1. M

    DAC / Amp for Meze Empyrean

    Hi there, so I have Empys coming next week and thinking if my actual setup will pairs well. As a DAC I currently have RME ADI 2 FS hooked to SMSL SP200 and Topping A90. Based on posts here in various threads I bought Bryston BHA-1 (used for a really nice price). As my knowledge goes Bryston...


    Plug & Play on Your Favorite Mobile Device for Incredible Studio Quality Audio THX Certified - Plays All Music Files: MP3 to MQA and Hi-Res MQA Stream Unfolding and HD Support on the Top Hi-Rez Streaming Services Industry Acclaimed Design & Technology Delivers the Purist Audio Signal Works with...
  3. S

    DAP solution all in one or BT

    Currently I just use my cell phone and a “dongle dac” Can someone school me on some of the pros and cons to having an all in one unit such as the Fiio m15 or DX300 vs something that receives a Bluetooth signal from, say, a cell phone? common sense tells me that getting a tidal stream from WiFi...
  4. Unichu

    Amp and DAC upgrade for Focal Utopia and Sennheiser HD800S

    Hi, I am currently using a pair of Focal Clears and a pair of Sennheiser HD800S with a Schiit magnius and modius stack. However, I plan on selling the clears and upgrading to a pair of Utopias. Thus, I would also like to upgrade my amp and dac to something a bit nicer for the Utopias. I have a...
  5. THX ONYX Portable DAC/Amplifier

    THX ONYX Portable DAC/Amplifier

    Amp up your headphones and upgrade to master-quality audio with the THX Onyx™ — a powerful, portable digital-to-analog (DAC) amplifier equipped with THX AAA™ technology, to ensure the highest fidelity mobile listening experience for your music, games, and movies.
  6. Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200M

    Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200M

    Dual ESS ES9028Q2M DACs - easily handles digital audio files up to 32bit/768kHz or DSD512 Supports MQA - be sure you're listening to artist-approved studio-quality audio Digital optical, digital coaxial and USB inputs - connect CD players, games consoles, laptops or other digital audio sources...
  7. dCS James

    dCS Ring DAC - A Technical Explanation

    Hi folks, James here from dCS. We have been working on a series of posts for Head-Fi.org that cover the basics of topics like digital to analogue converters, clocking and filters. The aim of these posts is to help people gain a better understanding of digital audio products, so they can make...
  8. Palab M1-mini

    Palab M1-mini

  9. G

    DAC vs Audio Interface vs USB Soundcard

    Hello! I currently have 2 x KRK 8 INCH monitors hooked up to a Creative XFI 5.1 USB sound card. (https://us.creative.com/p/sound-blaster/sound-blaster-x-fi-surround-5-1-pro) The speakers are connected to the USB sound-card using RCA to 2 x TRS cables. I'm looking to buy something "better" and...
  10. S

    I am trying to locate an “IIS” cable and don’t seem to be able to find one?

    I am considering adding a digital interface to my audio chain (between my PC USB out to my DAC). I am trying to locate an “IIS” cable and don’t seem to be able to find one? What am I not understanding? Thank you for your patience in dealing with this basic question.
  11. M

    To DAP or to enhance iPhone output?

    Hey everyone! I think I may be on a journey to nowhere, but wanted to seek the advice of those in the know here. I have been an Apple user for as long as the iPhone has been around, and have had iPods before then, but as time as gone by, I have started to feel that the SQ from these devices...
  12. ChrisOc

    Talking Synergy

    You have bought your new earphones, how does it fare with your sources and DAC/Amps. Tell others about what works for you and what does not work for you. Get the right synergy and the discarded and forgotten earphones and headphones will become your favourite. The best IEMs may be in the...
  13. Unichu

    Small AMP/DAC stack or combo unit for the Focal Celestee

    Hi, I am a college student looking for an amp and dac to pair with my Focal Celestees. Since my desk space is rather limited, I am looking for either a small amp/dac combo unit or a small stack. I have made a small list of possible contenders and would like some advice on which one to go for, or...
  14. Bluecactus123

    Best audiophile phones apart from LG

    With LG shutting down their phone division, many people will have to find a replacement for their V and G series of LG phones, including myself. Are there any other phones which deliver as good audio experience as LG? Thanks
  15. Loxjie D30

    Loxjie D30

    DAC chip: AK4493 Format support: PCM up to 32 bit / 768 kHz, DSD up to DSD512 Inputs: USB, Optical, Coaxial Bluetooth: Apt-X DNR: 121 dB Line out: RCA up to 3 V Headphone out: 6.35 mm Power supply: 110/220 V AC
  16. Mathieu

    DAC Volume Control vs Amp Volume Control

    Is there a difference in sound quality if I set the volume directly on the headphone amp versus keeping the headphone amp volume relatively high and setting the volume via the DAC? I want to buy a DAC and amp and I need to use a remote to set the volume (these things have to be out of reach...
  17. T

    Looking for a DAC and AMP for HD800s/HD 8XX under 2000$

    I was primarily looking for the RME ADI 2 DAC, but it doesn't seem to fit well with the HD800 series. So, I'm looking for a DAC/AMP instead of RME's. Can I get some suggestions?
  18. iFi audio ZEN Signature Set - DAC & Amp

    iFi audio ZEN Signature Set - DAC & Amp

    ZEN DAC Signature This ZEN DAC Signature is a pure DAC and benefits from true-differential balanced circuit design to take performance to the next level. It has upgraded circuit components and short, direct signal paths for optimal signal purity. It delivers bit-perfect PCM (up to...
  19. S

    Some newbie DAC questions

    Hello Fellow Head-Fiers! I recently bought a set of Drop 58x's, and have realized that the onboard audio is really letting them down with background humming and little depth. To remedy this I would like to invest in a DAC to make everything sound better. However, I have little knowlege of these...
  20. squadgazzz

    Balanced dac/amp with 4.4mm output and IEMs support

    Hi there! I'd like to switch from IFI iDSD micro BL to anything with a real balanced 4.4mm output. But I also own IEMs. My current headphones are CA Cascade and Vega 2020. Looks like IFI iDSD Signature doesn't offer a real balanced scheme. iDSD Neo is not suitable for IEMs as well as Zen CAN...
  21. C

    Impressions of the Xduoo XA-10 Dac/amp?

    Have anyone heard/owns this unit that would like to leave an impression or review? I like the form factor and the functions advertised but can't seem to be able to find a review.
  22. F

    Helping a beginner choose an amp and dac setup

    Hello all Brand new member of the community looking to buy A first amp and DAC setup that I'll be able to throw most headphones at in the future without needing to replace the system in order to properly enjoy them. I'm willing to spend around 400$-600$, although I'd rather keep it on the...
  23. E

    Cellphone Video/Audio

    The title of this thread covers a lot .... I am looking to use my cellphone (Galaxy S21) as a one-man-band cinema/audio device. I pretty much have the cinema part nailed with the incredible *mcpro24fps* software, which gives me pretty much absolute control over the camera variables. Audio is...
  24. nasty nate

    Upgrading from MacBook Pro USB-C to dedicated Streamer/Server

    Hi All, I was hoping someone who has made this change to their system can attest to any sonic improvements they heard as a result. My current favorite headphone chain is: MBP 19 Running AmazonHD Music (USB-C) --> Bifrost 2 --> Lyr3 --> HD800S Would a dedicated streamer make any...
  25. Hiby FC3

    Hiby FC3

    Hiby's first Dongle DAC, featuring an ES9281PRO Chip, supports MQA, HiBy Music app, HiRes certified, 70mW high power / low battery consumption, RGB indicator light, DSD128, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C port, all metal body, leather case