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BEST AMP/DAC FOR $300 or less

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Hi
I'm just trying to find the best amp/DAC for $300 or less .

Also amp / dac that can drive the hifiman he 500 s
post #2 of 6

O2+ODAC combo from JDS Labs is under $300 and is designed with good sound and measurements in mind.

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Originally Posted by NA Blur View Post

O2+ODAC combo from JDS Labs is under $300 and is designed with good sound and measurements in mind.

+1

Also look at the Schiit Modi and Magni.
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Audio gd NFB-11.32, better specs and no problem with HE500

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Originally Posted by musicmaddy View Post

Hi
I'm just trying to find the best amp/DAC for $300 or less .

Also amp / dac that can drive the hifiman he 500 s

 

Heya,

 

I've run my HE500's off several devices and you can get by on this budget very easily.

 

NFB12, NFB11.32 or NFB15.32 should all be in this price range and provide the most power for your money, while still having a good DAC and filters and options combined. Best per buck for features and power really.

Schiit Modi & Magni can do it just fine. Also, the Asgard 2 with Modi as an option (would be slightly better).

JDS Labs O2 and (ODAC or any other DAC) also handle it fine.

 

 

 

You can find the discontinued NFB12 usually for $120~150. It's every bit as good as the $300 ones. Provides greater than 2+ watts into 38ohms, powers Orthos very nicely, and has a good DAC. Lots of digital connections, and gain options. Very well rounded all-in-one for a stupid price. I would take it over the Modi/Magni if you can find one local/used.

 

Very best,


Edited by MalVeauX - 9/9/13 at 8:42am
post #6 of 6
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Okay smily_headphones1.gif thanks

With the the Asgard 2 and modi are better than the magni and modi ? Or better than the several things you use ?
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