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$300~ Amp/Dac for Senn Hd600

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

Hey guys,

 

Looking to get a DAC/Amp combo for my home listening, going to be playing music from the comp through the dac/amp to some Senn Hd600's. Wondering what you guys can reccomend for a 300~ budget?

 

Was looking at either the Fiio E09k/E17 combo or something like the odac and o2.

 

Chur :)

 

 

I hope this is in the right place

post #2 of 23

The E17 drives the 600s well especially on high gain. You could get by with just that alone imo. Some might recommend the newer E7 as it is said to be on par with the E17 for a lower cost and still compatible with the E09K should you need/want the extra juice.

post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 

Hmm. I just got an email back from headphonic saying as far as amps go the Fiio wouldn't be powerful enough. I have an Asus Essence STX atm and was looking to get something to replace that. 

post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by mink42 View Post

Hmm. I just got an email back from headphonic saying as far as amps go the Fiio wouldn't be powerful enough. I have an Asus Essence STX atm and was looking to get something to replace that. 


Then headphonic doesn't know what they're talking about. Even people who believe that you can't possibly have a great amp for little money will have to agree that one look at the fiio's spec sheet proves as a matter of fact that it can 'power' the hd 600 easily.

 

Anyway, since the fiio e9k is pretty much similar to the STX, there's not much reason to buy it. There is no reason to buy any other amp at all, unless there's something about the STX that you don't like that doesn't relate to sound quality.

 

Anecdotally, I've been running both my hd650, 600 and 598 with a fiio e9 for years, and for hours upon hours.


Edited by SunshineReggae - 8/20/13 at 11:23am
post #5 of 23
For $200 the Schiit Modi+Magni combo is hard to beat. More neutral than Fiio and not any worse than the ODAC+O2 for less money.
post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by blueangel2323 View Post

For $200 the Schiit Modi+Magni combo is hard to beat. More neutral than Fiio and not any worse than the ODAC+O2 for less money.

This. x100

post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 

Looking into the Schiit Modi+magni combo thanks :)

post #8 of 23
Another vote for the Schiit Modi/Magni.

The ODAC/O2 is definitely better than the E17. I haven't heard the Modi/Magni (although I have a Schiit Asgard 2), but by all counts it is comparable to the ODAC/O2. Unless you want the smaller size and portability of the ODAC/O2 (although the O2 is not a pocket amp), I would definitely get the Schiit. smily_headphones1.gif
post #9 of 23

Id say consider odac plus o2 as well. Read reviews.

post #10 of 23

Audio-gd NFB-15.32 (http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB15.32/NFB15.32EN.htm)

post #11 of 23

Audinst MX-2

post #12 of 23

also possible to go with Modi + ~$200 tube setup. A used DV336se or LD MKIII

post #13 of 23

If you can stretch to $350, the Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11 D/A Converter is tough to beat. It's a proven classic here.

 

 

Features: 

  • (5) sets of selectable inputs to allow you plenty of choices - including 2 sets RCA, 1 coaxial, 1 optical and 1 USB  
  • (2) sets of RCA Outputs tailored to your taste - one with transistor and one with a single 6N11 vacuum tube (can be replaced with 6922, E88CC, 6DJ8, 6H23n and CCa tubes) with passive volume control
  • DAC direct output - by pass tube buffer stage and volume control for you to match the DAC with other high end amplification (amp must have its own volume control as DAC direct output pass signal at full volume)
  • Built-in transistor headphone amp to allow you enjoy music in privacy (standard 6.5mm jack). Alternatively, you can use a RCA to 6.5mm jack adapter to connect headphones directly to the rear tube output. Note: front solid state headphone out can accept headphone with impedance as low as 16ohm; rear tube out only work properly with headphones with impedance over 300 ohm. 
  • Key parts are of audiophile quality throughout 
  • High efficiency low noise custom toroidal transformer which is usually only used on high end audio 
  • Separate power supply to tube circuitry to reduce interference
  • Gold coated signal connectors throughout
  • No over-samping - input singal pass through at original sampling rate
  • TE7022 USB 2.0 decoding chip is used to process data at 24/96kHz
  • High quality Cirrus Logic CS4398 for main D/A converter - provide rich mid-range and low clock jitter
  • ADA4075-2 as opamp for sweet midrange
  • Dual voltage (115/230V +/-10% wide range) for you to take it with you anywhere in the world
  • Brushed aluminum faceplate and complete casing 
  • Complete set of cables included: (1) IEC power cord, (1) RCA, (1) Coaxial, (1) Optical and (1) USB

 

Specifications: 

 

  • Input: Optical, Coaxial, USBAnalong x 2
  • Input digital signal format: 32-192 KHz, 16/24 Bit auto detection. (USB 2.0 supports up to 24Bit 96KHz)
  • Output: DAC output, pre line output , tube buffer output.
  • SNR: >120dB.
  • Dynamic Range: 115dB.
  • THD+N: <0.0008% at 20-20KHz (tube out :0.02%)
  • Frequency response: 20-20KHz -0.2dB.
  • Output Level: DAC output: 2V, pre line output/ tube buffer output:max 6V
  • Output Impedance: Line out and Tube out - <20 ohm, DAC out < 600 ohm
  • Headphone output power: 110mW at 300 Ohm, and 600mW at 32 Ohm
  • Channel separation: DAC and Headphone output - 105dB; Tube output - 90 dB
  • Power consumption: <20W.
  • Net Dimensions: 10" W x 7" D x 2" H
  • Net Weight: 1.6Kg (3.5 lb)
  • Package Size: 12" W x 12" D x 4" H
  • Color: black faceplate or silver faceplate 

Edited by brunk - 8/22/13 at 12:00pm
post #14 of 23
Yep at $350 the TubeDAC is an obvious recommendation and sounds as good as much more expensive DACs, just like Yulong products in general. However within the next couple days you could get its bigger brother the D100 for the same price, shipped, at a site which shall remain nameless.
post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 

Apologies for the lack of replies! Been away for the past week.

 

At the moment I'm favoring the Magni/Modi stack or the audio-GD. Seems people have many positive things to say about schiit than the fiio combo.

 

Just wondering why that is? Magni/Modi is 218 from amazon (minus shipping) and the E09k/E17 is 250 odd?

 

Given the price I would have thought the magni stack would have been vastly more popular?


Edited by mink42 - 8/31/13 at 12:36am
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