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Hey all I'll start by stating what Headphones I have , I have MDR-Z1r, MDR-Z7m2, MrSpeakers ether C flow with 1.1 upgrade, Aeon flow Closed, a new pair of HD700 that I think I mite sell, GS1000i , So I have a Audio-gd 1amp and a Audio-gd NFB-5 that I use as the Dac, I was thinking of getting a new Dac and keeping the 1Amp but not sure whether to just up grade both if you advise yes what too, Cheers Shane.

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Matrix Audio mini-i Pro 3 Streamer/DAC, Mjolnir KGST amp, Stax SR-009.

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Sorry I wasn't offering advice. I thought you started this thread to for people to talk about their setups so all I did was describe mine.

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Well, I'd go both DAC & Amp. Maybe a all-in-one.

 

Audio GD do a 27.28 unit which is nice.

Queststyle do a CMA600i or CMA Twelve.

 

Both units have better dac and amp stages.

 

Separates there is LOT of options.

 

Ares 2 DAC is popular.

Topping D90 too.

 

Amps are plentiful also.

 

Depends on what sound signature you like too.

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Looking for a NEW item with warranty

 

                                   All in ONEs

Under $1000

ifi Black Label Micro iDSD Black Label

 

$2000 budget

Look no further than a Questyle CMA12 around $2k.

 

 

                               DAC AMP

Under $1000

Geshelli DAC + AMP directly from them...amazing quality price.

 

$2000 budget

Mytek Liberty DAC + Schiit Jotunheim (amp only)

 

 

 

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USED ITEMS

 

                                   All in ONEs

Under $1000

Questlyle CMA600i _ Tough to find.

Moon 230had - https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Simaudio-Moon-230had-Hi-end-Headphone-Amplifier-hifi-preamp-w-remote-controller/383757342933?hash=item5959b858d5:g:96YAAOSwBtNff6za

Schiit Jotunheim wt Multibit

 

 

$2000 budget

V281 with DAC module

RME ADI 2 DAC AMP

 

 

Go Mad , All Out

 

Moon 430had

Chord TT2

 

                               DAC AMP

Under $1000

Still will go only with ---> Geshelli DAC + AMP directly from them...amazing quality price.

Schiit Modius + Magni combo -- again @Bengineer owned it, so can comment on it. I read good reviews on it.

 

$2000 budget

Denafrips Ares II + Auralic Taurus (was my reference to beat under $3500)

Schiit Mjolnir + Gungnir combo (2000ish used)

Sony TA ZH1ES (only if your headphones are not really power hungry)

 

 

 

 

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Topping A90 beats the Magnius. But then Auralic Taurus schools the A90.

 

Patient you can find a $1000 Taurus.

 

CMA Twelve probably on par as an Amp, only thing is you can only use it's inbuilt DAC. It's a solid DAC at least.

 

Ares 2 to Taurus, both used, would be a sub $2000 setup that couldn't be clearly beaten by any other option.

 

$1400 better than a Modius/Magnius combo? Personal preference.

 

Multibit card in the Jotunheim is just ok. So don't go out of your way to pay for one. The Jotunheim, NEW, direct from Schiit in the US is a decent price at the moment too. Lovely budget warm leaning Amp.

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I listed my heaphones at top, I looked at the Moon 230had but I also have aftermarket cables with 4pin XLR so need/Like balanced set-up..

 

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Denafrips Ares II - Still sold new. Common used here for $1000.

 

Auralic Taurus MK2 - No longer made. Rare. Incredible value at their used street price of $1000.

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35 minutes ago, Yetiman said:

I listed my heaphones at top, I looked at the Moon 230had but I also have aftermarket cables with 4pin XLR so need/Like balanced set-up..

 

Amps that have both SE & XLR usually are geared better implementation towards XLR.

 

the ones with only SE are equally good. Doesn’t make a difference in sound in XLR or SE .

makes difference if u have both SE XLR in one amp, then the amp has to favour one.

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On 31/10/2020 at 7:06 AM, Bengineer said:

Denafrips Ares II - Still sold new. Common used here for $1000.

 

Auralic Taurus MK2 - No longer made. Rare. Incredible value at their used street price of $1000.

It would definitely be a good combo.

 

I have a new Denafrips Pontus with the upgraded DSP board feeding into the Taurus MK II I bought from Peppy. It is early days because the Pontus needs time to burn in, but I'm really enjoying the resolution I'm hearing so far. 

 

Cheers

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11 minutes ago, Niktech said:

It would definitely be a good combo.

 

I have a new Denafrips Pontus with the upgraded DSP board feeding into the Taurus MK II I bought from Peppy. It is early days because the Pontus needs time to burn in, but I'm really enjoying the resolution I'm hearing so far. 

 

Cheers

Don't over think it from now on. It *doesn't* get better. Just different.

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I just placed a WTB ad for a Denafrips Pontus see how I go... If I get that I will upgrade my headphone amp to suite later..

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