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Ok, I am looking for price point options to see if actually jumping up a few hundred will make that much of a improvement. 

 

Music: Everything, from Metal to industrial to rap, rock, mambo. If it hits hard and has a kickass beat I am down. vbr mp3 to flac mostly.  

Source : linux desktop, Win7 laptop, nexus 4 and ipod touch. 

Headphones: Senn. HD600 and Westone 4r. 

 

What I am looking at. Price points from 200 to 1000.00 USD. 

 

1. Schiit Audio  magi, modi combo. lots of good reviews low price point. 

2. Alo Audio Pan-AM amp dac combo with gateway lots of good reviews also. mid higher depending on gateway. 

3. Centrance HIfi-M8 amp dac combo, portable and desktop developed with help from here from all I have read lots of steller reviews 

4. Cypher labs Theorem 720 dac amp combo, lots of good very pricey but portable and desktop. Again good reviews.  

5. Schiit audio  Bifrost and lyr. Again schiit lots of good reviews. but borderline 1000.00 +  depending on options. 

6. Rsa lots of options prices all over the place. lots a kickass reivews but the intergated dacs all 16bit. nothing 24bit that I have read about for Dac amp combo's. 

 

Please let me know if the low end Magi Modi combo would give best bang or is there a huge difference jumping up to the 1,000.00 mark. Is there anything else I should be looking at? I don't mind if it is all desktop. 

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In what specific form(s) is your music?

 

From the limited information, my guess is that you need to upgrade your music files/source and delivery systems before reaching beyond the Schiit stack, O2, etc.  Address the weakest points in your music chain first.  If you are not putting quality into your upline equipment, you won't get the benefit of their quality and your money spent.

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In what specific form(s) is your music?

From the limited information, my guess is that you need to upgrade your music files/source and delivery systems before reaching beyond the Schiit stack, O2, etc.  Address the weakest points in your music chain first.  If you are not putting quality into your upline equipment, you won't get the benefit of their quality and your money spent.

My music is mostly flac ripped from CDs . my source seems to be fine as I am going to be using USB out to a DAC then to amp. Am I missing some thing???? Please let me know .
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In what specific form(s) is your music?

From the limited information, my guess is that you need to upgrade your music files/source and delivery systems before reaching beyond the Schiit stack, O2, etc.  Address the weakest points in your music chain first.  If you are not putting quality into your upline equipment, you won't get the benefit of their quality and your money spent.

My music is mostly flac ripped from CDs . my source seems to be fine as I am going to be using USB out to a DAC then to amp. Am I missing some thing???? Please let me know .

 

That's good to hear--you have a quality music source.  It's not just MP3 or streamed music.

 

Since I listen to vinyl, CD's and SACD's as my main music sources, you'll have to get advice from others on your music delivery chain before you reach the headphone amp stage.

 

The Schiit stack should be fine for a HD 600 or 650.  The main draw of the Lyr over the stack and Asgard II is its additional power and you don't need than.

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That's good to hear--you have a quality music source.  It's not just MP3 or streamed music.

 

Since I listen to vinyl, CD's and SACD's as my main music sources, you'll have to get advice from others on your music delivery chain before you reach the headphone amp stage.

 

The Schiit stack should be fine for a HD 600 or 650.  The main draw of the Lyr over the stack and Asgard II is its additional power and you don't need than.

 

The magni modi stack, or bifrost lyr combo,  if I pony up more money now would I be a little better of ?

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

 

That's good to hear--you have a quality music source.  It's not just MP3 or streamed music.

 

Since I listen to vinyl, CD's and SACD's as my main music sources, you'll have to get advice from others on your music delivery chain before you reach the headphone amp stage.

 

The Schiit stack should be fine for a HD 600 or 650.  The main draw of the Lyr over the stack and Asgard II is its additional power and you don't need than.

 

The magni modi stack, or bifrost lyr combo,  if I pony up more money now would I be a little better of ?

 

My guess is no.  There is a big price gap between the two options.  The stack costs less than the Lyr alone.  After some experience, changed circumstances and maybe listening to the options in a store or at a Head-Fi meet, you step up very likely will be different than what you are considering today.  Further you might have different cans, which holds the potential of changing the entire equation by itself.


Edited by KG Jag - 10/4/13 at 6:09pm
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My guess is no.  There is a big price gap between the two options.  The stack costs less than the Lyr alone.  After some experience, changed circumstances and maybe listening to the options in a store or at a Head-Fi meet, you step up very likely will be different than what you are considering today.  Further you might have different cans, which holds the potential of changing the entire equation by itself.

 

Thank you for all the good advise, and saving me money for now. I Think I have a good place to start.

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The magni modi stack, or bifrost lyr combo,  if I pony up more money now would I be a little better of ?

If you think you might eventually want to hook up speakers, it would be worth it to get the Asgard 2 for the pre-amp section.

But otherwise, I think you are on the right track with the Magni/Modi smily_headphones1.gif
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