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post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 

Hi, need to buy my first dac or amp for my laptop.. need some suggestions.. i was thinking of aune t1, govibe rivo, cricri+, d2+boa or fiio.. around 180+.. plz help.. thanks...

post #2 of 30

Check out the Schiit Magni & Modi combo

http://schiit.com/

post #3 of 30
Thread Starter 

i prefer portable if possible.. i know Schiit Magni & Modi is very good, hard to find in my place.. live in malaysia..

post #4 of 30
Thread Starter 

anyone here can help? please..

post #5 of 30

For around $180 there's the Fiio E17 (and E18 but I'm not sure if it works with PC's on top of Androids), or the X3 since it can also function as a USB DAC.

post #6 of 30

I love my Fiio E17! Works great plugged into the USB or AUX from my Mac. And sounds great with my iPhone 5S! 

 

I even got two adapters to convert the Mac's DisplayPort output into HDMI, then split out SPDIF from the HDMI. Then that goes into my E17 SPDIF input (Coax) and sounds amazing.

post #7 of 30
Thread Starter 

ok guys thanks for your reply..anything beside e17? ibasso maybe?

post #8 of 30

There's the D-Zero for $99. I have the WM8740 and it's a touch too dark sounding for my tastes, but I "got" it free (my cousin bought it used, left it with me, got something else, hasn't asked for it back) so I'm still happy with it.  I think there's a Sabre DAC version now so the sound might be a little different, likely not as dark. For around $260 though there's the D6 and it packs a more powerful amp. The overall sound is a bit dark/too smooth for me but if you have headphones that need that power, it might be useful.

post #9 of 30
Thread Starter 

ok man thanks for replying.. have u tried d2+boa? or any govibe?

post #10 of 30
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ok man thanks for replying.. have u tried d2+boa? or any govibe?

 

I've tried the D2+ and it seemed too dark for me; however I don't know if the owner rolled the opamps. As for GoVibe, I briefly tried their tube amp, which was a little bit OK with the HE400.

post #11 of 30
Thread Starter 

i cant make decision! do u think i should get a dsd dac? since i got plenty dsf and dff file.. cant really heard any diffrence between flac and dsf.. not powerful enough..

post #12 of 30
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i cant make decision! do u think i should get a dsd dac? since i got plenty dsf and dff file.. cant really heard any diffrence between flac and dsf.. not powerful enough..

 

 

Not in that price range. The cheapest DSD DAC I know is the Schiit Loki, but it's DSD only. You'll have to hook up your PCM (FLAC, mp3, WAV, etc) DAC's analog output to loop through the Loki.

post #13 of 30
Thread Starter 

have u tried the aune x1.. dsd dac! looks good.. lols.. but no review yet.. hard to make a choice! i heard centrance dacport is good but its juz too UGLY.. =(

post #14 of 30

I can't find where it says on the product page that it takes DSD...AFAIK, DSD/SACD is 1-bit/2.8Mhz, whereas other PCM and related format decoders are 14/16/18/20/24-bit and 44.1khz/88khz/96khz/196khz. A DSD DAC circuit can sometimes play a regular PCM track, simply oversampling it to 2.8Mhz, but the Loki isn't designed to since Schiit prefers discrete function components.

post #15 of 30
Thread Starter 

..... i think i will juz buy a dx 50.. since it can support dsd.. cheap.. juz too expensive dsd dac like matrix, Electrocompaniet etc.. 

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