In for a sub-$400 hi-fi digital setup, opinion on proposed setup?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Prodo123, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. Prodo123 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
    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?
  2. firestarter macrumors 603


    Dec 31, 2002
    Green and pleasant land
    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.
  3. Prodo123 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
    Oh, I forgot to mention that I will use monitor headphones at night.
    Thanks, I'll look into those.

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