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Need help validating a pair of configuration for DAC+Headphone (over-ear) to be used with a wide variety of music - First post

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Hello everybody

 

My name is Cristian, Cris for short, I am an Italian just entering (depsite the age) the Hi-Fi world.

I am not an expert, I really think my ears are of the pink variety and not of the golden one, also my misuc taste is quite varied: I listen to more or less any kind of music, from Bocelli to Sabaton, From Roxette to Puccini's Turandot going trouh all what it is in between.. it mostly depends on my mood, where I am and what I am doing.

 

So said I would like to hear from more experienced user what to buy at first, how to properly set it up and what tweak/accessories/implementation are needed to take full advantage of the setup.

 

Music source: the music source will be an HP Envy 17" laptop that I already own sadly running Win8*, where I have installed iTunes and where I have downloaded most of my music. I use iTunes also for the music I own on CDs, I just import it and put the CD in my archive.

 

DAC: at the moment I am really intrigued by the Audioquest Dragonfly, the review I have found on the interweb are so positive I feel I cannot go wrong, also I have seen that the price is down to around 100USD for the V 1.0 to 150 for the 1.2 (I do most of my shopping on Amazon US) so, for that price, even if half what I have read is true it will still be a bargain. what you say? which one should I get? if you have other suggestion I will take a look at it also.

 

Headphone: on that topics I am a bit more debated.. I have read many good review about the about the Grado SR60i but also the Koss Pro DJ100 cought my attention and they also got some nice review around.

 

Which will be the best combination? I know it is a very subjective(sp) question but on the technical side, what you say?

Do I need any adapter for the DAC? Should I buy also the Audioquest USB extension cable? Do I need any software to run on the PC? and, since I have put an asterisk behind Win8: I don't really like it, I am seriously thinking to downgrade to win7 ultimate, should I proceed before purchasing the DAC+headphone combo?

 

As you can see I am trying to stay under the 250 USD mark (delivery not included) to start my new jurney into the HiFi world.

 

Thanks in advance for your time and patience

Please excuse me for all the mistake I have done while writing this post

 

Take care

 

Cris

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It looks like you are on the right track. You don't need any accessories for the Dragonfly. The USB extension cable will simply give you a bendable connection between the Dragonfly and your laptop, putting less physical stress on your laptop's USB port. The Dragonfly will work on iTunes just fine, and Windows 8 shouldn't be a problem. Windows 7 would work fine as well. A lot of people here use the free program Foobar2000 for audio -- it gives you more control and features than iTunes. For example, as far as I'm aware, iTunes doesn't play FLAC. You also get better EQ programs on Foobar, as well as other sound processing plugins. 

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