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I'm a newbe with a PC and Flac files and need guidance.

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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

post #2 of 11

For a PC, get the Asus Xonar DG sound card, $30, spend the rest of your budget on headphones.

post #3 of 11
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I'm sorry I didn't say this before but I have a laptop not a full PC to add any cards.

post #4 of 11

For a newbie any reputable DAC/AMP should do.

post #5 of 11

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

post #6 of 11
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Thanks I will look into it.

post #7 of 11
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Can the little dot drive 600 Ohm headphones efficiently?
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post

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?
post #9 of 11

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?

post #10 of 11
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Yes but I am always gonna be adding new headphones and a lot of them are high impedance types, so an amp with adjustable gain would serve me even better.
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by pedtool101 View Post


Can the little dot drive 600 Ohm headphones efficiently?


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

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