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Do I need a DAC?

post #1 of 19
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I listen to my headphones through 3 different sources, an Oppo DV-980H DVD player, Samsung BD-C6500 BluRay disc player and an Onkyo Integra CD player. I do not use my computer to listen to music, I listen to actual CD's. All my disc players have optical outs. Do I (should I) think about getting an external DAC? What's involved? Will it be worth it? Thanks for any input on this. I do listen to Pandora through the Samsung. 

post #2 of 19

I don't think you necessarily "need" a dac. In all likelihood a $300 to $500 dac would  be an improvement on what you have now. If your not willing to spend that kind of money I would just be happy with what you have and not worry about it. If you are interested in a dac the Schiit Bifrost is supposed to be a good choice. It's upgradeable and has both optical and coaxial inputs. 

post #3 of 19

I second that opinion. If you're pleased with what you have there's no point in getting a DAC.

 

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 What's involved?

Nothing really. Apart from the DAC unit itself all that's needed is a toslink cable and that's that.

post #4 of 19
A DAC is almost essential once you start spending more and moving towards high-end quality equipment. I would just play around with your set ups, go to meets and such and a talk to other people there. Ideally, I think you should have a very good (or excellent) stand alone DAC that could be used to connect to many ;different amps and other devices.
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Originally Posted by jackskelly View Post

A DAC is almost essential once you start spending more and moving towards high-end quality equipment. I would just play around with your set ups, go to meets and such and a talk to other people there. Ideally, I think you should have a very good (or excellent) stand alone DAC that could be used to connect to many ;different amps and other devices.

What DAC's do you recommend? 

post #6 of 19
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I listen to my headphones through 3 different sources, an Oppo DV-980H DVD player, Samsung BD-C6500 BluRay disc player and an Onkyo Integra CD player. I do not use my computer to listen to music, I listen to actual CD's. All my disc players have optical outs. Do I (should I) think about getting an external DAC? What's involved? Will it be worth it? Thanks for any input on this. I do listen to Pandora through the Samsung. 

 

How do you hook up the headphones now? Are you using a headphone amp? The AudioGD NFB11 can drive many headphones well enough. With the Oppo you might not necessarily need a DAC but depending on the headphone what you might need is a better amp.

 

 


Edited by ProtegeManiac - 3/11/14 at 10:53pm
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How do you hook up the headphones now? Are you using a headphone amp? The AudioGD NFB11 can drive many headphones well enough. With the Oppo you might not necessarily need a DAC but depending on the headphone what you might need is a better amp.

I'm currently running my DT880s from a dragonfly v1.2 through a fiio E12.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to return the E12 and replace it with either a little dot mkIII or a dark voice 336 since the 600 ohm Beyers headphones are supposed to pair well with tubes.

post #8 of 19
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How do you hook up the headphones now? Are you using a headphone amp? The AudioGD NFB11 can drive many headphones well enough. With the Oppo you might not necessarily need a DAC but depending on the headphone what you might need is a better amp.

 

 

See my signature below, it shows the chain of how I generally run my equipment. Thanks for input.

post #9 of 19
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I'm currently running my DT880s from a dragonfly v1.2 through a fiio E12.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to return the E12 and replace it with either a little dot mkIII or a dark voice 336 since the 600 ohm Beyers headphones are supposed to pair well with tubes.

They do, I have the Beyers and they sound excellent through my LD MKIII.

post #10 of 19
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See my signature below, it shows the chain of how I generally run my equipment. Thanks for input.

 

I don't see why you have to spend on the DAC when the Oppo is good enough, and you have a headphone amp for it anyway. Since you're not planning on using your computer, save the money until the Oppo's disc transport dies on you, which if my history with CDPs will be the basis for guessing, can be anytime now to several years you'd feel upgraditis before it does (and when you do just remember what I posted here).

post #11 of 19
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Anyone have any experience with the Maverick Audio D1 or Zero DAC. I know they are on this site but does anyone have or had one or both with any comments? They are both about the same price.

post #12 of 19
I have the D1. It's a good unit. Nice thing about it is that it has coaxial, optical, and analog inputs, and a pre-amp for hooking up speakers.
post #13 of 19
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I have the D1. It's a good unit. Nice thing about it is that it has coaxial, optical, and analog inputs, and a pre-amp for hooking up speakers.

Would you suggest getting it with the upgraded GE 5670W tube and OPA627 op-amp? It's $254. or stock at $209.

post #14 of 19
The tube only works on the pre-amp out for the speakers. It does not work with the headphone output, as I understand it.
post #15 of 19
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The tube only works on the pre-amp out for the speakers. It does not work with the headphone output, as I understand it.

If I fed it a signal through the optical input and output to my headphone amp through the RCA output wouldn't I have the option of using either the SS or tube output?

Doesn't this unit have two sets of RCA outputs one using the SS circuit and the other using the tube circuitry?

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