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Help deciding on new AMP and possibly a DAC.

post #1 of 6
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Hi all. I really need advice here, don't want to make a purchase Ill regret and I really would appreciate any advice or suggestions you could put forward.

 

Ideally I want to sell my Asus Xonar STX to free up funds to buy a desktop amp. I had considered Magni/Modi, but Im intrigued by Valhalla. Problem is, if i sell my STX then im left with only onboard mainboard sound, so Im guessing I would be better off with a Magni/Modi combination purely for the DAC. I listen to music through my computer only. I could happily spend £270 for Modi and Valhalla but would prefer to reserve funds so I can fund purchase of another pair of IEM's. Does Valhalla warrant the extra above the Magni?

 

Thanks. I hope Im asking the right questions here.

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Originally Posted by Michael172 View Post

Hi all. I really need advice here, don't want to make a purchase Ill regret and I really would appreciate any advice or suggestions you could put forward.

 

Ideally I want to sell my Asus Xonar STX to free up funds to buy a desktop amp. I had considered Magni/Modi, but Im intrigued by Valhalla. Problem is, if i sell my STX then im left with only onboard mainboard sound, so Im guessing I would be better off with a Magni/Modi combination purely for the DAC. I listen to music through my computer only. I could happily spend £270 for Modi and Valhalla but would prefer to reserve funds so I can fund purchase of another pair of IEM's. Does Valhalla warrant the extra above the Magni?

 

Thanks. I hope Im asking the right questions here.

Why not keep the STX and use it as a DAC and just get the Magni?

post #3 of 6

Yep. Agree with PurpleAngel.

 

Save the money on the DAC. Use it for a better amp, or maybe a future headphone.

 

Also, you haven't told us what headphones you'll use it with.

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

Oh ok not a bad idea thanks. I have AKGk701's. Dont plant to upgrade the cans. Just want to see what tube amps are like. I will look into the Valhalla then.
 

post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by Michael172 View Post

Oh ok not a bad idea thanks. I have AKGk701's. Dont plant to upgrade the cans. Just want to see what tube amps are like. I will look into the Valhalla then.
 

 

Definitely stick with your current STX as a DAC. It's also fine with it's onboard amp for your headphone (K701).

 

If you want to explore the sound of Tube Amps, I would look towards a few things:

 

Schiit Valhalla

Little Dot MK II

Little Dot MK III

Little Dot MK IV

DarkVoice SE336

MusicalParadise MP-301 MK3

 

By the way, if you want to explore tubes without over-spending, look for a Muse tube amp on ebay.

 

Very best,

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Great stuff mate thanks :)

 

Think Ill get a Valhalla as it seems to be well priced but Ill take a look at the ones youve mentioned.
 

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