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help me pick a portable dac/amp for hd558 headphones

post #1 of 17
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Hi I'm new here and am looking for a good dac/amp to pair with my senheiser hd 558 headphones.

i was thinking maby the fiio e18 however after reading the reviews im not so sure it would be a good fit.

for home i was thinking a schiit modi/midi stack however i like to take my music with me and so a portable  setup is best.

my budget is around $300 canadian however i can wait an save up if its worth it.

i have a very wide musical taste and if someone can name a gonre i will give it a try.

i have a limited music colection at the moment and am using my 3rd gen  ipod touch as a source.

i will probablee be listaning loud as i find the soundstage opens up at higher volumes.

and the headphones are not modded in any way.

 

Edit: it doesn't have to be the best but i would like it to beat the snot out of the 3rd gen ipod touch built in audio

 

thanks in advance

 

Ninjiaw


Edited by Ninjiaw - 6/20/14 at 12:34pm
post #2 of 17

I remember reading somewhere that you can use http://www.amazon.com/Go-Dap-GD-03-iPhone3GS-Made-Japan/dp/B0060H646G/ with the 3rd gen ipod touch.  I don't know if it is as inexpensive in Canada as it is in the US, but you might want to look into this to see if it'd suit your needs.

post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 

that seems interesting however im concerned about the reliability, build quality, and battery life of such a budget orientid product.

 

Edit: plus they cost $71 on amazon canada :(


Edited by Ninjiaw - 6/20/14 at 11:31am
post #4 of 17
It used to be quite expensive, but went down in price drastically once the 3gs was out of date. I think it was 300 originally.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 

that makes me feel a bit better however i would like to get the best i can afford. and i am willing sot save up and spend as much as $600+ canadian if its worth it however i would expect such a price to proform and sound significantly better.

 

edit: im  not sure spending that much is worth it for my current headphones however i am also thinking about what i may possably buy in the future.

 

edit #2: anybody care to chime in?


Edited by Ninjiaw - 6/20/14 at 12:05pm
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 

bump!

post #7 of 17
What iOS are you using, also, wanna buy a 5th gen iPod touch? :P just got a new 64gb one, no longer need my 32gb

dacs will only work with ios7.

I've gone through many portable I device dacs/amps, so I can help point you in the right direction.
Edited by Hapster - 6/20/14 at 2:03pm
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 

the highest ios supported is ios 5.1.1

so does that mean i cant use a dac?

 

edit: i do plan on upgrading when the new ipod touch 6th gen is released.


Edited by Ninjiaw - 6/20/14 at 2:19pm
post #9 of 17
Correct. You can only bypass the internal amplifier and not the dac chip. iOS7 fixed this.

There are still numerous choices for mobile amps though.

Also, I haven't heard anything about an iPod 6, I know the iPhone 6 is coming out in November, so maybe they'll be released at the same time?
Edited by Hapster - 6/20/14 at 2:25pm
post #10 of 17

For an HD558, one of the most common suggestions would be use a line out cable like http://www.amazon.ca/FiiO-L-Shaped-Line-Cable-iPhone/dp/B007ZRYZHA/ and a Fiio E11 http://www.amazon.ca/Fiio-E11-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B0053KWDES/ for amping.  I personally like my E11 quite a bit, but don't use it often due to my other 2 portable amps physically pairing better with my daps.

post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Ninjiaw View Post
 

the highest ios supported is ios 5.1.1

so does that mean i cant use a dac?

edit: i do plan on upgrading when the new ipod touch 6th gen is released.

 

Fiio E07K or E17, you will be able to use both the DAC and amp with your computer.

But only the amplifier feature with your portable Apple audio products (like iPods).

Keep any leftover cash from your budget in the bank for your next headphone upgrade.

 

This $22 cable makes it a little easier to use the HD558 with 3.5mm jacks.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261255113290?var=560313338476&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

 

Fiio E07K or E17, you will be able to use both the DAC and amp with your computer.

But only the amplifier feature with your portable Apple audio products (like iPods).

Keep any leftover cash from your budget in the bank for your next headphone upgrade.

 

This $22 cable makes it a little easier to use the HD558 with 3.5mm jacks.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261255113290?var=560313338476&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

my laptop already has a headphone amp built in how would those compare

post #13 of 17
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my laptop already has a headphone amp built in how would those compare?

post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by Ninjiaw View Post
 

my laptop already has a headphone amp built in how would those compare?

 

Hard to say, but usually built in audio on computers (desktop  & laptop) is usually low costing stuff.

post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 

i guess it will be a great upgrade over the built in ipod amp anyways so that will bee nice.

i have a nice laptop so i was just curious.

 

edit: i was just looking on amazon and noticed that the e07k and the e17 are like $15 apart and both over $160 are they still worth it at that price?


Edited by Ninjiaw - 6/20/14 at 4:03pm
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