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Which should I get first? Amp or Dac?

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Hey guys, first post here. I know you all are really excited to be here at this very moment in time, knowing you are witnessing greatness and something that is truly mind blowing. Anyways, I just bought my first set of good headphones. I picked up some Ath-M50s and I can say that I really like them and they're still not completely broken in. The sound has gotten more of a body since out of the box. If that makes sense. Now since I'm still learning I am not sure if I should purchase a DAC or an amp first. A buddy of mine suggested the Lovely Cube. I've read a lot of good things about it as well. As for the DAC I was looking at this http://www.amazon.com/Music-Streamer-High-Resolution-Converter/dp/B0038O4UFQ/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_7. He suggested this as well lol I really trust his opinion but I would like some more input on top of what I've read. Or other suggestions. Also starting to get some Flac albums and I love the difference in quality. It's pretty awesome hearing new things in songs you've heard a thousand times. Thanks in advance

post #2 of 5
I would just get a combo DAC/Amp and be done with it. The Schiit Magni + Modi would work great, and be cheaper than your choices.
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I just want a future proof setup. What I mean is I want something thats more than enough for what I have now. If I decide to get a nicer set of cans down the road, I'll have the equipment to accompany it. With that being said I'll read up on your suggestion.

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I just want a future proof setup. What I mean is I want something thats more than enough for what I have now. If I decide to get a nicer set of cans down the road, I'll have the equipment to accompany it. With that being said I'll read up on your suggestion.


Then you're looking at:

 

Schiit Lyr/Bifrost

Schiit Mjolnir/Gungnir

Woo Audio WA2 / WA7

Geek Pulse X (Indiegogo campaign)

Audio GD 11.33 / 28 / etc.

post #5 of 5
For me "buying for the future" with electronics never seems to work out. When the future arrives, it usually seems like things have changed enough that I end-up buying something else anyway - and the same performance level tends to be cheaper and have more features. YMMV... smily_headphones1.gif
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