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Headphone DAC/AMP Advice needed

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by nigel801, Nov 25, 2017.
  1. nigel801
    I currently have Geek Pulse Xfi as desktop and for mobile use Chord Mojo also Fiio X7II DAP. I currentl have Focal Elear and MrSpeakers Aeon Closed.

    I want to upgrade my sound experience :wink: and looking for different options liked Chord Hugo 2, Questyle CMA600i or even Aune which is quite cheap but like by Zeos.

    Can someone recommend me dac under 1500 which goes well with Elear and Aeon and not very harsh in treble but still retains good extension and deep punchy bass.

    Last edited: Nov 25, 2017
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  2. Homey-b
    Sorry I have no recommendations for you. But since I have been looking hard at buying the X7 M2 to go with Aeons and Grado's what is it exactly that you don't like about the X7?
  3. AlanU
    In that price range you will get a drastically different soundstage and SQ simply by using your current driving devices but buying new headphones.

    If your looking for deep punchy bass I'm assuming your music genre is not into jazz, vocals, blues???

    Do not invest into Tube gear as the roll off frequency will not provide you the bass impact your looking for.

    DAC selection is also somewhat dependent on music genre. This is where solid state usually sound different from tubes. Tube gear tends to have a rolled off longer tail in note decay.
  4. nigel801
    x7 not enough power to drive Aeon with authority.
  5. davidland
    wanna know more about fiio x7
  6. Condocondor
    I have read somewhere on Head-Fi that the Schitt Gumby for $1249 is equivalent sound quality to the Hugo2's DAC for half the money. Hugo's amp section is likely easily matched by any number of amps. I'd save the money unless you absolutely need the transportability of the HUGO.
  7. vadimkolchev
    Actually I found iBasso DX200 to be a very competent DAP, especially after burn-in. Despite Sabre it is not at all harsh at treble.
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