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Cheap PC Desktop Headphone AMP and or DAC recommendation?

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by denon2010, Aug 13, 2012.
  1. Denon2010
    ok so  Ihave a Asus Xonar DG. But I dunno I think its not clean as my previous Xonar DX which was rather clean but totally lacked any headphone AMP.
     
    I could go back and buy a Xonar DX for its DAC I can get it used on amazon for $59
     
    And I can get the Muse tube amp for $65 theseare the cheapest I found so far thats supposed to be audiophile quality.
     
    But what about a combo? both in one? Money is key factor here.
     
    thinking of getting Beyerdynamic DT 770 or something so. I want a open back so maybe a DT 990 pro. 
     
    I don't want anything close to audiotechnica or any studio monitor I find them dull and flat and plain out boring and hurt my ear drums.
     
    I am a sucker for Sennhesier and Denon. So advise me dear audiophiles. I wanna listen to rock n roll and also classical etc
     
  2. Denon2010
    I am thinking FIIO E10 is $67 and has evrything what you guys think?
     
    though the muse tube looks waaay better with its leds and glass etc hmmm
     
  3. PurpleAngel Contributor
    Quote:
    The Asus Xonar DX with an external add-on headphone amplifier (which Muse model?) to me is a good combo.
    That's combo is what I used before getting the Asus Xonar Essence STX.
    But I would not refer to a $65 made in China tube amplifier as "Audiophile" quality.
    But I do think they are a great value and come with much needed voltage.
    Buy a Digital Multi-Meter (DT830, $7), it helps to fine tune and balance the voltage on those little tube amps.
    Some models do not come with voltage adjustment, it's two little things that you adjust with a small Philipshead screwdriver.
    There are several threads that talk about these tube amps, brands like Bravo and Muse.
    The website Rockgrotto has a sub-section on it's forum for these Headphone Amplifiers, good place to post a question.
     
  4. Denon2010
    ^ Hi sorry for the late reply, thanks for your advice.
     

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