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post #331 of 375
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Originally Posted by SpyHunterBG View Post
 

Hey guys, probably a "noob question" here but still kinda curious. :D
I'm currently driving my Mad Dogs with a Fiio E12 Mont Blanc portable amp. I love the sound as is, but I was wondering, would I benefit a good deal from adding a DAC to my setup? If so, does anyone know of a good portable DAC that pairs well with the Mad Dogs and E12?

 

What are you currently using as your source? If you're using a phone or a laptop's built-in audio card then you should see a substantial improvement in quality adding a DAC. Do you have a budget in mind? There are decent DACs available for a reasonable price and then there are ones that will blow your socks off, but will set you back a good deal more.

post #332 of 375
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Originally Posted by AxelCloris View Post
 

 

What are you currently using as your source? If you're using a phone or a laptop's built-in audio card then you should see a substantial improvement in quality adding a DAC. Do you have a budget in mind? There are decent DACs available for a reasonable price and then there are ones that will blow your socks off, but will set you back a good deal more.


Heh, probably should have said that. I'm currently using an iPod Touch 4th Generation (32gb), with a Fiio L9 Line-out cable connected to my E12. As for price range, probably no more that $150, though I could stretch it a bit.

post #333 of 375
Fwiw the nuforce ha 200 is really good with t50's such as this and the ZMF
post #334 of 375
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Originally Posted by SpyHunterBG View Post
 


Heh, probably should have said that. I'm currently using an iPod Touch 4th Generation (32gb), with a Fiio L9 Line-out cable connected to my E12. As for price range, probably no more that $150, though I could stretch it a bit.


I tell you what - sell your Touch and get the X5 - the Mad Dogs sound stellar with it, and the E12 will give you plenty of juice.

post #335 of 375

Anyone tried a pair of 3.2's with a Fostex HP-A4?

 

Cheers!

post #336 of 375
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I tell you what - sell your Touch and get the X5 - the Mad Dogs sound stellar with it, and the E12 will give you plenty of juice.

The X5 sure does appeal to me, but I'm just worried about pricing: I'm positive I can't cover $200+ with selling my touch. Plus, the bluetooth is rather desirable on my touch to be honest. I hate messing with taking my setup in and out of my pocket, and my smartwatch lets me control my music through bluetooth. A luxury, yes, but a nice one personally. :p
I'll definitely look into the X5, it certainly seems like an exceptional DAP for the price.

post #337 of 375

ANother question...

Anyone tried the Mad Dogs with a Fiio e09k+e17 combo?

How was it? Soundstage, details, clarity? Power?

 

Cheers!

post #338 of 375
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Originally Posted by gdourado View Post
 

ANother question...

Anyone tried the Mad Dogs with a Fiio e09k+e17 combo?

How was it? Soundstage, details, clarity? Power?

 

Cheers!


does it have enough power? yes even my BSG cmoy give decent volume.

post #339 of 375

I just got my Mad Dogs upgraded to the Pro version and am really enjoying the improved sound. It's a very worthwhile upgrade! I've been powering them with a Magni but have been interested trying a tube-based amp. If I make the change to tubes I'd use the Magni in the office.

 

My budget is probably $250 or less so I don't know what the real options are, outside of the Schiit Vali (which seems like a good match and a great value at $120). I'm interested in any suggested amps to consider in addition to the Vali.

post #340 of 375
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Originally Posted by ruleof72 View Post
 

I just got my Mad Dogs upgraded to the Pro version and am really enjoying the improved sound. It's a very worthwhile upgrade! I've been powering them with a Magni but have been interested trying a tube-based amp. If I make the change to tubes I'd use the Magni in the office.

 

My budget is probably $250 or less so I don't know what the real options are, outside of the Schiit Vali (which seems like a good match and a great value at $120). I'm interested in any suggested amps to consider in addition to the Vajli.

A $250 tube amp ends up costing more, perhaps about $500... because once you have tubes, then you will want to try various ones to see what fits your tastes.   Generally, the current production tubes that are used in tube amps suck, but amp makers have no choice, because they there is no quantity source of reliable 50 year old tubes.

 

So, the fact that the Vali has soldered tubes makes it an especially good value. :)

post #341 of 375
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does it have enough power? yes even my BSG cmoy give decent volume.

Hi,
I wasn't talking just about drive power...
I am more interesting in the drive quality. smily_headphones1.gif
post #342 of 375
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Originally Posted by ruleof72 View Post
 

I just got my Mad Dogs upgraded to the Pro version and am really enjoying the improved sound. It's a very worthwhile upgrade! I've been powering them with a Magni but have been interested trying a tube-based amp. If I make the change to tubes I'd use the Magni in the office.

 

My budget is probably $250 or less so I don't know what the real options are, outside of the Schiit Vali (which seems like a good match and a great value at $120). I'm interested in any suggested amps to consider in addition to the Vali.

 

 

my budget setup is the dragonfly v1.2 for at home (yes it can drive the Mad dog pretty good, unless your deaf)

 

on the go, I use my BSG CMOY with AD712.

 

but now i have a Schiit Lyr I run from source to my cmoy (low gain) to my Lyr, for some reason with the AD712 op-amp I am getting really good sound stage...Its huge.


Edited by Law87 - 4/3/14 at 12:00am
post #343 of 375
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Originally Posted by ruleof72 View Post
 

I just got my Mad Dogs upgraded to the Pro version and am really enjoying the improved sound. It's a very worthwhile upgrade! I've been powering them with a Magni but have been interested trying a tube-based amp. If I make the change to tubes I'd use the Magni in the office.

 

My budget is probably $250 or less so I don't know what the real options are, outside of the Schiit Vali (which seems like a good match and a great value at $120). I'm interested in any suggested amps to consider in addition to the Vali.

honestly bro the nuforce Icon DAC is a great pairing as a dac/amp for the mD. The dac is better than magni and amp section better than modi with good bass and clean sound. Not the Nuforce hdp

post #344 of 375
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Originally Posted by ruleof72 View Post
 

I just got my Mad Dogs upgraded to the Pro version and am really enjoying the improved sound. It's a very worthwhile upgrade! I've been powering them with a Magni but have been interested trying a tube-based amp. If I make the change to tubes I'd use the Magni in the office.

 

My budget is probably $250 or less so I don't know what the real options are, outside of the Schiit Vali (which seems like a good match and a great value at $120). I'm interested in any suggested amps to consider in addition to the Vali.

honestly bro the nuforce Icon DAC is a great pairing as a dac/amp for the mD. The dac is better than magni and amp section better than modi with good bass and clean sound. Not the Nuforce hdp

Grizz - you have that reversed - the modi is a DAC and the magni is an amp...

post #345 of 375

yeah that was a typo

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