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Help to choose a DAC

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Hi,

 

Recently I bought the soundmagic hp 100 headphones and now i am looking for a dac to enhance the quality of the sound because I am using the soundcard built in my notebook. I think the jds labs odac could be a good way to go but i want to know which other options I should look at (under 200 bucks).

 

Thanks.

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Originally Posted by DaveNear View Post
 

Hi,

 

Recently I bought the soundmagic hp 100 headphones and now i am looking for a dac to enhance the quality of the sound because I am using the soundcard built in my notebook. I think the jds labs odac could be a good way to go but i want to know which other options I should look at (under 200 bucks).

 

Thanks.

there are a few depending on where you want to go... for a simple fix and something you can carry around the Fiio E18 [android compatible] works wonders, and your going to want an amp dac combo for under $200, as a dac works best paired with an amp.

 

How ever the oDac combo from JDS Labs is a great place to start, you could also take a look at something like JDS labs C5D 

post #3 of 4
The ODAC is undoubtedly a good DAC, but you do have to get a headphone amp to go with it. Not meant to power headphones on its own.

For something uber portable for a notebook, look into the Audioquest Dragonfly. It' a small USB DAC/headphone amp.
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

The ODAC is undoubtedly a good DAC, but you do have to get a headphone amp to go with it. Not meant to power headphones on its own.

For something uber portable for a notebook, look into the Audioquest Dragonfly. It' a small USB DAC/headphone amp.

indeed, JDS sells a combo oDac and O2 amp unit, 

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