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a recommendation for dac/amp for the audio technica ath-m50, under 110$

post #1 of 5
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i bought the m50 a week ago, but since my source is a PC with an on-board audio card,

i need an amp\dac combo, under 110$.

i listen mostly to rock and funk.

any suggestions?

post #2 of 5

Take a look at the FiiO E07K "Andes" portable dac/amp combo. It was the first DAC/Amp I owned and it pairs well with the ATH m50's.

 

Cheers,

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Originally Posted by adirbenavi3 View Post
 

i bought the m50 a week ago, but since my source is a PC with an on-board audio card,

i need an amp\dac combo, under 110$.

i listen mostly to rock and funk.

any suggestions?


If your ok with adding an internal sound card, get the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z (SB1500, retail box), $74.99.

post #4 of 5
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i don't need a portable dac\amp, it will only be used on a PC.

as for the soundcard, someone here told me that for music needs a dac\amp is better than a soundcard.

is it really true? because i don't have a problem of adding a soundcard. did you mean to add a sound card 

AND an amp\dac, or just soundcard?

post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by adirbenavi3 View Post
 

I don't need a portable dac\amp, it will only be used on a PC.

as for the sound card, someone here told me that for music needs a DAC\amp is better than a sound card.

is it really true? because i don't have a problem of adding a sound card. did you mean to add a sound card 

AND an amp\dac, or just sound card?

I like sound cards because they offer more features (headphone surround sound) then a external USB - DAC - amp.

As 99% of music is 2-channel stereo audio, an external DAC/Amp does the job.

Also with external your not going get electrical noise from inside the computer case effect the audio.

 

You can spend $75 for the SB-Z sound card or $75 for the FiiO E10 USB-DAC-amp.

 

Or just spend $27 for an Asus Xonar DG sound card, which should sound roughly as good as the E10, for headphones like the ATH-M50s.


Edited by PurpleAngel - 12/1/13 at 12:43pm
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