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Which DAC and amp would you get for about 5500€

post #1 of 7
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I'm in a situation where I have sold about all of my equipment to fund a new setup. I still have my dearly beloved Audio-Technica's and those are keepers. I don't have the chance to test much because high end headphone equipment isn't a big thing in Finland. Also, by ordering from abroad I can get a lot more expensive gear for the same price, thanks to sick pricing in Finland. So, my headphones are ATH-W3000ANV and PC is my source, optical or USB. No high resolution files so far, probably won't be much. Signature and Last.FM tells a lot of what I listen to. The budget is pretty much set, but that's a lot of money so I'm expecting to get something great. Please take notice of possible taxes I'm going to need to pay. I do have an idea of what I'm interested in getting but I'm not bringing that up here yet...

 

Would be interesting to read your opinions!

post #2 of 7

for me the fiio eo7k is working perfectly for about $89.00 which is a little less than what you are looking for. hope i helped ;)

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Originally Posted by GramKraker View Post

for me the fiio eo7k is working perfectly for about $89.00 which is a little less than what you are looking for. hope i helped ;)

 

Thanks, I'll definitely look more into that! biggrin.gif

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I'm starting to get the feeling that this was a wrong forum to ask this..? tongue.gif

post #5 of 7

You have a very generous budget. It is a bit like asking, "what is the best amplifier and DAC available," which is a hard question to answer. Maybe try seeking out owners of your headphones and see what they have found to pair best with the headphones. You can find superlative headphone amps for less than 1500 EUR. Schiit Audio is planning to launch an ultimate DAC and AMP totaling less than $3,500. DAC prices go pretty high, but if you're not using high-resolution files, it's harder to substantiate the difference between a 1500 EUR and 3000 EUR DAC. Unless half your budget is unavoidable tax and shipping, I might assert that you don't need to spend 5500 EUR, although you certainly could do that. 

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Thanks for the reply! But, one could wonder if the DAC matters more in low resolution or high resolution? I don't know the answer. Obviously, in high resolution there's more data to handle, but in the first place the higher rate allows higher sound quality to be achieved.

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Hah, sorry to bump, I'm just still amazed by the popularity of this thread!! = ) Decided what I'll get though, so it's not a problem.

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