1 or D2? One from the above list? Or something else entirely? My budget is $200 - $250.
Current Audio Setup:
Asus Xonar DX
Beyerdynamic DT880 600 ohm
So, I thought I'd join and post a thread.