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Prodo123
Jun 24, 2012, 06:02 PM
Hi,
I'm looking to get a hi-fi audio setup after dealing with built-in DACs for some time. I really wanted an Apogee Duet but after seeing its price tag, I decided against it.
With a measly budget of $400, I decided on this:
Behringer MS20 for $143
Fiio E10 for $69
and a 3' gold RCA S/PDIF cable.

This would cost a total of ~$220 with shipping and tax.
How good would this setup be? Anyone have any recommendations?
Thanks.



firestarter
Jun 24, 2012, 06:47 PM
Those DAC/Headphone amps are nice, because they replace the weak amp in your iPod etc. with a better one... and the DAC helps too.

If you're listening through speakers then the headphone amp is a bit of a waste of money. On a limited budget don't waste cash on stuff like that - spend it where it matters.

For $400 you could get something like a pair of KRK rokit 5s or 6s. Skip the gold lead and use a standard lead out of your iDevice/Mac audio out.

Prodo123
Jun 24, 2012, 06:49 PM
Those DAC/Headphone amps are nice, because they replace the weak amp in your iPod etc. with a better one... and the DAC helps too.

If you're listening through speakers then the headphone amp is a bit of a waste of money. On a limited budget don't waste cash on stuff like that - spend it where it matters.

For $400 you could get something like a pair of KRK rokit 5s or 6s. Skip the gold lead and use a standard lead out of your iDevice/Mac audio out.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I will use monitor headphones at night.
Thanks, I'll look into those.