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Best DAC/AMP under 300.

post #1 of 12
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I already have the E09K + E17 combo, but E09K hisses when I turn the volume knob all the way up, therefore I have decided to buy a really good DAC/AMP that will not hiss at higher volumes...

 

I have already considered these :

 

ODAC + O2     ------------------    No Optical in

 

SCHIIT magni +  Modi    -----------------------    No Optical in

 

Audioengine D3   -------------    no optical in , no Aux in

 

Dragonfly 1.2       ----------------  No optical in , no Aux in

 

NFB-15.32 ---------       No Aux in

 

Maverick TubeMagic D1 Plus   ----------   has both , but I don't know if it is a good unit. perhaps someone could tell me which chip it                                                               which chip it uses and what the SNR is.

 

 

these maybe good units/combos , but I want a combo/unit that has both optical in as well as Aux in..out of these only the D1 Plus has both Optical in and Aux in but I don't like it that much...so please recommend other unit/combos within the price range.

 

 

thanks


Edited by Sam21 - 4/12/14 at 11:05am
post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 

I have narrowed down my search to these Two : 

 

(1) Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11 D/A Converter      .............   $389.00

 

(2) Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 Plus DAC w/ OPA627 OpAmp & GE5670W Tube   .............    $254.00

 

 

 

which one would you choose ?

post #3 of 12

I am not familar with hose two but I did have the Audioengine D3 and it was very good sounding.

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Both of those are hissy... exactly like my E09k.... because their noise floor isn't too low...

 

Does somebody know a DAC/AMP with a really low noise floor ?

post #5 of 12
What headphone are you going to use with this amp?

Also, look into Audio-GD products.
post #6 of 12

I say Audinst hud-mx2. Versatile, powerful(enough for even HE-6), cheap, etc Period

many inputs/outputs too.

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

What headphone are you going to use with this amp?

Also, look into Audio-GD products.

DT990 , SR225i , HD598 , Q40 , amd some more

 

I might consider the Audio GD Compass 2 .....

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Jeff Y View Post
 

I say Audinst hud-mx2. Versatile, powerful(enough for even HE-6), cheap, etc Period

many inputs/outputs too.

That doesn't have Aux in....

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Sam21 View Post

DT990 , SR225i , HD598 , Q40 , amd some more

I might consider the Audio GD Compass 2 .....

Wow. You have a good range of headphones smily_headphones1.gif

The Audio GD certainly seems like it could fit your needs. I've only heard one a couple of years ago (don't remember which model it was), and it was quite good. So I tend to believe the Audio-GD owners when they say what great price/performance values that they are smily_headphones1.gif
post #10 of 12

If you want optical in and aux in, it would be hard to beat an Audio-GD for the price. 

post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 

I did some more searching .... 

 

what do you guys think about this combo :

 

musical fidelity v90-dac + O2 amplifier ....

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

thanks everyone .... I will buy the O2 + Bifrost .... more than 300 , but i guess a very good combo....

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