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If you got a DAC you'd be bypassing your sound card altogether.
An amp I would say is the better choice. That way, you'd get even better sound, than if you wanted to go the extra mile with a DAC, you could sell your X-Fi and get the DAC. You X-Fi has a pretty good output as it is.
Ok, what headphone amp would you recommend then?
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Ok, what headphone amp would you recommend then?
You'd have to hit up Soloz for that answer. He's more of the ATH wiz [out of all of us, Namrac and I dislike ATH's], or Aura, he's excellent with amps of any shape and color. But also depends on how much you're willing to spend, the music you like, and does it need to be portable? Desktop amps are an exceptional value to portable amps and usually sound better as well. For a 150$ desktop amp you can get what a 300$+ portable amp does.

Post what you're looking for and how much you wanna spend, and they'll help you out!
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You'd have to hit up Soloz for that answer. He's more of the ATH wiz [out of all of us, Namrac and I dislike ATH's], or Aura, he's excellent with amps of any shape and color. But also depends on how much you're willing to spend, the music you like, and does it need to be portable? Desktop amps are an exceptional value to portable amps and usually sound better as well. For a 150$ desktop amp you can get what a 300$+ portable amp does.
Just a desktop amp.

I'll PM Soloz or Aura tomorrow (or maybe they'll see my post first tomorrow), thanks for the help. + rep
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Just a desktop amp.

I'll PM Soloz or Aura tomorrow (or maybe they'll see my post first tomorrow), thanks for the help. + rep
maybe you should post instead of PM.... that's why my PM box is often near full when it can hold 2k messages!


for ATH cans, I've never been a big proponent. Some of their higher end cans are nice, and I would pair them with tubes. I've only owned one pair of ATH cans, a pair of A700's that I bought when I downgraded my DT770's. I've really only used them with tube amps, a couple different Millet Maxes and a couple different SP amps.

For cheap, they were alright with my PIMETA when I had it, and there is a brand new desktop amp to market that I think will be a nice pair, but there are a few rough edges I want to make sure are worked out before I recommend the amp to anyone.

Honestly, it really depends on your price range. I'm thinking the new Millet Hybrid MiniMax would be a no-brainer. I'll be building myself one and have been contemplating just buying parts to build 4-5 and then selling them. It's been tweaked a little more than the regular Max so for a standard BJC build it should be slightly better, but it lacks the configurability of the regular Max. For example, I could not build a miniMax like my current Max (Mosfet output, Opti-Vol, pre-amp out, toroidal ps)
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Question for any seasoned tube veterans out there:

So my recent and flagrant purchase of a 375 dollar Bendix 6385 tube fell through. The card (thankfully) was declined ... I forgot I had put a hold on that Amex card.

Anyway. I'm glad as, after the fact, I considered it pretty stupid to spend so much on a tube I could find for much less elsewhere.

That said ...

There's a guy wanting to sell me a "supposed" Bendix 6385 "white box" tube for 90 bucks or so.

Only thing is ... (and he commented on this as well) ... the Bendix logo that is screen printed on the tube is different than the typical Bendix logo ...

See the below photo.

The tube in question is the tube in the middle (the one at far right has the standard Bendix logo on it while the one in the middle features a logo I've never seen before):

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So have any of you tube experts ever seen a Bendix logo like that?

I would like to purchase from this guy but I'm just not sure about that middle tube ...

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So have any of you tube experts ever seen a Bendix logo like that?

I would like to purchase from this guy but I'm just not sure about that middle tube ...

Thanks for any input.
Branding with tubes is, for like of better terms, is chaotic and random. There are a huge number of tubes out there with different brandings on them, and more often than not they were all made by the same few manufacturers.

I wouldn't worry about the style of the brand name on the bottle. I have a wide variety of Tung Sol labels in numerous styles (5687 for starters), but they are all the same thing.

Marin - I have only listed to one Audio Technica thus far (ESW9), so I really do not have firsthand experience for recommending a proper amp. I can mention a few of the standard budget kings though, such as:

- Millet Min (Starving Student)

- Little Dot 1+

- Little Dot MKII

- PIMETA
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I would be more concerned about the style of tube construction than the printed label. I've purchased rebranded or tubes without labels before with confidence that I was getting what I wanted due to construction (ie getter style, clear top, color of the plate)

of course for more expensive tubes asking a second opinion is always a good idea. Of which, I cannot offer an educated opinion on the tube at hand.
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Good point Jacob. That 6385 indeed looks to have the same plate construction, color of the plates, getter, etc.
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Good point Jacob. That 6385 indeed looks to have the same plate construction, color of the plates, getter, etc.
Matter of fact ... the fellow did specifically comment that he had inspected the typically branded Bendix tube with the differently branded tube and that they appeared structurally identical ...

May pick it up ...

Haven't decided.

Thanks for the input, though.
    
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@Marin: if you're interested in some budget DIY setups I'd suggest a bantam DAC (inline or enclosed) with a Millet max Starving student, it'd be a great project, and in terms of construction they're fairly simple. But if you're not looking for tubes then I'd suggest making yourself a Mini^3.

@ S1rrah: get it, you're practically putting 285 back in your pocket...and think of the rarity...and the bragging rights

@ Soloz: any update on my MAX?
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