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Beginner Audiophile Setup

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by astroman302, Aug 25, 2009.
  1. hoth17
    so, should op get a, not junky, but inexpensive sound card as well as a DAC/Amp?
  2. lxxl
    not really, he/she could go with a USB DAC+Amp. Only reason why I use my sound card because I already have it.
  3. koven Contributor
    I would skip the Zero due to reliability issues, but the Compass is a great starting point/bang for buck value.
  4. DoYouRight Contributor
    Compass showed me a REAL step in DAC amp that portables just cant cut into, at home. Huge difference. Get one they are extremely good price for what you get. Just $40~ more than a D10 and you get a NICE amp/dac.
  5. Deathwish238
    How would the Compass compare to my current E-MU 0404 and Mini^3 setup?
  6. thelsuman
    X2 for the Compass. I've been very pleased with the DAC/Amp combo unit, which is built like a tank. The previous comments about it being a "swiss army knife" are right on. It has USB, coax, & optical digital inputs. Aside from it's DAC & HP amp duties, you can also use it as a pre-amp, if necessary.
  7. baxbunny
    are there any stores that sell compass amps within canada?
  8. EugeneK
  9. Twitchy_one

    Originally Posted by hoth17 /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    If you do:
    computer/sound card -> DAC -> Amp -> headphones

    does that make a sound card pointless?

    I think it would make the sound card

    If you're using the Xonar or something
    where you customized the op-amps (eg., a
    Burson discrete op-amp), etc, I think
    you would not want to use a DAC
    & use the RCA analog outputs of your
    sound card to the amp instead.
  10. JayOTheFirst
    can someone recommend the best headphones under 200 and a dac/amp under 150 ? please and thank you in advance 
  11. dwatanabe
    For about 200 you can have AT esw9s. I agree with the compass suggestion but if you are looking for something cheaper, a friend of mine really likes his y1 dac which can be had for dirt cheap(diy). Then you'd only need an amp.

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