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Maverick TubeMagic

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Hey all, this is my first time posting on this site, so please bear with me if I'm not so eloquent at getting across what it is I want to get across.

I'm interesting in the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 Plus DAC w/ OPA627 OpAmp & GE5670W Tube, and the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D2 DAC w/ OPA627 OpAmp Upgrade & GE5670W tube. I'm not sure which one would be better for what I want.
Currently, I have HD 280s and HD 598s, and an Objective O2 amp. I'm unsure whether to go for the more dedicated D2 and use my amp, or try out a new amp by buying the D1 Plus, while also having a DAC at my disposal. If anybody has experience with either of these, please give your opinions. Thank you.

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Hello and welcome. Is there something specific you're trying to accomplish with them in your system? (Sorry, I haven't tried those.)

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Sorry for the late reply, I wasn't sure how long it would take for moderation to approve this thread.

Hard to say. I want the best sound possible, at an affordable price, up until I can afford better. While I like clarity and want my music to sound "true" or neutral, I also wouldn't mind something that adds some warmth. My music tastes range from folk to metal. I'm mostly listening to Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Green Day, and Queen, at the moment. 
I know I want to invest in a DAC, and from my findings, these two look good for their price. I just want to see some opinions on which would be the better investment. I'm open to suggestions for other products at a similar price point (not exceeding $500 AUD), if you think there would be something better to invest in.

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If I understand, they are tube amp / DAC combos instead of the usual solid state.

How did you hear about them?
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I think I was reading about my 598s in the forums here, and found a few people that found that they match up very well with Maverick. Like I said, though, if you think you've heard something that is good to your ears that fits the fairly contrived description of what I'm after, then feel free to share. It's simply that from what I've researched about the TubeMagic D1 and D2, they are high quality at relatively low cost, which I think would tide me over for a while.

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What alternatives are you considering? (Only the main ones. :wink_face: )


What comes to my mind is separate tube amps and DACs, such as Valhalla or a used Lyr or LD mk3 + ODAC or Modi.

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I've considered the Woo Audio Wa7 Fireflies (a bit steeper in price), and have also looked into the Valhalla. I wish I had a place close by that sells a good selection of DACs and headphones amps, but Adelaide is a pretty small place.

A better name for this thread should have been what would pair well with my 598s that fits the criteria I mentioned, haha.

I'm going to get some sleep, so I'll check back here tomorrow. Thanks for your help and quick replies.

Edited by Zac020 - 3/2/14 at 6:01am
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