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post #1 of 9 Old 06-02-2020, 04:53 PM - Thread Starter
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best desktop DAC+Amp?

Hi guys. I'm looking for recommendations for the best desktop DAC + Amp to use for headphones. I just bought a pair of Sendy Aivas that I'm looking to pmsend more power to. I've watched reviews on the $500 Monolith 124459 THX AAA as well as the $600 Topping DX7 pro. I'm willing to spend some $$, but I really don't want to go with something that requires more than one box. I'd like Bluetooth, but more as a tie breaker than a requirement.

Are there other options besides the above-mentioned that you would recommend? Have you tried either of the above with similar headphones?

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Unfortunately, there is no best, there is only best for you.


I've got RME ADI-2 DAC. Besides being one of the best DAC + headphone amp it has a lot of additional functionality built-in. For example, it has 5-band EQ which allowed me to compensate flaws of my new Senn HD6XX. It's not cheap, ~$1000-1200 depends where you get it from. But to me it was worth it.
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Thanks Hoary. I'm new to this stuff so I really appreciate the advice. Do you find the RME to output enough power to drive your headphones at pretty high volumes? I'm returning a much lower price Topping A50 because I just could not get the volume I want - in fact it was barely a noticeable improvement over plugging my new Sendys directly into my iPhone 11. I really don't know what max output I should be looking for...
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HD6xx are pretty sensitive (~107dB?) so they are easy to drive even so nominal impedance is at 300 Ohm. ADI-2 DAC has more than enough power to drive them. I'm using low settings and typically at -30...-20 dB. Just tried to raise to -5 dB and it's way too loud for me.


With planars, check around, maybe ask on audiosciencereview (ASR) forum as it seems more people with ADI-2 DAC hanging around there. There is an RME guy visit that forum periodically.

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Thanks for the advice. As luck would have it I found a local guy who was selling an ADI-2DAC for $800. Picking it up this evening. Hopefully it's as good as the reviews say!
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check out mass drop for some options

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A Schiit Audio Jotenheim with a DAC option might fit the bill (and your budget).
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Thanks for the advice. As luck would have it I found a local guy who was selling an ADI-2DAC for $800. Picking it up this evening. Hopefully it's as good as the reviews say!
Good choice

https://www.audiosciencereview.com/f...hone-amp.7546/
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I am pretty happy with my Jolida FX + Liquid Crimson setup or were you looking for an all-in-one setup?
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