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Hi folks! Brand new around here (well, kinda) and looking for some help :)

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 

Hi HeadFi'ers!

 

I have been lurking on Head-Fi for a few years now, browsing various reviews, recommendations and help from the likes of amazing folks like ljokerl. While I mostly bought cheap, my first pair of "real" headphones were the HD 595's about three years back. Today is my first official day on the site, and I must be honest, I have a plea for help. 

 

I just got back from the audiologist three days ago for some impressions for my first pair of customs and have ordered the Westone ES60s (yes, I have been saving my pocket change for a while now). While I am extremely excited to receive them, I should inform you all that though I am fairly well versed in the headphone choices that are available to me, I know little to nothing about DACS, amps, etc. 

 

Long story short, for listening to music from my mac or iPhone at work, what kind of setup should I employ in the under 300 dollar range for maximum enjoyment of my ES60s? As a dev, sitting at my desk all day, it doesn't matter if the setup is mobile or not!

 

Thanks so much guys. You rock!

-Matt

post #2 of 29
Thread Starter 

Any thoughts?

post #3 of 29
Why don't you get a FiiO X3, FiiO X5, or iBasso DX50? Very good DAPs.

Or for a portable amp/dac, Leckerton UHA-6S.MKII. However, new iPhones will require a lightning adapter to use the DAC.
post #4 of 29
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply! Everything you have recommended seem to be very good choices from the quick research I just conducted. Would you sway me to go the DAP or DAC/amp way? And depending on your answer, why you would suggest it? 

post #5 of 29

I would recommend you go for a DX90 or a used one if your budget is limited. 

post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestion! Can a DAP like the DX90 be used as a DAC for my laptop as well?

post #7 of 29
Yes,it can.
post #8 of 29
The DX90 certainly be nice if that fits your budget. If you ever go for some full, over ear mid-fi phones, it should do a good job of driving most of them smily_headphones1.gif
post #9 of 29
Thread Starter 

Great to hear! Could you also help me discern the difference between the DX50 and DX90? I understand the DX90 is "better" and higher-end, but how so?

post #10 of 29
Better headphone amp; better DAC.
post #11 of 29
Thread Starter 

Cool, thanks very much for the advice, guys! I will do some price hunting on the DXs and see what I can find :) 

 

I don't know how helpful it would be, but I could also post some first impressions of the ES60s when I get them eventually.

post #12 of 29
The Fiio X5 is another DAP that performs excellent that will be a little cheaper than the DX90 and still offer the same features along with additional storage space.
post #13 of 29
Thread Starter 

Thanks! I'll take a look at that one as well!

post #14 of 29
Thread Starter 

So, basically, I'm trying to decide between the X5 and the DX90. I read an article saying that the DX90 could not be used as a DAC with macs (which would be an issue for me!). Is this true? And if so, can the X5 be used with a mac?

post #15 of 29

Both can be used as a USB DAC.

 

Most notable differences:

 

X5:

Dual SD Card slots (up to 256 gb)

Click Wheel

Blacker background in the sound

 

DX90:

Touch Screen

More air in its sound

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