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post #1 of 7 Old 05-24-2020, 08:36 PM - Thread Starter
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My first dac & amp

Dipping my toes into this part of my audio hobby. I will be driving a pair of sennheiser momentum cans in a desk top setup. Music is really the only thing this will be used for. I have gaming headsets already.

My budget of $200-$300 appears to encompass a vast selection of gear, so much available I can hardly remember what I was watching as video about. This is what I've looked at so far that seems to be of high quality while also being affordable. Any advice would be appreciated. I suspect I'm missing some brands that aren't all over the internet.

Schiit Fulla 3 dac/amp combo for $100

Schiit magni 3+ amp & Schiit modi dac $200

Sound Blaster X3 $120

Sennheiser GSX1000 $180

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i have a jds labs amp that does great. the holy grail for headphone amps is only 299 tho. might want to just bite the bullet and get the thx 789 aaa
https://drop.com/buy/drop-thx-aaa-789-linear-amplifier

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i have a jds labs amp that does great. the holy grail for headphone amps is only 299 tho. might want to just bite the bullet and get the thx 789 aaa
https://drop.com/buy/drop-thx-aaa-789-linear-amplifier
Still need a dac though. I'd be really happy to see $200 spent on both. I loved the ess saber dac that was in my pioneer, the monolith usb dac has a similar chip in it. So many options..

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Consider Schiit Hel. I read it is equal to that Magni-Modi combo for same price.
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Bit up the line is Mayflower ARC Mk2 but it is flat unlike Schiit offerings which are comparatively warm but also comes with DSP for Bass control.
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Apparently, JDS Labs is really close to shipping Atom DAC:


"John Seaber June 1, 2020 at 7:51 am
Fair question! We’re trying to avoid preorders and backorders to the extent possible.
The first batch of Atom DACs will be assembled, tested, and packaged this week. Stock will be available upon announcement."


https://blog.jdslabs.com/2020/03/on-covid-19/ (currently this message is at the bottom of the thread)
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Well I started out by ordering a portable player by Fiio since I couldn't decide what to get for my desk. Now I'm looking at cans specially for my desk setup and using my Sennheisers for portable only.

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