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post #11 of 17
don't waste your money on an amp. You don't need it.
post #12 of 17
I'm saving up for a DacMagic
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Originally Posted by AMC View Post
I'm saving up for a DacMagic
And what amp are you pairing that with... because the DacMagic is just a DAC, it's a non-amplification device.

I own a DacMagic myself and have it running as follows:

Asus P6T Optical out > Cambridge Audio DacMagic -> Cambridge Audio Azur 640A -> Wharfedale 9.1's & Acoustic Energy Aegis Neo V2 Sub

Using all QED cables and Audioquest Ruby.
post #14 of 17
I have recently heard good things about the Little Dot Q. It has a (relatively cheap) DAC chip, but I'm told it's a pretty decent little tube amp.

I myself have an Audio-GD NFB12 and it's great. However, I cannot recommend them because of the troubles my roommate has recently had. He bought a FUN with all of the available upgrades ($500 in total) and the thing will not function properly. They have been very unwilling to help and after 5 weeks of emails, they are finally making him pay the shipping to return it so they can look at it. It has been a huge mess. All input sections have a hiss and clicking and popping. We have tried it on multiple computers with different operating systems, and it continues to malfunction.
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I have recently heard good things about the Little Dot Q. It has a (relatively cheap) DAC chip, but I'm told it's a pretty decent little tube amp.

I myself have an Audio-GD NFB12 and it's great. However, I cannot recommend them because of the troubles my roommate has recently had. He bought a FUN with all of the available upgrades ($500 in total) and the thing will not function properly. They have been very unwilling to help and after 5 weeks of emails, they are finally making him pay the shipping to return it so they can look at it. It has been a huge mess. All input sections have a hiss and clicking and popping. We have tried it on multiple computers with different operating systems, and it continues to malfunction.
Seems like a small bravo but with a built in DAC. The guys at Head-Fi say its a good amp, however its a terrible DAC. They say that there's really no point in buying it if you are gong to use it strictly as a DAC.

I think I will hang on the the Bravo and ASUS Xonar DX configuration.
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by Moltar View Post
It depends on the sound card that you are comparing it to.



I agree with this. Most people mistake a DAC for a sound card replacement. The ideal, "None Insane" situation for PC audio would be the following.

FLAC -> Digital Out On Motherboard -> DAC -> AMP -> Headphones
More like Wax -> Pre -> Amp -> R10s. Nice try though.

Edit: Oh, I thought u meant politically correct, not personal computer. My bad.
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Thanks for all the help guys but since I get a lot of my questions answered from Head-Fi I decided to make an account there and I have spent a lot of time over there.

FYI my username on Head-Fi is GeneralSmirnoff
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