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post #1 of 15
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Hello there.

 

I have been using my HD 598 with the Asus Xonar DG soundcard for a couple of months now, and it sounds "fine", but i am looking to upgrade to a dedicated USB Amp/DAC.

The Cambridge Dacmagic plus looks like a good option and can be acquired for around 350$ in Denmark where i live. But are there cheaper alternatives? 350$ is really the maximum amount i can afford to spend right now. Portability does not matter, i just want the biggest upgrade possible over the Xonar DG. :)

 

It would be very nice If the device you are suggesting is available on the UK Amazon, or other stores within Europe.   

 

Thanks in advance!

 

 

post #2 of 15

I don't know if there's a distributor in your area but the SCHIIT loki + vali combo should fit your budget. Together they run around $268 here in the US.

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post #4 of 15
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Thanks for the suggestion nimaina. Sadly the price inluding european taxes and shipping will be almost 450USD.

 

The audio GD looks promising. But the only distributor i can find within EU is out of stock. Do you know anything about the delivery time if i order it directly from China?

post #5 of 15
I learned a lesson by placing an order to a french distributor. He promised me that he would deliver 15.32 in Jan. Sadly, after a month of waiting, he said that 15.32 was out of stock.
I contacted Kingwa about two weeks ago and ordered for 11.32 with tcxo upgrde. I received the same in 5 days. It took only 3 days to reach italy from hongkong. DHL is ver fast. Moreover, the invoice price is only 80 US$ (you can also ask for lesser amount). Hence I paid less Vat. I would suggest you to order directly in audio gd.
Send an email to kingwa, you will the quote tomorrow.
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

So what was the final amount you paid including taxes and shipping?

post #7 of 15
import tax + administration fees for DHL = 34 euros.
Audio gd 11.32 including tcxo upgrade = 339 US$ and shipping cost (DHL) = 32.5 US$. You have to add 3.7% more for paypal fees.
post #8 of 15
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Aah damn it. It says out of stock until mid-march. Any other suggestions or should i just wait for it to come back in stock?

post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by mathiasr1 View Post
 

I have been using my HD 598 with the Asus Xonar DG sound card for a couple of months now, and it sounds "fine", but i am looking to upgrade to a dedicated USB Amp/DAC.

The Cambridge Dacmagic plus looks like a good option and can be acquired for around 350$ in Denmark where I live. But are there cheaper alternatives? 350$ is really the maximum amount i can afford to spend right now. Portability does not matter, i just want the biggest upgrade possible over the Xonar DG. :)

It would be very nice If the device you are suggesting is available on the UK Amazon, or other stores within Europe.   

I'm thinking you might be over spending for a DAC/amp for the HD598s.

Maybe find a used Xonar DX or D1 sound card (45 euros?) and a used O2 headphone amplifier (? Euros)

Save the leftover cash for the next headphone upgrade.

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

I'm thinking you might be over spending for a DAC/amp for the HD598s.

Maybe find a used Xonar DX or D1 sound card (45 euros?) and a used O2 headphone amplifier (? Euros)

Save the leftover cash for the next headphone upgrade.

 

+1

post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

I'm thinking you might be over spending for a DAC/amp for the HD598s.

Maybe find a used Xonar DX or D1 sound card (45 euros?) and a used O2 headphone amplifier (? Euros)

Save the leftover cash for the next headphone upgrade.

 

You might be right :) I guess spending 350$ on a dac/amp for a set of 200$ cans is a bit overkill.

But will the DX/D1 + an amp still provide a great improvement over the DG?

post #12 of 15
If you choose dac/amp which can drive wide range of cans, you can use it for few years.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by mathiasr1 View Post
 

 

You might be right :) I guess spending 350$ on a dac/amp for a set of 200$ cans is a bit overkill.

But will the DX/D1 + an amp still provide a great improvement over the DG?

The DX/D1's CS4398 DAC chip is better then the DG's CS4245 DAC chip.

and the O2 is a better headphone amplifier the the DG's head amp,

the O2 can drive just about (99%) any headphone you might buy in the future,

and the O2 is something that can be used with more then just your Win PC.

I would think the price paid for DX/O2 is a good value for trying to improve audio quality.

 

The next step up would seem to be the EPH-02D (combo ODAC/O2) for 225 Euros ($310).

post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all your suggestions. However i like the idea of buying a quality amp/dac that i can use for many years and future headphone upgrades. The Dacmagic Plus is normally a 5-600$ device and gets excelent reviews everywhere i go. (also here on head-fi) And in Denmark i can get it for 350$. Both the Schiit combo and the ODAC/O2 combo are going to cost around 450$ when you include european taxes and shipping. Please tell me if it's a good buy for the price or not :-)

post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

Okay so i ended up trying the Dacmagic Plus. But,,, in my ears the improvement over the Xonar DG is minimal. I hear a little more detail and clarity. Soundstage is the same.

I run it with 24bit/192KHz through USB and play lossless files in foobar with ASIO.

 

Is my headphones just not good enough? Or might some more burn-in time change the sound dramatically? Right now i just want to return it, i just wanted to know beforehand whether i might have done something wrong.. 

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