Looking for a USB DAC with an amp built in
Dec 22, 2009 at 8:51 PM Post #4 of 12

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Portable or stationary? What kind of headphones are you using?


Doesn't matter, most of my listening will be done from a desktop computer. And I won't be using headphones, I'll be using studio Monitors. Which ones..I'm not too sure, my options are wide open right now.
 
Dec 22, 2009 at 8:53 PM Post #5 of 12

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have you considered Asus Xonar Essence?


Nope, I only want an external DAC, not an internal sound card (I'm building a new computer soon, and only want external)
 
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Dec 22, 2009 at 11:15 PM Post #10 of 12

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Doesn't matter, most of my listening will be done from a desktop computer. And I won't be using headphones, I'll be using studio Monitors. Which ones..I'm not too sure, my options are wide open right now.


Well, why do you need an amp? If you only feed your monitors you just need a dac - without any (headphone) amp. If you don't want to adjust the volume through your PC you would need built in pre-amp, though.

Have a look at the Matrix Mini-i.

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Dec 22, 2009 at 11:32 PM Post #11 of 12

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If HeadphoneAddict's review of the Nuforce uDAC is to be believed, you may be best off buying that and a $300 amplifier. I think there are often a lot of compromises made in combo units - people often seem to be happy with one section but not the other. I think you're best off finding two great value components than one convenient one.
 
Dec 23, 2009 at 2:58 AM Post #12 of 12

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Take a look at various studio DACs because they have XLR or 1/4 output for your studio monitor

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What he said. Another popular brand not listed in that link is E-Mu. The Emu 0404 is fairly popular around here.
 

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