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> Headphone Amplifier and DAC Recommendation, portables, desktops, amps, dac, lai V2 (Headphones)

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liquidgal
post Sep 3 2015, 05:00 PM

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QUOTE(ezekiel_77 @ Sep 2 2015, 11:32 PM)
My source is AK100ii, driving SE846 and JH13.
Looking for a portable amp to improve sound and soundstage, and to power headphones later on.
Budget less than 1k.

Currently looking at Cayin C5 and Aune B1. Any other good suggestions? Sound preference towards neutrality with slight warmth.

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Can consider iFi Nano iCan also. Can adjust gain, bass and 3D.
http://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/nano-ican/

C5, B1, iCan...both are more to the warm side.
B1 is softer, slightly brighter and more neutral than iCan. iCan sounds darker.
Overall performance, C5 should be slightly lower range than B1 and iCan. but the sound is very punchy and lively.

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post Sep 3 2015, 08:22 PM

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Thanks liquid. I will try to audit them if possible.
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post Sep 9 2015, 04:28 PM

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Source: Desktop use only
Equipment: Logitech Z623, Sennheiser Game Zero
Requirement: Mainly Gaming, Movies, Music (Muse)
Budget: around RM 500

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post Sep 17 2015, 11:13 AM

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Source: Desktop, phone and tablet with support flac
Equipment: ATH-M50X, Swan M200MKII, ESi nEar04
Requirement: Mainly Movie and Music
Budget: around RM 500

USB DAC + AMP

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post Sep 17 2015, 08:36 PM

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Source: Desktop foobar with wasapi(hi-res up to 192khz)
Equipment:onkyo 578(AVR pure analog mode)+wharfedale 155
Requirement: Mainly Music
Budget: Below 2k


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post Sep 18 2015, 06:51 AM

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QUOTE(bad2928 @ Sep 17 2015, 08:36 PM)
Source: Desktop foobar with wasapi(hi-res up to 192khz)
Equipment:onkyo 578(AVR pure analog mode)+wharfedale 155
Requirement: Mainly Music
Budget: Below 2k
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Check out Aune
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post Sep 18 2015, 10:17 AM

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QUOTE(sonerin @ Sep 18 2015, 06:51 AM)
Check out Aune
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ok thanks
KaLs
post Oct 5 2015, 01:37 PM

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Source : hippo biscuit, samsung note 2
Equipment : e12, shure se215, at im02
Requirement : Usually listen to rock and pop. Better instrumental sound
Budget : +-1000

Shud i get a dac or dap?
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post Oct 10 2015, 07:54 PM

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QUOTE(KaLs @ Oct 5 2015, 01:37 PM)
Source : hippo biscuit, samsung note 2
Equipment : e12, shure se215, at im02
Requirement : Usually listen to rock and pop. Better instrumental sound
Budget : +-1000

Shud i get a dac or dap?
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Can consider a DAP or dac which has build in amp. For your IEM I think d/a part will be more important.
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post Oct 29 2015, 09:19 PM

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Hi. Looking something like this for a while. Interested in Fiio E06 and Asus Xonar U3 (I prefer portability, but any small easy to set-up will do). Can give any other recommendations?

Source: Laptop and Smartphone
Equipment: Asus A53S (problems with audio jack), Oneplus 2, ATH-M50x
Requirement: Music, movies, gaming
Budget: +- Rm300

Thanks in advance! rclxms.gif

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post Oct 30 2015, 04:23 PM

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Hi all,

Just bought Cayin C5 from Star Pickers last week.

Using C5 as a desktop DAC but most reviewer mentioned that C5 is better in amp section than as a DAC.

Would like to know which DAC is compatible with C5. Planning to use my C5 as an amp instead of DAC.

Headphone I'm using is Sony MDR 1BT MK2.

Neutral to slightly warmth sounding should do the job.

Budget around RM 500 to 800.

Normally will play CD quality songs.

Thanks all! notworthy.gif

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post Oct 30 2015, 04:50 PM

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Anyone using AudioQuest DragonFly v1.2?

My current setup:
Gigabyte laptop P25W
V moda crossface m 100
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post Nov 8 2015, 11:38 PM

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i am currently using Hidizs AP100 with JVC FX1200 IEM. i have recently purchased an iBasso D12 (coaxial connection) but was quite disappointed as it is not really an upgrade but rather a slightly different sound signature. On the other hand, my AudioGd NFB-10WM was a huge upgrade to the original AP100.

planning to sell off my D12 and look for another DAC+amp combo. Anything to recommend to replace the D12?
Emoslay
post Nov 15 2015, 11:57 PM

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Hi guys. Im planning to get a Pair of Earsonic SM64 after selling all my gear and went away from audiophiling a few years ago. Decided to get back in and im planning to get a dac/amp or a separate dac and amp to go with an ip4 through a camera kit. Any recommendations? Some stuff i have in mind is the D-Zero MKII/SMSL M2/SMSL SAP5 on the lower end and the highest ill go is the ifi Nano idsd or the JDS C5D. But i intend to stay at the lower price point. File source is just gonna be the typical 24 bit/94 and below nothing crazy. I welcome any recommendation! thanks!
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post Nov 17 2015, 03:45 PM

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Hi there, I got 1 hours+ before driving to purchase a new portable DAC+headamp, consider DAC CentrancePort or JDS Labs C5D, any tiny "pen" that pack giant and impressive sound? It would be best if the gear can be use as small scale preamp for power amp too, hmm ask too much haha
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walao, guys I just bought a Centrance DACPort from JABEN, you know what, when I open the box, shock! 1 USB cable, 1 bag, 1 1/8in jack, 1 pcs of catalog card, but the most important element, the DAC headamp is not inside, WTF, this is a first time happen to me, jantung almost letup shocking.gif , sweating sweat.gif . I immediately message Jaben via Facebook, somehow they said can replace for me, zzz so crazy lucky for me to get an "empty" box unsure.gif

Very good service of JABEN, years ago I bought a Sennheiser HD598, I think this time I kena inventory problem or production mistake or what... sad.gif
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post Nov 17 2015, 11:00 PM

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QUOTE(Emoslay @ Nov 15 2015, 11:57 PM)
Hi guys. Im planning to get a Pair of Earsonic SM64 after selling all my gear and went away from audiophiling a few years ago. Decided to get back in and im planning to get a dac/amp or a separate dac and amp to go with an ip4 through a camera kit. Any recommendations? Some stuff i have in mind is the D-Zero MKII/SMSL M2/SMSL SAP5 on the lower end and the highest ill go is the ifi Nano idsd or the JDS C5D. But i intend to stay at the lower price point. File source is just gonna be the typical 24 bit/94 and below nothing crazy. I welcome any recommendation! thanks!
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the dac you can consider UD120 and the amp will be any portable amp you can think of, but for me, i would go for a DAP instead since they are much more capable and efficient
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post Nov 18 2015, 11:52 AM

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hello guyysss...need help here(newbie in this area)

i owned a xba a1ap and xperia z2
my question is...does using an amplifier make any difference to the sound quality
if yes ..please suggest a good model but with a low price..i`m thinking of buying fiio product from lazada cuz its quite cheap(but theres a lot of fiio model....maybe e11k) rclxub.gif rclxub.gif

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post Nov 18 2015, 09:55 PM

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QUOTE(noobandroid @ Nov 17 2015, 11:00 PM)
the dac you can consider UD120 and the amp will be any portable amp you can think of, but for me, i would go for a DAP instead since they are much more capable and efficient
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i just looked into the UD120 and wow it impresses me! and i found out Stoner Acoustics just came out with a small amp called ruby too which have some positive reviews. Any idea how i can get hold of one if i decided to get one? and does it power up without external usb power? especially from 1st gen ipad mini and iphone 6 plus

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post Nov 18 2015, 10:08 PM

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QUOTE(Emoslay @ Nov 18 2015, 09:55 PM)
i just looked into the UD120 and wow it impresses me! and i found out Stoner Acoustics just came out with a small amp called ruby too which have some positive reviews. Any idea how i can get hold of one if i decided to get one? and does it power up without external usb power? especially from 1st gen ipad mini and iphone 6 plus
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you can just find him here, or his site stoneracoustics.com chchyong89

now he just developed the EGA and EGD which is a full balanced desktop module

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