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"Power DAC" / fully digital desktop amp that can drive Beyerdynamics T1's, sound signature akin to NAD D7050/NuForce DDA 100?

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

For my non-headphone setup I have a fully digital amp - the NAD D7050 - and I love the way it sounds with my favorite music. Unfortunately it won't drive high impedance headphones well. My experience is that the Sennheiser HD650's sound flat and lifeless with it, while the Denon AH-D600's sound full and warm. To me that suggests that it drives sensitive headphones well, but the high-ohms are out of luck.

 

So: I need a headphone amp that will drive more difficult loads, but most recommendations for HD650/T1 are tube amps like Lyr, Asgard and WA7.

 

Here's what I'm looking for:

I would describe the sound of the NAD D7050 as extremely crisp and revealing without being harsh, no added warmth. I gather that the NuForce DDA 100 sounds much the same. I was thinking about the WA7, which is described as an extremely linear amp (for a tube amp), but still it's a tube amp...

 

Are there any any desktop amps out there that

 

1) Use the same principle, that is fully digital PCM -> PWM conversion or have the same sound signature (see above)

2) Can drive 600 ohm headphones well

3) Are in the sub-$1,000 range

 

Best,

  Anders


Edited by dduck - 1/26/14 at 12:20am
post #2 of 4
The NAD has preout jacks, right? So you could just put any headphone amp on the NAD and continue to let it be the DAC, right?

What does "PCW" mean? I'm not familiar with that acronym.
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Thread Starter 

PCW -> typo  PWM, and fixed it now :)

 

Hmm, adding details to the story...

 

The D7050 is my amp at home, I'm shopping for an amp for work. At work I have the NAD D1050 DAC (has RCA outs), but the headphone amp in that one has the same characteristics as the one in the D7050. Yes, I can keep it as a DAC, but once I only use it for that, it's insane overkill - it's a $500 DAC/amp... I aim to sell it off and use the money to partly finance the new amp and a mode adequate DAC (Schiit Modi perhaps).

 

I am currently considering the Beyerdynamic A20 or A1 for the T1's.

post #4 of 4
Check out Audio-GD. Nice amps, but a really cr@ppy web site...
http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1033/NFB10.33EN.htm

As side comment, I am convinced that if the small Chinese audio companies would hire web developers from the US or Europe, they could take over the audio world... wink.gif
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