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DAC + amp for HE560 and AKG K240 DF

  1. doron360
    Hello,

    I need to buy new gear because my Xonar Essense STX sound card is dying (makes loud white noise and high pitch tones every few days). I'm not entirely sure what I need to buy. My setup is a PC (gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3 motherboard) and three headphones:

    HiFiMan HE-560 (planar magnetic, I mainly use those for comfort reasons)
    AKG K240 DF (600ohm, requires lots of power, second most-used)
    Ultrasone Pro 900

    I really like my AKGs so I would like to buy something that can drive them very well.

    I need a good headphones amp. Do I also need a DAC, or is there no significant improvement over the on-board sound card?
    My budget is flexible. Somewhere between $200-500, depending on how noticeable the improvement is when spending more.

    Thank you
     
  2. PurpleAngel Contributor
  3. doron360
    Is the NFB-11.28 powerful enough to drive my 600ohm headphones at a good volume? I also saw that the JDS Labs The Element is rather popular, how does it compare? Thanks
     
  4. FastAndClean
    NFB-11.28 is a lot more powerfull than Element, it will be enough for your Akg
     

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