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I think I am going to buy a DAC/Amp

post #1 of 7
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For some time I've wanted to get a solid DAC/Amp to take over the audio from my laptop, which I am sure is pretty poor.

I am not any kind of huge audio enthusiast, I haven't bought a DAC before, so I am not looking for anything ultra-hi-end. I will be generally using MP3s and PFE earphones.

I have always heard good about the iBasso's particularly the D7 & P4, but I am not really too aware of any other brands.


Any help and recommendations would be great !

Thanks!
post #2 of 7

Couple questions:

 

1) What's your budget?

 

2) What type of headphones do you want to run off the DAC/AMP?  are you planning on upgrading them in the future?

 

3) What are your music preferences? 

post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by pelli View Post

Couple questions:

1) What's your budget?

2) What type of headphones do you want to run off the DAC/AMP?  are you planning on upgrading them in the future?

3) What are your music preferences? 


1) I guess €150($200)? Do I need to go that high for what I want?

2) I'll generally be using my PFE 111's. I love these earphones, so I wouldn't be quick to swap out for something else but I may add or try something else like a grado.

3) I listen to quite a variety of music, though mostly Rock typed stuff I guess.
post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by haf68 View Post


1) I guess €150($200)? Do I need to go that high for what I want?

2) I'll generally be using my PFE 111's. I love these earphones, so I wouldn't be quick to swap out for something else but I may add or try something else like a grado.

3) I listen to quite a variety of music, though mostly Rock typed stuff I guess.

I am not familiar with the 111s, but I would imagine you will not need a very powerful amp to drive them.  I have been happy with the FiiO E17 to drive my IEM's.  Granted, this is the only DAC/Amp I have listened to in this price range so I would get a variety of other opinions before settling there.  If you don't get people answering on this thread in the next day or two, try posting your question here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/596233/buying-portable-or-in-ear-headphones-seeking-guidance-dont-start-a-new-thread-ask-for-advice-here/2085

 

Be sure to add the above info (budget, headphones, musical preference).  It will help people make more informed recommendations.  

 

Cheers!

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your help Pelli,

I've been falling further & further down the rabbit whole now and I am quite intrigued by the Schiit Products, Magni & Modi. Unfortunately delivery charges would put it a bit over my budget though it's not that much of a stretch. Would it be worth it? Or am I going in at the deep end too quickly?
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by haf68 View Post

Thanks for your help Pelli,

I've been falling further & further down the rabbit whole now and I am quite intrigued by the Schiit Products, Magni & Modi. Unfortunately delivery charges would put it a bit over my budget though it's not that much of a stretch. Would it be worth it? Or am I going in at the deep end too quickly?

Thats a loaded question... very_evil_smiley.gif  I love Schiit products, but as a self proclaimed fanboy I am biased. They are likely too much DAC/Amp for your in-ear headphones, but they will offer enough power if you want to upgrade to higher impedance or harder to drive headphones.  If you think upgrading is a strong possibility, it is probably worth stretching your budget.  I don't know how Grado's pair with the M&M though, you may want to ask that in the Magni thread... 

post #7 of 7
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I guess the real question is which improves my listening standards more; a dac & amp or upgrading from my PFE's.

I've certainly opened up a can of worms.
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