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Best DAC/amp combo for under 300-350$ for pc listening

post #1 of 15
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Hi guys

I want to upgrade my Audio Engine D1 to something nicer. I'm currently using the SeinheisserHD650 and the audio technica M-50. The HD650 definitely needs some sort of amplification.

Can you recommend me a good one? I would like both USB and optical input, 2 headphone output jack is a want not a need. If you have more than one to recommend even better. Thanks, I've been poking on eBay for some South Korea models, but I don't know which to get
post #2 of 15
AUDIO-GD make models with both USB and optical.

I don't know of any headphone amps with two headphone outputs.
post #3 of 15
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Don't worry about that then. I just want something that will sound good. Is that the best option you recommend
post #4 of 15
Yes. Audio-GD is your best bet for both optical and USB inputs. Good DAC/headphone amps smily_headphones1.gif
post #5 of 15
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Which model though?
post #6 of 15
NFB-11 or NFB-15 seem to fit your budget. If you google those models along with the keyword "head-fi" you'll find discussions and reviews of them smily_headphones1.gif
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks man. Are those buttons on it necessary? I'm looking for something with a simpler look, what do you think of the Schiit Bifrost
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by exhibitO View Post

Which model though?

 

With the NFB-15, chances are your looking at $270+shipping ($45?)

With the NFB-11, chances are your looking at $355+shipping ($45?)

The NFB-15 more a musical sound, the NFB-11 more detailed.

post #9 of 15
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With the NFB-15, chances are your looking at $270+shipping ($45?)
With the NFB-11, chances are your looking at $355+shipping ($45?)
The NFB-15 more a musical sound, the NFB-11 more detailed.
thanks for the explanation. Our of curiosity, I was on the woo audio website and they also have the fireflies which are almost $1000, for future reference, are they twice better sounding than the NFB-11? If I want to upgrade in the future, are they the Holy grail of dac/amp combo?
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

NFB-11 or NFB-15 seem to fit your budget. If you google those models along with the keyword "head-fi" you'll find discussions and reviews of them smily_headphones1.gif
any idea how it compares to this? http://schiit.com/products/bifrost
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by exhibitO View Post


thanks for the explanation. Our of curiosity, I was on the woo audio website and they also have the fireflies which are almost $1000, for future reference, are they twice better sounding than the NFB-11? If I want to upgrade in the future, are they the Holy grail of dac/amp combo?

 

I know zero about Woo Audio.

With audio products, usually it's paying more money for slight improvements, which is worth it to some people.

post #12 of 15
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any idea how it compares to this? http://schiit.com/products/bifrost
makes sense. Do you know about this model?NFB-2?
post #13 of 15

The NFB-2 is a DAC only, so you'd still need an amp. For your price range, the Audio-GD 11 and 15 are highly recommended, though there are many other options. What headphones will you be using? I have an A-GD NFB-28 myself, and it don't believe it could be 2x as good as the similar NFB-11, you pay a lot for features (analog inputs, balanced, remote control, etc.).

post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by jodgey4 View Post

The NFB-2 is a DAC only, so you'd still need an amp. For your price range, the Audio-GD 11 and 15 are highly recommended, though there are many other options. What headphones will you be using? I have an A-GD NFB-28 myself, and it don't believe it could be 2x as good as the similar NFB-11, you pay a lot for features (analog inputs, balanced, remote control, etc.).
is that quest in your avatar? Thank you for your response. I will use the SeinheisserHD650 and the audio technica M 50.i listen to hip hop, R&B, jazz, electronic you make it. I also noticed the NFB-11 is significantly larger than the audio engine D1.

Any experience with the AUDINST HUD-MX2? Or the JAVS DAC2-USB? how do they compare to the NFB-11?
post #15 of 15
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Hi guys, after reading up the reviews for the AUDINST HUD-MX2 http://www.head-fi.org/t/651660/audinst-hud-mx2-dac-amp 

 

I'm considering it over the NFB-11s, because of price, It is $250 on eBay. Does anyone have any experience with both of these? 

 

The AUDINST has everything I was looking for OPT in and even OUT, USB, and two headphone jacks. If I can get better sound pairing with the NFB-11 with my HD 650s and M-50s, then I'd consider it. 

 

The NFB-11 (2014 edition) is around 315 excluding shipping cost from the website, what do you think?

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