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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hi guys, I imagine this is a relatively simple question but I can't seem to find a proper answer online.

 

So at the minute I am using my laptop as a source for my audio (playing 44.1 flac files), using 250 ohm headphones without an external amp or dac. I have about 200 dollars to spent to upgrade my sound and am wondering is it better to spend the whole amount on a standalone amp such as the Little Dot MK III and use the onboard dac, or the 200 on a amp/ dac combo like the Maverick Tubemagic, U100 or Aune T1? 

 

My laptop was bought in 2012 if that makes any difference to the onboard DAC.

 

Thanks for any input.

post #2 of 15
Thread Starter 

Looking forward to hearing someones opinion on this! :)

post #3 of 15

Get the Schiit Magni/Modi.

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

Not available in Ireland I don't think :/

post #5 of 15

Is the 200 USD, GBP, or Euros? I have a few ideas. Also, what headphones are you trying to drive?

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

Beyer DT 880 Pros (250 Ohm), the 200 is euro, but preferably as low as possible! :P

post #7 of 15

I would suggest an O2 (Epiphany Acoustics) for an amp and a Stoner Acoustics UD100 for a dac. Nice setup, will drive the DT 880s well, can be had for ~157 Euros.

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by NinjaVampire View Post

Beyer DT 880 Pros (250 Ohm), the 200 is euro, but preferably as low as possible! :P

Oh, your in Europe, no Mangi or Modi then, get the setup listed above then.

post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by wes008 View Post

I would suggest an O2 (Epiphany Acoustics) for an amp and a Stoner Acoustics UD100 for a dac. Nice setup, will drive the DT 880s well, can be had for ~157 Euros.

The O2 sounds too boring with the already neutral DT880's (600ohm Prem version), but I can second UD100 recommendation as the DAC, even something such as the ODAC will even be pretty good.

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by wes008 View Post

I would suggest an O2 (Epiphany Acoustics) for an amp and a Stoner Acoustics UD100 for a dac. Nice setup, will drive the DT 880s well, can be had for ~157 Euros.

The O2 sounds too boring with the already neutral DT880's (600ohm Prem version), but I can second UD100 recommendation as the DAC, even something such as the ODAC will even be pretty good.

I use a O2 with a DT880 and its great.

post #11 of 15

Any other options DefQon? :P Ahh, budgets. ACTUALLY On that budget he could get a Little Dot amp, those tubes might bring some extra color to the DT 880s, although I don't think the DT 880s would be boring on the O2 (never actually tried that combo).

post #12 of 15

The LD MK 1 doesn't bring enough food to the table for the DT 880 if he owns the 600ohm prem version. It can drive it yes, but I always found the musicality of the amp lacking with any of the Beyers. A minimum LD amp is the 3 which lets the high impedence Beyers shine more. The DT-880's are sort of recessed like it's other siblings but more neutral then a U-shaped FR (DT770/ DT990), the O2 is not an engaging amp but it could be that I just really like colorations to my music from my gear.

post #13 of 15

how about hd25 1-ii and e17 combo? any suggestion?


Edited by Alexinder - 2/15/13 at 1:56pm
post #14 of 15
OP, get the Little Dot MK III you wont regret it.
post #15 of 15
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OP, get the Little Dot MK III you wont regret it.

+1 Exactly what I said while ago.

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