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post #46 of 50

I'm in the market for a desktop Dac/amp combo, so now that the price has dropped to $299, do you guys think that the headphone amp on the zdac is legit? Or should I look elsewhere for a DAC with a better amp built in?

post #47 of 50
There's certainly nothing wrong or weak with the amp. I'm listening now to a woo audio wa3 tube amp and I like it better than the sound I was getting from the zdac but this is purely from a sound flavor perspective and nothing else.
post #48 of 50
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Originally Posted by JediGhostdog View Post
 

I'm in the market for a desktop Dac/amp combo, so now that the price has dropped to $299, do you guys think that the headphone amp on the zdac is legit? Or should I look elsewhere for a DAC with a better amp built in?

Depends on what cans you have.  I did not feel the amp was anything special.  I would take the HRT Microstreamer over the zdac for dedicated can use if the headphones were a match for it.  Otherwise I might save up for a better stand alone amp to use with the zdac.

post #49 of 50

The amp is just average, but then again most of the amps included with dacs are just average. So it is no worse than a lot of other combo units. You could probably pair it with a Magni or Vali and get substantially better sound for not a lot more money. I listened to one in the store and it wasn't terrible, for a quick listen it was certainly acceptable.

post #50 of 50

I have two Zdac's between home and my office and I agree that either of those amps from Schiit would be my preference (added to the DAC)...I really do like the DAC itself though. Its hard to find a sweet headphone amp built into a nice DAC at that price. 

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