- Dec 1, 2014
Sorry for asking in this thread, but after reading quite a few pages of positive impressions of OKCSC ZX1 I just ordered myself a pair. And I hope maybe one of owners can help me out.
I've no prior experience with headphones and my ThinkPad X200/OG Pixel XL/Sansa Clip+ had no problem powering various IEMs, but as far as I understand I'll probably need an DAC/amp for ZX1. What would be cheapest option for USB DAC? (I think I need USB one because my laptop soundcard is absolute garbage and I'm afraid to plug in amp into 3.5mm jack. It performs "decent" with Microlab 2.1 speaker system, but IEMs plugged into laptop sound terrible, too much static noise).
Is something like this https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/ck2RccLA be good enough to drive ZX1?
Moving away from onboard audio is going to be a great way to improve sound. Spec wise this DAC/Amp looks pretty good, although it doesn't specify what output mw this thing puts out and I can't find any independant reviews.
Could something like this suit? https://hifimediy.com/DACs/ready-made-dacs/sabre-dac-uae23. It's probably a bit more reliable and it's around the same price.