Recommendation - PC / Desktop DAC/AMP

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by NickiRasgo, Aug 26, 2018.
  1. NickiRasgo
    Hi,

    Any recommendation currently of a DAC/AMP for a PC/Desktop? My budget would be between around 100$-200$ but a cheaper would be nice especially if it's already decent. I'm not really that an experienced "audiophile" but my prefer sounding are leaning to warm/neutral. Just wanted to amp a little my headphone. My gears used on my PC/Desktop below are:

    Headphone: Sennheiser HD598SE
    Speaker: Swans M50W

    I used to have an xDuoo XD-05 but sold it previously since I thought I won't be needing it anymore but my issue on it is that you can't charge while you're using it, am I right?

    Here's my choices below:

    Fiio E10K
    Fiio E17K Alpen 2
    Fiio Q1 Mark II
    xDuoo XD-05

    Or any suggestions you have aside from the list? I'll probably use it as well on my phone or xDuoo X3 (amp).
    Just to add, my MoBo is:

    Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 7 (ESS SABRE 9018 DAC).

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. PurpleAngel Contributor
    Do you have any need for headphone surround sound, like for FPS gaming?
     
  3. NickiRasgo
    I still have my Hyper X Cloud II (Takstar Pro 80) but I don't use it anymore.
     
  4. Logistics
    I'm really, enjoying my Schiit Modi 2 Uber/Magni 3 rig, right now--this combination is within your price range OR the Schiit Fulla if it's not. I use Sony MDR-V700's with this rig, and they love all the power on tap from the Magni 3. The cool thing about the Magni 3 is that it doubles as a pre-amplifier (has a set of RCA's reserved for pre-amplified output to whatever external amplifier you are using), which would be useful with your Swans. I'm outputting over digital coax from an M-Audio Delta 410 to the Modi 2 Uber.

    Matthew
     
  5. PurpleAngel Contributor
    At least one reviewer of the xDuoo states the XD-05 can be used while it's recharging.

    Instead of spending your audio budget for a DAC/amp.
    Selling off the HD588SE and adding another $100-$200 could get you some headphones more to your liking.
    And plug them straight into the motherboard.
    Like the Massdrop (Sennheiser) HD58X
    https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-sennheiser-hd-58x-jubilee-headphones

    The Massdrop (Fostex) T-X0 offers great clarity.
    https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-fostex-t-x0-planar-magnetic-headphones
     
  6. PurpleAngel Contributor
    Have you tried plugging the HyperX Cloud 2 straight in the motherboard's on-board audio
    (without using the Cloud 2's USB adapter)
     
  7. Logistics
    I have to question how they are going to sound over the motherboard's on-board audio. The HD 598's are power-hungry, relatively speaking--they aren't going to wake up until they are fed considerably more power than any motherboards' output stage. Inner Fidelity ran extensive tests on the HD 598's and they required 130mW just to get to 90dB SPL. My MDR-V700's are similar in that they don't wake up without a minimum of several hundred milliwatts. On my Schiit rig, the Magni 3 can output approximately, 2,500mW. Obviously, I'll never reach volume levels requiring all that power, but the Schiit has plenty of control over my cans' drivers, and I love the sound.
     

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