- Mar 2, 2011
I recently bought a pair of DT 880 (600Ohm) headphones and a LittleDot MK III tube amp to go with them, and I was looking for a nice DAC to complete my setup. Any suggestions?
I'm a relatively new audiophile and have almost no experience with DACs. I've been doing research for a few months, and have read a range of reviews, but haven't found a standout DAC yet that would complete my rig. I really just don't want to sell short my new beyer headphones or little dot amp in any way.
I was ready to pull the trigger on a Zero DAC after reading Penchum's review, but I thought it best to get some head-fi advice first.
All of my music will be FLAC files served from my computer via S/PDIF or USB. I don't really have a budget in mind, but I don't think I'd go with anything more expensive than the Cambridge DacMagic, and honestly that is pushing it.
I've considered DACs across a wide range of price points:
Fiio D3 ~30
Fiio E10 ~80
NuForce uDAC2 ~130
Zero DAC ~150
Little Dot DAC_I ~300
Beresford TC-7520SEG Caiman ~ 325
Music Fidelity V-DAC MKII ~350
Cambridge Audio DacMagic ~ 430
I assume that these are not my only choices, just the few that I am aware of and have looked into. The one thing I like about the DacMagic over just a dedicated DAC is that I could plug in my 2 computers and PS3 and use it as an input switch for my Logitech Z-5500s, but that hardly justifies the price.
The main thing I want is a quality DAC (or sound card I suppose) to use as a source to my new tube amp and 600 Ohm headphones.
Thanks for any help!