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post #16 of 25
Thread Starter 

I need about six feet from the comp to the amp, and then probably 8 feet from the amp to the headphones. Alternately, I could get an extension for the headphone cable. Four feet would probably do it.

 

Any suggestions for best bang for the buck?

post #17 of 25
Monoprice makes decent budget cables.
post #18 of 25
Thread Starter 

Awesome. This has been a really big help.

post #19 of 25
Glad to help out smily_headphones1.gif
post #20 of 25
I forgot to ask. What kind of speakers is your NAD powering?
post #21 of 25
Thread Starter 

Oh, just some PSB bookshelfs. It's modest but, it does the trick.

 

After thinking about this overnight, I'm thinking that I will go with the Dragonfly and see where it takes me. It's more portable and will cause less of a mess with cables. And I can also plug it into the amp.

 

My only question is whether it will be reaching too far to power my headphones. The M500s are rated at 32 +/-15% and the Dragonfly has a max output of 32.

post #22 of 25
Well, those specifications like that are just a general thing if it's coming from the manufacturer. One needs to find out the true low impedance. The low output impedance of the Dragonfly was measured to be 0.65 ohm, which is more than low enough for any low impedance headphone on the market. Now that is probably version 1 of the Dragonfly (there's a new version available), but it seems doubtful that they wouldn't try to stay close to that with the updated version.

PSB makes good speakers. You would probably notice a difference with them and a good DAC running to your NAD.
post #23 of 25
Thread Starter 

Thanks. I've had them for a while, and this has been a nifty setup for small apartments. Often too much for my neighbors to handle. ;)

 

The 1.2 DF is rated at a min output of 12ohms. So I see no problem there.

post #24 of 25
I bet it will work fine, then.

Yeah. Neighbors, stereos, and apartments don't go together too well. Later on, if you want a room filling sound experience, you should look into open headphones. The bigger soundstage does improve the listening experience. And while they leak a lot of sound, your neighbors won't be able to hear it smily_headphones1.gif
post #25 of 25
Thread Starter 

Ha. Yeah. I used to rock Senn HD 485s. But I needed some on-ear cans, mainly for comfort. The M500s won that battle, and I think they're a step up from the 485s anyway.

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