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AMP/DAC upgrade over the STX

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I know the STX is a really good AMP/DAC but i am looking for something better. Does anyone have any recommendations? I mainly listen to music from my computer and i use a Fiio E18 for portable use, any help would be great! Thanks
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What is your budget?
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

oh yeah sorry. £300-400 in time. Looking to upgrade when i have that money available.

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The EHP-O2D is the same as the combo ODAC and Objective 2 (O2) amp reguarly recommended on Head-Fi.
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Is that one of the best combos?
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Is that one of the best combos?

For it's price and your location, yes. You might be able to find something a little better for more money within your budget. But there are tons of people on Head-Fi that will recommend the ODAC and O2 as an outstanding combination. I thought the ODAC was a little better than my STX (before I got rid of it), and the O2 is definitely a better overall amp than the one built in the STX.
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Thanks for the reply. Where could i find the O2 and ODAC in the UK? 

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Thanks for the reply. Where could i find the O2 and ODAC in the UK? 

See the link in my previous post.
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The EHP-O2D is the same as the combo ODAC and Objective 2 (O2) amp reguarly recommended on Head-Fi.

If you would like, you can also buy the amp and DAC as separates from the same vendor (instead of in one case).
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Thanks for the help mate. I don't suppose you know but what AMP/DAC combo supports Dolby Headphone. I would love Dolby Headphone on the move and stationary at home. I'm a big fan of it on the STX.

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You could use optical out into Schiit's new Modi that uses optical for a DAC.

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You could use optical out into Schiit's new Modi that uses optical for a DAC.

+1

You either need (a) a DAC with optical input to use with your STX or another soundcard with Dolby Headphone or (b) stick with your STX and just get a headphone amp to use with it.
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Thanks for the help mate. I don't suppose you know but what AMP/DAC combo supports Dolby Headphone. I would love Dolby Headphone on the move and stationary at home. I'm a big fan of it on the STX.

 

The Audio-GD NFB-15.32 ($255+shipping) comes with USB, optical & coaxial inputs, so it will work with a sound card that comes with Dolby Headphone and a S/PDIF (optical or coaxial) output.

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1532/NFB15.32EN.htm

There is also the NFB-11.32

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1132/NFB11.32EN.htm

 

Asus sound cards with Dolby Headphone, DG, DGX, DX, D1, STX, ST.

So you can sell off your STX and get the much cheaper DG.

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