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Ready to purchase and build my first rig, help me make the right descsion.

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hello,
I'm new here.
I have read and learned a lot from you all.
It's time for me to purchase and build my own rig. Will you guys help me make the right descison?

Here's what I'm currently thinking about purchasing.


Headphones:

Audio-Technica ATH-M50WH Professional Studio Monitor Headphones with Coiled Cable, White with FiiO E6 Headphone Amplifier


DAP:

Apple iPod classic 160 GB Silver (7th Generation)

or

iBasso DX50 HD Studio Mastering Quality Music Player with WOLFSON WM8740 192kHz/24-bit DAC

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 500GB Portable Hard Drive with Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 (STCD500104) - Silver

Would the Seagate work with the iBasso DX50 as a OTG option?

I've heard that you can connect external drives to it but I have not seen any pictures or videos of it in action.

If I decide to purchase the iPod I should feel at home because I own and use a MacBook Pro and iMac daily. So iTunes wouldn't be a problem with me.

If I get the DX50 I would hope that the external hard drive works perfectly with it as it would hold all my Flac files.

The iPod or DX50 would only be used while at home for serious listening. I will also purchase a SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 8 GB MP3 Player for when I'm on the go and workouts.

Also, is the E6 decent? If not what amp would you suggest?
Edited by DTSxJP - 4/11/14 at 3:07am
post #2 of 11

What's your budget for cans and dac/amp?

post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by Joshua277456 View Post

What's your budget for cans and dac/amp?

I would say around $300 all together.
post #4 of 11

I would DEFINITELY go for the iBrasso DAP over any Apple device. Apple doesn't really have audiophiles in mind, with their 256 and 192kbps Mp3 iTunes store downloads *facepalm*

 

The DACs and amps inside their iPods/iPads aren't very good. The specs for the iBrasso look much much better than any iPod. That thing is just much more designed for audiophiles.

 

Also why don't you just get a MicroSD card instead of lugging around a portable HDD? Do you have tons of FLAC/lossless files and do they take up an extraordinary amount of space?


As far as does an external HDD work with the iBrasso, I couldn't tell you. Look up the manual from the manufacturer's website.

 

And the Audio-Technica cans look very good and will be very easily driven at only 38 ohms impedance. Just remember, as a general rule, the lower the impedance, the easier it is to drive the cans.

post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Joshua277456 View Post

I would DEFINITELY go for the iBrasso DAP over any Apple device. Apple doesn't really have audiophiles in mind, with their 256 and 192kbps Mp3 iTunes store downloads *facepalm*

The DACs and amps inside their iPods/iPads aren't very good. The specs for the iBrasso look much much better than any iPod. That thing is just much more designed for audiophiles.

Also why don't you just get a MicroSD card instead of lugging around a portable HDD? Do you have tons of FLAC/lossless files and do they take up an extraordinary amount of space?


As far as does an external HDD work with the iBrasso, I couldn't tell you. Look up the manual from the manufacturer's website.

And the Audio-Technica cans look very good and will be very easily driven at only 38 ohms impedance. Just remember, as a general rule, the lower the impedance, the easier it is to drive the cans.

Thank you so much,
I'll use the information you gave me and keep it in mind while I continue to research.
post #6 of 11

You're quite welcomed.

 

If you need any more suggestions or advice on headphones, DACs, amps, sound cards, etc just let me know!

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by DTSxJP View Post

I would say around $300 all together.

Put the most into the cans, and the least into the DAP. Definitely, start with Sansa Clip+ or Sansa Zip with the free Rockbox firmware upgrade, which will get you close to the iPod sound (some say it's even better) for about $30. Then you can expand the storage with a micro SD card.

For serious home listening, get an Audioquest Dragonfly for use with your computer. But you could wait on that. The Sansas are surprisingly good with low impedance headphones. Better to spend your money on better headphones than the M50s; you'll get much better sound. Look at these Innerfidelity Wall of Fame lists and read the reviews for the ones that interest you:
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-full-size-sealed
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-ear-pad-sealed
post #8 of 11

music genre? 

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post

music genre? 

R&B, Soul, Jazz, Rap and Alternative.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post


Put the most into the cans, and the least into the DAP.

 

I was about to write this...but since you beat me to it, all I can do is agree with you.  :D

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Put the most into the cans, and the least into the DAP. Definitely, start with Sansa Clip+ or Sansa Zip with the free Rockbox firmware upgrade, which will get you close to the iPod sound (some say it's even better) for about $30. Then you can expand the storage with a micro SD card.

For serious home listening, get an Audioquest Dragonfly for use with your computer. But you could wait on that. The Sansas are surprisingly good with low impedance headphones. Better to spend your money on better headphones than the M50s; you'll get much better sound. Look at these Innerfidelity Wall of Fame lists and read the reviews for the ones that interest you:
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-full-size-sealed
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-ear-pad-sealed

Thanks, I'm going through the links now.
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