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post #16 of 19
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I'm also quite curious about the whole "DAC" thing. Do I need a dac as a newbie, or is it unnecessary?

 

Depends on what your current source is and how much better the DAC can be. With a laptop soundcard for example it's wired to use Windows as a volume control, problem with that digital volume control is that setting it far enough below 100% means you're using less than 16-bits (whether that is audible depending on downstream components is debatable, but if possible I'd avoid it), while using it at full volume is possibly deafening, even with an amp that has a volume control to sort of regulate it. And that assumes the signal isn't distorting.

 

On the basis of a 3.5mm output off a computer not really designed to output to an amp (even on high end motherboards are designed more to drive headphones directly, even with 5.1 outputs), there actually are affordable DACs that in technical terms can (should) do better with detail over the laptop, then you might want to try getting one of these.

 

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I also am confused with the input system. What kind of cables should I buy if I want to input from a normal input source into the Magni?

 

What can be more "normal" than one with RCA outputs, given the Magni has RCA inputs? I mean I consider RCA to be "normal" and 3.5mm to be "portable."

post #17 of 19
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Thank you! So the Modi+Magni would drive the 600's nicely?

post #18 of 19
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Thank you! So the Modi+Magni would drive the 600's nicely?


From what I gather through feedback here, yes. Many amps in that price range that I have been able to try actually sucked in one way or another, however based on feedback I think the Magni or the O2 (I actually thought this one lacked a bit of grunt, although it did have the finesse - highly dependent on what power supply you get for it) are the safest bet if you're staying within this price range (as much as I'd rather spend a bit more do note I have a personal ceiling with headphone equipment given the soundstage isn't going to get any bigger based on physical limitations, and some midrange amps do 90% of the job high end amps can do for half the price).

post #19 of 19
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Thank you so much! This is why I love Head-Fi! O(∩_∩)O

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