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Recommend DAC / Amp for $400

post #1 of 9
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I would like some suggestions for DAC for IEMs. Have the shures se535 with iPod classic. Wants something portable and limit is $400.
post #2 of 9

I am a little confused.  Are you trying to bypass the internal DAC of the iPod with another DAC?

 

Does your iPod sound bad with your IEM?

 

Not enough volume?

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

The iems sounds very good. Looking to improve the sound any way i can. I thinking that the DAC/Amp combo will improve the sound to a higher level. I'm still a noob so any advice is welcome.

post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by fujifjilm View Post
 

The iems sounds very good. Looking to improve the sound any way I can. I thinking that the DAC/Amp combo will improve the sound to a higher level. I'm still a noob so any advice is welcome.

Maybe you need a DAP (Digital audio Player) that is better then the iPod Classic?

(Not sure which DAPs can work with your Apple music files)

A Fiio X3 or iBasso DX50?

post #5 of 9

or probably check out TA-01

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks I will look into those devices and do some more research
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by fujifjilm View Post

Thanks I will look into those devices and do some more research

 

The iBasso DX50 is getting really nice reviews although the SE 535 is a really neutral and almost bright IEM right? So it might pair better with the darker X3 than the light brighter wider DX50 

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I will look into those two devices
post #9 of 9

Try the Sony PHA-1.

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