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  1. jodgey4

    Portable DAC/amp for ~$200

    Long time no see, Head-Fi, seems it's been a few years! Even when I was active I mostly kept up with desktop so here I am: Picked up a new (to me) laptop with a pretty garbage audio codec, figured a DAC/amp could make sense; something that can take USB in, and ideally OTG from my Note 9...
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    Best Headphone DAC w/ Monoprice M560

    You need a DAC/amp combo and not just a DAC.
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    Monoprice Monolith M1060 and M560 Planar Headphones

    How hard are the M1060s to drive? Easier than a K7XX or LCD-2?
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    IEM upgrade help!!!

    BA vs dynamic just depends on how well it's implemented, one is not "better" per se than others. They both have their strengths and drawbacks. I'd ask in the e40 threads for advice :).
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    Fidelio x2 defective?

    It's hard to know if the muffled sound is accurate or not - I found the X2s to be a bit veiled (though not as bad as the X1s). Imbalance suggests a greater issue, so I'd return them ASAP.
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    Thoughts on the AKG K712 vs other mid-fi headphones

    The HD600s will have a bit more natural sound than neutral - warmer mids, less low bass (like many speaker setups), and smoothed over treble. The K712 are more analytical and neutral/monitor like. The K712 would probably be my pick, but I already own and enjoy Q701s :P. HD650 vs K712 - that'd be...
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    IEM with Mic Compatibility

    Yes, that final R will just go to ground and you'll be fine :).
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    IEM upgrade help!!!

    What kind of sound signature would you like (or what do you want improved), and what is your budget?
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    Best Speakers with 3.5mm aux (potentially bluetooth) for $100

    Aux will get you much farther than bluetooth... maybe look for a used pair of speakers that has a 3.5mm connector. It's better to get a pair of 5"-6.5"-8" drivers and no sub than some of the "2.1" systems out there that are poorly designed IMO.
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    Fidelio x2 defective?

    What sounds wrong about them? Did you try different sources too? Is there anything that makes you think they could be fakes, and does the seller have good ratings?
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    Help me to buy a headphone amp (Want one that sounds warm)

    Unfortunately, due to the strange requirements of tubes, it's often quite costly to design a tube amp with good performance... if you want tubes on a budget, a hybrid like those from Bravo, Garage1217, or Schiit would be a good bet. I'm not familiar with the one linked.
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    Is Sabre ES9018 the best DAC chip right now?

    If you're driving your headphones directly out of the unit, get the nicer one with the dedicated headphone amp circuit IMO.
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    Desktop DAC/AMP combo for Desktop under 200$

    USB power from your phone is nice because a battery puts out DC - whereas a wallwart has to convert it. It really just depends on the DAC/amp as to how good the PSU is, I wouldn't worry too much about these things though it's good to be aware. Unless you have really noisy AC in your building, a...
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    Audio-gd NFB-28

    Oh, my mistake. The Master 7 would be the AGD balanced R2R DAC. You could even consider the fully discrete Singularity version (the SE seems to have a S/N below what I'd like to see). The delta-sigma products from AGD are no joke. My 2014 NFB-28 is an amazing DAC/pre.
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    Audio-gd NFB-28

    After the 2014 version, @Kingwa added more shielding between the DAC and amp to help with noise issues. I complained on my 2014 version with regards to noise issues, and in '15 more shielding was added (so I like to pretend I'm important and had something to do with that :P). The 2014 model...
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    Looking for DAC advice (sub 1000) for my set up

    NOS means Non-Over-Sampling. That's kinda a complicated topic, and I'm a little tired sooooo :P. Some people find it more natural, buuuut from a technical point of view they're probably inferior. Probably. It's worth looking up if you have time.
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    Looking for DAC advice (sub 1000) for my set up

    The Yulong I've heard good things about but I wouldn't pay for a balanced DAC for a SE amp.
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    Audio-gd NFB-28

    Thanks so much!
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    Looking to improve Chain for sort of High end setup for PC Gaming (Ether Flow)

    Balanced operation personally I don't think generally is needed for headphones since you're using short cable runs. I own a balanced DAC/amp (NFB-28), but only because at the time I bought it I had planned to add studio monitors where the balanced operation makes more sense. The Vahalla 2 is...
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    Looking for DAC advice (sub 1000) for my set up

    Audio-GD is another great brand that is known for having good ESS Sabre DACs (9018 certainly, and with 9028 and flagship 9038 products just announced) that maintain the good detail of these chips without having the digital and harsh treble response that many associate with Delta-Sigma chips...
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    Schiit Saga/Freya vs Mani

    A turntable outputs a low-level signal that needs to be amplified up to line level (usually about 2V for a single ended device, and twice that amount for balanced operation). It also needs to have equalization applied (RIAA is the standard), which you can read about with a little searching...
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    What can I do now? (Recommendation needed)

    If you need a new DAC, then it would help to know what your budget is. The Mojo is a great setup, but if you keep your components separate you'll get a bit more control.
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    Recommend me IEMs < $400

    I'll be honest up front, IEMs aren't really my area of expertise, but I think I can recommend the Noble Audio Trident in good faith. Great reviews (I own an older Heir Audio equivalent model), and probably some of the best customer service I've ever had. The bass is well extended with a bit of a...
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    The best headphones for COMPETITIVE FPS GAMING?

    Your soundcard is basically a DAC/amp that runs directly off your computer's power supply. Getting external gear can help with noise issues. I'm not super familiar with the card you have, but I've hardly known of a soundcard that could really beat a nice external setup - though the price...
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    Audio-gd NFB-28

    I'm actually a little confused here and would like some help if y'all wouldn't mind... when was the 9028 released? I thought the 9018 was the TOTL, and the 9028 was the two channel version and now I see that I'm wrong (thankfully I don't think I was ever confident enough in that to have spread...