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Which headphone amp/dac for B&W p7's

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hi

I have ordered the P7s and would like to know what amp/dac would be good for the P7s? it's for my laptop and I have iPad Air although my main use would be for my laptop.

Many thanks for your help.

Peter
post #2 of 6

Subscribed... interested in hearing opinions / suggestions as well. 

post #3 of 6

What are you looking for?  For a laptop you don't really need more power but clarity to clean out noise, so I should start with the tried and true AudioQuest DragonFly (v1 or v1.2).

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
It's for my laptop, I was looking at the Dragon fly or the the Cambridge Audio Dacmagic XS USB . I'm looking for something to give more clarity not so much more power. Thanks for your feedback .

Peter
post #5 of 6

I'm running a MacBook Pro with my Itunes library running through BitPerfect. I personally dig the Fiio E17 running from the optical out ( hits the E17 at 24bit 96K ). The Pro has a pretty strong and quiet soundcard and admittedly the improvement running to the E17 vs. onboard audio out is evident but not hugely dramatic. More dynamic range with live, acoustic or orchestral music. A lot of my tunes are rock/metal and tend to be pretty compressed so the difference there is slight. I dig that the Fiio has onboard gain control and EQ so I can adjust for my different headphones. An added bonus is that, when I'm on the go, I can plug my Iphone into the Fiio and have a portable amp.

 

The P7 may benefit somewhat from the external DAC when using an upconverting program like Bitperfect, they really don't need an amp.

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hi Benhughes,

Thanks for your advice - I never thought about the Fiio E17 I will certainly check it out.

Cheers Peter
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