Help my friend build a system around his D2000s? $800 total for an amp and DAC.
Sep 15, 2009 at 2:56 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 27

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My friend is about to get some Denon AH-D2000s and he's looking to build a system around them. He is eventually going to get them turned into LA2000 'lite's.

He is looking at spending maybe $700-800 for the amp and DAC. He needs the DAC to have a USB input. What do you guys recommend? I've tried looking this up but I get a million answers, very little explanation and I'm never sure if things have changed since the question was last asked.

So, with that said, what solid state amps match up well with Denons and what's a good DAC to fit into that budget?
 
Sep 15, 2009 at 3:41 AM Post #2 of 27

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What is he using a cd player, ipod, computer? That info can make a difference.
 
Sep 15, 2009 at 3:52 AM Post #4 of 27

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How about a pico usb dac/amp for $500. It has recieved very good reviews around here.
 
Sep 15, 2009 at 4:06 AM Post #6 of 27

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You might be able to pull off a used lavery 10 or 11 for that price. Thats going to be hard to beat.
 
Sep 15, 2009 at 4:31 AM Post #7 of 27

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Has your friend considered a used Benchmark DAC1 USB? I just got the non-USB DAC1 and think it is at the very least an extremely solid piece of gear. I haven't played my D2000 on it yet, because my HD 650 has been hogging the airtime. I clearly never really heard my HD 650 before. My K 702 sounds somewhat brittle and thin on it though, I would note as an aside. Just a thought.
 
Sep 15, 2009 at 10:22 PM Post #9 of 27

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The Pico sounded super good with the D2000's. They do well with an amp, but its not like they need the power that the Higher-end Senns and AKG headphones need. I would seriously still consider the Pico.
 
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Bump for more help.
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Sep 19, 2009 at 6:39 PM Post #12 of 27

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try a used grade m902, benchmark usb, or lavry 10/11 the last being a TRUE audiophile engineer and makes completely flat gears.
 
Sep 19, 2009 at 7:15 PM Post #13 of 27

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I'll second the dac1 rec - the d2000 don't take much to drive contrary to some opinions.
Also, the EMU 0404 is pretty close to the DAC1 and company although I would be hesitant to use the built in headphone amp. You could pair it with a good transparent ss amp like an m3 or gs1 for perfectly flat FR.
 
Sep 20, 2009 at 1:39 AM Post #15 of 27

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Quote:

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Any chance you and your friend can attend a mini-meet? Dropping $800 w/o listening to the gear is a major gamble IMO. Unless it can be returned.


No chance, really. He has school all week and works both days every weekend, and beside that, I don't know of any mini meets happening any time soon.

He could always sell or trade it if it doesn't work out, though.

So yeah, it is a gamble, I just want to try to improve the chances by asking here for some recommendations.
 

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