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Best solid state amp/dac in one unit

post #1 of 9
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I'm about to order the Ultrasone Signature Pro or Signature DJ (haven't fully decided) headphones, and was looking for a little source/amp guidance. I was looking at the Fostex HP-A8 due to good reviews and the fact that I find the two-in-one package of the amp/dac to be very convenient. Furthermore, I heard that it plays real nice with the Fostex TH-900 headphones, which I definitely wanna check out someday.

 

Can anyone comment on that unit or steer me towards something they think is better?

post #2 of 9

Both the O2+ODAC and ASUS Essence One, and the DAC1 pre are all awesome.

 

If you are looking for something more portable check here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/620775/the-sub-200-portable-amps-shootout-11-10-amps-compared

post #3 of 9

Budget?

post #4 of 9
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Budget?

 

 

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Originally Posted by NA Blur View Post

Both the O2+ODAC and ASUS Essence One, and the DAC1 pre are all awesome.

 

If you are looking for something more portable check here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/620775/the-sub-200-portable-amps-shootout-11-10-amps-compared

I'll look at those. And it's for desktop use, so portability isn't a concern. Thanks for the reply!

 

No real budget, I'm open to high-end suggestions, even if I need to save up for it.

post #5 of 9

The April Music DP-1 was a lot nicer-sounding than the A8 IMO. It's rather overkill for the Ultrasones but if you ended up going nuts with a headphone or speaker rig it would survive as a source for quite a long while I reckon. 

post #6 of 9

solid state dac/amp in one? schiit modi + magni + duct tape :PPPP

post #7 of 9

Audio-GD stuff is really nice, especially with the ESS9018 DAC chips.  I have an NFB-11.32 and it absolutely sings.  I have no doubt their higher end models are even better.

post #8 of 9
How about NuForce Icon HDP?
post #9 of 9
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I'll start checking out reviews, thanks for the leads!

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