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What else do I need for a computer setup?

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I am fairly new to the audiophile scene. I have built up my music library on my macbook air with a few thousand high bit rate lossless songs and own a pair of sleek audio SA7 in ear monitors. I am not looking for any expensive, amazing setups but I'm aware that I can still increase the quality of my sound quite a bit. However, I am not sure whether I should buy an external DAC, an external sound card, a headphone amp, etc. and also whether I should get a USB or thunderbolt version of them. Can anyone recommend what addition I could get to increase my performance and possibly recommend some models?

 

Thanks!

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Ive heard some good things about the schiit magni/modi combo. Is that essentially what I'm looking for?

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Ive heard some good things about the schiit magni/modi combo. Is that essentially what I'm looking for?

 

Generally yes, but your IEMs might be too efficient for an amp that powerful, designed as a cheap option to drive very demanding dynamic driver or even orthodynamic full size headphones. You might end up going from silence to deafening with only a nudge, and at that point there can be a channel imbalance as with most analog potentiometers.

 

Look into something like the Ibasso portable headphone amp with a built-in USB DAC, as these have an accessible gain switch to better work with a wider variety of headphones and earphones. I'd try the D-Zero as a good $99 option, but for a little bit more future-proofing in case you think you might consider using full-sized headphones in the future, try the D42. There's also the JDS Labs C5D, similar in form factor to the D-Zero.

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I've used an O2 customized (no extra charge) by JDS Labs to 2.5/1.0x instead of normal gain--very pleased.

 

I haven't used their in-house designs but knowledgeable friends who have told me there's distortion (maybe not with IEMs?).

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I've used an O2 customized (no extra charge) by JDS Labs to 2.5/1.0x instead of normal gain--very pleased.

I haven't used their in-house designs but knowledgeable friends who have told me there's distortion (maybe not with IEMs?).

+1

Although find out the sensitivity ratings of your IEMs. You may or may not need to do this.
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