Originally Posted by Currawong
In all honesty, I'd buy a Schiit (those guys have out-Chinese'd the Chinese when it comes to inexpensive) one of tomb's DIY amps or an Elekit DIY amp (vkmusic.ca) if you are in the USA. I don't think the Chinese amps are all bad, but now there are too many good local options not to consider them first.
Currawong - I will share the DAC and headphone amp I decided on in a moment with you complete with pictures and links, but before I do that if you're the one who is featured in that video you link to on the "JH Audio Roxanne video review" as I believe you are you maybe the ideal person to answer my outstanding question that hasn't been replied to on the headphone forms (Do any of you all pick a headphone for its equalized characteristics? Please tell!).
At this point I probably should point out that my new set up will be exclusively to be used with my desktop computer so I will always have the free equalization program as outlined in these forms equalization thread available.
Exactly what was ask in the other thread was "can you tell me about your experiences picking a headset for equalized use?"
Since I have already made my purchase of my DAC and headphone amplifier my concerns as I first started to be concerned with in that other Fred I mentioned have intensified even more, so what I would greatly appreciate it someone would address my even greater concerns which are as follows .
Are there characteristics totally inherent to design of over the here headset and not it's on equalized frequency response? I mean characteristics like driver the its material and construction, headphone cup design, and whatever else there is I am unaware of which can create a total headset equalized package that far exceeds the headsets capabilities without equalization. And could this exceeding of the headphones abilities be so great that you should pick a headphone on what it can be equalize to, rather than what it is right now?
I basically have the same questions in the paragraph above in regard to Tube rolling. In the responses I am reading in a tube rolling threads where the people responding seem very enthusiastic I never hear them say well this tube gave me a wider soundstage with my J2 model brand XXX headphones, but after equalization it really got spectacular. They just say what changing the tube will do to soundstage and never mention soundstage plus equalization. So do you think there is knowledge worth having on how a tube change affects a headphones characteristics with and without equalization?
if you happen to be interested in what I picked as a DAC and headphone amplifier here is what I picked.
Link to the DAC I picked: Little Dot DAC_I Digital to Analog Converter
link to the headphone amplifier I picked : Little Dot MK IV with SE better tube option
I really increased my budget further than the $300 or $400 I thought I would spend on DAC and headphone amplifier to a whopping $735 with all the shipping costs from China. But what me convinced was the me pictures and talk of all its fine capacitors and other components (I used to be electronic technician and I'm really impressed by good components) and this review.
"So, how does the Little Dot MKIV sound. Audio heaven is a good description. I have 2 headphones, the Sennheiser HD600 and Fischer Audio Master Series FA-003. Both sound the best they ever have. The HD600 are 300 ohms and FA-003 only 64 ohms. With the HD600 it doesn’t matter what your genre of music is. Everything is stunning. Sound stage is wide, instruments precisely placed, vocals so real you believe the artist is next to you, power and attack arrives instantly due to the Little Dot’s power and voltage reserves. Plus there is no sharpness or brittle effects in the music. I was listening to Melody Gardot, and it was giving my shivers it was so real. Queen was awesome, the realism of the vocals, and instruments. I wish you all could hear what I can hear. Classical is spellbinding at times. You can listen for hours. In fact I do!"
Edited by bbmiller - 2/9/14 at 6:27am