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post #256 of 383
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Originally Posted by Karnitool12 View Post
 

 I'm ready to pull the trigger on : Schiit Asgard 2, iBasso D12 Anaconda, FiiO E12, FiiO E09k...????

If any of you could help narrow all that down it would be greatly appreciated. I'm leaning towards neautral ss.  


Those are different products that do different things.  Some are portable, some are not.  Some has DACs, some have not.

 

The Asgard 2 is probably a level up from the other products, simply because it is a desktop amp, and it does not have a DAC (so the cost is going entirely to the amplifier section).

post #257 of 383

Im aware, I would prefer a DAC/AMP combo, non portable or portable around the 300 dollar range. I already own the E17.. and im thinking about pairing it with the E09k, instead of the E12 standing alone... or the E12 with the E17 combo.. Also I dont know much about the dac/amp Ibasso d12 ana. ..warm/cold/neutral?? Im leaning towards the Asgard 2 but not sure what dac to pair it with. Any help would be greatly appreciated :) 

post #258 of 383

The Schiit Modi DAC for $99 is considered equal or better to most of those portable DAC sections.

 

If the Modi + Asgard 2 is a little over your budget, then consider the Modi DAC and matching Magni Amp.

 

You can get any of these direct from schiit.com

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post #260 of 383

Say, as someone who is likely about to buy the Mad Dogs (unless I go with the M100 or Spirit Pros), I need a really good portable amp on the cheap.  I'm pretty sure I don't have to worry about a DAC, since I'm mainly using my iPod Classic, and I've heard MANY good things about the Wolfson DAC in the 160 GB model.  However, I don't exactly have the money to justify the more expensive FiiO offerings.  Does anyone have any recommendations?

post #261 of 383
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Originally Posted by JbstormburstADV View Post
 

Say, as someone who is likely about to buy the Mad Dogs (unless I go with the M100 or Spirit Pros), I need a really good portable amp on the cheap.  I'm pretty sure I don't have to worry about a DAC, since I'm mainly using my iPod Classic, and I've heard MANY good things about the Wolfson DAC in the 160 GB model.  However, I don't exactly have the money to justify the more expensive FiiO offerings.  Does anyone have any recommendations?

 

What is your budget?

post #262 of 383

Hmm...  I'd say at the most, I can spend $135.

post #263 of 383
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Originally Posted by JbstormburstADV View Post
 

Hmm...  I'd say at the most, I can spend $135.

 

FiiO E12 can be had for that new, cheaper used. It's probably one of the best portable amps for the MD period. Mine pairs quite nicely.

post #264 of 383

To the OP, I am not very knowledgable about audiophile equipment but I think I may have lucked out in my choices.  I listen mainly through my laptop.  From the laptop, using USB, I connect to an FiiO e17 and from the E17 line out, I connect to a Woo Audio WA6 tube amp.  I have been listening through Senn HD600 and love the sound.  Mad Dog Universal head phones are in my future using their single ended cable.

post #265 of 383

I continue to be impressed by the Magni. I discovered firsthand how veiled and boring the Mad Dogs sound when not properly amped, then I went back. Magni really manages their bass extremely well, keeps it fun and punchy and, most importantly, away from the midrange. A tad bright on the vocals and all, but better than the recessed mids of a poorly amped Doggy.

 

For $300 (used MD, since everyone is selling them, and new Magni), it's hard to top that pairing.

post #266 of 383

Has anyone heard the Mad Dogs with the iBasso D-Zero? And/Or have any insight into how they might pair?

 

I just ordered my MDs a couple days ago and am debating between the iBasso D-Zero and the FiiO E12...

post #267 of 383
I might get the e17. Is this good enough for the mad dogs? If not any other DAC/Amp combos around the price range?

Also, why is the DAC part so important? Is it really needed?
post #268 of 383
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Originally Posted by KLJ1992 View Post

I might get the e17. Is this good enough for the mad dogs? If not any other DAC/Amp combos around the price range?

Also, why is the DAC part so important? Is it really needed?

DAC is "Digital To Analog Converter"  So if you are playing Digital Files, they have to be converted to Analog in order to be used by a pair of headphones.

 

Your phone has a DAC, but it is a much more inexpensive one than the one in the E17.

 

Each part in the chain matters.  If you put $20 tires on a Ferrari, it won't corner any better than a Civic.

 

By the way, I have not used the E17, so someone with the E17 and Mad Dogs would need to comment on that specific pairing.

post #269 of 383
So would the Ibasso be good enough?
post #270 of 383

Seconding KLJ1992, does anyone know if the D-zero pairs well? Especially compared to the E12?

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