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Amp and DAC for He-400

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

hi guys,

 

now that the Hifiman He-400 are about to become mine,  was thinking about upgrading my Amp and DAC from my Mav-Audio D1. I want to upgrade both, but only one pice at a time. I listen mainly to Metalcore and EDM stuff but also to calssic (mostly Piano and Violin).

 

For the DAC I have considered: Kingrex UD 384, Shiit Bitfrost, Matris M-Stage DAC so far

 

For the Amp: Little Dot Mk IV, Woo WA-6, Burson Soloist SL, Shiit Lyr, Matrix M-Stage or the Vioelectric HPA-V90

 

The ALO Pan am and the Woo Audio WA7 also look very interesting.

 

I also would like for the combo to be able to deal with my next upgrade of Headphones wich will be probably a LCD 2 and maybe and HD800.

 

Max budget is 1000$ for both


Edited by hatecrew1992 - 4/15/13 at 1:07pm
post #2 of 19
Thread Starter 
A little help would be really nice

 
Edited by hatecrew1992 - 4/15/13 at 2:32am
post #3 of 19

From the amps on your list, i can recommend the Soloist SL. Very practical, with 2 gain levels it will be more than enough for the HE-400 and up. It make cheaper headphones sound like 2x their price. 

 

For Dac recommendations, 

 

Aune X1 Mini Dac

Matrix Mini I

Hrt Streamer II+

Bifrost

 

It will depend on the features you want, but each one of them are respected units. 

post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 

thanks for the reply,

 

the burson seems like a neat little amp, but since teh price difference isn`t all that much I also came to consider the Vioelectric HPA V100 if that would change anything. The DAC is a bit thougher. I find the Bitfrost to be very appealing, but chances are that I have to pay quit the sum for customs when importing it into the EU. The Matrix Mini is available  in the EU, but I don´t really like the looks of it, so I would only consider it if there is no alternative, even if I would upgrade the budget a little.
 

post #5 of 19

It does not make sense to invest large dollars into an amp only for the HE-400.  The HE-400 isn't as influenced by amps as other headphones.  If you want other headphones down the road, then that's a different story.  You can get by with an Asgard 2 or a FiiO for the HE-400.  No need to spend $1000 because the headphones will largely sound the same on most amps.

post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 

does the same go for the DAC?

The plan was to either upgrade the DAC or Amp, then buy my next HP (probaly LCD-2) and then buy the second upgrade after that
 

post #7 of 19

No, DACs always matter, but the difference in sound between a $300 DAC and a $1000 DAC isn't as much as you'd suspect.

post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by hatecrew1992 View Post

thanks for the reply,

 

the burson seems like a neat little amp, but since teh price difference isn`t all that much I also came to consider the Vioelectric HPA V100 if that would change anything. The DAC is a bit thougher. I find the Bitfrost to be very appealing, but chances are that I have to pay quit the sum for customs when importing it into the EU. The Matrix Mini is available  in the EU, but I don´t really like the looks of it, so I would only consider it if there is no alternative, even if I would upgrade the budget a little.
 

 

The V100 comes with balanced outputs, for people who like to buy cables and experiment with sound (and spend extra as well). I find that Single ended outputs does a great job if the amp is properly designed. You should demo both (V100 and the SL)

 

Which Dac options you have available in Austria? 

post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 

well that is hard to answer.

I personallly have not found a store in austria where I can audition Head-Amps or reasonably priced DAC's, there only seems to be the cheap mainstream stuff and the uber expenisive high end stuff. But in general i can buy anything that is distributed inside the EU, the post cost normally aren't a problem, only when I have to pay costums on stuff from outside the EU it gets rather expensive rather fast.

 

Edit: While looking arround I found all the DACs mentioned above, only the shiit are not available in the EU


Edited by hatecrew1992 - 4/15/13 at 1:06pm
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 

so, I have decided to buy the Burson as an Amp, but still have no idea about what DAC to get. Also i still am uncertain what part i should upgrade first
 

post #11 of 19

With the HE400, get a DAC first, then amp.  Amps don't make a whole lot of difference with the HE400.

post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 

well then a DAC it shall be... but which one? It looks that there are quite a few well regarded once available within my budget...
 

post #13 of 19

Musical Fidelity V-DAC II

HRT Music Streamer II+

Arcam rDAC

Peachtree DACit

post #14 of 19

Or, just go for the Schiit Bifrost and Asgard 2 stack.

post #15 of 19

What about the iDAC ? ...

 

Has anyone tested it with the HE-400 ?

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