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New DAC/AMP for my Beyerdynamic T90 + Bluesky Exo² Speakers

post #1 of 5
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Hey guys^^

A little pre-story first:

Almost 2 Years ago, i owned a Pair of Beyerdynamic DT 880 600 Ohm, together with a Yulong u100 DAC/AMP. Like a Half year later, i was replacing the Yulong u100 for an Asus Phoebus (Mainly beause of more connections, and some more Features like Dolbi etc, and also the small Box with a physical Micro Mute button (now the pretty much only "feature" i like to keep using).

Like 15 Months ago, i upgraded my DT 880 for a T90.

Also, i replaced my old studio monitors for a Bluesky Exo2, (an 420€ / 577$) 2.1 Studio system.

In Addition, i am currently using a self made 470 Ohm adapter between the Soundcard and the T90. I have no problems in keeping that, so a Tube amp like the Shiit Vali might be nice, but not neccessary.

 

Right now, im thinking about changing back from "PC Soundcards" back to a "pure clean" DAC/Amp. Not only because of the possibly higher soundquality, also at the higher Build quality, and hoping i can keep it way longer than a consumer PC Soundcard, and have never worry about new drivers.

 

Its just some Details im looking for, and i cant really find an adequate solution.

- I want to keep my Speakers, and also my Headphones connected at the same time. Perfect would be a button or anything to switch between both. Not perfect, but still enough, if the DAC(/Amp) has his Audio output at both (RCAs and Headphone jack) at the same time. so i can turn the Volume on headphones to zero when listening with Speakers, and just turn them down (The Exo² has its own Volume control) to zero, and just use the Amp control to turn the Headphone volume back up. Hope i explained it well enough >.<.

 

- Perfect would be, if its technical better than my Phoebus (or if better known, an Asus Essence STX~).

 

- An Bonus would be a low output impendance, so i might be able to use my UE 900 at the computer. If not, also fine. Just having the Option would be nice

 

 

All that at a Price of maybe.. max 150-250€ (<300$~~).

 

Any Ideas which options could fill the first 2 points, or even all 3? Does not matter if its a DAC/AMP combo, or a seperate DAC + a seperate Amp.

If there is nothing in this Price range, at what Price i could find what i want?

 

Many Thanks in advance :)

post #2 of 5

I'm currently in the process of replacing my Essence STX with the Audio-GD NFB-15.32 external DAC/amp.

$255+shipping.

Comes with dual WM8741 DAC chips and a headphone amplifier that easily drives my 600-Ohm headphones, but has a headphone output impedance of only 2-Ohms.

Has USB and S/PDIF (optical & coaxial) inputs, so can be connected to a motherboard or sound card or other.

And comes with a separate line-out (RCA) for plugging into speakers.

Front panel switch (HP/DAC) for switching between headphones and speaker, it only have one volume knob.

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

 

You can use it with the Asus Phoebus, or sell off the Phoebus and use the 15.32 with cheaper sound cards, like the Xonar DX or Creative Sound Blaster Z (OEM).

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the tipp!

From the Buttons it looks pretty much perfectly. Easy switching, Gain setting, input switch.. Just not sure, what tose 2 at the right side do..

 

2 Ohm output impendance is fine enough. My Galaxy S3 has 3.45 Ohm, and drives my UE 900 without issues (on my Soundcard (should be around 10 ohm) i hear it alittle brighter, with less subbass).

 

Price hurts me abit with 300$ with shipping to Germany, but well.. if it does exactly what i wish for, that shouldnt matter.

 

Since this is a "soundcard" by itself, and hopefully quality higher than even the Essence, i would just use USB :)

Will need to search for some reviews / comparisons between this and other DACs or even the Essence.

 

Could you share your experience pls, once you get it, compared to Essence? ^^

post #4 of 5
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Thanks for the tipp!

From the Buttons it looks pretty much perfectly. Easy switching, Gain setting, input switch.. Just not sure, what those 2 at the right side do..

2 Ohm output impedance is fine enough. My Galaxy S3 has 3.45 Ohm, and drives my UE 900 without issues (on my Soundcard (should be around 10 ohm) i hear it alittle brighter, with less subbass).

Price hurts me a bit with 300$ with shipping to Germany, but well.. if it does exactly what i wish for, that shouldn't matter.

Since this is a "sound card" by itself, and hopefully quality higher than even the Essence, i would just use USB :)

Will need to search for some reviews / comparisons between this and other DACs or even the Essence.

Could you share your experience please, once you get it, compared to Essence? ^^

I believe most people do not use the buttons on the right very much.

The 15.32 is not a "sound card", it does not do any surround sound processing, it's a basic 2-channel digital input.

Any surround sound processing must be do before the signal is sent to the 15.32

The 15.32 has a better DAC feature and headphone amplifier, then the Phoebus (or Essence STX)

You would use the 15.32's USB connection (32-bit/384Khz) for music and any other 2-channel audio and the S/PDIF (optical & coaxial) input from a surround sound source, for games ans movies.

So a sound card (on-board or add-on) would be need to do the surround sound processing before the signal is sent to the 15.32.

Even a low costing Asus Xonar DG sound card would work.

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

i Know, but "Soundcard" for me means the same as a DAC. Getting digital Audio, and converting it into analog.

i'm not looking into any surround simulations/features, since those arent working for me. i tried all 3 Surround features from my Phoebus in BF3, but i couldnt detect the direction better, compared to Stereo. I think, Stereo was even better while that (thats why im thinking to change to the GD, because i dont use the surround stuff).

But good to hear, that the DAC is better than the one from the Essence^^

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