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Setup recommendations for Audeze LCD-3

post #1 of 4
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Hello guys,

 

I have a burning question that I can't seem to answer on my own. Hope you'll be able to help me here!

 

I currently have the following desktop PC setup that I have been enjoying a lot:

 

Source: Foobar 2000 FLAC / Qobuz FLAC

DAC: Asus Xonar Essence ST sound card (the DAC chip is a TI PCM1792A according to Asus' website)

Amp: Burson Soloist

Cans: Audeze LCD-3

 

As you can see, I am essentially bypassing the Xonar amp by connecting the Soloist to the card's RCA outputs, and using the card as a DAC.

 

So now, time for the obvious question: is the Xonar DAC hampering the performance of my setup and, if yes, what DAC should I buy to complement my Soloist and LCD-3?

 

I don't have any max budget, but of course, the cheaper it is, the better (I was thinking about something along the lines of the Schiiit Bitfrost, available here in Paris at the ripoff price of €350, but don't know anything about its 'compatibility rate' with the rest of my setup).

 

I really don't know what to do, since on the one hand, I can't compare the Xonar with another DAC and must buy "blind", and on the other hand, I would really be disappointed if I forked another several hundred euros only to find out that the difference in SQ is marginal, or, even worse, non-existent to my still newbie Hi-Fi ears. 

 

Thanks a lot for your answers guys!

post #2 of 4
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Bump?

post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 

Anyone?

 

I am more and more thinking about the DA-160...

post #4 of 4

Well I'm no expert in DACs, but I had a similar dilema. I had a Xonar D2X, which I think has the same DAC as the Xonar Essence and I wanted to upgrade, but didn't know if the upgrade would make a substantial difference. Anyways, later on I bought the Musical Fidelity M1 DAC and now I'm happy with the purcase. The sound improved quite a bit, is more detailed and richer. I was thinking about Bifrost myself, but because I would have to import it from US, I went with MF M1 that I got for 500 EUR.

 

BTW, the Bifrost for 350 € doesn't sound like a rip off to me, as there are taxes to consider. It sounds like a good deal to me. 

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