Looking for recommendations - USB DAC/Amp under $250
Sep 7, 2019 at 9:24 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 7

Alphasoixante

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I just bought a set of 58Xs here on Head-Fi and I want to get a DAC/Amp to hook to my laptop.

Things that I want:
- USB input
- Dial/wheel for volume control -- not buttons.
- Ability to boost the bass (not a deal breaker).
- On the smaller side because my desk is small (max width around 7"- 8")
- I'd really like the solution to be one unit and not a stack.

I'm looking at $250 USD and under.

Thank you!
 
Sep 7, 2019 at 9:47 PM Post #2 of 7

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I just bought a set of 58Xs here on Head-Fi and I want to get a DAC/Amp to hook to my laptop.

Things that I want:
- USB input
- Dial/wheel for volume control -- not buttons.
- Ability to boost the bass (not a deal breaker).
- On the smaller side because my desk is small (max width around 7"- 8")
- I'd really like the solution to be one unit and not a stack.

I'm looking at $250 USD and under.

Thank you!

Hi i am using a separate DAC and AMP that fufills all your criteria except the last point about stacking.

I'm using desktop -> khadas tone board (DAC) -> Fiio A3 (amp).

It's powerered by USB, dial wheel for volume is on the Fiio A3, it has a bass boost and although it is a stack, it is small and don't take up much space. It really boosts the clarity, instrument separation, soundstage and dynamics in my music.
Pictures as below. Total cost < 250 USD. Maybe the others have one unit solutions but I'm pretty happy with my setup.
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Sep 8, 2019 at 12:54 AM Post #3 of 7

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I just bought a set of 58Xs here on Head-Fi and I want to get a DAC/Amp to hook to my laptop.

Things that I want:
- USB input
- Dial/wheel for volume control -- not buttons.
- Ability to boost the bass (not a deal breaker).
- On the smaller side because my desk is small (max width around 7"- 8")
- I'd really like the solution to be one unit and not a stack.

I'm looking at $250 USD and under.

https://www.ebay.com/p/PANGEA-Audio-HP-101-Tube-Headphone-Amplifier/1038139719

Note: USB driver needs to be installed on Win 7, seems to have no problem on Win 10 but I haven't tried with my desktop, only my laptop.

Otherwise it works flawlessly on Samsung Androids that came out since the Galaxy S3.
 
Sep 8, 2019 at 10:16 AM Post #4 of 7

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Hi i am using a separate DAC and AMP that fufills all your criteria except the last point about stacking.

I'm using desktop -> khadas tone board (DAC) -> Fiio A3 (amp).

Thanks for the rec, but the main reason I'm looking for a single unit is because I don't want to deal with more wires at the moment. Cheers.
 
Sep 11, 2019 at 8:06 AM Post #6 of 7

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