Originally Posted by bdawg
I've had the dragonfly with my iMac and liked it, but I like a separate headphone jack. I just got the Schiit magni/modi combo and it is very good for the price. You can use splitters for powered speakers. I think the DAC helps a lot, but my iMac is a few years old now.
Thank you for the response, bdawg.
I searched in the forum and didn't find anything all that useful. I later did a search via google and came upon this thread. Useful info and differing views. Perhaps your model of Mac will be included in the specs referenced.
All I can offer personally is that I used my ath-M50x cans directly into the headphones port of the Mac and the sound was enjoyable on a variety of music. The only time I got hiss or interference was when I was downloading pictures from my iPhone onto the Mac...it got pretty ugly on songs I was streaming from Beats Music (320k bps via wifi supposedly). The songs would literally jump. Otherwise the cans sounded good to my ear...no discernible interference, noise, etc... I then added a Fiio3 amp that came with my headphones (same price as the cans without it on Amazon). I didn't hear a lot of benefit unless I used the EQ settings and then I picked up some exaggerated bass and warmth on the EQ1 setting. The EQ2 setting seems to be to my taste...warm with a bit more bass (the add'l bass wasn't necessary but I do like the overall sound which reminds me of listening to vinyl back in the day...warmer but not as clean/clinical). At first blush I didn't like EQ2, but shortly thereafter I concluded it's a nice, friendly sound to my ears.
I have looked at the Schiit equipment and it looks sweet. I don't need the amp for the powered Swan speakers, but their DAC's have caught my attention. What I like about something like the dragonfly is I can use it on the iMac or unplug it and use it on my Mac Air without much work. Simple connections as well.