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Heyup,yes, another 'spec me' thread.

Looking for DAC + AMP for computer / living room usage.

- Speaker amplification.
- Headphone amplification.
- Ideally, Subwoofer as well.
- 2x20W, 2x30W RMS, something like that. Not looking to start a rave, but decent enough volume.
- probably needs main power supply for a decent power output.
- semi-portable, HDD sized.
- USB S/PDIF in. It's for a computer / notebook.
- Around £120, $150.
- Will go with, eventually, ELAC Debut B6 type speakers (bookshelf), and some random assortments of headphones.

Looks, don't really care. But preferably brushed aluminum / black, metal.
Edited by IlIkeJuice - 1/28/16 at 4:12am
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Topping VX1 looks kinda in the ball park.
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You're kind of "scraping the bottom of the barrel" there.

I'm sure that will work for you, but would be totally inadequate, sound quality wise, for the speakers you propose to buy. The best bang for the buck (or euro?) is in used, vintage amplifiers from the "silver era"- 1978 -1984. Pioneer, Kenwood, Sansui, luxman, or, my favorite, Yamaha. That ,combined with a separate DAC, like the Audioquest Dragonfly - that you could then upgrade as needed/wanted - would be the best way to go.

It's probably a little more than you wanted to spend, but when you consider that you will likely be upgrading sometime in the future anyway, why not save some upgrade costs by starting out closer to where you will eventually end up?
Edited by billbartuska - 1/31/16 at 3:51am
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