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Dac/Amp + Headphone buy suggestions

  1. inter2010
    hi guys
    I want to buy a good dac/amp and good headphone for my pc and I need of your experience and professionality..
    I need something that is hip hop and rap oriented,accordingly with a good bass but that can play really equilibrate with other music style like samba pop jazz classic....

    my budget is 500$ for dac/amp and 500$ for the headphone

    please help me.....thanks a lot !
  2. kukkurovaca
    Do you have a preference between open and closed back headphones? (If you listen in noisy environments, closed is probably a requirement.)
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  3. inter2010

  4. kukkurovaca
    A couple of popular options that might be worth a look: Fostex THX/TRX from Massdrop, Meze 99 Classic or Neo.

    I haven't listened to either of those, FWIW. I can firsthand recommend the Modhouse Argon, but there's a long wait for those right now.

    Some popular dac/amp options in the price range: iFi iDSD Micro Black Label, Schiit Modi Multibit/Magni 3 stack or Jotunheim, JDS Element, Audio-GD NFB-11 or R2R-11
  5. PurpleAngel Contributor
    Audio-GD NFB-11.28 DAC/amp, about $400 (toal) delivered to your front door.

    So the headphones are for music, do play any FPS gaming or plan on watching Blu-ray movies (on the PC)?
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  6. inter2010
    yes i play games too....but my first options is for the music...specially rap/hip hop music !
    thanks man...i have read something about this dac...
    my choice is between this dac or the Schiit Jotunheim....
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2018
  7. wmak79
    If you're not going balanced, I would say get the Audio-GD NFB11 or R2R-11. (I got the NFB-11 before the R2R came out, but I see lots of people like it). No need to pay extra if you won't utilize the balanced output. So depends on the headphones you are going to pick.

    I see you are in Brazil, so not sure how headphone selection over there is. Is used gear an option? Lots of options to consider, my best advice would be to take your time and do some research. Lots of information in these forums on the products mentioned above.
  8. inter2010
    ok....yes im brazilian but is not a problem cuz I buy from italy and my parents send to me via ups dhl or something....
  9. buke9
    There is not a lot of closed backs in this price range. The Meze 99 Classics and TH-X00’s are two I would also say take a look at.
  10. inter2010
    sorry for my idiot answer in third post.....I like the sound more natural and clear so for my case open headphone are better.....
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2018
  11. buke9
    Well that changes things a lot then. The next thing is what are you wanting to get out of the new headphones? Like what sound signature do you prefer? Yes hip hop and rap but do you want bright and bassy or bassy and warm?
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2018
  12. inter2010
    ok let me see.....good bass but without those stupid vibration in the ears....i like warm sound..definitely....I love the drums,the sax.....instruments with passion almost sexy like a guitar of george benson....
  13. wmak79
    Hmm, maybe consider planars also? Any chance to go try headphones at nearby stores?
  14. inter2010
    no chance....in my city not have 1 serious music store...
  15. wmak79
    That makes life a little harder. Honestly, the safest recommendation would be to get like a cheaper set of headphones to see how you feel about them.

    Something like Sennheiser HD650 (6xx), or Hifiman (depending on prices over there) with a good amp. I am assuming the used market over there is not as active, so I think those are pretty safe recommendations.

    Hope you find a good setup and let us know what you decide.

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