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Desktop Amp / DAC combo, $450 budget

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I'm looking to buy a new Amp and DAC for my desktop setup, want to spend around $450.

 

I've got a pair of AKG K550, but I'm looking to invest in a setup that will work with stuff like the HD650 or the K702 if I want to upgrade in a year or so.

 

I love the feature set of the HiFi M8, don't know how much of that I can get in my price range though?

 

I've been looking at desktop versions of the O2+ODAC and Schiit combinations, anything else I should consider?

 

I guess I should note that I will also be playing video games with this setup.

post #2 of 4

 

Audio gd NFB-11.32, mainly for better dac comparing to the options you mention

post #3 of 4

Heya,

 

If playing video games with the setup, get an associated sound card with optical output and then make sure you have a DAC with optical input. The Xonar DG has this, and dolby headphone. It's like $30, does what you need there.

 

I would look to:

 

Maverick Audio TubeMagic D2 (tube dac) with Schiit Asgard 2 / Matrix M-Stage / Maverick Audio A1 / Little Dot MK III (tube)

Audio GD NFB 11.32 or 15.32 (dac/amp combination unit, very powerful, can handle most orthos since it outputs over 2 watts into 30ish ohms).

 

Those both have optical inputs as well as USB and coaxial. So you can use how you want, but also input from a soundcard for gaming purposes.

 

Very best,

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Originally Posted by kingofzero View Post
 

I'm looking to buy a new Amp and DAC for my desktop setup, want to spend around $450.

I've got a pair of AKG K550, but I'm looking to invest in a setup that will work with stuff like the HD650 or the K702 if I want to upgrade in a year or so.

I love the feature set of the HiFi M8, don't know how much of that I can get in my price range though?

I've been looking at desktop versions of the O2+ODAC and Schiit combinations, anything else I should consider?

I guess I should note that I will also be playing video games with this setup.

Are you currently plugging the K550s straight in the PC's motherboard's on-board audio?

Get the Xonar DX or D1 sound card, used $60.

And the Schiit Magni, $99.

Should improve the K550 audio quality.

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