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Originally Posted by DVLux View Post

Powered speakers *never* need pre-amplification. Unless you want something to explode.

I would hope to god you meant Passive.

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Originally Posted by mistersprinkles View Post

Ok let's be realistic here. The OP's initial budget for headphones and a nice DAC/AMP is $400. He wants to add monitors down the line, so he's going to need a line out on his amp, and it wouldn't hurt to have something that can be used to pre-amp powered speakers.

I'm going to suggest the Schiit Magni 2 uber and the Schiit Modi 2 uber. That's going to be $300. They are a seperate, very small, stackable DAC and AMP. Headphones are going to depend on the quality of sound you want. I don't think you can go wrong with the HIFIMAN HE400S for 250ish USD. If you want to spend less, Sennheiser HD598 still sounds VERY good and is on Amazon for $150 now (regular 300).

With this setup, for 450 or 550 upfront, you will have exceptional sound quality, with the ability to add a pair of powered studio monitors later. By the way if you want to come in at budget- $400, get the non uber version of the DAC but do get the uber version of the amp. That'll be $400 even for amp/dac/headphones with the HD598. You will need RCA patch cables and a USB A/B cable. Get these from Schiit for $40.
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Mic wise it's very simple, you just plug your mic into your integrated motherboard audio on the back of your machine. You can set seperate output and input devices in Windows version since either 7 or Vista. I'm not sure. Anyways, just set the DAC as default device and set the motherboard audio to default communication device in control panel. Very simple. Same deal if using a USB mic.

Make sure to plug the DAC into a USB 2.0 port for reduced noise.

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Thanks for the advice, but that setup is far to expensive. If I buy those components here in "Europe" I pay like 600€+
I'm pretty shure the germans got some nice hardware on the marked as well, as much as I would love to be American (and buy American...., kidding)
400€ would be the absoulute maximum I'd like to spend.

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Originally Posted by Tiihokatti View Post

No, the budget is not $400. It's 400€.
And he lives in Luxembourg. It's in Europe.
LOL

So I was thinking maybe something rather like some DT990 250Ohm (200€ at Amazon) with a ModMic V4 (60@ Amazon)attached amplified with a FIIO E10K (90€ Amazon) that would already add up to 350€
What do you think about the Bayerdynamic MMX300?
Edited by TDEUS - 10/19/15 at 5:45am
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post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by TDEUS View Post

Thanks for the advice, but that setup is far to expensive. If I buy those components here in "Europe" I pay like 600€+
I'm pretty shure the germans got some nice hardware on the marked as well, as much as I would love to be American (and buy American...., kidding)
400€ would be the absoulute maximum I'd like to spend.
LOL

So I was thinking maybe something rather like some DT990 250Ohm (200€ at Amazon) with a ModMic V4 (60@ Amazon)attached amplified with a FIIO E10K (90€ Amazon) that would already add up to 350€
What do you think about the Bayerdynamic MMX300?

Get the $99 Schiit amp. NOTHING competes with it. Seriously. 1200mW into 32Ohm for $99. Come on. Unbeatable.
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