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Amp/DAC for HD598 $200

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Hello all,


New member here and am trying to get into the headphone world. I currently have the HD598s on order and am looking for an amp and possibly a dac combination to power the hp.

I've been following the Schiite Valli discussion and am not sure what to think about it. A lot of of discussion going on over there that's wary of topic. I am intrigued with a tube amp though.

I'll primarily be playing music from my pc via JRiver and theFLAC files I have stored on there. Though I would also like to use a mp3 player or my phone as a source as well. The soundcard in my pc is part of the motherboard and don't imagine it to be that good.

I have about$250 to spend. Can you recommend me an amp and or dac in this range. I don't mind getting an amp now and saving for a dac in the future if it's needed. Sorry for any details I left out.

A big plus one would be an amp I could use as a preamp for powered speakers on my desk.
post #2 of 6

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z (SB1500, retail box) sound card, $74.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102048

 

Not prefect, but great value for the price.

Plug your headphones and desktop speakers into it.

 

Get this cable to make it easier to use the HD598 with everything, $17.10 to $19.60.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102048

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the recommendation. I'm looking for something that I could plug an Android phone into as well (HTC One). Are the Fiio amps a good option?
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Originally Posted by wtrimble View Post

Thanks for the recommendation. I'm looking for something that I could plug an Android phone into as well (HTC One). Are the Fiio amps a good option?


I own two Fiio amps (E6, E11) both have worked fine.

post #5 of 6

If you have the money, consider the Nuforce Icon Dac. 


Edited by fabio-fi - 12/4/13 at 2:16pm
post #6 of 6

Get this with DSD and under $200.

 

http://www.ifi-audio.com/en/Nano_iDSD.html

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