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Having spent years trying to get the perfect analogue sound CDs came along. I resisted and then gave in and went through Quad and Meridian - I thought the sound was about as good as it gets in digital but then I heard my current stuff. As soon as I heard the Musical Fidelity A5 amp and CD player I loved them. They sounded analogue, in fact they sounded like better analogue than I even managed with vinyl. Really! - Musical Fidelity claimed it was the best CD player they had even made and I believe them. I don't expect you to agree but bear with me I am heading for a problem I need help with. This goes into BIG Monitor Audio reference Gold speakers.

 

Following a change in fortunes when my company went bust (thanks bank) i now live in small accommodation; I have enough sound to demolish the house let alone annoy the neighbours so I need some phones and an amp.

 

To complicate matters I have also a Sonos and a box to connect  it to the HiFi. It's a wonderful piece of kit but its not like my A5 Cd player. i wish there was a way into the A5s DAC but I wouldn't know where to start.

 

So I need a headphone amp, and a DAC. - maybe some new phones too.

 

BUT I really want it to sound like the A5 - I think it is the valve that makes it sound so good and analogue to me.

 

I am so broke these days I can't afford to get it wrong.

 

What do you think I should do.

 

I guess I am looking to spend maybe up to £500 (I got stuff to sell) for the both and phones later.

 

Suggestions please

 

Thanks

post #2 of 5

I don't really know much about amp or DAC but if you great sounding headphones I would go with the Sennheiser they make some of the best headphones (the HD 558 may be good option). Sorry I couldn't help any more.

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Thanks for that!

 

I have some old Sennheisers which I haven't heard for years but can't really give a good listening to until I get a headphone amp.

 

its all a bit chicken and egg - where do I start?

post #4 of 5

I personally would start with good headphones then get an amp or DAC, as it may be hard to tell the better sound with lower quality headphones. As I said I'm no expert, so if I were you I'd wait to see what others say.

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Originally Posted by stilllovingit View Post

 

To complicate matters I have also a Sonos and a box to connect  it to the HiFi. It's a wonderful piece of kit but its not like my A5 Cd player. i wish there was a way into the A5s DAC but I wouldn't know where to start.

 

So I need a headphone amp, and a DAC. - maybe some new phones too.

 

I'd ask in speaker audio forums what DAC sounds like the A5 within a budget you're willing to spend on that one part. Next, try to get a neutral headphone that leans closer to your old speakers' sound (ie it has to be neutral, but I'm sure that speaker would lean a little bit towards warmth or bright), then choose a neutral amplifier that can drive it well.

 

Or as I understand it, you still have the A5 right? Why not just get a headphone and headphone amp to use with it? Sure it won't be as convenient but it takes half the guesswork out. Get something like the Beyerdynamic T1 or Audezee LCD-2 and an amp that will drive well whichever one you choose.

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