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Which one of those amp/dac is the best for my HD700s

post #1 of 11
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Hi, I'm looking for a portable amp/dac for my Sennheiser HD700s and I heard these ones are pretty good, which one is the best headphones?
FiiO E18, OPPO HA-2, Leckerton Audio UHA-6S.MKII, JDSLABS Objective2 + ODAC Combo
I don't know if it matters but I listen to all kinds of music so I need something that would sound good in most music genres.
If there's a better option around the 300$ budget I'd be happy to hear biggrin.gif
post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by eyaln24 View Post

Hi, I'm looking for a portable amp/dac for my Sennheiser HD700s and I heard these ones are pretty good, which one is the best headphones?
FiiO E18, OPPO HA-2, Leckerton Audio UHA-6S.MKII, JDSLABS Objective2 + ODAC Combo
I don't know if it matters but I listen to all kinds of music so I need something that would sound good in most music genres.
If there's a better option around the 300$ budget I'd be happy to hear biggrin.gif

 

By portable, do you mean some thing that's small and runs off it's own batteries?

Or small and easy to carry, but can be powered by whatever AC outlet is near by?

Or runs off a laptop's USB ports?

Or other?

 

What sources will you be plugging the DAC/amp into?

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By portable, do you mean some thing that's small and runs off it's own batteries?
Or small and easy to carry, but can be powered by whatever AC outlet is near by?
Or runs off a laptop's USB ports?
Or other?

What sources will you be plugging the DAC/amp into?

By portable I mean something that runs on its own batteries.
I think I'll be connecting it to my Macbook Pro, PC, my Android phone and my iPad (Pretty much everything...).
post #4 of 11
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By portable I mean something that runs on its own batteries.
I think I'll be connecting it to my Macbook Pro, PC, my Android phone and my iPad (Pretty much everything...).

 

I do not know anything about the Oppo & Leckerton.

 

The version of the ODAC/O2 that is combined into one unit, has the internal battery removed to make room for the ODAC, so it's amp runs off AC power only.

If you buy these ODAC and O2 as two separate parts, then the ODAC would run off whatever source that it is connected to (USB) and the O2 could run off it's internal battery.

The ODAC (non-combo unit) would work with any computer (PC, Mac, desktop, laptop), but not the Android, and not really sure about the iPad(?)

 

So I'm guessing the FiiO 18 is what I would think would be the best option.

It can function as an "amplifier only" with any of your devices, it's USB DAC feature with work with PC or Mac, it's USB DAC feature might work with the Android & iPad

post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

 

I do not know anything about the Oppo & Leckerton.

 

The version of the ODAC/O2 that is combined into one unit, has the internal battery removed to make room for the ODAC, so it's amp runs off AC power only.

If you buy these ODAC and O2 as two separate parts, then the ODAC would run off whatever source that it is connected to (USB) and the O2 could run off it's internal battery.

The ODAC (non-combo unit) would work with any computer (PC, Mac, desktop, laptop), but not the Android, and not really sure about the iPad(?)

 

So I'm guessing the FiiO 18 is what I would think would be the best option.

It can function as an "amplifier only" with any of your devices, it's USB DAC feature with work with PC or Mac, it's USB DAC feature might work with the Android & iPad

Great thanks! I'm pretty new to the subject so I just want to make sure on one more thing, when I'll connect my devices to the USB DAC port will it also amplify the signal?

post #6 of 11

check out also the creative E5

post #7 of 11
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Great thanks! I'm pretty new to the subject so I just want to make sure on one more thing, when I'll connect my devices to the USB DAC port will it also amplify the signal?

USB DAC port? the digital USB input port? or the RCA or 3.5mm analog output ports?

By USB DAC port,do you mean connecting the source device to the DAC, with a USB cable

Or connecting the analog output port (RCA or 3.5mm) on a DAC to the analog input ports on an amplifier?

Or connecting your headphones to the amplified 3.5mm output port?

 

A DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) itself will not amplify a signal, the amplifier built into the DAC or an amplifier connected to the DAC, will amplify the signal.


Edited by PurpleAngel - 11/12/15 at 9:53am
post #8 of 11
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USB DAC port? the digital USB input port? or the RCA or 3.5mm analog output ports?

By USB DAC port,do you mean connecting the source device to the DAC, with a USB cable

Or connecting the analog output port (RCA or 3.5mm) on a DAC to the analog input ports on an amplifier?

Or connecting your headphones to the amplified 3.5mm output port?

 

A DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) itself will not amplify a signal, the amplifier built into the DAC or an amplifier connected to the DAC, will amplify the signal.

What I meant is connecting the source device to the DAC with a USB cable, will the signal be amplified by the amplifier in the E18?  (I know it sounds stupid but I don't know a lot about this stuff)

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Sam21 View Post
 

check out also the creative E5

I'll check it out, thanks!

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by eyaln24 View Post
 

What I meant is connecting the source device to the DAC with a USB cable, will the signal be amplified by the amplifier in the E18?  (I know it sounds stupid but I don't know a lot about this stuff)

 

The headphone amplifier, built into the FiiO E18, will amplify any headphones plugged into the E18's headphone output jack.

post #11 of 11
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The headphone amplifier, built into the FiiO E18, will amplify any headphones plugged into the E18's headphone output jack.

Ok great! thanks for the help!! 

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