Author Topic: DAC/AMP recommendations  (Read 1230 times)

Offline Ninja_Theory

Re: DAC/AMP recommendations
« Reply #30 on: February 04, 2019, 09:28:27 AM »
Since the uDSD has RCA line out at the back (that I find sounds amazing) you just later add a nice little dedicated amp like the Magni 3 that will make any headphone amp issues disappear, while still having it as a single stand alone portable for IEMs or something like the X2.

I read that the uDSD's RCA's out perform pretty well: https://headfonics.com/2017/07/the-udsd-by-nuprime-audio/

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To the rear are three gold-plated RCA analog and Coaxial digital output. The dual RCA will be used primarily for IC cables to connect to analog amps and active speakers using the internal DAC as to decode to an analog signal. The RCA outputs offer a reasonably decent 2Vrms (DAC out) on a fixed line level signal whereas the coaxial output includes an impressive DSD via DoP up to DSD 11.2MHz output.
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Offline Curlycat

Re: DAC/AMP recommendations
« Reply #31 on: February 04, 2019, 03:21:43 PM »
Thanks all. I've decided on the uDSD for now.. Should be getting it mid-Feb. As mentioned, I will add an amp when I'm ready. The magni 3 most likely.. but I know I'll be super tempted to go tube.

I'll be selling my DT770 Pro soon, then will pick up a 6xx or 650. Currently in thought about whether to buy a new 6xx or a second hand 650.

Go on, get the tubes... you will always wonder if you don't.  >:D
The DarkVoice 336SE works very well with the HD6XX - there are many threads confirming that. The nice thing about tubes are you can change the sound character just by putting in a new tube. How nice it that!~

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/dark-voice-366se/reviews#reviews

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CF9JON8?pf_rd_p=1581d9f4-062f-453c-b69e-0f3e00ba2652&pf_rd_r=GXT047RX873TGM538W8C

https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/darkvoice-336se.12324/

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Offline Ninja_Theory

Re: DAC/AMP recommendations
« Reply #32 on: February 04, 2019, 04:03:23 PM »
Go on, get the tubes... you will always wonder if you don't.  >:D
The DarkVoice 336SE works very well with the HD6XX - there are many threads confirming that. The nice thing about tubes are you can change the sound character just by putting in a new tube. How nice it that!~

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/dark-voice-366se/reviews#reviews

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CF9JON8?pf_rd_p=1581d9f4-062f-453c-b69e-0f3e00ba2652&pf_rd_r=GXT047RX873TGM538W8C

https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/darkvoice-336se.12324/

There's more - Google
You're definitely that kid my mom warned me about
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Offline Curlycat

Re: DAC/AMP recommendations
« Reply #33 on: February 04, 2019, 04:07:46 PM »
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Offline Ninja_Theory

Re: DAC/AMP recommendations
« Reply #34 on: February 06, 2019, 06:58:33 AM »
Go on, get the tubes... you will always wonder if you don't.  >:D
The DarkVoice 336SE works very well with the HD6XX - there are many threads confirming that. The nice thing about tubes are you can change the sound character just by putting in a new tube. How nice it that!~

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/dark-voice-366se/reviews#reviews

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CF9JON8?pf_rd_p=1581d9f4-062f-453c-b69e-0f3e00ba2652&pf_rd_r=GXT047RX873TGM538W8C

https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/darkvoice-336se.12324/

There's more - Google
Is the DarkVoice available locally? Can't find anything.
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Offline capetownwatches



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Offline Curlycat

Re: DAC/AMP recommendations
« Reply #36 on: February 06, 2019, 11:45:30 AM »
Is the DarkVoice available locally? Can't find anything.

Nope, not locally available unless you are lucky enough to find one second hand, though I have never seen one being advertised.

Offline Ninja_Theory

Re: DAC/AMP recommendations
« Reply #37 on: February 07, 2019, 09:20:59 AM »
https://www.shenzhenaudio.com/darkvoice-336se-tube-headphone-amplifier.html
This is a phenomenal price. I see it says "worldwide free shipping". What's the catch? Would it be better to just use my AGS account and pay?
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Offline Curlycat

Re: DAC/AMP recommendations
« Reply #38 on: February 07, 2019, 10:16:12 AM »
I have never purchased from them, but free shipping at that price to me sounds like normal parcel post via South African Post Office. I would not touch that.

Offline Sabreme

Re: DAC/AMP recommendations
« Reply #39 on: May 21, 2019, 10:34:35 PM »
Surely no one is using the local post office in this day and age ?

Offline Fuzz

DAC/AMP recommendations
« Reply #40 on: May 22, 2019, 07:08:54 AM »
Would I be able to connect the Nuprime uDSD with my iPhone 7 if I use something like the Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter?

Just to mention here, out of interest for those who might want further info on connecting to an iPhone. I was in the same position a few weeks ago and Fiio makes the Q1 Mark II and the Q5 DAC / Amp which have MFI chips that makes them plug and play Apple friendly.

The Q1 is relatively inexpensive at around the 2k mark and I went ahead and got one given the price and size as something that I can use while at work and Iíve been really happy with it. It can be used as an amplifier / DAC from a computer (using the Fiio driver for it on Windows 10 is painless) or as a proper hi-res DAC from an Apple device.

Using the USB connector 3 solution does work however itís clunky and sucks the battery life of your device really quick from what Iíve seen unless the device youíre using has its own battery pack.

Huge upside on the Q1 and Q5 is that they both have normal 3.5mm output and a balanced output as well.



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« Last Edit: May 22, 2019, 07:11:10 AM by Fuzz »

Offline Ninja_Theory

Re: DAC/AMP recommendations
« Reply #41 on: May 22, 2019, 07:52:22 AM »
Just to mention here, out of interest for those who might want further info on connecting to an iPhone. I was in the same position a few weeks ago and Fiio makes the Q1 Mark II and the Q5 DAC / Amp which have MFI chips that makes them plug and play Apple friendly.

The Q1 is relatively inexpensive at around the 2k mark and I went ahead and got one given the price and size as something that I can use while at work and Iíve been really happy with it. It can be used as an amplifier / DAC from a computer (using the Fiio driver for it on Windows 10 is painless) or as a proper hi-res DAC from an Apple device.

Using the USB connector 3 solution does work however itís clunky and sucks the battery life of your device really quick from what Iíve seen unless the device youíre using has its own battery pack.

Huge upside on the Q1 and Q5 is that they both have normal 3.5mm output and a balanced output as well.

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Thanks Fuzz. I have since picked up a Q5 for mobile use and currently using the Deckard for my desktop setup, which is doing just fine, even on DAC duties. The Q5's dual 4490's are no slouch either, I often feed it into the Deckard.
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Online shadow.clone

Re: DAC/AMP recommendations
« Reply #42 on: May 22, 2019, 09:45:04 AM »
I've ordered from ShenzenAudio. They used couriers to deliver to SA with their free shipping option.