a need a headphone amp/dac recommendation

Discussion in 'Headphones' started by bryblob, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. bryblob

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    I was hoping for some input on what you guys use for low budget amps/dac's for headphones. Right now I am using a tascam us-122 audio interface, but there is a serious issue with a random bitcrushing noise that lasts for a few seconds. It's a driver issue, but I don't think anyone has came up with a solution. I am looking for something around $100, decent sound and decent amplification, nothing too fancy. Fiio comes to mind. My headphones are Sennheiser hd-598's and Phillips SPH-9500's.
     

     

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  2. JoeESP9

    JoeESP9 ESL's & tubes since 83

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  4. Joel_l

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    I have been happy with the FIIO E10K. I have used it to drive phones directly and the line out to drive my tube amps. Either way, happy with the performance.
     
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    Happy with the FiiO Q1, but mostly use it as a DAC in my work system to feed my Schiit Lyr and Yamaha HP-1's. It does an incredible job driving my AKC K240 ll.
     
  6. Roman Brisk

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    FIIO E10K is great in sound quality. if we talk about other usb dac under $100, Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD and Micca OriGen are good to buy. you can get the complete review here in this article:- http://soundoutmedia.com/9-best-usb-dac-under-300
     

     

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  7. keilau

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    The favorite partner for my Sennheiser HD-598 is the Tianyun Zero (Starting Point) DAC.
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    You can get it for $156 on Ebay so it is more than your budget.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/120889836478?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
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    See the separate headphone amplifier board that it uses. The heatsinked output transistors (4) give it lot of drive power.
     
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    I've been very happy with the Musical Fidelity V90-AMP which I'm using to drive my Stax SRD-7 adapter. It's a nice little 20W integrated with a very good DAC. The V90 line includes the V90-HPA head phone amp for $199 on-line.
     
  11. HiResDes

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    The 598 are fairly efficient in terms of sensitivity and impedance and I'm not of the opinion that you'd need to spend that much money to drive them well. I also don't think they scale as much as others seem to
     

     

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  12. keilau

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    I have not heard the Schiit Fulla first hand, and should not have jumped to judgement. But I have not heard any USB headphone amp that work to my satisfaction, so an AC power headphone amp is always a safer bid to me. It is not the question of average sound level, it is the dynamic range it counts.

    The Bifrost is the DAC only: http://schiit.com/products/bifrost
    You will also need the Asgard2 headphone amp: http://schiit.com/products/asgard-2
    The grand total is $648.

    You are right that it is not necessary to spend big bucks to get good headphone amp. My Tianyun Zero DAC/Amp combo is less than $160 and sound extremely well to me. It is a reasonable match to the 598 cost wise.
     
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  13. sKiZo

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    Rave reviews over on the can site for the Maverick D1 and D1+.

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    Couple thousand pages last I checked. Very wide ohm coverage so it'll drive most anything you throw at it, and you can mod it with a minor resistor swap if you've got some oddball cans to match. Killer DAC as well, has basic pre functions, and it also makes a mighty fine tube buffer for tailoring the output to your tastes. The op amps are socketed as well so a rollers dream there. I love mine ...
     
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    Burson headphone amp is my top pick.
     
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    IFI Micro DSD DAC and a pair of Denon AD-D600
     
  16. beanoil

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    FYI, Schiit Fulla currently on closeout for 59.00.......
    If it's half as good as my entry level Modi, I'll be thrilled.
     
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  17. mr clean

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    Im using the emotive pt-100 right now! Works great. You get FM also.
     
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  18. atarione

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    I think if it was me and i was looking at the close out schiit fulla for $59 .. I'd spring for the extra $40 and get the Fulla 2 ... the new model has been improved quite a lot and has much more feature wise.

    http://schiit.com/products/fulla-2
     
  19. JoeESP9

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    Only the Fulla2 is available on the Schiit Website.
     
  20. atarione

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    currently the orig fulla is still there (down at the bottom closeout)

    http://schiit.com/products/fulla

    I would strongly recommend getting the 2 however..as it is better built and has better features.
     

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