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post #11 of 26
Bantam DAC and millet hybrid minimax. Your 701's will thank you!

On second thought, a regular max with bantam right in the enclosure and MOSFET output stage would be better IMO.
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post #12 of 26
Hmm, the DAC on the Essence is pretty darn good. I would have tried out the different Op amps first. To step up from the Essence might require more than $150.
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well, this wasn't really meant to be an upgrade, but more of a side-grade. I'm selling my desktop since I'm in need of money right now, but I still have a laptop to use, so I was looking for something to use with my laptop roughly on the same level for now.
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post #14 of 26
I have a rather large DAC.
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post #15 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by chronostorm View Post
well, this wasn't really meant to be an upgrade, but more of a side-grade. I'm selling my desktop since I'm in need of money right now, but I still have a laptop to use, so I was looking for something to use with my laptop roughly on the same level for now.
Ahhhhh, now that puts things into perspective.


NuForce

GINI

And this thread had some good info.
post #16 of 26
I just ordered the Fiio E7 as the replacement for my Elite Pro. I've done extensive research and everyone I asked praised the E7. It's a USB DAC and amp combo, and apparently is phenomenal. If you have a desktop configuration, then get the E9 along with the E7 and you have one of the best sub $200 settle around.
post #17 of 26
I got a E7 and like it alot. Only thing is I wish I got it with a E9 as they are being sold as combo deals. Micca sells 'em both for $199.90.

EDIT: The DAC in the E7 (Wolfson WM8740) is the same as the one in the iBasso D12. If that makes any difference.
Edited by Tatakai All - 1/19/11 at 12:45am
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post #18 of 26
The problem with cheap DACs is their amplifier. Most can produce clean sound signal, but most will struggle to drive high impedance headphones. I don't know about 701s but don't expect to be able to drive 300ohm headphones to their full potential with just an amplifier built into DAC. A $100 DAC is fine.. as long is it's connected to a good headphone amplifier.
post #19 of 26
Indeed. He'd be better off keeping the STX and investing in a decent amp and using the line-out from his STX.
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Indeed. He'd be better off keeping the STX and investing in a decent amp and using the line-out from his STX.
well, I wrote earlier that I can't keep my STX since I'm getting rid of my desktop, unfortunately



As for something to use, I did a little bit of digging on head-fi, and it seems people are saying the FiiO E7 + E9 combo is a really good fit for the K701s. What do you guys think?
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