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Originally Posted by chee006 View Post

Hi guys I need your help I am trying to get and amp and a dac or combo of both for my DX 50, I want to build my own personal ultimate portable sound gig, but I am not sure which amp or dac to buy. if possible I would like a combo but also I want it to utilize its own components to give me the best sound possible also I am planning to get the HD 650 sometime so I need something that can power up 300 impedance at least. thanks 


 


You need to take note that DX50 has Coax only for digital out to an external DAC. There are not many portable DAC out there that has Coax IN. If you go full iBasso stack look for DB2/PB2 combo. I'm sure it can power a wide range of headphones from iem to headphones. HD650 would be easy to drive for PB2.

But like others have mentioned DX50's DAC is already good and you may only need a portable amp.

Here are just a few that works very well for DX50

-PB2
-Pico Power
-Quickstep
-O2
-UHA760
-UHA-6S MKII (This one has a built-in DAC with Coax in, but imo not as good as the DAC in DX50)

I list them in the order of the most power it can supply not necessarily the best sounding. I personally tried O2 and UHA-6S MKII (my current portable amp paired with DX50) with HD650 and both can sufficiently drive HD650.


You can check out this thread as well.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/687288/so-im-looking-for-that-perfect-amp
Edited by headwhacker - 3/15/14 at 6:47pm
post #12227 of 18426
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Originally Posted by chee006 View Post

Hi guys I need your help I am trying to get and amp and a dac or combo of both for my DX 50, I want to build my own personal ultimate portable sound gig, but I am not sure which amp or dac to buy. if possible I would like a combo but also I want it to utilize its own components to give me the best sound possible also I am planning to get the HD 650 sometime so I need something that can power up 300 impedance at least. thanks 
If you plan on going with the HD650 you should go balanced, with that in mind the ibasso PB2. I have heard nothing but good reviews with this pairing.
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Very true... the 650 does quite well going balanced

post #12229 of 18426

Thanks guys for all the helpful replies, yeah I saw a photo of the DX50 with it's own ibasso amp and it looks fitting. I am also leaning towards the PB2 for amp and dac but since you guys have so much praise for the dac of the Dx 50 then maybe I can save some money and put in more for the amp itself.

 

The only other DAC I've owned besides the DX 50 is a ****ty govibe usb dac which and it's the lowest model of it's kind. So I dun have  much knowledge on the quality of DACs, but I'll take your word for it. Also another thing to note is that i do not own a 650 yet as IO was very clsoe to buying one last night but thought of getting a proper amp and dac for my Dx 50 so maybe I'll get that first before anything else.

 

Anyway bear in mind that if I am getting those amps I'll be using it for my HD 558 and triple Fi for now. :D

post #12230 of 18426

The 650 is not really portable, plus its open so leaks and there's no isolation

post #12231 of 18426
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Quote:
Originally Posted by chee006 View Post
 

Hi guys I need your help I am trying to get and amp and a dac or combo of both for my DX 50, I want to build my own personal ultimate portable sound gig, but I am not sure which amp or dac to buy. if possible I would like a combo but also I want it to utilize its own components to give me the best sound possible also I am planning to get the HD 650 sometime so I need something that can power up 300 impedance at least. thanks 

 


You need to take note that DX50 has Coax only for digital out to an external DAC. There are not many portable DAC out there that has Coax IN. If you go full iBasso stack look for DB2/PB2 combo. I'm sure it can power a wide range of headphones from iem to headphones. HD650 would be easy to drive for PB2.

But like others have mentioned DX50's DAC is already good and you may only need a portable amp.

Here are just a few that works very well for DX50

-PB2
-Pico Power
-Quickstep
-O2
-UHA760
-UHA-6S MKII (This one has a built-in DAC with Coax in, but imo not as good as the DAC in DX50)

I list them in the order of the most power it can supply not necessarily the best sounding. I personally tried O2 and UHA-6S MKII (my current portable amp paired with DX50) with HD650 and both can sufficiently drive HD650.


You can check out this thread as well.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/687288/so-im-looking-for-that-perfect-amp

There is no doubt that the O2 sounds superb with the DX50, but I find it a pain to use on the move, the volume on/off easily gets switched on in my bag

so I mainly use a Voyager, it also sounds superb but I slightly prefer the O2.

 

What I want is a super slim amp that sounds like O2 - does such a thing exist?

post #12232 of 18426
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Originally Posted by KT66 View Post
 

There is no doubt that the O2 sounds superb with the DX50, but I find it a pain to use on the move, the volume on/off easily gets switched on in my bag

so I mainly use a Voyager, it also sounds superb but I slightly prefer the O2.

 

What I want is a super slim amp that sounds like O2 - does such a thing exist?

Closest thing would either be a Headstage Arrow 12HE or an Apex Glacier. 

post #12233 of 18426

Not sure what happen to my previous post but anyway i was gonna say that isolation and portability for me isn't a problem because I will only use my 650 in doors and privately but i still wanted to build a really great sound system for my Dx 50 for outdoors or indoors usage.

 

Now I think for my budget I would get something from Ibasso but I dunno which exact model to get also I want to know if there is any model with a DAC and AMP but the amp is better than the Dx50?

post #12234 of 18426
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Closest thing would either be a Headstage Arrow 12HE or an Apex Glacier. 


or a jds C5. almost same width/length as dx50 and just a bit slimmer.

post #12235 of 18426
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or a jds C5. almost same width/length as dx50 and just a bit slimmer.

He did say super-slim though, so I thought of the slimmest amps I know of :)

post #12236 of 18426
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Originally Posted by BucketInABucket View Post
 

He did say super-slim though, so I thought of the slimmest amps I know of :)


true. the headstage is probably the slimmest ive seen. ive got a 4g coming my way this week, hope it will be an improvement over the c5.

post #12237 of 18426
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Originally Posted by BucketInABucket View Post
 

Closest thing would either be a Headstage Arrow 12HE or an Apex Glacier. 

I believe the Glacier is longer than the DX50 by approx 1.4cm. Still fits, but it's not the same footprint. :)

post #12238 of 18426
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Originally Posted by SkyBleu View Post
 

I believe the Glacier is longer than the DX50 by approx 1.4cm. Still fits, but it's not the same footprint. :)

Yea it is, I own that combo after all. It's not really problem for me but YMMV.

post #12239 of 18426

thanks for the suggestions 

 

The Glacier is a DAC/AMP, I'm really looking for an amp only

The Headstage Arrow seems to be unavailable, their website looks.....neglected

The JDS C5 seems aimed at IEM users, would it be ok with DT1350 and ES10?

 

ta


Edited by KT66 - 3/16/14 at 4:57am
post #12240 of 18426
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Originally Posted by KT66 View Post
 

thanks for the suggestions 

 

The Glacier is a DAC/AMP, I'm really looking for an amp only

The Headstage Arrow seems to be unavailable, their website looks.....neglected

The JDS C5 seems aimed at IEM users, would it be ok with DT1350 and ES10?

 

ta

The Headstage crew are releasing an Arrow 5G soon from what I hear, if you want to wait for that.

As of the C5, it had enough power to drive my M100's and SoundMAGIC HP200, so I'm sure it's more than enough to drive your portable cans. It may be small, but it's got a lot of power, and a bass boost of absolute monstrosity (in a good way). 

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