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post #1 of 8
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My Essence STX has died, Looking for a nice upgrade to it in the form of a external DAC.

 

 

Key points;

 

* Budget is $500-$1000 or so.

 

* Usage is mostly gaming with some music, occasional movie.

 

* Needs to go well with Matrix M-Stage and DT880 Premium headphones (not something that will make the DT880 brighter, not a fan of harsh treble).

 

* I'm looking at connecting a set of AktiMate Mini+ speakers and DT880 headphones to it at once, so will need to be able to switch between the two when needed.

 

* The DAC would need to be on the small side also, no bigger than the M-Stage amp.

 

 

Any suggestions very welcome, thanks!!

post #2 of 8
To be able to switch between your Matrix amp and your speakers, you need a DAC + preamp. My experience is that's more common to find DAC/amps with pre-amp, or headphone amps with pre-amps, not DACs+preamps. Given your budget, why not go for something better than the M-stage?
post #3 of 8
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M-Stage amp is actually a pre-amp so no probs there, I think?

post #4 of 8
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Just realised I need 3.5mm microphone input, so not sure how I'm going to work that with an external dac and not soundcard... Maybe I should just replace the STX with another STX. Or could I just use my on-board sound mic port with an external DAC?

 

Be good if I wasn't just talking to myself though, need help please?

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Originally Posted by drac079 View Post

Be good if I wasn't just talking to myself though, need help please?

Well, I was talking to you, and this is not a paid support forum. You have to be patient.

Yes. Seems like the M-Stage might act as a pre-amp. You should read the manual.

And yes. Typically you can select a different audio advice for your mic, so your onboard audio ought to work for that.
post #6 of 8

You might want to look at the www.audio-gd.com line of DACs, they fit your budget, and it'll be hard to best them for the price.

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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post


Well, I was talking to you, and this is not a paid support forum. You have to be patient.

Yes. Seems like the M-Stage might act as a pre-amp. You should read the manual.

And yes. Typically you can select a different audio advice for your mic, so your onboard audio ought to work for that.

Great, thanks and sorry long day :/

post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by elmoe View Post
 

You might want to look at the www.audio-gd.com line of DACs, they fit your budget, and it'll be hard to best them for the price.

Thanks, will check them out, although something more expensive would be fine also.

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