All the dac's out there are very confusing. I have a pair of Shure se 530 pth in ear monitors. The sound isn't that bad out of my PC as I am listening to pure Flac files, but I feel it can be much better. Also I am going to purchase some Grado headphones, most likely the the SR325is or SR225i's. Can I please get some recommendations on a usb Dac that's in the 100 - 200 dollar range. Thanks
I'm a newbe with a PC and Flac files and need guidance.
For Grados, I would get a schiit modi usb dac for $99 & a Little Dot 1+ hybrid amp for about $120.....that is a killer set up for your grado headphones.
I got that for my son for Christmas and he is just loving the combo....he is using Grado 225i headphones
Can the little dot drive 600 Ohm headphones efficiently?
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Judging from the published power specs of 150mW @ 300 ohms, 300mW @ 120 ohms, 800mW @ 32 ohms, it's not the best choice for 600 ohm headphones. The 1+ is designed for low impedance headphones. Something like the Little Dot MK2 or MK3 would be better for high impedance headphones (but not really low-impedance headphones). Why does it matter though -- aren't you going to be using Grados?
The Little Dot 1+ is great for Grados and small impedence headphones...that is what it is designed to do.
If I were going to drive 600 ohm cans, this is not the amp that I would get.....but again, it is a great amp for Grado's