1. goldwerger

    THE WATERCOOLER HEADPHONE EDITION – Headphones, Amps, DACs, and desktop/home audio related – a freewheeling discussion of gear, impressions, music, and musings.

    Welcome! I’ve been inspired by @Rockwell75 ’s wonderful portable audio community thread, The Watercooler, and wanted to offer a similar platform for the many community members interested in overhead Headphones, Amps, DACs, and related gears. All topics are welcome! Impressions, banter, music...
  2. Apos Audio

    Now Live: Apos Audio Spring Sales Event

    Hi all, We’re thrilled to announce the Apos Spring Sales Event, featuring TOPPING, xDuoo, SMSL, and Moondrop. Enjoy discounts of up to 15% on a curated selection of high-quality audio equipment, from now until March 27th. Save time and see the whole sale at a glance. TOPPING - Up to 40% Off...
  3. k273

    Best price range on DAPs/amps/headphones/IEMs

    This question has been on my mind for some time; it's a broad question but I hope we can find some easier and helpful answers for people in the search for their endgame. Is there a best value-for-money/bang-for-buck/Goldilocks-zone price range for: 1) digital audio players 2) digital to audio...
  4. AetherDrive

    Where Do You See The Future of HiFi?

    I’m just sitting here drinking my morning cup and browsing the internet, just thinking about the possibilities that could present themselves in the near future… Technology is advancing globally across all fields at breakneck speeds and it’s not slowing down. In the last couple years we’ve seen...
  5. tlite

    Recommended Equipment and Procedure for Auditioning Different DACs?

    Is there a baseline of equipment (amp, headphones, etc.) that is required to adequately audition DACs? Any recommended equipment or test methodology? Awhile ago I posted this thread about whether or not most people thought they could hear a difference between DACs. I could not with the two...
  6. MoonAudio

    iFi iDSD Diablo Headphone Amp DAC Review & Comparison | Moon Audio

    iFi iDSD Diablo Headphone Amp DAC Review & Comparison | Moon Audio
  7. tlite

    Mid-Fi DAC

    I have: iFi ZenDac V2, and an Audioquest Dragonfly Red. Were I to spend up to the +/- $1,000 mark, what would provide the most notable change for the better? Is that enough to spend to notice a change? I'm still figuring out what I like, but most of my headphones tend toward the warm side of...
  8. TSAVWayne


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  9. 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.
  10. 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...
  11. Alexrozzy

    Dragonfly Red Vs. Dragonfly Cobalt Vs. Creative G6

    Hi everyone! I'm new in this forum and this is my first thread. I'm looking for advice. Currently my set-up consist in a Sennheiser HD599 paired with a Creative Sound Blaster G6, playing Hi-Res audio through Audirvana+ via DirectMode, and I found this combination great. I'm thinking to upgrade...
  12. rgs9200m

    Connecting 2 USB DACS to the same Windows (10) computer?

    Can I just connect 2 USB DACs to my Windows 10 computer and simply switch between them in Windows using the Windows Sound dialog box? (This would be just like when I switch between my Chord DAC and my internal sound card.) I of course would have the drivers for both DACs. I read about Jriver...
  13. pr0ggy


    Decided to attempt a reference thread where we compile a list of US-based audio companies and list them here as reference for anyone interested in supporting gear made in the USA. I'll monitor thread for replies containing new list entries and keep the second post updated. I did some digging...
  14. Drewligarchy

    Bricasti M1 Versions, Upgrades and Impressions (2011 - 2018)

    I just picked up a demo M1 yesterday at a good price to use with both my Stax 009 (Mojnir KGSSHV Carbon) and LCD 4 (Violectric V281). In my reading I've noticed that there are many versions of the M1 as Bricasti has made it essentially very upgrade-able. Further, there are not a lot of...
  15. OldDude04

    The Audio Lounge

    Welcome to the Audio Lounge! A thread to discuss any and all things audio related. Your newest purchase to an old favorite, disappointments to exciting finds, name brands to never heard of them before. Enjoy your stay. Thread Rules: 1. Don't be an asshat 2. Have fun 3. Protect your...
  16. Joeybgood

    DAC vs AMP

    When a person auditions an amp, they, of course, have it paired with a DAC. How does one know that what they are hearing thru their cans is due to the amp vs the Dac? Speaking of that, what percentage of the sound that comes flowing into your headphones is due to the Dac vs the Amp in your...
  17. Scotty141

    "Headphone Amplifier With DAC" - iPhone Lightning to Headphone Jack

    I'm not an audiophile and have no idea about terminology, so apologies for the title if it's incorrect.   However, I found this online after some random searching on the Internet and was wondering what you guys thought of it, since you all seem to know your audio jargon. It's in Japanese so...
  18. Iron_Dreamer

    Review: Apogee Mini-DAC vs AQVOX USB 2 D/A MkII vs Stello DA100/HP100 vs Corda Opera

    DAC-Amp Battle: Apogee Mini-DAC vs. AQVOX USB 2 D/A MkII vs. April Music Stello DA100/HP100 vs. Meier Audio Corda Opera Fit and Finish / Build Quality: As you can see, these are some very attractive and well built components. The Opera certainly has a louder and more...
  19. unbiased

    ZERO 24/192 DAC, Anyone heard of this DAC amp?

    I saw this DAC / Headphone amp listed on ebay for $150. It seems to be pretty decently build and designed. Anyone know anything about this or have experience with it? It is listed on ebay as: ZERO 24/192 DAC D A CONVERTOR , HEAD FI AMP. I am thinking of buying it while I wait for iBasso D1...
  20. Sound Quest

    DAC equalizers and clipping.

    It's probably obvious, but do DAC's that have built in equalizers use a limiter to prevent the signal from clipping when you change the settings from anything other than flat?   It's one of these daft things that's been bugging me slightly for a little while now.   Obviously the shape of...
  21. fluidz

    ASK : Share your most used Headphones + Dac + Amp Combo!

    Mention why you chose that particular chain of audio gear and give it a score out of 10.  This may give others ideas of what to look out for.   Please don't turn this into a discussion thread - keep it simple.     
  22. ZBoneCapone

    I'm confused about DACs and amps...

    When do I need one and why? I've read that a DAC really won't alter sound and that amps are only needed if you want more volume. Could someone explain these things to me?  
  23. NakulM

    Great Portable/Desktop Amp and DAC/SoundCard for Sennheiser HD 558s

    Hey Guys,   This is my first forum post on head-fi so please excuse me if I've made a mistake! I just ordered some Sennheiser HD 558s, which I will be using for gaming as well as music and movies on my desktop PC. I've read several threads on the site, and have come to the conclusion that the...
  24. Robbie64

    Headphones that sound like Jean Marie Reynaud speakers.

    I have 3 headphones, the Sennheiser HD650, the Sennheiser HD 590 and the Audio Technica ATH-W1000. I am using a Yamamoto HA-02 headphone amplifier. None of my headphones can come close to even the cheapest JMR speakers when it comes to musicality, organic sound and timbre. Does anyone know...
  25. lithium1085

    HRT Music Streamer HD reviews, impressions and comparisons

    Hi everybody,   2013 is bringing a ton of USB DACs and we are spoilt for choice. Has anybody tried out the new music streamer HD which is HRT's new flagship USB DAC. It supports upto 24/192 with a fully balanced topology. It would be great if people can also contribute their experiences with...