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What amp/dac & headphones/speakers are you using?

Discussion in 'PC Audio' started by ajkun, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. aokman

    aokman Member

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    When you suddenly realise you can plug desktop class DACs into iOS devices now... :lol:

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  2. Benno1988

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    Where are you located?

    LCD3 is dark and laid back. Excellent for Jazz and Soul.

    ZMF are great. I have an Autuer (have owned Aeolus and Verite too).

    In your *rough* budget, the main contenders would be HD800S, Autuer used, Hifiman Arya, LCD-X, Focal Celestee, Focal Clear

    I'll think of some more and get back to you.

    EDIT: ALO Campfire Cascades that I'm selling haha. Wink wink.
     
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  3. Tazor

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    Has anyone here tried or purchased the HIFIMAN DEVA Wireless Planar Magnetic Headphones?

    I'm looking for a new gaming headset but don't want to give up on my Planar cans - just sick of getting stuck on the cable lol
     
  4. 123realtalk

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    Located in Sydney, have access to Minidisc/A2A.

    I listen to a lot of prog metal, which has aspects of Jazz in it - Perhaps that's why I find they suit the LCD3 quite well.. For reference, Haken's new album goes pretty well on it, likewise with Plini's..

    HD800s/Focal clear is on the top of my cards, I've tried both for a song or two before and thought they were great.

    Nope, as much as I like Campfire I don't want those haha.. I would like to try and closed back headphone at some point and would be quite happy for my hd650's to take the reins as my only open back. How do Fostex headphones hold up? Always wanted to try those.
     
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  5. Benno1988

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    Dude. Plini is so good, new album is excellent. LCD3 doesn't do him justice.

    I had the Final D8000 Pro for a few months. And they are absolute prog beasts. So incredible. If you can score a D8000 (non pro) used for under $3000, you'd be in heaven. Sold them to fund kick arse speakers, sort of do miss them though. Aw well.

    The only good Fostex is the TH900 MK2 Sapphire. Anything below that is average, and even the Red and Green versions can be a bit much. Build quality is ok. Pads suck. But a punchy sound for sure.

    If you get a chance to try the following, then you've basically ticked all the decent closed backs off;

    TH900 MK2 Sapphire (Blue)
    Sony Z1R
    Focal Celestee (new, be in store soon)
    Focal Stellia
    ZMF Verite Closed

    I've owned or tried all of those (except Celestee, but have had Elegia and Clear).

    I've also heard or owned;

    Aeon C
    Aeon 2 C
    T5p Gen 2
    TH610
    Argon MK3
    Cascade
    Z7-M2
    Eikon
     
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  6. bondibro

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    anyone use roon?
     
  7. 123realtalk

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    Been to pretty much every Sydney show of his since 2016, amazing guitarist.

    Ok great will make sure to check them out, broke my collarbone last week so everything is pushed back for now!
     
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  8. Matthew kane

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    aokman how is the comfort on those headphones? I’m sucker for wood.
     
  9. aokman

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    Comfort is excellent normally, only little niggle I have with them is the rear sides of the arms where connectors go in sit back a bit so they can push the headphones forward a bit when lying against pillows etc.
     
  10. Matthew kane

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    Any fatigue on the neck or clamp over your head or ears? Does your ears get warm or hot after a while?
     
  11. aokman

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    They feel great for me, stock leather cups are comfy, not much pressure, adjustment fits my head perfect and doesn’t shift. Openish back works great for long periods without much heat build up.

    A gorgeous pair of cans with no expense spared in build quality and presentation.
     
  12. GTR27

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    Decided to take the plunge and ordered

    Schitt Modi 3+ DAC +
    Schitt Magni Heresey Amp

    Currently running a set of DT880's off my Xonar STX so hoping to see a decent improvement. Many years ago had a tube amp for headphones (DT770s)

    EDIT: Went with suggestion of another member :thumbup:
     
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  13. Benno1988

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    Nice!

    Should be an improvement, don't get hopes up that it'll be huge huge though. DT880 can only scale so much.

    Sell the STX and any other junk around and start saving a bit for some new cans.
     
  14. holdennutta

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    I need some help finding a portable DAC/AMP to drive my Dekoni Blues. The schiit Magni and Modi are great and I find the Dekonis sound exactly the way I want most of my listening to. I'm beyond happy to be honest. BUT - I'm finding I want to listen at different places in the house that aren't suitable to set up the Schiit gear due to toddler wanting to throw everything on the floor/space.

    According to power calculator I need something in the region of 64mW (35mW RMS) and 1.8v RMS to drive to 110dB (unsure why that arbitrary number but seems to be whats used..)

    I'd like something with:
    - a battery
    -single ended output high enough to drive the Fostex/Dekoni Blues.
    -option for balanced
    -bluetooth neither here nor there.
    -USB input.
    - ~$500 max

    Doesn't need to be suuuuper portable. Main use case will be different locations around the house or maybe work and that's it.

    The Fiio BTR5 seem idea but I'd have to mod the headphones for balanced and I'm not sure I want to do that or want to send them off to have it done.
    iFi xDSD looks like it fits the bill but I keep seeing posts from people who've had theirs die or go weird.

    Please help!

    Edit: DAP is also an option but would like an option to use it as a DAC over USB too.
    Is Cowon any good?
     
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  15. spankyofoz

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    Cowon used to be right at the top for DAP these days, but I'm out of the loop with them these days. I hear more about Astell & Kern these days
     
  16. Matthew kane

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    Astell and Kern has become the Bose in the DAP playground. I've owned and heard some of there top dollar DAP's and they are not worth the thousands they command for.
     
  17. holdennutta

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    Hmm looks like Cowan isn’t really what I want. Those Astell and Kern things are way too expensive.

    It’s actually been pretty hard to find something to drive these things that’s portable or at least easily transportable that isn’t silly $$.
     
  18. Matthew kane

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    Sony has a few models from what I remember. Don't know if Sony is still in the DAP game though.
     
  19. Benno1988

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    Try a iBasso DX220 or something maybe.
     
  20. scruffy1

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    what are you using to feed the dac ?

    if it's a pc then this will do fine - when they are back available- as long as you aren't absolutely set on balanced outputs : https://stoneracoustics.com/ud130/

    check the linked reviews

    or read mine : https://www.head-fi.org/threads/stoner-acoustics-ud130.918013/

    it is fine driving the akg q701's using the power from my android phone on high gain, playing streamed flac files - and the 701's are rated at 62ohms (the blues are only 50ohms), so it should have enough grunt

    my old nexus 5 running lineage o.s. can go around 3 hours on lowish volume before the battery gets too tired, as the power and data source via otg
     
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