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post #1 of 7
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Looking to replace my sound card with a DAC/amp. This will be driving a set of Definitive Technologies StudioMonitor 45s. These have a 90db sensitivity.

Been looking at the Topping TP-30 or TP-32 but feel like 15x2 might not be enough. Am I nuts and it is enough? Or is there something more powerful with a built-in DAC I should look at? I'm even willing to spend some money on a tube DAC/amp. smile.gif

Thanks for any input!

post #2 of 7

What would your maximum budget be?

 

I probably cant provide as much info as some members that frequent this board, but I too have been looking into DAC/Amp combos and Ive come across quite a few brands and makes that I am considering.

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What have you been looking at? I don't want to break the bank, but I'm fine with paying for quality.

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I looked mainly at the Schiit Magni and Modi stack, both very good looking, they are seperate units, Magni being the amp and Modi being the DAC. Magni is a solid state amp, so no tubes.

 

I also looked at the Hifiman EF2A, which is a small tube amp and DAC in the same chassis.

 

Lastly I looked at the Aune Audio T1, which is another amp and DAC built into the same small chassis.

 

I looked at nothing above $200 for a first purchase because that was my budget. I plan to eventually buy a new set that costs more, mainly a more powerful amp because I hope to get some high end orthos. So for that I looked at the Schiit Lyr and Bifrost, Lyr is the amp, Bifrost is the DAC.

 

Hope I helped.

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

Ah....I'm trying to drive some bookshelf speakers, not headphones. :)

post #6 of 7

I guess I probably should have looked up what Definitive Technologies StudioMonitor 45s were before I posted here..... Im terribly sorry..

 

In my defense you have this in the Fullsize Headphone Amp forums, you may want to go make a new one in the Computer Audio forum and abandon this one.


Edited by Aaron94 - 2/17/13 at 1:06pm
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Originally Posted by mvalpreda View Post

Looking to replace my sound card with a DAC/amp. This will be driving a set of Definitive Technologies StudioMonitor 45s. These have a 90db sensitivity.
Been looking at the Topping TP-30 or TP-32 but feel like 15x2 might not be enough. Am I nuts and it is enough? Or is there something more powerful with a built-in DAC I should look at? I'm even willing to spend some money on a tube DAC/amp. smile.gif

How about a used Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound card (Used $60-$70).

And a 2-channel amplifier (off eBay, used $50-$80)

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