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Recently I bought the soundmagic hp 100 headphones and now i am looking for a dac to enhance the quality of the sound because I am using the soundcard built in my notebook. I think the jds labs odac could be a good way to go but i want to know which other options I should look at (under 200 bucks).
 
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  Hi,
 
Recently I bought the soundmagic hp 100 headphones and now i am looking for a dac to enhance the quality of the sound because I am using the soundcard built in my notebook. I think the jds labs odac could be a good way to go but i want to know which other options I should look at (under 200 bucks).
 
Thanks.
there are a few depending on where you want to go... for a simple fix and something you can carry around the Fiio E18 [android compatible] works wonders, and your going to want an amp dac combo for under $200, as a dac works best paired with an amp.
 
How ever the oDac combo from JDS Labs is a great place to start, you could also take a look at something like JDS labs C5D 
 
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The ODAC is undoubtedly a good DAC, but you do have to get a headphone amp to go with it. Not meant to power headphones on its own.

For something uber portable for a notebook, look into the Audioquest Dragonfly. It' a small USB DAC/headphone amp.
 
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The ODAC is undoubtedly a good DAC, but you do have to get a headphone amp to go with it. Not meant to power headphones on its own.

For something uber portable for a notebook, look into the Audioquest Dragonfly. It' a small USB DAC/headphone amp.
indeed, JDS sells a combo oDac and O2 amp unit, 
 
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