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Desktop DAC / Amp for IEMs?

post #1 of 9
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Hi guys, what's a good desktop usb dac/amp that can drive sensitive IEMs well (already have a schiit lyr for headphone duties)?

Have been looking around, seems like the ALO Pan Am is highly recommended, but I'd prefer one that can be powered solely by USB.

Any issues that I need to watch out for, ie. listening while charging problems, etc?

post #2 of 9

I reckon http://www.jdslabs.com/products/84/c5d-amplifier-dac/ should be on your list. 

 

Quote from website:

Smart USB Charging

Powered by a large 1200mAh Li-Ion battery, C5D quickly charges from any USB port (computer, tablet charger, cell phone charger, etc.). A single LED indicates battery status: solid green while on, blinking while battery is low, or blue while charging.

post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by delancyst View Post
 

Hi guys, what's a good desktop usb dac/amp that can drive sensitive IEMs well (already have a schiit lyr for headphone duties)?

Have been looking around, seems like the ALO Pan Am is highly recommended, but I'd prefer one that can be powered solely by USB.

Any issues that I need to watch out for, ie. listening while charging problems, etc?

 

You already decided to buy an amp? Or asking if you need one?

post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by proton007 View Post
 

 

You already decided to buy an amp? Or asking if you need one?


Currently own a Schiit Lyr which from what I know is not recommended to drive IEMs.

I'm looking to buy an amp/dac, specifically just for IEMs

 

So far, I've short listed...

-AQ Dragonfly

-Apex Glacier

-Alo Pan Am "needs additional power supply :("

 

What do you guys recommend? I'm limiting my budget to $500

 

Portable or not doesn't matter since I'll be primarily using it on a desktop, as long it is small and can be powered solely by USB.

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by delancyst View Post
 


Currently own a Schiit Lyr which from what I know is not recommended to drive IEMs.

I'm looking to buy an amp/dac, specifically just for IEMs

 

So far, I've short listed...

-AQ Dragonfly

-Apex Glacier

-Alo Pan Am "needs additional power supply :("

 

What do you guys recommend? I'm limiting my budget to $500

 

Portable or not doesn't matter since I'll be primarily using it on a desktop, as long it is small and can be powered solely by USB.

 

I wouldn't recommend any for IEMs.

 

But there are plenty of other members who'll have suggestions.

post #6 of 9
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hmm, any reason why they aren't suited for IEMs?

post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by delancyst View Post
 

hmm, any reason why they aren't suited for IEMs?

 

If your current source is adequate (doesn't have a very high output impedance) and the volume is suitable, the IEMs are receiving all the power they need.

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by proton007 View Post
 

 

If your current source is adequate (doesn't have a very high output impedance) and the volume is suitable, the IEMs are receiving all the power they need.

my source would be a PC which only has an onboard soundcard. 

if just using onboard audio, I would need a 1/8" extension cable to reach the back of the PC.

hence would rather go for a dedicated amp/dac setup.

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by delancyst View Post

my source would be a PC which only has an onboard soundcard. 
if just using onboard audio, I would need a 1/8" extension cable to reach the back of the PC.
hence would rather go for a dedicated amp/dac setup.

Alright. That clears it up. Usually IEMs are used with portable devices, hence my question.

I would suggest amps with power supply. Some can be charged with usb but have their own batteries. Good to isolate the dac/amp.
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