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DAC/Amp for Sennheiser HD650

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Hey guys, 

 

Been lurking around these forums and learned quite a bit. But now I want some opinions on amping the HD650s. I currently already have the HD650s and FiiO E17+E90K, but now want something better. Looking to sell the E17+E90K to fund the next equipment. I have a budget of about $1000. I also have a Arcam rDac powering my speakers, so I could use that as a DAC, but am open to buying another DAC as well. I have listened to the Schiit Asgard + Lyr and they sound amazing compared to the FiiOs, so those are what I'm learning towards.

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Originally Posted by bomiheko View Post
 

Hey guys, 

 

Been lurking around these forums and learned quite a bit. But now I want some opinions on amping the HD650s. I currently already have the HD650s and FiiO E17+E90K, but now want something better. Looking to sell the E17+E90K to fund the next equipment. I have a budget of about $1000. I also have a Arcam rDac powering my speakers, so I could use that as a DAC, but am open to buying another DAC as well. I have listened to the Schiit Asgard + Lyr and they sound amazing compared to the FiiOs, so those are what I'm learning towards.


Looks like the Arcam rDac uses a single WM8741 DAC chip, maybe sell off the Arcam rDAC & E17/E09K.

 

Audio-GD NFB-15.32 DAC/Amp ($255+shipping), comes with dual WM8741 DAC chips and a headphone amplifier that easily drives my 600-Ohm headphones.

Also comes with a separate line-out feature.

I've been using mine for 3 weeks, no regrets.

 

Audio-GD NFB-11.32 DAC/Amp($340+shipping), comes with a single ES9018 DAC chip, other wise the same as the 15.32.

 

http://www.audio-gd.com/Products-EN.htm

post #3 of 7
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Going to keep the Arcam rDAC since it pairs up nicely with my Arcam A19 amp for my speakers. I will look into those Audio-GD's though. Thanks!

post #4 of 7

As you like the rDAC, have you considered the newer irDAC?

 

For what it's worth What HiFi just gave it their product of the year; http://www.whathifi.com/review/arcam-irdac

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 


Looks like the Arcam rDac uses a single WM8741 DAC chip, maybe sell off the Arcam rDAC & E17/E09K.

 

Audio-GD NFB-15.32 DAC/Amp ($255+shipping), comes with dual WM8741 DAC chips and a headphone amplifier that easily drives my 600-Ohm headphones.

Also comes with a separate line-out feature.

I've been using mine for 3 weeks, no regrets.

 

Audio-GD NFB-11.32 DAC/Amp($340+shipping), comes with a single ES9018 DAC chip, other wise the same as the 15.32.

 

http://www.audio-gd.com/Products-EN.htm

 

 

+1

 

You're pedaling the NFB like it's going out of style :)

 

Seriously though, it's a great unit.  I have the previous generation that I use with HD600's and it's wonderful.  I recently upgraded to a Crack and use the Audio-GD unit as a straight DAC.  It's a great combo.

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Originally Posted by bigfatpaulie View Post
 

+1

You're pedaling the NFB like it's going out of style :)

 

Seriously though, it's a great unit.  I have the previous generation that I use with HD600's and it's wonderful.  I recently upgraded to a Crack and use the Audio-GD unit as a straight DAC.  It's a great combo.

Yep, I'm a Audio-GD pusher, would be nice if Schiit offered some thing like the NFB-15.32 or 11.32


Edited by PurpleAngel - 11/19/13 at 7:19pm
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I agree.  It's an extremely versatile unit (sounds great too!)  

 

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