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Hi!
I am needing a good DAC+ Headphone Amp to drive my new headphone, is te beyerdynamic dt990 pro 250 Ohm.
I have a budget of 100$ ( can spend around 20 more if the difference is noticeable).

My initial options are:

1- Nuforce ICON-UDAC2-BLACK
http://www.amazon.com/Nuforce-ICON-UDAC2-BLACK-Headphone-Amplifier-USB/dp/B003Y5FRNS/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1384964943&sr=8-4&keywords=usb+dac

2- Topping TP30 Class T
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005D7SKWK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A10EAPE4CAYC9P

3- Fiio E10
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005VO7LG6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3G9XJ867FNOGW

Thanks! and sorry for the bad english!
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Originally Posted by nhorko View Post

Hi!
I am needing a good DAC+ Headphone Amp to drive my new headphone, is te beyerdynamic dt990 pro 250 Ohm.
I have a budget of 100$ ( can spend around 20 more if the difference is noticeable).

My initial options are:

1- Nuforce ICON-UDAC2-BLACK
http://www.amazon.com/Nuforce-ICON-UDAC2-BLACK-Headphone-Amplifier-USB/dp/B003Y5FRNS/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1384964943&sr=8-4&keywords=usb+dac

2- Topping TP30 Class T
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005D7SKWK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A10EAPE4CAYC9P

3- Fiio E10
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005VO7LG6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3G9XJ867FNOGW

Thanks! and sorry for the bad english!

Ummmm I am going to say to get a cheap asus dgx and a schiit magni. All of those amps are quite bad.
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Is the asus dgx a good soundcard? Are there any other DACs of the same quality and price? I'm afraid of getting noise from inside my computer.
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Is the asus dgx a good soundcard? Are there any other DACs of the same quality and price? I'm afraid of getting noise from inside my computer.

It's a decent card for the money. Truthfully you should either find a used stx for 100 bucks or save up for at least a used audio engine d1. Preferably a schiit modi and magni would be best for an entry level setup.
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post #5 of 9
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I saw the reviews of the magni, it seems to be a great headphone amp. But i don't have the money to buy that and a DAC or a Soundcard. I currently have a soundblaster xfi xtreme audio sound card (i know is bad).
The question is, should i get only the magni and plug it to my SB? And save for the modi (probably will buy it next year or so)?
Or should i buy one of the DACs+Amp that i posted?
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I saw the reviews of the magni, it seems to be a great headphone amp. But i don't have the money to buy that and a DAC or a Soundcard. I currently have a soundblaster xfi xtreme audio sound card (i know is bad).
The question is, should i get only the magni and plug it to my SB? And save for the modi (probably will buy it next year or so)?
Or should i buy one of the DACs+Amp that i posted?

I personally would. Don't forget about the for sale thread on head-fi though. You can sometimes snag amps and dacs for a decent price.

Here is the magni modi stack for 160 http://www.head-fi.org/t/691131/magni-modi-stack-sennheiser-hd600s

Here is the D1 I was talking about for 120 http://www.head-fi.org/t/688449/fs-audioengine-d1-amp-dac

Here is the AUNE t1 for 150 (and you could probably ask him down another 15 bucks or so) http://www.head-fi.org/t/679601/aune-t1-black-nib

Here is even a cheaper AUNE T1 http://www.head-fi.org/t/688663/aune-t1-usb-tube-dac-amp-in-perfect-condition

Any one of these is a decent option. It is slightly out of your price range for the most part, but you will be much better off with any one of these.
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I got my Xonar ST for about $100 used. Just wait a few days and keep an eye on CL, Ebay, and Amazon for a good price. You might even find one on OCN or Head-fi.
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integrated headphone amplifiers like the NuForce uDAC-2 or Fiio E10 are so small I wouldn't recommend them for desktop use.



you want a power switch on the front and a large volume knob.
    
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post #9 of 9
I would just get a magni and UCA202, upgrade to a better DAC later.
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