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Hey guys I am kind of new to audio and to be quite honest most of this is over my head.

At the moment I use AudioEngine A2's
http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Powered-Speaker-Systems/A2-plus-B-Powered-Desktop-Speakers

These sound really good but all I'm using is the on board sound from my MB.

I'd also like to pick up these headphones (Senn HD598's)
http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-Headphones-Burl-Wood-Accents/dp/B0042A8CW2

So what I would like would be a nice Dac/headphone amp that I could sit on my desk and have easy access to. I'd greatly prefer it if the thing would let me plug my A2's (speakers) and headphones in. This way I'd have limited hassle with cords.

Finally I'd like to pay $200 or less to be quite honest. Not looking for top of the line here, just something obviously better then on board!
post #2 of 6
lots of interesting options in that price range

Schiit modi / magni (with rca splitter apparently if you want to use it with the A2s also)

FiiO (I have this) E07K/E09K combo i have been in general quite pleased ..but honestly I kind of wish I got the Schiit Modi/Magni instead..but meh.

Aune T1

NuForce Icon uDAC-3

AUDINST HUD-MX1

probably a bunch more i am forgetting
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Ok so with this combo (Schiit modi / magni), would that be better quality sound then the Asus STX sound card or whatever? I ask b/c the DAC itself is 99 bucks. I did ask for a budget of 200 but thinking now if that is the case can a $99 DAC compete against a sound card that is close to $200?
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57563492-47/a-headphone-amp-and-usb-digital-to-analog-converter-for-just-$99-each/

Anyway thanks man. This really does look good and almost exactly what I was looking for. Either way it's sure to sound better then my mother boards audio right?
post #4 of 6
Lol, just get the audio engine D1 amp dac combo. It is one of the few that you can use as a preamp for your speakers and it sounds very similar to the magni/modi combo.

If you look on head-fi, you can usually find a used one in great condition for ~100 bucks. thumb.gif
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Lol, just get the audio engine D1 amp dac combo. It is one of the few that you can use as a preamp for your speakers and it sounds very similar to the magni/modi combo.

If you look on head-fi, you can usually find a used one in great condition for ~100 bucks. thumb.gif

Would it let me plug headphones into it as well?

*edit* Duh, yeah I can plug headphones into it.

So that would let me do both, but would the Asus STX sound better? I'd be sacrificing easier cord management then though.
Edited by Hexa - 3/22/14 at 6:32pm
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Would it let me plug headphones into it as well?

*edit* Duh, yeah I can plug headphones into it.

So that would let me do both, but would the Asus STX sound better? I'd be sacrificing easier cord management then though.

Yeah.
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