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Hey guys, I’m hoping to set myself up with some decent audio gear for my separate work pc as I tend to listen to music as I work. The bugget is unfortunately fair small max $750.

I like to listen to a bit of everything by prefer a ‘colourful’ sound with exceptionally good punchy bass.

So far I’ve had a few ideas regarding some components but am at complete loss as to what to get with others!

 

I also indeed to pair this gear up with my DT990 pro 250 ohm headphones.

 

This is what I’ve been thinking of getting!

 

Speakers – audioengine P4 ~$250

 

Subwoofer - ?? I have a pair of Audioengine A5 at home and love them but they could do with a bit more bass the P4 (passive speakers) lacks the bass even more so I think a Subwoofer is a must but have no idea what I should get.

 

DAC- I’ve been looking at the topping D3 and Audioengine D1 DAC but am uncertain what I should go for, I would much prefer something with both headphones and speaker volume control nobs like a ASUS Xonar Essence One however obviously the Essence One would eat up to much of my budget.

 

Amp’s – I’ve been thinking about getting either a

-              HA2002 (would the speakers work with this)

-              Maverick Audio TubeMagic A1 Amplifier – love the looking this one just uncertain about tubs and how much of a hassle they are!

-              Schiit Asgard 2

-              Topping TP41

 

I’ve also notice quite a few people running decent DAC and really cheap Amps Should I be spending more on a DAC and less on the amp?

 

Cheers any help and suggestions would be much appreciated!! 

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bump... 

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If you want all in 1, then the Focal X1 is a great package, the same goes for Bowers and Wilkins MM-1.  Both of these has their own build-in DAC/AMP.  Since you have the A5 (+?) already, I suggest you put your money on a good desktop DAC/AMP.  BTW, don't short change yourself buying good DAC with a crap AMP.

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Originally Posted by DrSheep View Post
 

If you want all in 1, then the Focal X1 is a great package, the same goes for Bowers and Wilkins MM-1.  Both of these has their own build-in DAC/AMP.  Since you have the A5 (+?) already, I suggest you put your money on a good desktop DAC/AMP.  BTW, don't short change yourself buying good DAC with a crap AMP.

 

Was hoping not to get a 'package' as such this is for my little office out of home..... Figured i would leave my A5's at home....

 

But on the subject of DAC & AMP I take it you would recommend spending substantially more on the DAC and get a budget AMP correct? 

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Actually no, you need to have balance and get a decent DAC and AMP, as you don't want to have your clean signal crap out by a cheap amp.

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Was hoping not to get a 'package' as such this is for my little office out of home..... Figured i would leave my A5's at home....

But on the subject of DAC & AMP I take it you would recommend spending substantially more on the DAC and get a budget AMP correct? 

Audio-GD NFB-15.32 DAC/Amp, $255+shipping.

Dual WM8741 DAC chips and a headphone amplifier that can drive your current headphones (DT990s) and headphone you buy in the future.

(you might consider selling off the DT990 Pro 250-Ohm and getting the DT990 Premium 600-Ohm, better bass control, but hold off for a good price for used ones)

The 15.32 comes with a separate line-out (RCA) for connecting to whatever speaker system you get.

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1532/NFB15.32EN.htm

 

Emotiva Airmotiv 4, $299, heard these are great active speakers.

http://shop.emotiva.com/products/airmotiv4

 

Or maybe get 8" studio monitors.

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Originally Posted by DrSheep View Post
 

Actually no, you need to have balance and get a decent DAC and AMP, as you don't want to have your clean signal crap out by a cheap amp.

 

K gotcha, thats what i've heard in the past just seen a bunch of people with mid range source and super cheap Amp! Anyway PurpleAngle has me convinced i'll go for a DAC with an in-build headphone AMP and get some powered speakers preferable with a sub included or exceptional low Bass. Probable a better end result than trying to get everything for such a small budget  

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

Audio-GD NFB-15.32 DAC/Amp, $255+shipping.

Dual WM8741 DAC chips and a headphone amplifier that can drive your current headphones (DT990s) and headphone you buy in the future.

(you might consider selling off the DT990 Pro 250-Ohm and getting the DT990 Premium 600-Ohm, better bass control, but hold off for a good price for used ones)

The 15.32 comes with a separate line-out (RCA) for connecting to whatever speaker system you get.

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1532/NFB15.32EN.htm

 

Emotiva Airmotiv 4, $299, heard these are great active speakers.

http://shop.emotiva.com/products/airmotiv4

 

Or maybe get 8" studio monitors.

 

Audio-GD NFB-15.32 DAC/Amp looks great from the user impressions can seem to find any review however anyway ty for the suggestion think i'll get it :) by the way any idea how it compares with a O2-odac-combo or http://www.jdslabs.com/products/48/o2-odac-combo/ ASUS Xonar Essence STU, I know its a tad out of my price rang just intreaged. I'm also now convinced that get active speakers is a better idea than picking up some passive speakers + amp.

I checked out the Emotiva ty for the suggestion audio wise they sound great but aesthetically i find them hideous you would not happen to know of any others with great bass?


Edited by DeadkaiseR - 12/10/13 at 8:10pm
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So Small update after sitting on the net for a few days i'v decider i think i'll get the  Aktimate Mini + (http://www.aktimate.com.au/mini+.html) from what i'v seen on the net they sound like what i'm looking for (hope there not to dated) ironically I nearly got them a few years back but walk away and got the A5 due to availability cost and the warranty.

 

This plus what ever Dac i choose  NFB15.32 v's the O2-odac-combo hard choice :) set me set be back around the 750-800 mark so i guess i will not be getting a sub after all maybe if i can get a $183 http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F12-475-Watt-Subwoofer/dp/B0015A8Y5M cheap in au i'll get one!

 

Any thoughts anyone!

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Originally Posted by DeadkaiseR View Post
 

So Small update after sitting on the net for a few days i'v decider i think i'll get the  Aktimate Mini + (http://www.aktimate.com.au/mini+.html) from what i'v seen on the net they sound like what i'm looking for (hope there not to dated) ironically I nearly got them a few years back but walk away and got the A5 due to availability cost and the warranty.

 

This plus what ever Dac i choose  NFB15.32 v's the O2-odac-combo hard choice :) set me set be back around the 750-800 mark so i guess i will not be getting a sub after all maybe if i can get a $183 http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F12-475-Watt-Subwoofer/dp/B0015A8Y5M cheap in au i'll get one!

 

Any thoughts anyone!

The NFB-15.32 comes with USB and S/PDIF (optical & coaxial) inputs, the S/PDIF allows the 15.32 to be used with a sound card or motherboard's on board audio.

The ODAC is a USB only input, so bypasses the sound card(s).

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