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post #1 of 14
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Hello all

 

I've done some reading and searched this board but would like some assurance. The headphone jack on my laptop is buggered, i had previously used it to feed my audioengine a2's and ear buds. The sound wasn't great but i never had the impetus to remedy it, now i do. 

 

My question is what budget DAC to buy. I've read good things about the HiFimeDIY sabre DAC and at £35 delivered it seems like a bargain. Would i be better off with this of the FiiO E10 Olympus (£65)?

 

Any advice would be appreciated, cheers.

post #2 of 14
The HiFimeDIY sabre DAC is a good choice. But I am pretty sure you will need a headphone amp to go with it to use with your headphones.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

The HiFimeDIY sabre DAC is a good choice. But I am pretty sure you will need a headphone amp to go with it to use with your headphones.
it can be used as a headphone amp as well

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post #4 of 14

Another vote for the hifimediy sabre dac.  I had it and it was great.  Sound quality will be higher than the e10.  But the e10 has a built in amp and can get louder

post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by Henley224 View Post

Hello all

 

I've done some reading and searched this board but would like some assurance. The headphone jack on my laptop is buggered, i had previously used it to feed my audioengine a2's and ear buds. The sound wasn't great but i never had the impetus to remedy it, now i do. 

 

My question is what budget DAC to buy. I've read good things about the HiFimeDIY sabre DAC and at £35 delivered it seems like a bargain. Would i be better off with this of the FiiO E10 Olympus (£65)?

 

Any advice would be appreciated, cheers.

 

Have you found the Sabre on sale ?  Everywhere I look it is out of stock.

Thanks in advance !

post #6 of 14

Lots to choose from, thats certain.

post #7 of 14

I'm also in the market for a budget DAC.

 

Compare other suggestions with the one in this thread http://www.head-fi.org/t/617241/audioquest-dragonfly-review-affordable-outstanding-tiny-dac-amp

post #8 of 14

Seems to me, the dragonfly plays in an other league (price wise).

post #9 of 14

True, but might be worth the extra $$$?

I wouldn't know. I'm here to find out.

post #10 of 14
Consider what your other uses might be. For example, could use use a headphone amp with a portable media player? If so, separates might work better for you. You can get the HRT Music Streamer II for $99 in this open box deal. Then a C&C BH or Fiio E12 would put you in the same budget range as the Dragonfly. Only now you would have a headphone amp to use with an iPod or smartphone.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Consider what your other uses might be. For example, could use use a headphone amp with a portable media player? If so, separates might work better for you. You can get the HRT Music Streamer II for $99 in this open box deal. Then a C&C BH or Fiio E12 would put you in the same budget range as the Dragonfly. Only now you would have a headphone amp to use with an iPod or smartphone.


What if your headphones are already amped? What difference would that make ?

post #12 of 14
If your headphones are already amped, then get just a DAC.

What kind of headphones do you have?
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

If your headphones are already amped, then get just a DAC.

What kind of headphones do you have?


ath m50's

post #14 of 14
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ath m50's

So you need a headphone amp, too smily_headphones1.gif
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