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I was hoping to buy a DAC and Amp to power some NHT SuperZero 2.0s and a pair of Denon AH-D2000 headphones but I was wondering which DAC and Amp would do them justice. I'll be mainly using my equipment to, obviously, listen to music, videos, and games. Budget would probably max out around $400 total.

Edit- I've looked at Cambridge Audio, Maverick Audio, and Schiit.
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You need powered speakers if you want to use a dac/amp in that price range. Otherwise you'd need a dac/preamp/hpa, and pamp, or a dac then a integrated amp, or, just buy an old pioneer receiver.
    
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Oh...well, the AudioEngine A2 is my alternative.
Edited by HybridCore - 3/25/11 at 4:34am
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Any DAC and Amp recommendations? I might skip getting speakers and just use a set of Denon AH-D2000s.
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You need powered speakers if you want to use a dac/amp in that price range. Otherwise you'd need a dac/preamp/hpa, and pamp, or a dac then a integrated amp, or, just buy an old pioneer receiver.
Or.... he can just get a dac and an integrated amplifier/reciever...

To OP:

A "good" DAC will run you about your max budget right now. When I was in the DAC market, I kept having to boost my max budget until I got something with specs that were relevant to me. I personally ended up getting the DACmagic.

The Maverick DAC looks really impressive tbh (I think it even takes in digital signals), if I had known about that DAC before I got my DACmagic I probably would have went with the Maverick. Plus it has pretty tubes ^.^

As for an amp, I would say find a used receiver on craigslist until you can build up enough cash for a integrated amp or amp/pre amp combo.
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Is the A1 amp good? I posted $400 because its my max budget but also because it fit the D1 and A1.
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hifiman ef2? ef1? Not sure, but I heard those were pretty decent for the cash.
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at $400 with those Denons, that not going to cut it.
You're going to need $200 min for a DAC.
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I would say find a used receiver on craigslist...
I did this and am very happy with what I ended up with.
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