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Need help deciding what gear to ask for for christmas.

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I currently have a pair of ATH-M50X's and a pair of SHP9500's. I enjoy both and I am really enjoying the open back sound a lot.

With christmas coming up I am not sure what gear to get next. I currently have an iPod Classic 160gb with Rockbox and I use a Yamaha R7 stereo receiver to play back CD and a turntable. I also sometimes use various android devices and my PC.

Here I will rank them in order of which I listen to the most.

1. R7 Receiver playing back CD/Turntable
2. iPod Classic
3. Android Devices such as smart phones
4. My PC

I am just curious wether getting a DAC is worth it and if I will use it enough. People have reccomended the shiit stack but others say I don't really need an amp with my current phones. So really I am just not sure what gear to get next.
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With the M50 and SHP950, you don't really need a dac/amp. They are easy to drive and the M50 doesn't scale up much with higher end sources (haven't heard SHP950 but I suspect it's the same case).

 

Unless you notice audible distortion, background noise, or interference with any of your sources I wouldn't worry about getting a dac/amp. Save money for upgrading to a new pair of headphones or something else.

 

Maybe ask for a Tidal/Spotify subscription? IEMs for on the go? New cartridge or cool corkscrew platter for your turntable?


Edited by JustinBieber - 11/24/15 at 8:20pm
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Ask for money. Then reinvest that money until you can afford a major upgrade. Being totally serious here.

 

(I don't remember if I tried the SHP9500 from my laptop when I owned it. I used it on a Schiit Magni 2 Uber and loved it.)

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