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post #11 of 22
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In all honesty, the upgrade path should be Headphone, Amp then DAC.. All 3 at the same time is preferred.
Doesn't really make sense to me to get an amp over a DAC unless it is absolutely necessary to drive the headphone to acceptable listening levels - if you're amping onboard sound all you're going to hear is louder crap.
post #12 of 22
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Doesn't really make sense to me to get an amp over a DAC unless it is absolutely necessary to drive the headphone to acceptable listening levels - if you're amping onboard sound all you're going to hear is louder crap.
Think of it this way, if he gets a DAC, a good DAC usually doesn't have a built in amp.. then where does he plug his headphone?
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I listen to a wide range of music

Jazz
Rap
Hiphop
Blues
Rock


I have a good quality external sound card.
Saying that is good quality isn't enough information. We need to know what it is, specifically. Different DACs and sound cards are going to be able to handle different loads and cans differently. Give us as much specific information about what your going to use these new cans for and what your current setup is.
post #14 of 22
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Think of it this way, if he gets a DAC, a good DAC usually doesn't have a built in amp.. then where does he plug his headphone?
Actually many do.
post #15 of 22
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Actually many do.
Yes, many external DACs do come with headphone amplifiers.
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post #16 of 22
I'm not personally a big fan of Beyer headphones, which is not to say that they're bad, just not my cup of tea.

Here are two headphones I would look into.

ATH-M50: An excellent set of closed monitor headphones that will sound great unamped. Definitely benefit from a DAC (consider something like the NuForce Icon or FiiO E7 on a budget).

AKG-K701: World-class sounding open dynamic headphones. A little less bassy than the M50, but superbly clean, more comfortable and maybe a little more versatile. These will virtually require an amp. I would consider the NuForce Icon HDP or HiFiMan EF2A with these. Or maybe the FiiO E7 + Schiit Valhalla.
Edited by ciemnika - 4/28/11 at 8:37am
post #17 of 22
I recently got this a couple weeks ago, recommended from here and I must say it's a good all rounder. JVC RX700. Did the foam mod (took les than 20mins) and sounds even better Not bad for £30 shipped. Here is a link to where I got it from

Look HERE for the mod.

not much of an audophile but just thought I'd let you know.
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post #18 of 22
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Yes, many external DACs do come with headphone amplifiers.
Note I said many of the better DACs.. beside he was I thought he was talking about a standalone DAC since he was also talking about getting an amp later. If one decides on getting a DAC/AMP then get another AMP later.. then that is another waste of time and money, thats why I suggested getting an AMP first, use the soundcards dac, then get a standalone DAC later.
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post #20 of 22
Another DAC you may want to consider is this one:

http://hotaudio.com/store/dac-destroyer.php

It's ONLY a DAC, priced reasonably and well reviewed by those who've used it.
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