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Recommendation for a USB DAC+amp

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Hello everyone, I am recently looking for a USB DAC+amp to connect to my laptop. (I have a Fiio x3 which I use as a portable DAP and a USB DAC at the moment.) I am now using ie80 as my earphone but I am planning to buy the HD600 this year. Therefore, it would be nice if it can drive a HD600 nicely. I would prefer the size to be smaller (no need to be portable). However, this is not an important factor. I think sound quality is more important than size. Thanks a lot.

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First thought is an Audioengine D1, small and is very powerful.

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First thought is an Audioengine D1, small and is very powerful.

Thanks for your recommendation. Does it support line out to an external amp (I might need more power for my HD600)? I can only find a headphone out...

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Yes it does, I'm using the Audioengine D1 with Schiit Asgard 2 right now.

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I just ordered a Meier Corda Rock. Their website is wonky at the moment, but you can read some discussion here and here's a review.
http://www.head-fi.org/t/593197/new-meier-corda-rock
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/meier-audio-corda-rock-budget-headphone-amplifier

Definitely small. Currently on sale this month for $195 shipped. Then you could pair an ODAC with it later (try your X3 at first) and you'd have a very small footprint.
post #6 of 6

ifi idsd is a good bet... supports AISO and all files up to DSD256   for a player I'd suggest Jriver media center 19...

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