USB DAC/AMP match for HD595s under 100
Dec 26, 2007 at 9:15 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 7

Brian loves music

100+ Head-Fier
Dec 24, 2007
Are there any decent dac/amps around 80 bucks that will have nice synergy with my HD595s. My laptop's headphone jack broke so I need to bypass my soundcard. I don't need a huge improvement but I just want to buy something that works well with my HD595s.

I'm thinking about buying a bithead used, but cant find one. Music is my only concern.

ps: will this device be able to proivde sound for my speaker system that I have always used with the laptop's headphone jack? Is there a difference...i dont think so

thanks for the reply, i really want to buy something soon so i can listen to these brand new hd595s
Dec 26, 2007 at 10:21 PM Post #2 of 7
See if you can snag an EMU 0202 USB for that much. Very good with my 595s. The lowest I could find online was $129 USD so it could be difficult getting them under a 100.

Your other option is the M-audio Transit which I havent heard but it falls within your price range.
Dec 26, 2007 at 10:48 PM Post #3 of 7
ASUS just brought out a new USB-soundcard/headphone amp called the U1. Not sure if it will fit your bill or not you will need to check it out and make up your mind.
Dec 26, 2007 at 10:59 PM Post #4 of 7
for the emu 0202 usb the emphasis seems to be on recording. Does it have a headphone amp...will it make a difference for my hd595s? Also is the plug 1/4 or 1/ senn 1/8 adaptor destorys headphone amps...i'll need to factor in the grado adaptor if its not

thanks for the reply? are there any other choices besides this and bithead?

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